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June 2016

Sir Mark Elder appointed as Honorary Professor

(5 June 2016)

Sir Mark Elder will take up the post of Honorary Professor in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures from the next academic year. He has been Music Director of the Hallé since September 2000 and works as a guest with the world’s leading opera houses and symphony orchestras. He has a wide-ranging discography of award-winning recordings, and is International Chair in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Sir Mark commented, “It is a great honour to be asked to accept an Honorary Professorship in the Music Department of The University of Manchester. I shall be delighted to play a small role in developing future generations of professional musicians.”

Dr Camden Reeves, Head of Music, said, “We are delighted to welcome Sir Mark as an Honorary Professor. His work at the Hallé has made him a musical icon within the city of Manchester, and as such he will be a fantastic inspiration to our students and staff. We are looking forward to working with, and learning from him in the years to come."

Sir Mark Elder was knighted in 2008 and was awarded CBE in 1989. He won an Olivier Award in 1991 for his outstanding work at the English National Opera, and in May 2006 was named Conductor of the Year by the Royal Philharmonic Society. He was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2011.

Image of Sir Mark Elder