Monday, February 19, 2018

Order of the British Empire Knighthoods

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The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4th June 1917 by George V. The Order comprises five classes in civil and military divisions. In decreasing order of seniority, these are:

  • Knight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE)
  • Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
  • Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
  • Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
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Here are the musicians who have received one of the above honors:


A

  • Emma Albani, singer
  • Walter Galpin Alcock, musician/composer
  • Hugh Allen, conductor
  • Thomas Allen, baritone
  • Julie Andrews, singer
  • Richard Armstrong, conductor
  • Malcolm Arnold, conductor/composer
  • Ian Anderson, singer with Jethro Tull (MBE 2008)
  • Ivor Atkins, musician/conductor

B

  • Wilhelm Backhaus, musician
  • Isobel Baillie, singer
  • Edward Bairstow, composer/musician
  • Janet Baker, singer
  • Lisbeth Balslev, singer
  • Granville Bantock, composer
  • John Barbirolli, conductor
  • Daniel Barenboim, Argentina/Israel, pianist and conductor (KBE 2011) *
  • Joseph Barnby, composer/conductor
  • Josephine Barstow, singer
  • Shirley Bassey, singer
  • Arnold Bax, composer
  • Thomas Beecham, conductor/musician
  • Heather Begg, singer
  • Julius Benedict, composer
  • George Benjamin, composer
  • Richard Rodney Bennett, composer
  • William Sterndale Bennett, composer
  • Lennox Berkeley, composer
  • Leonard Bernstein, composer/musician
  • Antonio Bibalo, composer/musician
  • Harrison Birtwistle, composer
  • Henry Bishop, composer
  • Arne Bjørndal, composer/musician
  • Arthur Bliss, composer
  • Bono, singer with U2 (KBE 2007) *
  • Adrian Boult, conductor
  • John Dykes Bower, musician
  • Alfred Brendel, Austrian pianist (KBE 1989) *
  • Herbert Brewer, composer/musician
  • Frederick Bridge, conductor/composer/musician
  • Alexander Brott, conductor/composer/musician
  • Ernest Bullock, composer/musician
  • Clara Butt, singer

C

  • Montserrat Caballé, singer
  • John Cale, musician with the Velvet Underground (OBE 2010)
  • Charlie Chaplin, composer
  • Eric Clapton, singer/guitarist – Yardbirds, Cream, solo (OBE 1994, CBE 2004)
  • Petula Clark (CBE 1998)
  • Joe Cocker (OBE 2007)
  • Carl Cohn Haste, composer/musician
  • Sarah Connolly, singer
  • Andrea Corr, musician with The Corrs (MBE 2005)
  • Caroline Corr, musician with The Corrs (MBE 2005)
  • Jim Corr, musician with The Corrs (MBE 2005)
  • Sharon Corr, musician with The Corrs (MBE 2005)
  • Michael Costa, conductor
  • Henry Coward, conductor
  • Noël Coward, singer/composer
  • Bernard Cribbins (OBE 2011)
  • Clifford Curzon, musician
  • William Cusins, conductor/composer/musician

D

  • Roger Daltrey, lead singer of the Who (CBE 2004)
  • John Dankworth, composer/musician
  • Peter Maxwell Davies, composer
  • Ray Davies, lead singer of the Kinks (CBE 2004)
  • Walford Davies, composer
  • Andrew Davis, conductor
  • Colin Davis, conductor
  • Barbara Dickson, stage musicals (OBE 2002)
  • Plácido Domingo, opera singer from Spain (KBE 2002) *
  • Antal Doráti, conductor from Hungary (KBE 1983) *
  • Edward Downes, conductor
  • Clive Dunn (OBE 1975)
  • Vivian Dunn, conductor/composer/musician
  • George Dyson, composer

E

  • Werner Egk, composer
  • Mark Elder, conductor
  • Edward Elgar, composer
  • Bradley Ellingboe, composer
  • David Essex (OBE 1999)
  • Anne Evans, singer
  • Geraint Evans, singer

F

  • Keith Falkner, singer
  • John Fane, composer and 11th Early of Westmorland
  • Farinelli, musician
  • Bryan Ferry, singer with Roxy Music (CBE 2011)
  • Gracie Fields, singer (DBE 1979)
  • Neil Finn (OBE 1993)
  • Tim Finn (OBE 1993)
  • Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, singer
  • George Formby (OBE 1946)
  • Wolfgang Fortner, composer

