Updated: Tuesday, 4th August 2020 @ 7:52pm

Hallé music director awarded prestigious honour from Royal Philharmonic Society

Hallé music director awarded prestigious honour from Royal Philharmonic Society

By Andrew Little

A prestigious honour was granted upon the music director of Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra yesterday.

Sir Mark Elder, 64, became only the 129th person in history to be granted honorary membership to the Royal Philharmonic Society at the presentation at Bridgewater Hall.

Sir Mark, who knighted for services to music in 2008, has been conductor for the Hallé since 2000 and works regularly with the world’s leading orchestras.

Andy Ryans, spokesperson for the Hallé said: “Sir Mark and the whole orchestra are thrilled with the honorary membership. Sir Mark is a great supporter of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s work.”

A spokesperson for the Council of the Royal Philharmonic Society said they were delighted to present Honorary Membership to Sir Mark Elder in admiration of his cultural leadership.

 “Over more than three decades he has carefully and systematically transformed the fortunes of two great British musical institutions. 

“As musical director at English National Opera, and latterly with the Hallé, he has focused on fostering exceptional musical standards, creating pride at every level of these organisations and enthralling audiences with both the sheer impact of his music making and his passionate advocacy for music.

“He is a true leader and, of course, a truly great musician.”

The Royal Philharmonic Society, founded in 1813, is a charity dedicated to creating a future for music through the encouragement of creativity, the promotion of understanding and the recognition of excellence.

The first honorary membership to the society was granted to Carl Maria von Weber in 1826.

Other illustrious honorary members have included Rossini (1939), Brahms (1882), Clara Schumann (1887) and Stravinsky (1921).