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A composer is elevated to the House of Lords

My Radio 3 colleague Michael Berkeley has been upgraded to the House of Lords as a cross-bench peer. Congratulations, Michael!

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He will not be alone in the House. Andrew Lloyd Webber has preceded him, on the Conservative side. Before that, we think the last composer to be made a Lord was Benjamin Britten – and that was on his deathbed. He never attended. Michael, by contrast, will be a working peer.

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