Jiří Bělohlávek to receive Order of the British Empire

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth is to award conductor Jiří Bělohlávek an Order of the British Empire for his services to music, the British embassy in Prague announced on Thursday. The sixty-six year old Czech-born conductor, who is currently the chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, said he was greatly honoured to have been selected for the award. He is to return to Prague to head the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra later this year.