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The Prince of Wales attends the Royal College of Music's awards ceremony

13th March 2015

The Prince of Wales attends the Royal College of Music Awards. Photo by Chris Christadoulou

The Prince of Wales attends the Royal College of Music Awards. Photo by Chris Christadoulou

Conductor and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy and soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, two outstanding talents from the classical music world, have received honorary doctorates from The Prince of Wales.

A "delighted and thrilled" Dame Kiri said she was particularly happy to be recognised in this way by the Royal College of Music (RCM), as the award was presented by The Prince himself. He has been the RCM president since 1993.

Mr Ashkenazy described the award, made to a select group who have made significant contributions to musical life, as "a tremendous honour".

Mr Ashkenazy, who maintains strong links with major orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, as well as making guest appearances with leading ensembles all over the world, said: "It has been a great inspiration for me to have had a wonderful, continuous and long lasting connection with the Royal College of Music in recent years and has been a pleasure and privilege to give young musicians insights across the broadest of repertoire. To see them benefit from these experiences has been especially gratifying."

British tenor Toby Spence, Bafta-winning stage and film actor Edward Fox, music critic and academic Ivan Hewett and soprano Janis Kelly also collected their honorary doctorates from His Royal Highness.

The Prince of Wales attends the Royal College of Music Awards. Photo by Chris Christadoulou.

The Prince of Wales attends the Royal College of Music Awards. Photo by Chris Christadoulou.