President & Vice Presidents

It’s just so much better than the clatter and the noise and the worry of being in hospital. Suddenly that has gone away, and there is just music reconnecting you to the outside world.

We are fortunate to have a fantastic President and wonderful Vice Presidents from the world of music who help raise awareness of the impact we make on people’s lives.

  • Sir Thomas Allen CBE


    Sir Thomas Allen is a renowned operatic baritone. He’s also Chancellor at the University of Durham. Thomas has had over 50 roles at The Royal Opera House in London and many more around the world. He has many prestigious honours, including Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), which he received in 1989 and Knight Bachelor in 1999. Thomas is passionate about making music accessible and is Patron of the Samling Institute for Young Artists. He has been President of Music in Hospitals & Care since 2005.

  • Katie Derham

    Vice President

    Katie Derham is a radio and TV broadcaster, best known as the face of the BBC Proms and regular presenter on BBC Radio 3. Hailing from Cheshire, she began her career as an ITV news anchor. Her love of music has led her to hosting the Classical BRIT Awards and music-based TV show ‘All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge’. She has also appeared on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, where she reached the final. “Music has a certain magic,” says Katie. “It can transport us to a different world, drive us to dance, or remind us of lost loved ones.”

  • Dame Evelyn Glennie CH DBE

    Vice President

    Dame Evelyn Glennie is a pioneering Scottish multi-percussionist. She is the first Scottish multi-percussionist to make a career as a full-time solo performer. She has received almost 100 awards, including royal honours Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2007 and Companion of Honour (CH) in 2017. Evelyn leads masterclasses and consultations with the next generation of musicians, aiming to “improve communication and social cohesion by encouraging everyone to discover new ways of listening”.

  • Christopher Glynn

    Vice President

    Christopher Glynn is a Grammy award-winning pianist and accompanist, who has worked with singers, instrumentalists and ensembles in concerts, broadcasts and recordings worldwide. Chris was born in Leicester and read music at New College, Oxford, before studying piano with fellow pianists John Streets in France and Malcolm Martineau at the Royal Academy of Music. Chris enjoys working with young musicians and is a Professor at the Royal College of Music, an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and a course leader for the Samling Foundation. He is also the Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival.

  • Dame Felicity Lott DBE

    Vice President

    Dame Felicity Lott is a well-loved English soprano. After obtaining a degree in French, she won a scholarship to study singing at the Royal Academy of Music, where she is now a Fellow and visiting Professor. She made her debut at the English National Opera in 1975 and at Glyndebourne, an opera house in East Sussex, in 1977. She has since performed operas and recitals all over the world. Her repertoire ranges from Handel to Noël Coward. “Music is a force for good and should be available to everyone,” says Felicity. “I am proud of my long association with Music in Hospitals & Care.”

  • Toby Spence

    Vice President

    Toby Spence is an English tenor who has been active on the concert and opera circuit since 1995. He was a choral scholar at New College, Oxford, before going on to study with now Professor of Singing David Pollard at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Singer of the Year award in 2011. Toby is a Trustee at Bach’s Choir, where he has piloted a project to make classical music more accessible by explaining a piece’s historical context through a short dramatisation before a performance.

  • Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE

    Vice President

    Sir Richard Stilgoe is a performer, presenter and lyricist who made his name on 1970s magazine show ‘Nationwide’ and with his satirical songs on Esther Rantzen’s ‘That’s Life!’. He went on to have a varied career in TV and radio, and also wrote lyrics for ‘Starlight Express’ and ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. Richard was knighted 2012 for his charitable work, which includes founding The Orpheus Centre Trust, a residential performing arts college for young disabled adults.

  • Prof Julian Lloyd Webber

    Vice President

    Professor Julian Lloyd Webber is a world-renowned solo cellist, who has premiered more than 60 works and made many award-winning recordings. Julian champions work that provides access to music for all. He was Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for five years. He’s also the Founder and Chair of Sistema England, which helps donate instruments and provides leadership and performance mentoring for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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