Irish director gets OBE for music services
AN Irish-born director of one of the world's great concert halls was last night celebrating after being awarded an OBE in the queen's birthday honours list.
Limerick-born John Gilhooly (39), director of the famous Wigmore Hall in London, said news of the award was "still sinking in". He has been given the award for his services to music. "I refused to believe it until it was confirmed," he told the Irish Independent.
"It's a great honour and it's nice to be recognised for people thinking you are doing your job very well."
Mr Gilhooly, a UCD graduate, became the youngest leader of any of the world's great concert halls when he became artistic and executive director of Wigmore Hall in early 2005, and is credited with transforming its artistic and financial affairs over the past 12 years.