G

  • James Galway, musician
  • John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
  • Bob Geldof, member of the Boomtown Rats, conceived and coordinated Live Aid (KBE 1986) *
  • Edward German, composer
  • Barry Gibb, member of the Bee Gees (CBE 2004)
  • Maurice Gibb, member of the Bee Gees (CBE 2004)
  • Robin Gibb, member of the Bee Gees (CBE 2004)
  • Alexander Gibson, conductor
  • Clive Gillinson, musician
  • David Gilmour, singer/guitarist with Pink Floyd (CBE 2005)
  • Evelyn Glennie (OBE 1993, DBE 2007)
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck, composer
  • Stefano Gobatti, composer
  • Dan Godfrey, conductor
  • Reginald Goodall, conductor
  • Eugene Aynsley Goossens, conductor/composer
  • Edvard Grieg, composer/musician
  • Charles Groves, conductor

H

  • William Henry Hadow, composer
  • Bernard Haitink, Netherlands-born musical director of the Royal Opera House (CH 2002) *
  • Bernard Haitink, Netherlands-born conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra (KBE 1977) *
  • Charles Hallé, conductor/musician
  • Joan Hammond, singer
  • Bob Harris, radio disc jockey and OGWT presenter (OBE 2011)
  • Rolf Harris, novelty singer (CBE 2006)
  • William Henry Harris, composer/musician
  • George Harrison, singer/musician – The Beatles/solo (MBE 1965)
  • Ton Hartsuiker, composer/musician
  • Hamilton Harty, conductor/composer/musician
  • Bernard Heinze, conductor
  • George Henschel, conductor/composer/musician
  • Hans Werner Henze, composer
  • Myra Hess, musician
  • William Herschel, composer
  • Joseph Hislop, singer
  • Bob Hope, American actor/entertainer (KBE 1998) *
  • Trevor Horn, record producer and member of the Buggles and Yes (CBE 2011)
  • Egil Hovland, composer
  • Percy Hull, composer/musician

I-J

  • Mick Jagger, singer with the Rolling Stones.
  • Karl Jenkins, composer
  • Otto Joachim, composer
  • Elton John, singer/pianist (CBE 1996)
  • Gwyneth Jones, soprano
  • Tom Jones, singer (OBE 1999, KBE 2006)
  • Joseph Jongen, musician
  • Chantal Juillet, musician

K

  • Olav Kielland, conductor/composer
  • Thea King, musician
  • Emma Kirkby, singer
  • Mark Knopfler, singer/guitarist with Dire Straits (OBE 2000)
  • Ton Koopman, conductor/musician
  • F.L.Æ. Kunzen, composer

L

  • Cleo Laine, singer
  • Harry Lauder, singer
  • Philip Ledger, composer/musician
  • John Lennon, singer/musician – The Beatles, solo (MBE 1965)
  • Annie Lennox, singer with the Eurythmics (OBE 2011)
  • Sister Mary Leo, musician
  • Gilbert Levine, conductor
  • Anthony Lewis, musician
  • Rolf Liebermann, composer
  • Felicity Lott, singer
  • Lulu (OBE 2000)
  • David Lumsden, musician
  • Moura Lympany, musician
  • Vera Lynn, singer (OBE 1969, DBE 1975)
  • Henry Lytton, singer

M

  • George Alexander Macfarren, composer
  • Alexander Mackenzie, composer
  • Charles Mackerras, conductor
  • Ernest MacMillan, conductor/composer
  • James MacMillan, composer
  • Elizabeth Maconchy, composer
  • Malvina Major, singer
  • August Manns, conductor
  • Neville Marriner, conductor
  • Gerry Marsden (MBE 2003)
  • George Martin, producer for the Beatles (KBE 1996)
  • Colin Mawby, conductor/composer/musician
  • Brian May (CBE 2005) Queen
  • John Mayall (OBE 2005) Bluesbreakers
  • Paul McCartney, singer/musician – The Beatles, solo (MBE 1965, KBE 1997)
  • John Blackwood McEwen, composer
  • Donald McIntyre, singer
  • William McKie, musician
  • Guus Meeuwis, singer
  • Nellie Melba, singer
  • Yehudi Menuhin, American violinist/conductor (KBE) *
  • Jonathan Mills, composer
  • Anthony Milner, composer
  • Kylie Minogue (OBE 2008)
  • Nicola Montani, conductor/composer
  • François Morel, conductor/composer/musician
  • Howard Morrison, singer
  • Van Morrison, singer – Them, solo (OBE 1996)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer/musician
  • Ann Murray, Irish mezzo-soprano (DBE 2002) *
  • Riccardo Muti, conductor

