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The eminent composer Sir Malcolm Arnold CBE has been honoured with the Incorporated Society of Musicians' Distinguished Musician Award for 2004.

Proposing Sir Malcolm for the Award, Kenneth Hytch, the ISM's Eastern Regional Councillor, said "Though now in well deserved retirement, Sir Malcolm should be recognised for his lifetime's achievements as one of the greatest composers of the 20th Century."

Sir Malcolm said he was "thrilled to be honoured by the ISM and to be joining such an eminent list of members who have received the Distinguished Musician Award."

The special medal for the Distinguished Musician Award was presented to Sir Malcolm on 12 August 2005 by the ISM President, Robert Lloyd, and the ISM's Eastern Regional Councillor, Kenneth Hytch, in the presence of the composer's companion and manager Anthony Day, his biographer Paul Harris, and Personal Manager Fiona Southey. The Society established its award in 1976 to acknowledge outstanding contributions to British musical life. Previous recipients have included Sir William Walton, Sir Adrian Boult and Jacqueline du Pre. The ISM's Council unanimously voted to confer the Award for 2004 on Sir Malcolm, himself a lifelong member of the ISM.

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