Aled Jones leads classical world in Queen's Birthday Honours

Aled Jones has been given an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, revealed this weekend.

Aled Jones

The Classic FM broadcaster was given the honour for services to music, broadcasting and charitable services.

Commenting on the honour, he said: "I never expected to be honoured for anything I've done… it's a bonus. A massive bonus."

"I've been an incredibly lucky boy and man to be involved in music all my life, and this latest honour has made me feel a little bit old!" he added.

Also honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list are John Gilhooly, director of Wigmore Hall (OBE), Anthony Sargent, General Director of the Sage Gateshead (CBE), Timothy Rhys Evans, Music Director of Only Men Aloud (MBE) and Jonathan Reekie, chief executive of Aldeburgh Music (CBE).

Anthony Sargent's honour comes just days after Royal Northern Sinfonia (formerly Northern Sinfonia), who are the resident ensemble at the Sage Gatesehad, had a royal title bestowed on them.

Other notable figures receiving honours include Nicholas Starr, Executive Director of the National Theatre (CBE), Caroyln Date, chorus manager at Bournemouth Symphony Chorus  (MBE) and Cornish baritone Alan Opie (OBE).