Richard Hallam has been a professional musician, teacher, music curriculum Advisor and Inspector, head of Music Service and conductor. He has been involved in music in the United Kingdom for over 20 years including being Chair of the National Association of Music Educators, Incorporated Society of Musicians Music Education Section Warden and a member of the Music Education Council executive as well as being a member of numerous charitable, government and curriculum advisory bodies.
During his part-time secondment as Government adviser from 2003 to 2008 he chaired the Music Manifesto steering committee. From 2008 to 2011 he was the National Music Participation Director and was a member of the core team of the Henley Review of the Funding and Delivery of Music Education in England. He continued much of that work as the National Music Education Grant Director. As consultant to the Department for Education in 2011/2012 he assisted in the development of the National Plan for Music Education in England.
Richard is also a Director and Trustee member of Sistema England and former Chair of the International Society for Music Education’s Sistema Special Interest Group. He was President Elect of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Treasurer of the Music Education Council and, in November 2012 received the Music Teacher of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award from Classic fm.
He is currently Chair of the Music Education Council.