Composer Douglas Coombes given MBE

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A PROLIFIC composer has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Douglas Coombes, who lives in Potton, was granted the award for his services to music. The title makes him a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Douglas is well known in the area as the musical director of The Amici Singers in Biggleswade and of St Mary’s Singers in Potton.

His many musical works have been performed across the globe.

He received a letter informing him that he had been nominated for an award about six weeks ago and asking him whether he would accept it.

But he was not told which award he had been given and he had to keep it a secret.

Douglas said: “It was such a surprise. I was delighted. I really have no idea whatsoever who nominated me.

“It’s an amazing honour for all the different things that I’ve done and a tribute to all the people that I’ve worked with. They are the ones that deserve credit as well. You can’t do it just by yourself.

“This makes it all worthwhile.”

To read the full story see the Biggleswade Chronicle of Friday, June 22.