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Rockstars more friendly than riotous, says conductor

David Temple has worked with classical musicians and pop and rock legends.

Rock and pop musicians are friendlier than might be expected, a leading conductor has said.

David Temple, who has worked with Sir Ray Davies of the Kinks, and Noel Gallagher, was speaking after receiving an MBE for services to music at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

He told the Press Association: “The big surprise is that the people in the rock and pop industry are by and large so lovely, so pleasant.

“And you’d expect them to be a little bit more riotous, and the classical musicians to be a bit more friendly.

“And it’s not quite the other way round but the rock and pop musicians are so respectful.”

Mr Temple, co-founder of Crouch End Festival Chorus, was given his award by the Duke of Cambridge.

He said afterwards: “We (William and I) talked a bit about music, and how he loves music, and how he has his own music pod.

“He was so sweet, he was so gentle.”

Mr Temple said it was “very hard to put into words” what he felt like after receiving the honour.

He said: “It’s something I never dreamt of, when I was a kid. I still don’t believe I’ve done anything to deserve it. I’m so proud.”

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