Corringham-born composer. Mark-Anthony Turnage awarded CBE

MARK-Anthony Turnage , the composer of Blood on the Floor and the operas Greek and Anna Nicole, has been awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for "services to music". 

Mark-Anthony Turnage made this statement following the announcement: "I’m really pleased to have been given this honour. I would never have believed this was possible when I started life as a composer.

"I put my life into my music and it’s great to have the recognition – it means a lot to me.”

Turnage’s music has done much to break down barriers and attract new audiences.

His works absorb jazz elements within a highly distinctive personal idiom that has made Turnage a stand-out international figure in his generation of contemporary classical composers.

Future highlights include his viola concerto On Opened Ground performed at the BBC Proms, the world premiere of Dialogue, a concerto for violin and cello at Yehudi Menuhin’s Gstaad Festival, a new ballet score for Christopher Wheeldon at The Royal Ballet and two new operas for The Royal Opera, Covent Garden. 

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