Alto honoured by the Queen.The Festival Chorus

We are proud to announce that Rosemary ( Rosie ) Johnson, has been awarded an MBE for services to music. She has guided the Royal PhilharmonicSociety for many years. They have supported musicians, commissioned work, helped charities in the music field and much more. She has brought the society back from the brink of financial difficulty and is leaving it in good shape for the future.

I am sure all our members will want to join us is giving her a hearty Congratulations!

Here is her official Biog.

Rosemary Johnson has been running the RPS since 1998. She has over 30 years experience in the arts and has a particular interest in new music, marketing and promotion. She has previously worked for English National Opera, the Society for the Promotion of New Music and Chester Music Publishers. Rosemary read music at Nottingham University and in 1992 she was a Winston Churchill Memorial Scholar, researching Composer Residency Schemes in the USA (where she met her husband!).

She is a former Trustee of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, has served as an artistic adviser to the ENO Studio, and is currently a member of the Cheltenham Festival artistic advisory panel. She also acts as a juror on panels for the PRS for Music Foundation and for the BASCA Composer Awards. She received a Classic FM Award for outstanding services to music in 2001. She was awarded the MBE in the Birthday Honours list in 2018.

Favourite performance memories include singing for Leonard Bernstein and for Claudio Abbado as a member of the London Symphony Chorus.

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