BASCA member Joseph Horovitz has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music of the Royal College of Music, London. The award was conferred on him by the President of the Royal College, HRH The Prince of Wales, at a ceremony at the College on 7 March 2017.
The citation was read by Lord Winston, Chairman of the College, as follows:
Joseph Horovitz was born in Vienna in 1926 and emigrated to England in 1938. While reading Music at Oxford, he was enlisted by the Army Education Corps to lecture on Music Appreciation. In 1948 he studied with Gordon Jacob at the Royal College of Music, and later with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.
His career began as conductor with opera and ballet touring companies. This greatly influenced his compositions, which range widely: his twelve ballets include Alice in Wonderland, premiered by Anton Dolin’s Festival Ballet in 1953, often revived internationally, currently by Texas Ballet, USA.
He has composed two chamber operas, nine concertos, orchestral, wind and brass music, five string quartets, scores for Son et Lumiere and the satirical Hoffnung Concerts, over seventy TV scores, and choral works, notably Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo, sung world-wide in six languages.
Since 1961 he has taught Composition at the RCM and in 1981 was made a Fellow. He has shared a BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week series with Gordon Jacob, and holds two Ivor Novello Awards, the Nino Rota Prize of Italy, the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Arts First Class, and the Cobbett Medal for chamber music.