Celebrity supporters

Aled Jones 

Aled’s career, spanning over 25 years, has embraced singing, acting, dancing, writing as well as radio and TV presenting.

Born in Bangor, Aled shot to fame as a 12-year-old for his version of Walking In The Air, the theme tune to Raymond Briggs' ‘The Snowman’. 

Jen Long

Jen has her finger in many musical pies and is a true role model for young people looking to develop a career in the music business.

Bill Bailey

Bill Bailey is a comedian, musician and actor most well known for live shows Dandelion Mind, Tinselworm, Bewilderness and Part Troll, and his work on television in programmes such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Black Books. 

Ian Bostridge

Although Ian studied history at Oxford and Cambridge, he opted for a career in music and made his operatic debut in 1994 at the age of 29. He won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Debut Award for his first solo recital at the Wigmore Hall in 1995 and his recordings have since gone on to win most of the major record prizes including the Grammy. 

Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little is an exceptionally talented, world renowned violinist who has performed as a soloist with many of the world's greatest orchestras, taking her to all continents of the world.  As a Youth Music Ambassador, she is keen to support music-making opportunities for young people across the country.

Jarvis Cocker

Godfather of Britpop, Jarvis Cocker performed an intimate gig at the private view of the Destroy/Rankin exhibition on 9th November 2009 as part of Youth Music Week. Jarvis also collaborated with Rankin to produce two pieces of artwork that fetched £2,000 for us at auction.


Goldie and Youth Music are old friends. He has worked on various Youth Music profile-raising campaigns, donated three fantastic artworks to raise funds for us and presented the inaugural National Youth Music Organisations Festival in 2009.

Little Boots

Electropop songstress Victoria Hesketh aka Little Boots has been a staunch supporter of Youth Music since 2009. 

Following a summer of chart-topping hits and crowd-pulling festival performances, Victoria performed an exclusive gig in London on Thursday 12th November 2009 to raise funds for Youth Music as part of Youth Music Week 2009. 

James Galway

Sir James Galway OBE is a Northern Ireland–born virtuoso flutist from Belfast, nicknamed "The Man With the Golden Flute". 

He became one of the first flute players to establish an international career as a soloist. He still performs regularly and recently, collaborated on the Academy Award-winning soundtracks of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Julian Joseph

Julian is a virtuoso pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger and broadcaster and is acclaimed by critics and audiences the world over. He has toured the globe with his Trio and Quartet, Electric Band and Forum Project band, directed and performed with his All-Star Big Band at some of the grandest venues in the UK to audiences of thousands and premiered two operas - Bridgetower (2007) and Shadowball (2010)

Kathryn Tickell

Kathryn Tickell is a master of the Northumbrian pipes, a composer, performer and successful recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. She first took up the Northumbrian smallpipes at the age of nine, learning in the traditional way from shepherd musicians in outlying hill farms near her home.

Myleene Klass

Myleene is widely known for her role as a member of Hear’Say, the band that emerged from ITV’s Popstars series. 

The band split in 2002, but she went on to release a solo classical album called 'Moving on', in May 2004. It entered the classical charts at number two and earned her a Classical Brit nomination for Album of The Year.

Vladimir Ashkenazy

Born in the former Soviet Union in 1937, Vladimir Ashkenazy first came to prominence on the world stage in the 1955 Chopin Competition in Warsaw.

He has now built an extraordinary career, not only as one of the most renowned and revered pianists of our times, but as an artist whose creative life encompasses a vast range of activities and continues to offer inspiration to music-lovers across the world.

Lord Puttnam

David Terence Puttnam, Baron Puttnam, CBE, FRSA is a British film producer. He also sits on the Labour benches in the House of Lords.

Born in Southgate, London,  Puttnam had an early career in advertising and as an agent acting for the photographer David Bailey

Gareth Malone

Gareth Malone is a British choirmaster and broadcaster. He is best known for his television appearances in programmes such as The Choir which focused on singing and introducing choral music to new participants.  

Carrie Grant

Carrie Grant is a vocal coach and session singer. She is best known for her work on the television talent contests Fame Academy, Comic Relief does Fame Academy and Pop Idol, together with her husband and colleague David Grant. She is also personal voice coach to many successful pop stars.

David Grant

David Grant was born in Hackney, London and is an English pop singer and celebrity vocal coach.

Grant became famous in the early 1980s as a member of UK soul/funk duo, Linx. He has also worked as a session singer for artists including Diana Ross and the Lighthouse Family.

Sir Peter Maxwell Davis

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, CBE is an English composer and conductor and is currently Master of the Queen's Music.

Davies was born in Salford, Lancashire. After education at Leigh Boys Grammar School, Davies studied at the University of Manchester and at the Royal Manchester College of Music.