Rick Wakeman CBE – The Middlesex Connection

W Bro Rick Wakeman CBE (photo by Chelsea Lodge)

W Bro Richard Christopher (Rick) Wakeman will probably be known to the older members of the Province.

He had a prolific career in the music industry playing keyboards, and he is still playing today.

One of his famous albums of the early 1970’s was The Six Wives of Henry VIII, which was a seminal work of its time and was highly acclaimed.

An instrumental progressive rock album, its concept was based on his interpretations of the musical characteristics of the wives of Henry VIII.

The album The Six Wives of Henry VIII received mostly positive reviews from critics and reached number 7 on the UK Albums Chart and number 30 on the Billboard 200 in the United States.

He will also be known for the essential fundraising for the Charity Lifelites – www.lifelites.org

But many will not know that Rick is also a Middlesex Freemason having been elected as Honorary member of his late Father’s Lodge – Brent Valley Lodge, No. 3940, which celebrated its centenary on December 2nd 2019.

The meeting was held at Cole Court – see pglm.org.uk/l3940-centenary

This was a very special moment for W Bro Rick, as this had been his late father’s Lodge.

Indeed, Rick is very much a Middlesex person having been born in Perivale, Middlesex in 1949 and living as a child in Wood End Gardens, Northolt.

Rick became a Freemason in 2007 and the support that his mother had received from the Lodge when his father passed away became a catalyst for him to join Chelsea Lodge, No. 3098 ( www.chelsea-lodge.org.uk ) in Metropolitan Grand Lodge becoming its 110th Master in 2014.

He was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Music and Broadcasting.

This is, indeed, a great honour for Rick in particular and he is to be congratulated on receiving this substantial civic honour.

For details of his forthcoming performances see:- www.rwcc.com or you can attend a Meeting of Chelsea Lodge, No. 3098, who meet at Fremasons’ Hall, where you would be most welcome as a visitor see www.chelsea-lodge.org.uk for more details.

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