Queen’s Medal for Music

“I am deeply humbled and grateful to receive the Queen’s Medal for Music, and will continue to fight for people’s access to the arts.
The soul of this country needs nurturing, and the power of this extraordinary human creation can provide a helping hand.
This past month alone I have had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a diverse range of teachers, musicians, charities and music organisations. Many of us feel moved by a growing willingness to work together, to develop the level of music tuition, collectively, and readdress how we define our belief in the need for the creative arts, and send this message out more confidently.
I’m more energised, inspired and uplifted than ever.
With heartfelt gratitude, thank you for this recognition.”



Nicola has become the youngest ever recipient of the medal, which is awarded each year to a musician, or group of musicians, who have had ‘a major influence on the musical life of the nation’. She becomes the twelfth person to receive the medal – it has previously been awarded to bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, conductor Sir Colin Davis and  National Youth Orchestra.

The Queen presented the Scottish violinist with the medal on 23 May at Buckingham Palace.