Dewhurst Torevell directors recognised for their outstanding contribution to the arts

May 1st, 2012, by Phil Bennett

Dewhurst Torevell directors Alan and Martyn Torevell have been recognised for their outstanding support and commitment to the arts at a special event held by Arts & Business North West .

Martyn Torevell, Val Young, Claire Barlow-Orton, Alan Torevell, Lucie Kennedy, Claire Moreland

The father and son were nominated separately by Chetham’s School of Music (Alan) and the Manchester Art Gallery (Martyn) as Cultural Champions and were honoured at an event held on Friday 27th April by Arts & Business.

The ceremony was held in Chetham’s Baronial Hall and in a speech Alan Torevell commented on how proud he and Martyn were to be recognised for something that gave them a great deal of pleasure.

Since its inception in 1997, Dewhurst Torevell has been a strong supporter of Chetham’s and the Manchester Art Gallery.


“The contribution that both Alan and Martyn have made to the cultural sector is outstanding.  We were delighted we could celebrate their commitment through Arts & Business Cultural Champions and we were honoured that Alan was able to give a speech to guests about what motivates him to give. We very much hope that his story and that of his son’s inspires others to give and helps us to encourage a new generation of philanthropists”.   

Claire Barlow-Orton, North West Regional Manager for Arts & Business


“We are extremely grateful for the support that Alan and his company, Dewhurst Torevell, have given to Chetham’s over the years. Our partnership began over 15 years ago with the sponsorship of an annual prize for our young musicians, which still continues today.  In addition, Alan provides the School with countless hours of support. He is a Feoffee of Chetham’s, he is the chairman and driving force behind The Humphrey Chetham Club, and he has galvanised many clients, companies and friends to come to Chetham’s and support us. I am delighted that Arts & Business has enabled him to be recognised as our Cultural Champion” 

Claire Moreland, Head of Chetham’s School of Music


“Martyn is a true Cultural Champion and I am delighted that his involvement with Manchester Art Gallery has been recognised by Arts & Business.  We have enjoyed a long and much valued relationship with Dewhurst Torevell since the company’s inception in 1997 and Martyn’s personal engagement with and support of Manchester Art Gallery is truly inspirational” 

Dr Maria Balshaw, Director of Manchester Art Gallery