Retiring Director of Junior Trinity awarded MBE

Marion Friend

Marion Friend, Director of Junior Trinity, the Saturday school of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2014.

Marion read music at Girton College Cambridge, studying the oboe with Janet Craxton. In the early part of her career, Marion combined freelance orchestral playing with peripatetic oboe teaching and class teaching, before taking up senior arts administration posts at the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Young Musician of the Year and Wigmore Hall. She holds trusteeships with Cavatina Chamber Music Trust and Nuance Music and is chair of Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust and her local Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra where she has been playing oboe and cor anglais for longer than she cares to remember.

After twelve years Marion will relinquish her post at the end of this academic year in order to develop her increasing portfolio as a life coach, mentor and facilitator in education, charities and the arts.

Marion said: "I'm honoured and amazed to receive this award in recognition of my work in music education over the years. I've been inspired by former colleagues and professional musicians at Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Young Musician of the Year and Wigmore Hall and in the past twelve years at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

"It is at Trinity Laban that I have particularly enjoyed working with young talented musicians from a range of backgrounds and have learned so much from their creativity and motivation, often in the face of conflicting demands and financial challenges. This award is as much for them as it is for me."

John Cumming from Serious was awarded an OBE for his services to jazz. Other musical figures to be honoured include pianist and conductor Andras Schiff (knighthood for services to music), John Berry, Artistic Director of English National Opera (CBE), soprano Susan Bullock (CBE), Janis Susskind (OBE) and Victoria Sharp (OBE).

The incoming Head of Junior Trinity is Tabby Estell -


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