Press Release

03 January 2014

Canterbury Christ Church University would like to congratulate its Honorary Fellows Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen's Music, and Roger De Haan, who have been recognised in the New Year's Honours.

The Queen’s composer is acknowledged as one of the foremost conductors and composers of our time and was appointed as a member of the Order of Companions of Honour for his services to music. The Order of Companions of Honour is a distinguished order of the Commonwealth realms founded by King George V in June 1917, as a reward for outstanding achievements in the arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry, or religion. The Order consists of the Sovereign and not more than 65 members.

In 2012, Sir Peter opened the Maxwell Davies building on the University’s Canterbury Campus, a new suite of state-of-the art music practice rooms, seminar and rehearsal spaces for students and staff. The refurbished building was named in honour of the close ties Sir Peter has with the University and its music students as part of the University’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Honorary Fellow Roger De Haan has also been knighted for his services to education and charity in Kent and overseas.

Roger De Haan has given £49 million over the last seven years to a range of education, arts and community organisations in the UK and overseas. This includes funding for the University’s Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health which over the years has undertaken international research into the benefits of singing on people’s health and wellbeing.

The New Year’s Honours also saw alumni sisters Mary Berg and Sara Mogel receive awards for services to educational work in Canterbury.

Mary, who studied Medieval Archaeology at the University, received an MBE for services to education, heritage and charity. Her sister Sara qualified as a teacher at Christ Church and was honoured with an OBE for services to vocational education.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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