About the Association
Dame Shirley Bassey
DBE, Légion d'honneur
Britain's most-successful ever female pop-music artist, estimated to have sold over 135 million records worldwide in a career of unrivalled longevity. Her live performances have taken her to most major concert halls worldwide.
Currently the Vocal Tract Physiologist at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Ron Baken is also Professor Emeritus at Columbia University, and Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology at New York Medical College. Dr. Baken is internationally recognized for his research in voice physiology, and is the author of more than 50 scientific articles and book chapters. He is the co-author of several books, including the text that is generally acknowledged as the standard reference work on methods of acoustic and physiologic measurement of vocal tract function.
Dame Sarah Connolly
Born in County Durham, Sarah Connolly studied piano and singing at the Royal College of Music, of which she is now a Fellow. She was made a DBE in the 2017 Birthday Honours, having previously been made a CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours. In 2011 she was honoured by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and presented with the Distinguished Musician Award. She is the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s 2012 Singer Award. Photo: Clive Barda.
Dame Felicity Lott
DBE, Légion d'honneur, FRCM
Internationally-renowned soprano whose opera career includes major roles at all the world's greatest opera houses, and whose concert and recording career includes collaborations with many of the world's finest conductors and pianists. In 2010, she was presented with 'The Wigmore Hall Medal' by HRH The Duke of Kent. This medal is awarded to internationally important artistic figures in recognition of their significant contribution to Wigmore Hall. Photo: Trevor Leighton.
Sir Derek Jacobi
Screen and stage actor, film director and founding member of the National Theatre, Sir Derek Jacobi has enjoyed a highly successful stage career, playing such notable characters as Edward II, Richard III, Octavius Caesar and Cyrano de Bergerac. He has also won several prestigious awards such as a Tony Award for his performance in “Much Ado About Nothing” and a BAFTA for “I, Claudius”.