We are delighted to announce that Buskaid’s Founder and Director, Rosemary Nalden is to be awarded honorary membership of The Royal Philharmonic Society (RPS).
In the past 187 years, the RPS has bestowed only 131 honorary memberships. It has just announced that its most prestigious honour is being given to five musicians worldwide to mark its 200th birthday at an awards ceremony on 14 May. Rosemary is the only woman to receive the accolade. Other recipients include Former pilot Armand Diangienda, who founded a symphony orchestra in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Dr Ahmad Sarmast, who set up the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.
The society said the musicians had all made a "profound difference" with their work. RPS chairman John Gilhooly said the musicians were chosen because they "understand the fundamental importance of culture in society and its potential to change lives. Each has shown tenacity and vision, and each is driven by a 'love of their art' which is very much in keeping with the founding principles of the RPS.”
BBC Radio 3's Sara Mohr-Pietsch and Sean Rafferty will host the ceremony, which will be broadcast on the station on 19 May.
We are very excited that Revolution Harmony, a non profit record label founded by music lecturer and journalist Ray Holroyd, will release a special charity single on July 18featuring System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian, Devin Townsend and former Emperor frontman Ihsahn .
All proceeds from the single, titled We Are, will be donated to Buskaid - a fantastic and generous project which we hope you will support!
To view Alex Crawford's
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Rosemary Nalden was one of last year's speakers for TedxObserver at Sadler's Wells, London. She was joined on stage by members of the Buskaid Ensemble for a short performance.
To view the talk and read Marshall Marcus' blog review of the highly successful Buskaid concert which was held at St Marylebone Church on Monday 12 March, follow the links below:
Our annual concert in Johannesburg will take place at the Linder Auditorium on Saturday 7 September 2013. Please watch this space nearer the time for more detail.
To watch footage from last year's Linder Auditorium concert please click on the YouTube link below: