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Operatic baritone and director Sir Thomas Allen CBE has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Queen's Medal for Music.
The renowned singer and director commented: "I was surprised and thrilled to hear I would receive The Queen's Medal for Music having had so much recognition over many years. This very special award means so much to me and I'm very proud to have been selected."
Allen is the ninth overall winner of the award. Past winners include Dame Emma Kirkby and Bryn Terfel, while the collective recipient for the 2012 was the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
The current Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, commented: "Sir Thomas was a top opera singer who has become not only a top opera director but also a major force in outreach and musical education."
He continued: "Through the Samling Foundation, he has carried out utterly selfless work for charity and, above all, for young people, and it is for this achievement of a lifetime that The Queen's Medal for Music Committee felt so strongly persuaded to award him the Medal."
The award will be presented to Allen by The Queen herself at a ceremony later this year.
Allen is also currently the Chancellor of Durham University, a post which he has held since October 2011.