Jeremy Jackman is announced as new President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians

The Incorporated Society of Musicians is delighted to announce the appointment of choral director, composer and arranger and former counter-tenor of the King's Singers Jeremy Jackman as President 2015/16.

Jeremy will lead the ISM, the UK’s professional body for musicians, which has grown significantly in recent years. The ISM is a leading advocate for music and music education and is proud to support its 7000 members across the full breadth of the music world in which they work. The official announcement of his appointment as the successor to Professor Barry Ife, President 2014/15, came at the ISM’s AGM today (23 April 2015).

Of his appointment as the ISM’s President 2015/16, Jeremy said:

‘When I first joined the ISM in 1995 I always felt that it was something of a sleeping giant. No longer. As a committee member and Council member I have been privileged to work closely with those who have made the ISM such a vibrant, can-do organisation. I look forward to more of the same during my Presidential year.’

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, said:

‘I am delighted that Jeremy Jackman, a professional musician with a wealth of experience and an ISM member since 1995, will be the ISM’s President from April 2015.

His many years of experience as a professional musician – as an international performer, composer, arranger, conductor and director will bring a vital insight into the workings of the music profession. This is essential for the ISM in continuing to ensure that musicians are getting the best deal. Our membership of 7000 musicians work in every aspect of the profession which makes Jeremy a perfect fit.
I have no doubt that he will be a dedicated President and further enhance the reputation of the ISM. ‘

About Jeremy Jackman (biography written by Jeremy Jackman)

As a member of The King’s Singers for 10 years, he has performed in the world’s greatest stages in Europe, United States, Asia and Australasia, and made countless recordings and broadcasts. He has worked with Julie Andrews, Placido Domingo and John Denver all at the same time, and once found himself (for TV) singing Christmas music on horseback at 8.30 am on a freezing October morning beside a lake in Yorkshire – wearing a monk’s habit (don’t ask!)

As a conductor you might expect to find that he has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and St John’s Smith Square (and you would be right). He has also directed performances at St Paul’s Cathedral, St Mark’s Venice, and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Less likely venues include St Pancras station, a Belfast shopping mall, and underground caves in Slovenia: not forgetting the performance of Mussorgsky’s ‘Night on a Bare Mountain’ with full symphony orchestra on a beach in Jamaica. Did he break the world record for conducting the largest number of participants in Benjamin Britten’s “Noye’s Fludde” at Alexandra Palace in 2009? There were certainly several zoo’s-worth of children…!

Jeremy’s compositions have been performed in concert halls around the world, and he was recently surprised to discover that his music has even reached the silver screen. His arrangement of Bach’s ‘Bist du bei mir’ is featured on the French film ‘Polisse’, which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.

About the ISM

The ISM is the professional body for those working in the music profession. We promote music and look after the interests of professional musicians.

Our membership of approximately 7,000 covers both individual musicians and corporate bodies. Individual members include leading conductors, featured and non-featured artists, orchestral musicians working in all of the UK’s leading orchestras, composers, animateurs and arrangers.

Our corporate membership of over 160 music organisations includes Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Leeds College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, British Voice Association, Rhinegold Publishing, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, The Opera Awards, Classic FM, the Royal Philharmonic Society, Association of British Orchestras (ABO), Association of British Choral Directors, and more.

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