The Incorporated Society of Musicians has formally announced the appointment of music education specialist Richard Hallam as its president, an appointment which will last one year. Hallam takes over from choral conductor Suzi Digby.
Hallam said he was ‘excited and humbled’ to be taking on the role. ‘The ISM makes a unique and crucial contribution to music and all of those who work in the profession, as well as providing exemplary services to its members. To have been asked to play my part as president by my peers is a great honour.’
In an introductory blog post on the ISM’s website, he said of the music community: ‘We do speak with a single voice. But too often we still speak alone. Organisations too can work more effectively together for the greater good. That is the responsibility of those leading the organisations.
‘As the current President of the ISM I am one of those leaders and I hereby publicly commit to trying to do this.’
From 2008 to 2011 Hallam was National Music Participation Director for England, based in the Department for Education, a role which aimed to support music services in their work with young people.
He was a member of the core team of the Henley Review of the Funding and Delivery of Music Education in England, which formed the basis for Darren Henley’s National plan for music education. He has led the ISM’s Music Education Section, and served as treasurer of the Music Education Council and chair of the National Association of Music Educators (now part of Music Mark).
Deborah Annetts, ISM chief executive, said: ’The ISM Council elected Richard Hallam because of his record of achievement in leadership roles across the music education sector. We are delighted to have someone of Richard’s stature and expertise leading the ISM’s work over the next year.’
Professor Barry Ife CBE, principal of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama since 2004, is now the ISM’s president elect and will take up the role in April 2014.