CLL Tutor Alan Tavener awarded British Empire Medal

We are delighted to share the news that Alan Tavener, director of Cappella Nova Outreach has been awarded the British Empire Medal by HM The Queen in the New Year's honours list 'for services to choral music in Scotland'.

Alan, a music graduate of the University of Oxford (where he was Heberden Organ Scholar at Brasenose College) and an educational research graduate of the University Strathclyde (where he focussed on the social, educational and health benefits of singing), was instrumental in the formation and direction of a wide range of student choirs, orchestras and ensembles, including Strathclyde University Chamber Choir. 

Alan has been a tutor with us for numerous years and the Centre for Lifelong Learning run a selection of Capella Nova Outreach classes, including the ever popular ‘Morning Choir’ and ‘Singing by Sight for Beginners’ (which starts on 13 January 2020 and still has a few places available!).

Congratulations Alan!

Find out more about Capella Nova Outreach classes at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at