I have started this fundraiser to enable friends, colleagues and former students of James Wishart to donate a small amount towards a named chair for James. The University of Liverpool is building a new Concert Hall, the Tung Auditorium. This fabulous new venue will help raise the quality and profile of the composition and performance activities of the department, that were so important to James.
I could have quite happily have paid for this myself, but I thought this crowd funder would provide nice opportunity for others to contribute towards a small memorial for their friend.
I had no intention of becoming a composer before studying with James, I wasn't even that interested in new music. However, James had an infectious enthusiasm for every aspect of music, he tirelessly promoted new music concerts, and particularly performances of the music of his students. He helped me and many others into successful music careers, that have, I hope, become part of his legacy in Liverpool and beyond.
I'm sure many other people learned a lot from James, benefitted from knowing him and would like a take this opportunity to make a small gesture of remembrance and thanks, by helping to buy this named chair.