Concert pianist Alexandra Dariescu’s recent, stunning performance for Clitheroe Concert Society had to be brought forward a week after she was contacted by the Romanian Embassy in London to say she had been awarded the Medal of the Custodian of the Order of the Crown of Romania.
This very high honour was to be presented by King Michael I of Romania, the ceremony being at precisely the same time as the Clitheroe concert was originally scheduled. The medal is awarded for “conspicuous and special merit” and has never previously been awarded to a woman, a musician or person still in their 20s.
King Michael is a descendant of Queen Victoria and a cousin to Queen Elizabeth. Alexandra has lived here since she was 15 and says she feels both British and Romanian.
Ken Geddes, of Clitheroe Concert Society, commented: “We had a quite incredible concert by one of the finest young pianists in the world. And some say better than that!”