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Sir Colin Davis has received the 2009 Association of British Orchestras award for his outstanding services to British orchestral music.
The award was announced last Friday in Glasgow, on the final day of the ABO’s annual conference. Sir Colin Davis was unable to attend the conference to collect the award in person, but he addressed those present via video link, saying “I am honoured to have been given this award and to join the illustrious company that have received it.”
Previous recipients of the award include Classic FM, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
Sir Colin Davis is internationally renowned, having worked with the world’s leading orchestras and opera houses. He is the longest serving Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra ever, and remains its President. He adds this latest award to a host of European accolades, including a knighthood, the Queen’s Medal for Music and Légion d’Honneur.
Chair of the ABO Tim Walker commented on the award: “The ABO Award has been made to Sir Colin Davis in recognition of nearly fifty years work with the LSO and eleven seasons as the Orchestra’s Principal Conductor. He has made an outstanding contribution to the development of orchestral life in Britain.” This award is unique in the music world because its recipient is nominated by members of the Association of British Orchestras themselves.