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CBE for Northern Irish symphony orchestra supremo

A Northern Irish music maestro has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Kathryn McDowell, originally from Carrickfergus, is currently in charge of the world-renowned London Symphony Orchestra and received a CBE in this year's list.

She began her illustrious musical career at Belfast High School before studying music at Edinburgh University where she instigated many musical activities as well as performing regularly as a piano accompanist.

After working in several orchestral positions throughout the UK, Ms McDowell returned to Belfast as deputy general manager of the Ulster Orchestra before continuing her career in London in the mid-90s. The Co Antrim prodigy has enjoyed a successful career as managing director with the prestigious London Symphony Orchestra since 2005.

Lennox Mackenzie, chair of the orchestra, said: "This is a greatly deserved recognition of her hard work and commitment over many years to music both at the LSO and in her previous roles elsewhere."

Kathryn is also governor of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

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