Wrapping up a reception at Clarence House last night to celebrate the centenary of PRS for Music, Prince Charles told the songwriters, composers and publishers gathered that they did ‘an awful lot for Britain’s reputation overseas’.
‘My wife and I salute you for the extraordinary talent and creativity you give to our country,’ he said.
‘I want to thank you for what you do economically, culturally and artistically, and also thank the PRS, who tries to make sure all of you get what you deserve at the end of the day. Happy centenary.’
The party was held to mark 100 years since the Performing Right Society was formed in 1914 by a group of music publishers including William Boosey and Oliver Hawkes.
Attendees included Sir Paul McCartney, Lord Lloyd Webber, Ray Davies, Lily Allen, Brian May, Laura Mvula and Gary Kemp. Various music publishers, key licensees and PRS Board members we also present.
Mvula, who was one of the first songwriters to meet Prince Charles and Camilla, said: ‘It’s nice to feel like Prince Charles cares. I always feel inspired by events like this because it reminds me that there’s somebody who cares about songwriters in this country. I feel looked after, which is necessary when you’re on this kind of lonely artistic journey.
‘Tonight is a really significant marker and makes me want to ask questions about the history of music in our country. I didn’t realise how many songwriters and composers we have here. And I didn’t realise just how much music is coming out of this country. It makes me feel part of something big, and in this country we’re really looked after, which is a rare feeling for an artist.’
At the end of the reception, PRS chair Guy Fletcher presented His Royal Highness with a copy of 100 Years of British Music, a special edition photobook marking the society’s centenary and the songwriters and composers who have shaped modern British music.
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