160112-vh-FINAL-Sir Elton John Patron News ReleaseSir Elton John, CBE is pleased to renew his Patronage of STARS (Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures) 

The monumental career of international singer-songwriter and performer Sir Elton John has spanned more than five decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with thirty- five Gold and twenty- five Platinum albums and twenty-nine consecutive Top 40 hits. He has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. Elton holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind,” which sold 37 million copies. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has awarded Elton five Grammys, the Grammy Legend Award, and honoured him with the MusiCares Person of the Year Award. Elton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Additionally, he was the first artist honoured by the Billboard Touring Conference with its Legend of Live Award, which recognises those in the concert business who have made a significant and lasting impact on the industry. And in September 2013, Elton was honoured as the first recipient of the prestigious BRITs Icon Award. He continues to tour all over the world.

The smash-hit stage production of Billy Elliot, for which Elton composed the music, was nominated for a record nine Olivier Awards, winning Best Musical, among others. It was nominated for a record-tying fifteen Tony Awards and won ten, including Best Musical.

Elton received an Academy Award for The Lion King, and Tony Awards for both The Lion King and Aida. He served as the Executive Producer for the hugely successful animated feature Gnomeo & Juliet, which opened in February 2011.

In 1992, Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), which today is one of the leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organisations. EJAF has raised more than £220m ($349) million to date to support hundreds of HIV/AIDS prevention, service, and advocacy programs around the globe. In 1998, The Queen of England knighted him Sir Elton John, CBE. In 2004, he received Kennedy Center Honours for his lifetime contributions to American culture and excellence through the performing arts. In 2012, Elton published Love Is the Cure, a book about his personal connection to the AIDS epidemic and the work of EJAF, which became a national best seller in the United States. In 2013, in recognition of his philanthropic and humanitarian efforts through EJAF, Elton received the Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative Leadership Award and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Elton said: “I am pleased to offer my continued support to STARS, to Heart Rhythm Week – 6-12 June 2016: www.heartrhythmweek.org and to the Arrhythmia Alliance’s ‘Now Is the Time’ ManifestoEarly detection and diagnosis of arrhythmias, and any unexplained loss of consciousness are vital to ensure that those affected can have access to vital knowledge and ensure they are receiving the appropriate treatment which may prove to be life-saving.

“STARS has taken a lead in raising awareness of unexplained loss of consciousness, and offers invaluable support and advice to those in need. I am delighted to offer my continued support to STARS for its important work.”