Richard Hallam MBE has been a professional musician, teacher, curriculum advisor, inspector, head of music service and conductor. In addition, his national involvement in UK music education spans over 25 years including advising successive governments on music education.

In 2012 he received the Music Teacher of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award from Classic fm. He was President of Incorporated Society of Musicians in 2013/2014 and chair of the International Society for Music Education’s Sistema Special Interest Group (2012/2014). He has been Chair of the Music Education Council (UK) since 2013.