Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Sue Sturrock appointed as ISM president 2017/18

4:30, 21st April 2017

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has appointed Sue Sturrock, former director of communications at the Royal College of Music (RCM) and founder-director of Music Talks, as president for 2017/18.

During her tenure at the RCM, Sturrock established the institution’s community programme (now RCM Sparks) and founded the Woodhouse Professional Development Centre. As well as founder-director of Music Talks, she is an arts consultant with a portfolio including strategic planning, mentoring and fundraising.

After beginning her career as an oboist, Sturrock took on work as a publicist, writer, editor and presenter. She later became artistic director of St Albans International Organ Festival, and expanded the range and reach of the festival by introducing other arts forms, establishing children’s programmes and commissioning imaginative new work.

She is on the advisory council of Park Lane Group, a member of the Ionian Singers, and an ‘avid concert-goer’.

ISM chief executive Deborah Annetts said of Sturrock: ‘The breadth of her experience as a music professional working in a wide range of settings makes her a natural choice to be President of the ISM in these unpredictable times.’

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