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New Year Honours: PPL's Nevrkla, Classic FM's Henley, Nordoff Robbins' Munns and Etkin given OBEs

Tim Ingham
New Year Honours: PPL's Nevrkla, Classic FM's Henley, Nordoff Robbins' Munns and Etkin given OBEs

UK music industry execs from PPL, Global Radio and Nordoff Robbins have this morning been handed OBEs in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

PPL chairman Fran Nevrkla was awarded the honour for ‘services to the British music industry’, whilst Classic FM MD Darren Henley received his simply for ‘services to music’.

A former professional violinist, Nevrkla joined Warner Music in 1977, later becoming a board director of the company's UK division. He left Warner in September 2000 after 23 years in order to become Chairman and CEO of PPL.

"I am thrilled about this honour which makes me feel very proud,” Nevrkla told Music Week. “I consider it a great privilege that my adopted country, the United Kingdom, has given me recognition for achievements over the years in an industry that contributes a great deal and in so many ways."

Darren Henley started his career at Classic FM 20 years ago as a journalist and overnight newsreader having previously worked at Invicta FM in 1989. He worked his way up to MD level in 2006.

Henley told RadioToday: "“I’m really very chuffed. For me, it’s the icing on the cake as we round off Classic FM’s 20th birthday year.”

Elsewhere in the Honours list, Pauline Etkin, the long-standing CEO of Nordoff Robbins – who has been with the charity  since 1991 - was awarded her OBE for ‘services to music therapy’. She will be retiring as CEO of Nordoff Robbins in 2013.

David Munns, Nordoff Robbins chairman and chairman of The Music Industry Trusts Award, was awarded his OBE for 'services to charity and the music industry'.

Other notable music figures in the Honours list included artist Catherine (Kate) Bush, who received a CBE for ‘services to music’, as well as classical musician Nicola Benedetti, who receieved an MBE for ‘services to Music and to Charity’.

Meanwhile, a CBE went to Dr (John) Michael Berman, the chairman of Southbank Sinfonia, for services to Music and Philanthropy, whilst Professor John Butt, professor of music at the University of Glasgow, received an OBE for services to Music in Scotland.

An MBE went to Jill (Gilly) Love, creative Director of the Sage Gateshead’s Silver Programme, for services to Music in the community, as well as Jillian Johnson, artistic director of concerts at the University of Leeds, for services to higher education and Music in Leeds.

Young Person’s Concert Foundation director, Lady Judy Martin, was given an MBE for services to charity, whilst Vincent Hayes – founder of Brick Lane’s Music Hall in London – also received an MBE.

Nordoff Robbins’ Etkin said of her honour “I’m delighted and overwhelmed – and I accept this honour on behalf of all Nordoff Robbins’ clients and their carers, our therapists and staff, our generous supporters and all those in the music therapy profession.

“I’ve been a music therapist for 30 years and it’s been an incredible privilege to bring the transformative power of music to so many people, using Nordoff Robbins’ unique approach”.

Tony Wadsworth, Chairman of the BPI said: “With the BPI having worked alongside Nordoff Robbins for many years, I’ve had the privilege to see what a massive difference music therapy can make to the lives of so many people. The music industry have a lot to thank Pauline for and I know they will join me in congratulating her. She is truly deserving of this honour.”

David Munns has been chairman of Nordoff Robbins since 2010 but has supported them throughout his career in the music industry, since the early 1980s.

Formerly Worldwide Vice-Chairman and CEO of EMI North America until 2007, he now represents Bon Jovi and Kath Bush and Consults on artist and industry issues. From 1987 – 2001, Munns worked at Polygram as MD of Polydor and then in 1991 became Senior Vice President – Pop Marketing at Polygram International. Here he worked with artists including Bon Jovi, U2, the Bee Gees, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Van Morrison amongst many others.  

He said “Having worked in the music industry for 40 years, supporting Nordoff Robbins always felt like a natural fit. I’ve made music my career – and Nordoff Robbins uses music to give something back.

“I’m honoured, grateful and very surprised to receive this honour”.

John Craig, Chairman of The BRIT Trust said “Over a 40 year career in the music industry, David has dedicated time and energy to Nordoff Robbins and the Music Industry Trusts Award, not to mention numerous other causes  – helping to raise millions of pounds. It’s safe to say neither Nordoff Robbins nor the MITs would be where they are today without his involvement. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on a much deserved OBE.”

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Tags: Fran Nevrkla, Darren Henley, David Munns, Pauline Etkin

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