Opera star Sir Thomas Allen has been named as the latest recipient of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II's Medal for Music honour.

The celebrated British baritone will be presented with the accolade for his influence on the "musical life of the nation".

He says, "I was surprised and thrilled to hear I would receive The Queen's Medal for Music, having had so much recognition over many years. This very special award means so much to me and I'm very proud to have been selected."

The award was introduced in 2005 and previous honourees include composer Judith Weir and soprano Dame Emma Kirkby.

Allen was made a Commander of the British Empire (Cbe) in 1989 and received a knighthood in 1999.

He will receive the medal from the Queen later this year (14).