Keith was elected a Fellow of the RSA in 1999 and is the current Chair of the RSA West Midlands. He is also a member of the Fellowship Council.
Keith Horsfall’s background is as a musician and teacher. He has been involved in arts education for over 30 years both as a teacher and as an administrator. His senior managerial experience ranges from directing a regional music service (Dudley), a community arts team and a regional arts centre. He is the current chair of Dudley Arts Council and also of a community radio station.
With the various youth orchestras, bands and choirs he has directed, Keith has extensive touring experience (both as organiser and musical director) throughout many parts of the world including Europe, North America, Australia and Africa. He has been the director of several major festivals and was Artistic Director for the visit of the Queen to Dudley in 1994. He has also led workshops in the UK and North America and was the keynote speaker at the Australian Music Educators National Conference in Canberra in 2005. He was Community Cultural Engagement Producer for the Birmingham leg of the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012.
Keith has been closely associated with several national music organisations, including Music for Youth and as an executive committee member on the Music Education Council. He was a senior Trustee and Company Secretary of the National Association of Youth Orchestras and is a founding director of Youngorchestras.com Community Interest Company. Working with young people from across Europe, he has been the Course Director of the annual European Youth Music Week since 2005.
Between 2004 and 2006, he was Project Director of 'Ballet Hoo!'. This was a unique large-scale project combining Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Birmingham local authorities, the charity Youth at Risk and Birmingham Royal Ballet to use the concepts of ballet and personal development to transform the lives of disadvantaged teenagers from across the region. The success of the project was captured by Diverse Productions who created the acclaimed four prime-time television programmes for Channel 4 entitled “Ballet Changed My Life; Ballet Hoo!” which was seen by over 4.5 million viewers. Out of that experience he was, and remains, the founding Chief Executive of the Leaps & Bounds Trust, which strives to further the above concepts for new tranches of at-risk young people and has since delivered seven highly successful regional projects, one of which, ‘Wrosne’, was a semi-finalist in the National Lottery Awards.
Keith is also the founding chair of Gig Caritas, a new community association which raises significant sums for charities in the region by co-ordinating professional and high-level amateur musicians to voluntarily come together to deliver a wide range of artistic productions.