At a special event on 25 July Glossop Music Festival appointed its first President and Vice-President, following its hugely successful fifth annual Summer Festival.
The Festival, which brings internationally renowned musicians to Glossop, wanted to mark the thrilling vision and subsequent actions of its founder and Artistic Director, Tom Elliott. Tom, who is also General Manager of the Manchester-based Northern Chamber Orchestra, is now leaving Glossop for new and exciting pastures, but remains highly involved with the Festival as President, alongside international pianist Viv McLean, who inspired the founding of the Festival and has taken up the position of Vice-President.
Chairman of the Trustees of Glossop Music Festival Mike Bull commented “Tom has been an inspiration in founding this amazing Festival. It is such a great thing for Glossop, bringing brilliant classical music to the town. This is all contributing to making this community an even better one in which to both live and work” He continued: “We want to ensure Tom’s remarkable work is fully honoured and we hope both he and Viv will remain involved with the Festival. Although we are all sad that he leaves us we are so proud and grateful for all he has done here”.
A new artistic team has been established, which will build on what Tom has created. It is to be led by four local musicians; current Assistant Artistic Director Claire Surman along with Rachel Whibley, Ben Powell and Emma Dixon. Exciting plans are already afoot and they will be announced shortly. The first events under the new team will take place on 14 December 2018 and 22 February 2019 with details to be advertised later.