N

  • Graham Nash, singer/musician – The Hollies, Crosby Stills & Nash (OBE 2010)
  • Olivia Newton-John (OBE 1979)
  • Sydney Nicholson, composer/musician
  • Inga Nielsen, singer
  • Roger Norrington, conductor
  • Knut Nystedt, composer

O

  • Herbert Oakeley, composer
  • Edith Oldrup, singer
  • Eugene Ormandy, American conductor of the Philadlephia Orchestra (KBE 1976) *

P-Q

  • Ignacy Jan Padereski, Polish pianist/composer (GBE 1925) *
  • Jimmy Page, guitarist with the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin (OBE 2005)
  • Elaine Paige, stage musicals (OBE 1995)
  • Felicity Palmer, singer
  • Andrzej Panufnik, composer
  • Antonio Paoli, singer
  • Antonio Pappano, conductor
  • Rick Parfitt, musician with Status Quo (OBE 2010)
  • Walter Parratt, composer/musician
  • Hubert Parry, composer
  • William Parsons, composer/musician
  • Peter Pears, singer
  • John Peel, radio disc jockey (OBE 1998)
  • Murray Perahia, American concert pianist/conductor (KBE 2004) *
  • Libor Pešek, Czech conductor (KBE 1996) *
  • Oscar Peterson, composer/musician
  • André Previn, German-American pianist/conductor/composer (KBE 1996) *
  • Margaret Price, singer
  • John Pritchard, conductor

R

  • Ruth Railton, conductor
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau, composer
  • Simon Rattle, conductor
  • Les Reed, songwriter (OBE 1998)
  • Aribert Reimann, composer/musician
  • Cliff Richard, singer (OBE 1980, KBE 1995)
  • Hugh S. Roberton, conductor/composer
  • Ángel Romero, musician
  • Celin Romero, musician
  • Pepe Romero, musician
  • Landon Ronald, conductor/composer/musician
  • Francis Rossi, musician with Status Quo (OBE 2010)
  • Mstislav Rostropovich, Russian cellist and conductor (KBE 1987) *
  • Arthur Rubinstein, Polish-American classical pianist (KBE 1977) *

S

  • Camille Saint-Saëns, musician
  • Charles Santley, singer
  • Malcolm Sargent, conductor
  • Michael Schønwandt, conductor
  • Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, singer
  • Harry Secombe, singer
  • Jimmy Shand, musician
  • Ravi Shankar, Bengali Indian musician and composer (KBE 2001)
  • George Shearing, musician
  • Ed Sheeran (MBE 2017)
  • Johann Baptist Singenberger, composer
  • George Thomas Smart, musician
  • Ethel Smyth, composer
  • George Solti, German conductor/musical director of the Covent Garden Opera Company (KBE 1971)
  • Arthur Somervell, composer
  • William Southgate, conductor
  • Gaspare Spontini, conductor/composer
  • Dusty Springfield, singer (OBE 1999)
  • John Stainer, composer/musician
  • Charles Villiers Stanford, composer
  • Ringo Starr, drummer with the Beatles, solo artist (MBE 1965)
  • John Andrew Stevenson, composer/musician
  • Robert Prescott Stewart, composer/musician
  • Rod Stewart, singer – The Faces, solo (CBE 2007)
  • Sting, singer – The Police, solo (CBE 2002)
  • Arthur Sullivan, composer
  • Joan Sutherland, singer

T

  • John Tavener, composer
  • Kiri Te Kanawa, singer
  • Bryn Terfel, singer
  • Maggie Teyte, singer
  • George Thalben-Ball, composer/musician
  • Reginald Thatcher, composer
  • Michael Tippett, composer
  • John Tomlinson, bass singer
  • Paolo Tosti, composer
  • Donald Tovey, composer/musician
  • Eva Turner, singer

U-V

  • Midge Ure, singer with Ultra Vox, co-coordinator of Live Aid (OBE 2005)
  • Jean Vallerand, conductor/composer/musician

W

  • Edo de Waart, conductor
  • William Walton, composer
  • Geneviève Ward, singer
  • Fanny Waterman, musician
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer
  • Gillian Weir, musician
  • Jack Westrup, conductor/composer
  • Willard White, singer
  • David Willcocks, conductor/musician
  • Steuart Wilson, singer
  • Ole Windingstad, conductor/composer/musician
  • Henry Wood, conductor

X-Y-Z

  • Jimmy Young, broadcaster
  • Eugène Ysaÿe, musician
  • Franco Zeffirelli, Italian director and opera producer (KBE 2004) *

* Honorary knighthood given to those born outside of the UK.


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