The young conductor Alpesh Chauhan has become a patron of Awards for Young Musicians (AYM), a UK charity which supports talented young people from low-income families, helping them to overcome financial and social barriers in their musical journeys.
Chauhan joins a distinguished list of patrons including Sir Simon Rattle, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Julian Lloyd Webber, Jess Gillam, Miloš Karadaglić, Thomas Gould, Tasmin Little, Zeb Soanes, Paul Lewis, Duncan Ward, Shabaka Hutchings and Professor Derek Aviss.
Speaking about the appointment, Alpesh Chauhan comments: “I am delighted to have been invited to become a patron of AYM. The invaluable work that they do in supporting young musicians and music educators is essential, and I’m excited to be a part of it. My own musical journey started at the age of six when I heard a music teacher playing a cello in a school assembly. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the inspirational guidance of so many brilliant teachers and supportive organisations. I hope that I am able to make a difference to the lives of talented young people across the UK through my work with AYM.”
AYM Chief Executive Hester Cockcroft says: “Alpesh is an inspirational musician and we’re honoured that he’s become an AYM Patron. He is a fantastic role model for the young people we support: his stellar musical career, from his first steps as a cellist to becoming a sought-after conductor, shows them that anything is possible. We’re looking forward to some exciting musical collaborations with Alpesh and our young musicians, so watch this space!”