The founder of The Sixteen, Harry Christophers, has been presented with a CBE, honouring the conductor’s services to music.

The ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace on 13 December – the same day that Christophers’ group Genesis Sixteen, The Sixteen’s new training programme for young choral singers, performed Christmas carols in Leicester Square for Classic FM.

Christophers said: ‘It is one of the greatest honours to receive this award, and it is with enormous pride that I thank the wealth of wonderful musicians, supporters and audiences whom I have conducted and performed for throughout my career.

‘This is a wonderful day for me and my family and I’m especially proud that this recognition comes at a time when The Sixteen is going from strength to strength and we have such a wonderful opportunity to work with young singers, alongside our concert and recording work.’

December has been a busy month for The Sixteen: they have performed sell-out performance of The Truth from Above in London, they will perform with Genesis Sixteen at The Barbican on 16 December for the popular Christmas rendition of Handel’s Messiah, and the group will also act as ‘house choir’ for a special edition of BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on 21 December.


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