On Friday 27th January 2017, Margaret Oldershaw (Frogson) collected her Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours MBE from HRH Prince Charles in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace.
Her citation reads: For services to Community Music in East Midlands and is due to her work with many local groups over the last 30 years.
Margaret is a highly respected business-woman, philanthropist and music lover. Born in Covenham, Lincolnshire, she is the co-owner of Windblowers and the secretary of Nottingham Symphonic Winds. In 2006 she was awarded the Lady Hilary Groves prize for her outstanding contribution to music and in 2007, the Classic FM Music award for her work with Nottingham Symphonic Winds.
She, along with husband and business partner David Oldershaw, founded Windblowers on Derby Road, Nottingham, in 1983 and has been continuously involved since then. Margaret was instrumental in the setting up of several music groups and events in the East Midlands, most notably; – the Nottingham Young Musician of the Year Competition (in 2001), Equinox Saxophone Ensemble, and in 1987, the Nottingham Symphonic Winds.
When Margaret found out about the award she said: ‘What a tremendous honour and surprise!’ and on receiving her award: ‘Prince Charles was wonderful, he put me completely at ease and we had a lovely conversation’.