Askonas Holt is delighted to announce that Dame Sarah Connolly has been awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society. One of the industry’s most prestigious accolades, Honorary Membership is awarded in recognition of services to music and past recipients have included composers, conductors, performers, music commentators, patrons, programmers, publishers, and educators.
The presentation was made on the stage of Wigmore Hall by John Gilhooly, the Hall’s Director and Chairman of the RPS, following a recital by Dame Sarah with Malcolm Martineau, On presenting Dame Sarah with her certificate of Honorary Membership, John said “Today, on behalf the Society’s Board and advisory Council, we add Dame Sarah Connolly to this extraordinary roster. Sarah, I’m very pleased to make this award to you. Your definitive performances in operas internationally are too many to mention and you are equally treasured of course in performances with the leading orchestras and on the recital platform. You are an outspoken champion for the value of music in our lives, for singers and for a great many other causes. Sarah, you are very much loved and we award this to you with our affection, our gratitude and every possible good wish for the future. Congratulations.”
Dame Sarah says,”I really have to pinch myself to believe that the Royal Philharmonic Society thinks I am worthy of such an illustrious award. I thank them so much for supporting me over the years.”
The first recipient in 1826 was the composer Carl Maria von Weber. Among the many celebrated names on the list are Felix Mendelssohn (1829), Gioachino Rossini (1839), Hector Berlioz (1859), Richard Wagner (1860), Johannes Brahms (1882), Clara Schumann (1887), Igor Stravinsky (1921), Janet Baker (1987), Paul Sacher (1991), and Stephen Sondheim (2019), to name but a few.