Live Music Now founder Ian Stoutzker receives knighthood8:49, 10th June 2019
Ian Stoutzker has been awarded a knighthood for his lifelong commitment to the arts and music.
In 1977, he founded Live Music Now (LMN) together with Yehudi Menuhin. The charity is now a leading provider of interactive music programmes to people who rarely have access to live music, in places such as care homes and hospitals.
Live Music Now trains and supports young professional musicians to deliver its work based on the latest healthcare and educational research, playing an active role in their development as musicians.
Stoutzker said: ‘’Yehudi Menuhim’s experiences performing during the Second World War to the sick, wounded and lonely combined with his abiding concern for the development of our most talented young musicians were the inspiration for the formation of Live Music Now. We could hardly have imagine that we were embarking on an adventure which would create a charitable and cultural institution at the heart of Britain’s musical life.
‘I wish to take this opportunity to thank all the thousands of people who have been involved in making LMN the great success it is and I know that its work is still as vitally needed as ever.’
Chairman Sir Vernon Ellis said: ‘Thanks to Ian and Yehudi Menuhin’s vision and passionate commitment, LMN has given over 80,000 interactive music sessions for millions of people. By doing so, LMN has helped change the way that we all think about the arts and the profound impact they have on people. Everyone at LMN is deeply grateful for the incredible legacy he has given this country which has been so deservedly recognised by his knighthood.’