We are delighted to learn that our trustee John Clemson MBE has been awarded Honorary Doctor at Birmingham City University for his services to music education and lifetime of service to the city of Birmingham.

Many congratulations John on this extremely well-deserved recognition!

John spent 14 years as the Head of Birmingham Music Service:

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s not difficult to understand why music has enormous benefits for a child’s development. Study after study has shown that learning to make music improves brainpower; builds confidence; teaches patience and self-discipline; encourages self-expression; above all, perhaps, it allows access to the joy of creating unique moments of empathy with other people. So no: it’s not difficult to understand those benefits; but strangely enough, perhaps the difficult thing is to ensure other people do understand them, and then do something about it. If you’re looking for an example of someone who has taken on that difficult challenge with flair, determination, and an unwavering commitment to the welfare of children across our region, you need look no further than the man who for fourteen years was Head of the Birmingham Music Service, our guest of honour today, John Clemson.

Read the full citation here.