Penny Adie MBE
Two Moors Festival founder, Penny Adie innovates and controls all the artistic and programming aspects of the Two Moors Festival, working alongside Karen Malim in coordinating the full range of 2MF activities, including PR.
Penny assembled and created well over two hundred concerts during the eight years she spent living in the Middle East. Many were in collaboration with Emirates Airline, the British Council and the Intercontinental hotel group. She worked in harmony with BBC Young Musician of the Year taking the winners on extensive tours of the Gulf region often in venues as diverse as British embassies, Arab schools and universities, the desert and exclusive hotels. Concerts in Africa also featured as did concert performances in the presence of royalty.
Her aim was two-fold. First, to give reciprocal educational opportunities to local children and secondary students. Second, to promote the supreme level of British artistry overseas. She worked with up-and-coming musicians as well with esteemed artists including Dame Josephine Barstow, Julian Lloyd Webber (whom she persuaded to ride a camel!), Tom Poster, Guy Johnston, Freddy Kempf and Alison Balsom. She was invited to arrange Oman's Twentieth National Day gala concert as well as that for the trade fair 'Oman with Britain' (for which London buses were flown out to Muscat!).
After her return to Britain, she resumed her role as presenter of the arts and, together with her late husband, John, created the Two Moors Festival in 2001.
She was appointed MBE in 1994.