Northampton’s Sir Peter Ellwood CBE DL is to be presented with honorary membership of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) at its next concert at Northampton Royal & Derngate this Sunday, 26 November. Sir Peter will be only the second person to be granted this honour in the Orchestra’s 70-year history; the other honorary member is composer and conductor John Rutter. The award is being given in recognition of Sir Peter’s outstanding contribution to the RPO’s success and development over more than 20 years. Since 1996 he has played several pivotal roles including Non-executive Director, Chairman of the Advisory Council and Chairman of the RPO Trust.
Sir Peter has a strong local connection with Northamptonshire, where he serves as Vice Lord-Lieutenant, playing an active role in many aspects of county life. He has been a keen advocate and supporter of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s decades-long Residency at Northampton’s Royal & Derngate.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is extremely grateful to Sir Peter and is delighted to be presenting him with honorary membership.