Two inspirational associates from The Purcell School were awarded OBEs in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours list: Alison Cox, Head of Composition and Jenny Agutter, School Governor.

On Friday 19th October, they both received their honour at a special Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Alison Cox was awarded the title in recognition of her services to the community in the UK and overseas. She is Head of Composition at The Purcell School, in addition to being founder and co-director of The Commonwealth Resounds (an organisation promoting music and musicians across the Commonwealth through collaborative events worldwide with particular focus on young people and the developing world) and Creative Director and Key Tutor of the Sound and Music Summer School for Young Composers.

Alison comments: “I feel absolutely delighted and very surprised to have been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours for my community work in the UK and overseas. In my opinion, this could not have happened without the hard inspirational work from thousands of musicians of all ages and from different walks of life with whom I have been lucky enough to work over the years.

Many of my national and international projects have been developed at The Purcell School for Young Musicians, where I have taught for 25 years. I should like to sincerely thank everybody involved”

Film and television actress Jenny Agutter is a long term supporter of The Purcell School and a School Governor. Jenny was awarded an OBE for her services to charity.