Dame Janet Baker is one of the most famous musicians Britain has ever produced. She enjoyed a successful international career as an opera and lieder singer, retiring from the stage in 1984 and the concert platform in 1989. She was awarded an OBE in 1970 and a DBE in 1976. In 1994 she became a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, and is a Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters. Dame Janet was Chancellor of the University of York from 1991 – 2004, and remains a member of the Sir Jack Lyons Scholarship panel. She visits the department whenever she can, and often gives vocal master-classes to our students.