Sarah Connolly Honoured by the Incorporated Society of Musicians
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has honoured the achievements of British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly CBE by presenting her with the prestigious Distinguished Musician Award for 2011. Established in 1976, the award is made each year to a musician who has made an outstanding contribution to British musical life. Previous recipients include Dame Janet Baker, Pierre Boulez, Witold Lutoslawski, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Jacqueline du Pré, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Michael Tippett and Sir William Walton. This year’s award recognises Sarah Connolly’s position at the heart of British musical life. She regularly performs at the world’s great opera houses and concert halls, and collaborates with the leading artists of the day. The award was presented by the ISM’s President Paul Max Edlin at the ISM corporate members’ networking lunch on 25 October held at the Sky Bar in the London Coliseum, home to English National Opera which has seen Sarah triumphs in many roles.
Sarah Connolly said:
Any award from musicians to a musician always carries extra importance, as we are notoriously hard to please! I admire all the work the ISM does in connecting people, representing musicians in legal matters, and fighting to keep music alive in schools. Thank you for honouring me with this year’s Distinguished Musician Award.
ISM President Paul Max Edlin said:
Sarah Connolly is the foremost British mezzo-soprano, a model to all musicians, and an inspiration, especially to singers. She is also one of the very best actors who has the rare ability to transfix her audience. As a brilliant artist and glorious singer, she epitomises the very best that human aspiration can be, and it is for all these great gifts that we present her with this year’s ISM Distinguished Musician Award.