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Prince Charles presents honours to stars of opera and film music

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The Prince of Wales has visited ‘the jewel in the crown of cultural excellence in the UK’ to honour some of the top talents in the world of music.

Charles, 71, in his role as president of the Royal College of Music (RCM), handed out awards to artists including conductor and Royal Opera House music director Sir Antonio Pappano.

Also amongst the recipients included tenor Jonas Kaufmann, composer Debbie Wiseman and Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman.

RCM director Professor Colin Lawson described the organisation as a ‘jewel in the crown of cultural excellence in the UK’ and said it is proud to have the royal’s support. 

Prince Charles, 71, shakes hands as he presents British composer for film and television Debbie Wiseman with an honorary Fellowship award at the Royal College of Music's annual awards in London

Prince Charles, 71, shakes hands as he presents British composer for film and television Debbie Wiseman with an honorary Fellowship award at the Royal College of Music's annual awards in London

Prince Charles, 71, shakes hands as he presents British composer for film and television Debbie Wiseman with an honorary Fellowship award at the Royal College of Music’s annual awards in London

The royal listens to music being performed as he sits flanked by Director Professor Colin Lawson (C-L) and Chairman Lord Black of Brentwood (C-R) during the Royal College of Music's Annual Awards Ceremony at Royal College Of Music

The royal listens to music being performed as he sits flanked by Director Professor Colin Lawson (C-L) and Chairman Lord Black of Brentwood (C-R) during the Royal College of Music's Annual Awards Ceremony at Royal College Of Music

The royal listens to music being performed as he sits flanked by Director Professor Colin Lawson (C-L) and Chairman Lord Black of Brentwood (C-R) during the Royal College of Music’s Annual Awards Ceremony at Royal College Of Music

Sir Antonio and Kaufmann were both made honorary Doctors of Music, while Wiseman and Portman were became fellows of the RCM at the annual ceremony in central London.

Sir Antonio has guided many students to the professional stage.

He commented: ‘I never would have thought from taking my grade 1 music exam as a youngster that I’d one day be receiving a doctorate from a world-renowned institution such as the Royal College of Music. Having this honour bestowed on me is humbling, yet brings such joy.’ 

Kaufmann, who was described by the New York Times as ‘the most important, versatile tenor of his generation,’ has won four Gramophone Awards for his operatic albums.

The Prince of Wales presents German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann with an honorary Doctor of Music award at the Royal College of Music's annual awards in London

The Prince of Wales presents German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann with an honorary Doctor of Music award at the Royal College of Music's annual awards in London

The Prince of Wales presents German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann with an honorary Doctor of Music award at the Royal College of Music’s annual awards in London

The royal and Jonas Kaufmann share a joke before shaking hands during the musical ceremony

The royal and Jonas Kaufmann share a joke before shaking hands during the musical ceremony

The royal and Jonas Kaufmann share a joke before shaking hands during the musical ceremony 

The Prince of Wale handed out the awards in his role as president of the Royal College of Music (RCM). Pictured, presenting English-Italian conductor and pianist Sir Antonio Pappano with an honorary Doctor of Music award

The Prince of Wale handed out the awards in his role as president of the Royal College of Music (RCM). Pictured, presenting English-Italian conductor and pianist Sir Antonio Pappano with an honorary Doctor of Music award

The Prince of Wale handed out the awards in his role as president of the Royal College of Music (RCM). Pictured, presenting English-Italian conductor and pianist Sir Antonio Pappano with an honorary Doctor of Music award

The 71-year-old looks animated as he speaks with award winners during a reception in the new Performance Hall, after presenting them with awards

The 71-year-old looks animated as he speaks with award winners during a reception in the new Performance Hall, after presenting them with awards

The 71-year-old looks animated as he speaks with award winners during a reception in the new Performance Hall, after presenting them with awards

The Prince of Wales presents German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann with an honorary Doctor of Music award

The Prince of Wales presents German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann with an honorary Doctor of Music award

The Prince of Wales presents German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann with an honorary Doctor of Music award

The royal presents the President's Award to American student and mezzo-soprano Emily Sierra, from Chicago, during the awards ceremony

The royal presents the President's Award to American student and mezzo-soprano Emily Sierra, from Chicago, during the awards ceremony

The royal presents the President’s Award to American student and mezzo-soprano Emily Sierra, from Chicago, during the awards ceremony

Prince Charles posing for a group photograph with award winners at the Royal College of Music's annual awards in London

Prince Charles posing for a group photograph with award winners at the Royal College of Music's annual awards in London

Prince Charles posing for a group photograph with award winners at the Royal College of Music’s annual awards in London

Portman was the first female composer to win an Oscar in the best musical or comedy score for the film Emma in 1996.

Meanwhile, American student and mezzo-soprano Emily Sierra, from Chicago, performed on stage after being presented with the President’s Award by Prince Charles.

After the ceremony, Charles was given a tour of the redevelopment project at the college site which is creating new performance spaces, more practice rooms and social spaces, as well as a new home for the RCM Museum.

The 71-year-old was also pictured speaking with award-winners during a reception in the new Performance Hall after presenting the recipients with their awards. 

The 71-year-old speaks with Oscar winning British composer Rachel Portman during a reception in the new Performance Hall

The 71-year-old speaks with Oscar winning British composer Rachel Portman during a reception in the new Performance Hall

The 71-year-old speaks with Oscar winning British composer Rachel Portman during a reception in the new Performance Hall

The Prince of Wales smiles alongside r Jonas Kaufmann (L) and English-Italian conductor and pianist Sir Antonio Pappano (R) after presenting them with honorary Doctor of Music awards

The Prince of Wales smiles alongside r Jonas Kaufmann (L) and English-Italian conductor and pianist Sir Antonio Pappano (R) after presenting them with honorary Doctor of Music awards

The Prince of Wales smiles alongside German operatic tenor Jonas Kaufmann (L) and English-Italian conductor and pianist Sir Antonio Pappano (R) after presenting them with honorary Doctor of Music awards

The royal looks in high spirits as he congratulates Oscar-winning British composer Rachel Portman

The royal looks in high spirits as he congratulates Oscar-winning British composer Rachel Portman

The royal looks in high spirits as he congratulates Oscar-winning British composer Rachel Portman

Prince Charles speaks with American student and mezzo-soprano Emily Sierra, centre, from Chicago, and British composer for film and television Debbie Wiseman, right, during a reception in the new Performance Hall

Prince Charles speaks with American student and mezzo-soprano Emily Sierra, centre, from Chicago, and British composer for film and television Debbie Wiseman, right, during a reception in the new Performance Hall

Prince Charles speaks with American student and mezzo-soprano Emily Sierra, centre, from Chicago, and British composer for film and television Debbie Wiseman, right, during a reception in the new Performance Hall

American student and mezzo-soprano Emily Sierra, from Chicago, performs on stage after being presented with the President's Award

American student and mezzo-soprano Emily Sierra, from Chicago, performs on stage after being presented with the President's Award

American student and mezzo-soprano Emily Sierra, from Chicago, performs on stage after being presented with the President’s Award

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