A CONDUCTOR honoured by the Queen has paid tribute to all her friends and colleagues in Bolton.
Head of Bolton Music Service Carolyn Baxendale was given an MBE in the New Year’s honours list.
Mrs Baxendale said: “When I received notification in the post of my MBE it was a complete surprise. The award has overwhelmed me.
“That work done locally can be recognised nationally is wonderful, but one person on their own can’t get work like this recognised.
“Things like this are only recognised if lots of people are working together. I would like to say thank you to the wonderful people and my friends in Bolton who have helped.
“This shows that music really matters to people in Bolton.”
Bolton Catholic Musical and Choral Society president, Jeanette Winstanley, added: “Carolyn is Head of Bolton Music Service and also leads the Greater Manchester Music Hub, which is a large music education partnership.
“As well as being a committee member of Bolton Symphony Orchestra, a trustee of the charity Trust Music and a governor of Thornleigh College, she is a board member of Music Mark — the UK association for music education.
“She is also a governor of both Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music.
“We have been extremely fortunate to have had Carolyn as Musical Director and Conductor of BCMCS Choral for about 12 years and we very much appreciate her expert knowledge, guidance and dedication.
“We send her our very best wishes and look forward to another amazing choral season with her conducting both the BCMCS Choir and Bolton Symphony Orchestra in Verdi`s Requiem.”