It was with great delight that we learned that OV Allan Clayton (H 91-99) has been awarded an MBE in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to Opera.
This is hot on the heels of a 5-star review in The Times for his presentation of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Silenced, a 17-minute reflection on the life and death of the poisoned Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko. As The Times puts it, ‘Just hours before his MBE was announced, Allan Clayton was reminding us why he is regarded as the most exciting British tenor to emerge for decades.’
We are in no doubt how deserving Allan’s MBE is: a multi-award-winning singer, Allan is established as one of the most exciting and sought-after singers of his generation.
We were honoured when Allan agreed to join our Barnabas Group in 2018, which celebrates inspirational OVs who have excelled in their chosen profession. Allan kindly came to the School (pre-covid!) to talk with students about his School experiences, and generously gave not only a masterclass to some King’s singers but also a recital in College Hall.
On his MBE, Allan has commented: “It’s a bit weird. Essentially, I am just doing my job. I am very lucky in two ways: my job is fun, and I get to communicate with people. I just go out there and try to spread music, and it’s nice that some people think that it is worth doing.
I may not announce myself as Allan Clayton MBE, but this award is about making live music and getting back to what I love. There are far more deserving people from the last year, such as people in the NHS.”
We would like to extend huge congratulations to Allan for this very well-deserved award.