13th January: Last week’s top re-entries The Classical Album and The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music switch around, at no. 1 and no. 2, and Renée Fleming’s new album is the highest new entry at no. 8.
The brilliant British soprano, who is particularly renowned for her performances of Mozart and Strauss, has been recognised by the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
Dame Felicity has performed with many of the world’s top orchestras and conductors, including Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta and André Previn.
She has recorded music by composers including Schubert, Britten, Schumann, Poulenc and Fauré – as well as Mozart and Richard Strauss.
Dame Felicity said: “To read the list of musicians honoured by the ISM with the Distinguished Musician Award since 1976 is to see all one’s heroes and heroines assembled. It is especially heart-warming to be given an award by one’s fellow musicians and I am very honoured that my name should appear on this list.”
The award, which recognises outstanding contributions to musical life in the UK, has previously gone to conductor Antonio Pappano, cellist Jacqueline du Pré, conductor Simon Rattle, percussionist Evelyn Glennie and composer Michael Tippett.
Dame Felicity spoke to Classic FM's Glenn Thompsett about the award and her future plans:
The chief executive of the ISM, Deborah Annetts, said: “We are delighted to be awarding the ISM's Distinguished Musician Award to Dame Felicity Lott. Her outstanding career captures many musical achievements as a performer with many of the world's leading opera companies at some of the most iconic venues, and this makes her the ideal recipient.”