The London Music Fund is delighted to announce that Founder Trustee, Veronica Wadley CBE, has been appointed Chair of the Fund with immediate effect. In addition, Veronica was appointed to the House of Lords in the Prime Minister’s 2019 Dissolution Honours and will take up her position later this year.
Established in 2011, by Veronica Wadley and Richard Morris, the London Music Fund is an independent charity (no. 1141216) with the Mayor of London as Patron. Its vision is that every child who demonstrates significant musical ability, enthusiasm and commitment to learning an instrument is given the opportunity to develop their potential. Since its launch the London Music Fund has invested £2.7 million to music education in the capital, awarded a total of 536 four-year Scholarships across all 32 London boroughs, and funded 41 inspirational projects with more than 50 professional arts organisations, ensembles and venues.
In additional to being Chair and Co-Founder of the London Music Fund, Wadley has a far-reaching legacy of support for arts and culture. As former Editor of the Evening Standard, she chaired the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and Film Awards and was appointed to be the London Chair of Arts Council England from 2010-2018. Veronica became Governor of the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2012, Member of the City of London Education Board and in 2018 was appointed to the Council of the Royal College of Music. She is now Chair of the Department for Education’s Expert Panel for the Model Music Curriculum. She received a CBE in the 2018 Queen’s New Year Honours List for Services to the Arts.
Chrissy Kinsella, Chief Executive of the London Music Fund, said ‘We are delighted to have appointed Veronica to be our Chair of Trustees, as we enter our tenth anniversary year. Her commitment to and passion for arts and music education is second to none. We are excited to have her take on this role at this crucial moment as we step up our efforts to ensure every child across London has access to music education.’
Veronica Wadley said: ‘As Chair of the London Music Fund, I look forward to continuing to support the charity’s aims and ambitions. I am proud that LMF has been able to give so many young people from low income families access to music education. I believe that music should be at the heart of every child’s education.’
Veronica Wadley CBE, centre, with LMF Ambassador YolanDa Brown and CEO Chrissy Kinsella