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OUP Composer Appointed to House of Lords
27 February 2013
OUP house composer Michael Berkeley was today appointed to the House of Lords, the upper house of the UK Parliament.
Berkeley, who is one of ten composers exclusively signed to OUP, will become a ‘crossbench’ or non-party political member of the house.
An articulate broadcaster and an ardent advocate for the arts and British music, Berkeley has composed a substantial number of highly acclaimed works including three operas produced in Europe, America, and Australia.
As artistic director of the Cheltenham International Festival he programmed over 100 new works, and has devoted many years to both the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet, of which he is Chairman of the Board of Governors.
In addition to having been an associate composer to both the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Berkeley has had performances of his works given by many of the world’s orchestras, ensembles, soloists, and opera companies, and many of his works have been released on CD.
Berkeley said: ‘Naturally I feel very honoured to be appointed to The House of Lords and I am particularly pleased that the Appointments Commission was keen to increase representation in the field of Music and The Arts.’
Roger Wright, Controller BBC Radio 3, Director BBC Proms said: ‘I join with my colleagues at BBC Radio 3 in offering congratulations to our presenter Michael Berkeley on his appointment as a non-party political peer in the House of Lords. Michael is not only an accomplished composer but also an expert communicator. The recognition of his place in our society is hugely deserved.’
OUP’s Music Department publishes a range of orchestral, choral, and instrumental music by leading composers in their field from around the world. To find out more see the Music section of the OUP website.
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