A MUSICIAN and conductor has hit a high note after receiving a prestigious award.

Long-time Braintree resident Prof Chris Green is a former conductor of the Braintree Choral Society and long-time artistic director of the Anglia Singers at Anglia Ruskin University, as well as Ipswich’s Trianon Music Group.

He was the winner of a Making Music award at a Zoom ceremony attended by musicians from across the UK.

Making Music was formed in 1935 and represents more than 200,000 musicians across the country.

Chris was shortlisted along with two other candidates from Wales and the north of England for the Lady Hilary Groves Award, which recognises outstanding contributions to the musical life of the UK.

The prize honours the remarkable contribution of her husband, Sir Charles Groves, to amateur music and British musicianship and composition.

It was launched to mark the renowned conductor's 75th birthday.

Chris celebrates his 80th birthday this year, but was unable to conduct his own birthday concert due to serious illness followed by an accident in hospital.

But it did not prevent the event going ahead, and members of Trianon - a choir and orchestra with members from across the region – produced a video showing what their conductor had done for over 63 years.

Chris now hopes to be back in action with his musical colleagues in January 2024.