ISM honours passionate advocates for music

Four high-profile supporters of music from within the profession, as well as from arts management, journalism and broadcasting, have been given honorary membership of the ISM.

Four high-profile supporters of music from within the profession, as well as from arts management, journalism and broadcasting, have been given honorary membership of the musicians’ professional body, the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).

They are:

  1. Conductor Sir Mark Elder CBE
  2. Southbank Centre’s Head of Contemporary Culture, Gillian Moore
  3. Chief Music Critic of The Times, Richard Morrison
  4. Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of the BBC Proms
The ISM gives honorary membership to people who are widely recognised as having made a significant contribution to music or the arts. There can be up to 50 honorary members at one time; others include Sir John Tusa, Lord (Claus) Moser and HRH The Duchess of Kent

ISM Chief Executive, Deborah Annetts, paid tribute to their achievements:

‘Our new honorary members play a vital part in British musical life. They are not only at the top of their chosen professions, but they are passionate advocates for the place of music in society.

‘We’re delighted to have such distinguished figures join us in championing the importance of music and protecting the rights of musicians.’

All four new members were pleased to accept honorary membership of the ISM. Sir Mark Elder said:

‘It is the greatest, and most humbling, honour to be recognised by one's peers. The ISM is unique in representing musicians from all parts of the profession and, as such, speaks with a powerful voice in championing music as part of the fabric of our society. Long may this voice continue to be heard!’

Gillian Moore:

‘It is especially gratifying to be recognised by a body which is acting as such a positive advocate for the importance of music in people’s lives and is a focus for those of us who spend our professional lives communicating our passion for music.’

Richard Morrison:

‘Critics and musicians haven’t always been the best of friends! The ISM does fantastic work as an advocate of music and a champion of musicians, and at the present time a strong voice speaking for the value of music in society is needed more than ever.’

Roger Wright:

‘The ISM has played an important part in the championing of music for more than a century and I am delighted by the invitation to become an honorary member.’