Acclaimed musician receives doctorate

St Andrew's Day graduations. left to right Prof. Anne Carson, Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson, Prof. John Wallace. Both Honorary grads.
St Andrew's Day graduations. left to right Prof. Anne Carson, Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson, Prof. John Wallace. Both Honorary grads.

A celebrated and world-renowned musician, originally from Methilhill, has received an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

Professor John Wallace CBE, who attended Buckhaven High School before leaving Fife to attend Cambridge University, having earned a scholarship, was chosen as one of four highly respected individuals to receive accolades at the ceremony on Monday afternoon.

The award of an honorary degree of Doctor of Music comes at the end of a year of change for trumpeter Wallace (65), who stood down as Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in May of this year after 12 years at the helm.

Known as one of the most accomplished musicians of his generation, Professor Wallace has performed on every continent in the world and played with leading orchestras, including as leading trumpet player with the London Philharmonic and the London Symphony.

And he performed to millions as he played a solo at the wedding of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

Professor Wallace is now back concentrating on his performing, and appeared as part of the newly-reformed Wallace Collection at this year’s St Andrew’s Brass Festival earlier this month.

And in 2011, he was named honorary president of the Fife Festival of Music.

He was joined on Monday by John Carnochan OBE QPM FFPH, Bunny Christie and Professor Anne Carson, who also received honorary awards from the university.