Music for Youth (MFY) has announced this week that broadcaster, composer and Classical Music columnist Jack Pepper will become its latest ambassador.

In his role as ambassador, Pepper will help to support MFY’s events and work to raise its profile, advocating the charity’s values of community, diversity and youth music engagement. Next month at the Music for Youth Proms, Pepper will host ‘Spotlight On: New Music’, a special free cross-genre concert showcasing original compositions by young performers.

Pepper is well known for his work on Scala Radio: he presents Jack Pepper’s Culture Bunker, which has featured guests such as Nicola Benedetti and Sir Simon Rattle. He has composed for the Royal Opera House, Canada’s SymphRONica and the Royal Philharmonic Society, and has had his work performed on Classic FM and the BBC.

‘Jack is the perfect ambassador for Music for Youth,’ says MFY’s CEO Judith Webster. ‘With our 50th birthday fast approaching we’re celebrating our illustrious past and I’m delighted he’s going to be part of our exciting future. Jack’s enthusiasm and drive are sure to inspire our young people and he’s going to have a real impact on the next generation of musicians.’

Commenting on his appointment, Pepper says: ‘We cannot be quiet, indifferent of unambitious; all young people should have access to a quality music education, both in and out of school. It is vital we have action as well as words. I’m looking forward to putting my beliefs into practice, working with the Music for Youth team to help make a tangible difference for young people.’