The role of President at Help Musicians is awarded to significant figures who have made an outstanding contribution to the world of music. As a key ambassador, they help raise awareness right across the UK of the help on offer to professional musicians and feed in to the work of the charity through the insight they gained through their exceptional musical career.
CURRENT PRESIDENT - DAME EVELYN GLENNIE CH, DBE
The virtuoso solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie was appointed as President in May 2020. Following in the footsteps of Sir Edward Elgar and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, she is only the third President in Help Musicians history, and the first woman to hold the post.
The double GRAMMY winning, internationally-renowned performer, composer and collaborator has worked across multiple genres of music and is known as the first person to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. Dame Evelyn is widely regarded as a pioneer, having played the first percussion concerto in the history of the BBC Proms in 1992, as well as leading 1,000 drummers in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games seen globally by over 900 million viewers and commissioning over 200 new works for solo percussion from eminent composers and up-and-coming talent. Dame Evelyn is also deaf and has, with the aid of her first percussion teacher, honed her awareness of sound to such a degree that she describes her body as ‘a resonating chamber.’
A previous beneficiary of the charity whilst training as a student, her musical talent coupled with her vision, innovation and determination makes her a role model to musicians of all ages and genres.