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Published: 07 January 2014

By Andy Ross

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Sir Thomas Allen

Sir Thomas Allen will be awarded the Queen's Medal for Music 2013, according to BBC news.

The baritone singer debuted in Britten's Billy Budd in 1971. What a fantastic singer. It all sounds so effortless.

Years ago, I went to sit in on a masterclass with Thomas Allen in London. He gave expert advice, with care and a real passion for the music and for the musicianship that great singers need, and I remember that day clearly. It was a real highlight for me. Thank you Sir Thomas!