Glyndebourne opera educator honoured with MBE

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LEWES resident and former head of education for Glyndebourne, Katie Tearle, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours List for services to music.

Katie founded the education department at the opera house in 1986 and led the section, described by The Independent as ‘the most imaginative opera-education department in the country’, for 25 years.

Under her leadership, Glyndebourne Education made a major contribution to the company’s presentation of new work, including commissioning innovative and ground-breaking projects for young people and the community to participate in.

These included Jonathan Dove’s first three full-scale community operas – Hastings Spring (1990), Dreamdragons (1993) and In Search of Angels (1995) – which paved the way for the commissioning of Flight, Dove’s breakthrough opera, performed around the world since its Glyndebourne premiere in 1998.

The creation of Knight Crew at Glyndebourne was the focus of the BBC TV series Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne, which reached two million viewers and won an International Emmy Award.

In January Katie left Glyndebourne to become head of opera and dance with the Edition Peters Group, where she is developing and managing a new international opera and dance department.

She was thrilled with the MBE: “Working at Glyndebourne for 25 years was a wonderful journey. The spirit of collaboration and inventiveness that makes Glyndebourne extraordinary is second to none, so this is an award for everybody: the staff, the audience, the funders and most importantly the participants in all our education projects. I am a firm believer opera belongs to everyone and I have always worked to make it relevant and open to all.”