The Platform owes its origins to the Bromsgrove Festival Young Musicians Platform, which was started by Dr Mary White of Bromsgrove in 1981, which still continues as the Bromsgrove International
Musicians Competition. Apart from her medical duties, Mary took an active part in local life, and for over 30 years until ill-health forced her retirement was chairman of the Bromsgrove Music
Festival. For her work she was appointed MBE in 2006. More about her and the Bromsgrove International Musicians' Competition may be read on our main website.