The Prince of Wales to receive UNESCO's Mozart gold medal on behalf of Purcell Music School at Royal Gala CharityParis – His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will receive UNESCO’s Mozart Gold Medal on behalf of the Purcell School for young musical prodigies from all over the world on February 6. The presentation by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will be made at the Purcell School Royal Gala Charity at UNESCO, organized by the school, of which the Prince has been patron since 1985.
“This is the first time that the Mozart Gold Medal is being awarded by UNESCO to a school,” said Mr Matsuura. “It expresses our strong wish to recognize and reward the Purcell School’s efforts to let the artistic talent of young musicians flower, regardless of their social background or country of origin.”
Prince Charles, who will be making his first-ever visit to UNESCO, will meet the Director-General to discuss the Organization’s programmes for arts education, environmental and heritage protection.
After the screening of a film about the Purcell School directed by Christopher Nupen, a concert will be performed by its pupils (Room I at 7.30 p.m.), with the renowned conductor Lawrence Foster. The ceremony will be compered by British actress Jenny Agutter and French music journalist and musicologist Eve Ruggieri.
The concert, by the Purcell Chamber Orchestra, will include solo performances by the school’s young musicians and by Italian soprano Lucia Aliberti. The programme features works by Rossini, Waxman, Debussy, Liszt, Mozart, Puccini, Lehar, Mendelssohn and Verdi.
The Purcell School Royal Gala Charity is supported by Prince Charles as part of a fundraising campaign to pay for the construction of a new music centre for the school in London.
Founded in 1963, the school trains tomorrow’s virtuosos and currently has pupils aged between seven and 18 from about 20 countries. It trains talented young musicians from underprivileged backgrounds thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate patrons.
The Gala is organized within the framework of UNESCO’s Programme for Art Education and Creativity, which aims to encourage innovative experiments around the world, especially in the field of music.
A new UNESCO Music Education and Career Prospects World Directory, available online (http://www.unesco.org/p_music), will be launched at the Gala.
Supported by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Marianna V. Vardinoyannis, who is President of the Foundation for the Child and the Family, the Royal Gala Charity will also mark the end of the Director-General’s annual meeting with all of UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors.
For accreditation, journalists wishing to attend should contact UNESCO’s Press Service, tel: (+33) (0)1 45 68 17 48
Tess Mendibe, Press Office, British Embassy 35 rue du Faubourg St Honoré, 75008 Paris. Tel: (+33) (0)1 44 51 33 39 - Fax: (+33) (0)1 44 51 32 34
Sandra Kyriakides, Event Director, Purcell School. Tel: (+44) (0)1923 331 131 – Mobile:(+44) (0)7802 725 423
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