The director of an Ilkeston music school has been awarded fellowship of a prestigious network and hopes it can be a launchpad for his big plans.
Dale Forbes-Sutherland, of the Ilkeston Academy of Voice and Piano, has been elected to the honorary board of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).
The international organisation brings together high achieving individuals in diverse professions, united by their commitment to finding practical solutions to social challenges.
Charles Dickens, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, Stephen Hawking and Tim Berners-Lee are among the notable past and present members.
Dale said: “Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined when I began my career that I would be elected to such an organisation.
“Being born and bred in Ilkeston I have witnessed and experienced the social challenges and changes over the years and I am honoured and excited to bring the ethos of the RSA closer to home.”
The academy, on Heanor Road, offers one-to-one tuition, community choirs, and holiday programmes for youngsters, but Dale’s ambition goes much further.
He said: “My mission is to create and develop music education in Ilkeston and the East Midlands through my syllabus and on online platforms.
“I want to make it accessible to all, not just the few that can afford it.”
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