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Music biz figures recognised in Birthday Honours

Former SSE Arena Belfast CEO Nicky Dunn, consultant Remi Harris and Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grange were among the music industry figures recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Dunn, now chairwoman of the Titanic Foundation and owner of consultancy firm IMD Group, was chief executive of the 11,000-capacity arena (formerly the Odyssey Arena) from 2000 to 2010. She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to tourism in Northern Ireland.

“It’s been a real privilege to work on these iconic projects and with the superb teams behind them,” says Dunn. “Receiving an OBE is recognition for not just my contribution but all those who I’ve worked alongside over the last 16 years.”

Harris, who runs Remi Harris Consulting and has previously worked at UK Music and the Association of Independent Music, received an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to the music industry.

Simon Robey, chairman of music charity and classic festival Aldebrugh Music, was knighted for services to music.

Grange was also knighted, as was Rod Stewart (becoming Sir Lucian and Sir Roderick, respectively), while ‘forces’ sweetheart’ Dame Vera Lynn became a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) for services to entertainment and charity.

The full list of Birthday Honours can be viewed at the British government website.


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