Judith Weir becomes Master of the Queen's Music
Kingswoman Judith Weir (KC 1973) has just become the first female Master of the Queen's Music.
Judith read Music at King's and graduated in 1976. She is now an internationally-renowned composer.
She said: "It is a great honour to take up the position of Master of the Queen's Music, in succession to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who has given his musical and personal gifts so freely to this unusual national role.
"I hope to encourage everyone in the UK who sings, plays or writes music, and to hear as many of them as possible in action over the next 10 years".
The Master of the Queen's (or King's) Music was a role created by Charles I in 1626. The Master was in charge of the monarch's band of musicians and wrote occasional pieces for royal occasions. Now the role has a broader remit - to work "for the enjoyment and openness of music in the nation." It is up to the role holder how to interpret this.
Judith will assume the appointment from today (22 July 2014).