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.

Music in Hospitals & Care is fortunate to have our fantastic Vice Presidents and our President, Sir Thomas Allen, who help to raise invaluable awareness and support for the charity.

  • Sir Thomas Allen CBE

    President

    Sir Thomas Allen is a renowned operatic baritone and Chancellor at the University of Durham. He has sung over fifty roles at The Royal Opera House alone and many more around the world. Among his many prestigious honours are Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), recieved in 1989 and Knight Bachelor in 1999. Thomas is passionate about making music accessible and is Patron of the charitable 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, but her love of music has led her to hosting the Classical BRIT Awards, music-based TV shows Maestro and All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge and even a turn on Strictly Come Dancing, where she reached the final. “Music has a certain magic. 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, the first to make a career as a full-time solo performer. She has received almost 100 awards to date, including royal honours Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2007 and Companion of Honour (CH) in 2017. Evelyn delivers masterclasses and consultations to 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, working 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 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 ENO in 1975 and at Glyndebourne in 1977. She has since performed operas and recitals all over the world, her repertoire ranging from Handel to Noël Coward. “Music is a force for good and should be available to everyone; I am proud of my long association with Music in Hospitals & Care.”

  • Dame Vera Lynn CH DBE 1917-2020

    Vice President

    Dame Vera Lynn was a singer best known for performing for troops in the Second World War. The most famous of her songs is undoubtedly We’ll Meet Again, which won her the title of ‘The Forces’ Sweetheart’ in 1939. After the war she became the first British performer to top the US charts and had three entries in the first UK Singles Chart. She was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1975 and Companion of Honour (CH) in 2016 for services to entertainment and charity. In addition to Vice President at Music in Hospitals & Care, she was also the founder of a charity for children with cerebral palsy.

  • 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 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 piloted a project to make classical music more accessible by explaining the piece’s historical context through a short dramatisation before the 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 a varied career in TV and radio, also writing lyrics for Starlight Express and The Phantom of the Opera. Sir Richard was knighted 2012 for his charitable work, which includes founding the Orpheus residential performing arts college for young people with disabilities.

  • Prof Julian Lloyd Webber

    Vice President

    Professor Julian Lloyd Webber is the Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. As a world renowned solo cellist, he has premiered more than 60 works and made many award winning recordings. Julian champions work that provides access to music for all. He is founder and Chair of Sistema England, which facilitates instrument donations and both leadership and performance mentoring for young people from underprivileged backgrounds.

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