The Queen's Medal for Music

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The Queen's Medal for Music
Awarded for"an outstanding individual or group of musicians who have had a major influence on the musical life of the nation."
Sponsored byPrivy Purse
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byQueen
Reward(s)The 75mm medal is designed by Bethan Williams and is cast in silver.
First awarded2005

The Queen's Medal for Music is an annual award, instituted in 2005, for contribution to the musical life of Great Britain. The expenses of the award come from the Privy Purse.[1]

The Medal may be awarded to people of any nationality. The first recipient was the Australian conductor Sir Charles Mackerras.[2]



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  4. ^ "The Queen's Medal for Music 2014" (Press release). London: British Royal Family. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  5. ^ "The Queen's Medal for Music 2015" (Press release). London: British Royal Family. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  6. ^ Davis, Lizzie (24 May 2017). "Nicola Benedetti awarded Queen's Medal for Music". Retrieved 9 November 2017.
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