Ayanna Witter-Johnson joins Awards for Young Musicians Board 

Awards for Young Musicians has appointed acclaimed songwriter, composer, pianist and cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson to its Board.

In her role as Trustee, Ayanna will bring her extensive experience as a renowned international artist to AYM’s governance.

Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, pianist and cellist. She has a phenomenal mastery for seamlessly crossing the boundaries of classical, jazz, reggae, soul and R&B, to imprint her unique musical signature with her virtuosic tap, strum and bow with her cello into her sound and vibe.

A British-born Jamaican, her music is a body of work that represents, celebrates and pays homage to her ancestral heritage, culture and identity. 

“I’m delighted to be joining the AYM team as a Board member. My relationship with the organisation started as a donor and founder of the AYM Rose Walker Award for Woodwind, so I know first-hand that AYM bring immeasurable value to young musicians nationwide with support that makes a huge difference to early careers. Increasing and growing AYM’s impact and reach to diverse artists is important to me and I look forward to being part of AYM’s incredible future work.”

Ayanna Witter Johnson 

“AYM is a learning organisation: we want to continue to develop and improve our support for young musicians. A range of voices and insights are vital to this process: Ayanna’s knowledge and perspective from her unique and stellar musical  journey will be hugely valuable. We’re delighted that she’s joined the Board and I’m sure she will make a brilliant contribution to AYM.”

AYM Chief Executive Hester Cockcroft 

The news comes as Ayanna makes her greatly-anticipated Wigmore Hall debut today, Thursday 5th May. Expect a unique programme of Ayanna’s classical works performed by a variety of friends and guest performers, including AYM Alumna patron Jess Gillam. 

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