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Music Alive Press Release October 2016

Highworth based charity Music Alive are thrilled to announce the appointment of our three new Patrons: Tom Bradley, Roger Greenaway OBE and Justin Hayward.

Music Access Specialist and Director Debbie Wolfsohn said of the appointments “It is a privilege for us to work with three such acclaimed individuals and we are very grateful to welcome them all to Music Alive.”

Vocalist, lead guitarist and composer with The Moody Blues, Justin Hayward will join songwriter Roger Greenaway O.B.E. and music industry veteran Tom Bradley in being appointed patrons of Wiltshire based charity Music Alive.

Justin, famed for his hits ‘Nights In White Satin’, ‘I Know You’re Out There Somewhere’ and ‘Forever Autumn’, he was born and brought up in Swindon so has first hand experience of how important music creation in the South West is. The Moody Blues have sold over 45 million records, what an achievement.  Aside from The Moody Blues, Justin was part of Jeff Wayne’s spectacular ‘War of the Worlds’ for which he wrote and performed ‘Forever Autumn’.

His work has been honoured many times over the years, ‘This Is Your Life’ chose to dedicate a show to him, ASCAP presented him with one of their highest honours, The Golden Note, he received the Ivor Novello ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award and Justin and The Moody Blues are on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on Sunset Boulevard.

Roger Greenaway was born and bred in Bristol where he started his first band, vocal harmony group The Kestrels.  Together with fellow Bristolian, Roger Cook, he wrote, ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’, ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’, and ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’.  He has spent the last part of his career protecting the rights of songwriters as Chairman and Executive Vice President of PRS and ASCAP respectively.  In 1998 he was awarded and OBE for his services to the music industry.

Tom Bradley, was born in Wiltshire and played the Swindon music circuit with his band ‘Trig and the Sapphires’. This led him to the bright lights of London where he started work for another Wiltshire luminary, the late Sir George Martin at George’s Air Studios. ‘Trig’ soon become a well respected part of the music industry and went on to work for A&M Records, Magnet Records, Rondor Music, EMI Music, MCPS and CLA. He has also held Chair positions with MPA (Music Publishers Association), CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency), MCPS (Mechanical Copyright Protection Society). In 2010 he received a Gold Badge from BASCA, one of the music industry’s highest honours.

Music Alive aims to improve access to music for disabled people, to initiate and develop creative music making with disabled and non-disabled people and to support disabled people to achieve more independent, fulfilled and integrated lives.