We are immensely proud to announce that Nigel Tully has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the New Year 2018 Honours List, for services to music. The award was made in recognition of Nigel’s long-standing commitment to music, not only through his work at NYJO, but also more than 50 years leading his band The Dark Blues, and his contributions to the Worshipful Company of Musicians, where he was Master in 2002-2003, and helped found the jazz committee of which he is still vice-chairman.
Nigel said: “I am humbled to be honoured with this award, and to join an ever-growing list of my colleagues in jazz to be recognised for their passion and commitment to the music. This award is a great thing for jazz as well as NYJO, and I hope it will add weight to our ongoing campaign to achieve the same levels of recognition, funding and infrastructure for jazz as are enjoyed by other art forms. I would like to thank all my colleagues in the music industry for their support over the years, and the friends from many different quarters who rallied round NYJO when it desperately needed help a few years ago; you are what made NYJO’s survival and subsequent success possible. “
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