The 2013 Cobbett Medal

25th February 2013 | Concerts, Daily Life, Inspirations | 8 comments

Out of the blue has come a letter from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, telling me that I have been awarded the 2013 Walter Wilson Cobbett Medal for distinguished services to chamber music.

WW Cobbett was a successful businessman whose true passion was chamber music. Groves’ Dictionary observed that he ‘gave to commerce what time he could spare from music’. His book, Cobbett’s Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music, is still a classic. In 1924 he established an endowment to enable the Worshipful Company of Musicians to present the Cobbett Medal annually.

With my letter was a list of previous winners who included Edward Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Pablo Casals, Dame Myra Hess, Gerald Moore, the members of the Amadeus Quartet, and many other fine musicians – composers, performers, animateurs, educators – who have contributed to the well-being of chamber music.  I feel very honoured indeed.

The 2013 Cobbett Medal is to be presented at a dinner in Stationers’ Hall in the City of London in April.


  1. Alison

    Many congratulations!!!!!!!!

  2. Mary

    How wonderful that you are part of this roll call of merit – totally deserved! Many congratulations.

  3. Anne

    Very well deserved, congratulations

  4. Stephen

    Many congratulations – I feel very well deserved you have brought much enjoyment to many.

  5. Violinist

    Congratulations once again — we’re all indebted to you, each day of the year (says my groaning shelf of cd’s and also my bookshelf)!

  6. James B

    Congratulations, that sounds like an award that really does mean something. Better than an Oscar!

  7. Gareth

    Congratulations – richly deserved!

  8. Petra

    Congratulations, as everyone has already said, completely deserved!


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