Press release: recognition in 2017 New Year's Honours List for LSO Violinist Lennox Mackenzie

Lennox Mackenzie, sub-leader and former Chairman of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), has been awarded an OBE for services to music in the New Year’s Honours List 2017, following 37 years as an LSO violinist, and 16 years served as the Orchestra’s Chairman.

Lennox Mackenzie has been a Member of the London Symphony Orchestra since January 1980, initially as Principal No 3 First Violin and then from 1986, as Sub-Leader. Within this 37-year period Lennox Mackenzie served as a Board Member for 19 years, and as Chairman twice from 1988–1992 and from 2004–2016. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music in July 2015 for services to music. 
As Chairman, Lennox Mackenzie commanded the highest respect and support of his fellow LSO Members, and also of visiting conductors and soloists, setting the tone for the LSO’s engagement with artists, and forever ensuring that the highest possible artistic standards thrived.

Under his Chairmanship, the LSO has broken much new ground, notably with the development of the LSO’s pioneering music education and community programme LSO Discovery in 1990, which now reaches 60,000 people a year, and the launch of LSO Live, the Orchestra’s own recording label. 

Lennox Mackenzie stepped down as LSO Chairman in March 2016, leaving the organisation in excellent condition, and the Orchestra at the height of its artistic powers, and looking forward to the arrival of Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director in September 2017, a testament to the integrity, effectiveness, and wisdom that he brought to the position.

Lennox Mackenzie said:

'I was surprised and delighted to receive this award which for me, not only reflects the high artistic standards set by the members (both present and past), of this great Orchestra, but also exhibits the dedication and wisdom of my fellow board members and the administration staff. They have all contributed enormously to making the LSO the great success it undoubtedly is today. I feel privileged to have worked alongside these hugely talented people and to have served the LSO as Chairman has been an immense honour.' 

LSO Managing Director, Kathryn McDowell, CBE, DL, said:

'I am absolutely delighted that Lennox Mackenzie’s work has been recognised with a national honour. The role of Chairman of the LSO is time-consuming and demanding and it is a tribute to his innate ability, his love of music, and his generosity of spirit that he was able to undertake this role for such an extensive period whilst sustaining his quality of playing as a violinist at the front of the Orchestra.'

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