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OBE for Youth Music charity boss

The chief executive of an SE1-based music charity is among the local residents to be recognised in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Christina Coker is chief executive of Youth Music, based in America Street off Southwark Bridge Road. Youth Music is a national charity set up in 1999 to provide music-making opportunities for under-18s. It targets young people living in areas of social and economic need who might otherwise lack opportunity and predominantly supports out-of-school activities.

Ms Coker is also president of the South Bank Symphony, a non-professional orchestra made up of music graduates who have gone on to work in other fields. Rehearsal venues include China Walk Hall in Lambeth Walk and St John's Waterloo.

The citation for her honour reads "for services to music".

Also receiving an OBE "for services to the NHS" is SE1 resident Karen Castille, executive director for service improvement and strategy at St. George's Hospital and of the South West London Improvement Academy.


Dr Janice Fiske, senior lecturer and consultant in special Care dentistry at GKT Dental Institute and divisional director of dental services at Guy's and St. Thomas's NHS Trust, gains the MBE.

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