Andrew Parrott is to be awarded with York Early Music Festival’s biennial Lifetime Achievement Award. Parrot is being recognised for his work and longevity in the early music genre: former music director of both the London Mozart Players and the New York Collegium, last year he celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Taverner Consort, Choir and Players, of which he is conductor. He has been involved in musicological research and has published major articles on Monteverdi, Purcell and Bach. He is currently working on two further books.
Parrott said of the award: ‘The “early music” movement has been described by one writer as having brought about nothing less than “a sea-change in our listening habits”. While my personal list of related objectives still to be achieved remains implausibly long, acknowledgement of past contributions I may have made is undeniably rewarding. I am most grateful to the York Early Music Festival for expressing its recognition in this way.’
Director of the NCEM Delma Tomlin reflected back on Parrott’s relationship with NCEM and the York Early Music Festival: ‘Andrew’s involvement with the festival starts at the very beginning during the first York Early Music Week in 1977 when his performance with his Tavernor Consort of the 14th-century Machaut Mass in York Minster was a complete revelation. So it is with great pleasure that we mark the extraordinary contribution he has made to music throughout his career with this award.’
Parrott will be presented with the lifetime achievement award by York Early Music Festival’s artistic advisor John Bryan on 13 July at the National Centre for Early Music.
YEMF’s Lifetime Achievement Award was first presented to flautist Barthold Kuijken in 2006, other recipients include Dame Emma Kirkby (2008), James Bowman (2010) and Jordi Savall (2012).