Graham Sheffield has become Chairman of Help Musicians UK following an outstanding six years of guidance from our former Chair, Richard Lyttelton.
Graham will be taking us into the next phase of our development as Help Musicians UK which will see us reach out to all of the 70,000 musicians in the UK. With his vast experience in the Arts, we’re going to be in good hands. Currently Director Arts for the British Council and formerly Chief Executive Officer of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Director of the Barbican and Chair of the Royal Philharmonic Society to name just a few, he was awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours’ list for services to the arts.
The appointment was made official at our Annual General Meeting which was held at the Swiss Church in Covent Garden.
The AGM was a chance to look back over our achievements in 2013, which you can read about in our Impact Report. Last year we spent £4 million helping 2,101 musicians and this year we’re hoping to reach even more.
Trustees and supporters were also given the opportunity to see a performance by Lauretta Boston. She’s a singer pianist in her nineties and we’ve been supporting her with living costs and make sure that her piano is tuned regularly so that she can continue to perform.
We extend a very warm welcome to Graham – very exciting times ahead!
To find out more about Graham, take a look at our news story from back in June.