This tidbit of news from Schwalbe and Partners, Nicholas McGegan's agents:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NICHOLAS MCGEGAN, OBE
Nicholas McGegan, one of the world’s leading conductors of baroque and classical repertoire, has been made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) ‘for services to music overseas’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list published on June 12th 2010.
British honours are awarded on merit, for exceptional achievement or service; Orders of the British Empire are awarded mainly to civilians and service personnel for public service or other distinctions.
His other awards include the Halle Handel Prize, and an honorary professorship at Georg-August University, Gottingen.