Pamela Hobson

Vice President, Live Music Now!

Graduated in 1965

Pamela held successive administrative posts at Oxford University, at Harvard in the USA, and then Birmingham University, and has since engaged in a wide variety of community and civic activities in the city, raising funds through musical performance for many different charities.

After receiving vocal training in Oxford in the 1950s, and working with the Oxford Harmonic Society, Pamela continued to receive vocal training as a mature student in the 1960s at Birmingham School of Music (now Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University).

Pamela has had a long association with Northfield Festival of Music and the Spoken Word as secretary, concert director, Chairman and President. She was also Midlands Governor, from 1993 to 2006, and now Vice-President, of Live Music Now!, the charity founded in 1977 by Yehudi Menuhin. This was designed to bring live musical performances by young professional musicians, carefully auditioned, to audiences normally unable to access them in the concert hall.

She also served as Clerk to the Trustees, and later became a full Trustee of the Birmingham School of Music Centenary Appeal Trust, a charity founded in 1986 to assist students and raise funds for the School, and also administrator and Trustee of the Denis Matthews Memorial Trust Fund, which specifically helps pianists.

Other roles have included membership secretary and executive council member for Birmingham Civic Society, honorary member and trustee for Birmingham Conservatoire Association, and committee member and governor for Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies.