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Mensan Dorothy is an MBE

Dorothy Gennee

Congratulations to Mensa member Dorothy Gunnee, who has received her MBE from Prince Charles in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Dorothy was awarded the honour in the New Year Honours List for services to community music and young people in Glasgow.

She received the award from the Prince of Wales last week, May 15, and described the occasion as a "wonderful experience".

Dorothy is honorary president of East Glasgow Music School, of which she was director for 26 years. She  has contributed to a number of youth arts groups and in 1975 helped set up Glasgow Symphony Orchestra, and is still its administrator.

She indulges her love of choral singing with the Glasgow Phoenix Choir and a number of community choirs.

Dorothy studied singing, piano and timpani and percussion at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and in a career spanning more than 40 years as an instrumental teacher has worked with children and young people throughout Scotland and abroad.

She was an examiner for the prestigious Guildhall School of Music, has set material for the Scottish Examinations Board and for 15 years was senior instrumental instructor in Glasgow City.

Ongoing involvement with the Glasgow Music Festival has spanned almost 50 years and she created, and ran for 15 years, East Glasgow Music Festival which quickly grew to be the largest competitive youth music festival in the country.

Dorothy has adjudicated at Scottish festivals and currently enjoys working with the Trades House of Glasgow, Bridgeton Burns Club, and the World Federation National Burns Festival.

Dorothy has been awarded the certificate of The British and International Federation of Festivals recognising 40 years voluntary service and the Lord Provost’s Medal for Services to Music in the City of Glasgow.

She has been a member of Mensa since 1983.


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