Jennifer Bate

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Jennifer Bate is in the top rank of international organists and has long been a favourite at all the world's great festivals. Her vast repertoire ranges from the 18th century to the most modern virtuoso scores. Many composers have written for her, inspired by her phenomenal technique and ability to bring out the colours of the organ. Her recitals, in nearly 50 countries, have included over 40 in France and 150 in Italy. In 1990, Jennifer's artistry and outstanding contribution to music received international recognition with the Personnalité de l'Année award by the French-based jury. She was only the third British artist to achieve this distinction, after Sir Georg Solti and Sir Yehudi (later Lord) Menuhin.Jennifer was elected an Academician of the Accademia Olubrense, Genoa, in 1994 and, in 1996, was granted Honorary Citizenship of the Italian province of Alessandria, for her services to music in Northern Italy over 20 years. In 2002, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, in 2007 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Bristol University, in 2008 she was awarded an OBE in The Queen's Birthday Honours List and, in 2011, the French Government appointed her as both an Officier of the Order of Arts and Letters and as a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur.
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