In December, it was announced that a number of music education institutions were invited to join the Elton John Global Exchange Programme. This was launched by the Royal Academy of Music and endorsed by the pop maestro.
The programme goes live in September and will enable students from New York's Juilliard School, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and other institutions to take part in educational exchanges with the Academy.
Elton is considered to be the most generous alumni donor, and in recognition of this, was to be made a member of the Regent's Court of Benefactors, along with his husband. According to https://www.ram.ac.uk/exchange-programme
the ceremony was to be held at the beginning of 2022. It took place earlier this week instead, and Elton reacted on Twitter.
''It was an honour for David and I to be made members of the Regents' Court of Benefactors @RoyalAcadMusic,'' he wrote. They met with ''the current cohort of Elton John Scholars,'' and got to hear ''some incredible talented musicians.''
He wrote: ''Over 245k Ukrainians are living with HIV, many are fleeing their homes & leaving loved ones but disastrously, not all Ukrainians are within reach. I've been to Mariupol & I'm heartbroken to see that access is still limited. A full humanitarian corridor is essential to save lives.''