NCO is supported by an active and committed non-executive Board with a vast range of experience and expertise. Current trustees include professional musicians, educators and leading members of the arts administration and business communities.
Having enjoyed over 30 years specialising in work with young musicians it is both a joy and an honour to serve a period as Chairman of this wonderful organisation. To oversee the evolution and development of the National Children’s Orchestras is a task that is as daunting as it is exciting! I hope to help the organisation meet the challenges of modernisation without ever forgetting the legacy of our Founder, Vivienne Price.
I am very pleased and excited to be joining the NCO as a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer. I have worked with many organisations as a Senior Consulting Partner and a Non-Executive Director, and live in the West Midlands with my daughter Katie and partner Ivor. Katie is 10 years old, and has been part of the NCO family for the last three years (2016 Under 11s Clarinet). I have learnt so much from Katie’s musical journey over the last 5 years, and we have all made many great friends on the way. I am honoured to support an organisation that provides an amazing experience for children passionate about music, and which has created such a strong musical family.
I am Managing Director for TalkTalk and live in London with my wife Angella and 9 year old daughter Ashton (a budding pianist). Although my musical prowess doesn’t reach the heights of the extremely talented children at the NCO, I love music and my passion in working with NCO is to help the organisation stay true to its core principals to help gifted children achieve their best, and have fun doing it.
I am pleased to join the board of Trustees. I have combined a career as an oboist and a music educator since 1970, and have worked with many of London’s major orchestras as well as holding senior positions at the Royal Academy of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and Codarts Rotterdam. I continue to teach oboe at Birmingham Conservatoire and am the President of the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition.
The NCO is in my family’s blood. At the age of 9, I studied piano with Vivienne Price before she founded the NCO, and played with and conducted her percussion band. I am married to one of Europe’s top performing and teaching oboists and two of our daughters went to Vivienne’s Saturday music school. More recently two grandchildren have become members of NCO orchestras. For 20 years I was a governor of the National Youth Orchestra and am passionately committed to providing opportunities and peerless teaching for young children. My professional career was in industry where I held a variety of roles eventually becoming an Executive Board member of a major British company.
I am a freelance educational consultant, having previously been an Executive Headteacher, responsible for four primary schools and prior to this, leading Gallions Primary School – a school renowned for teaching through the creative arts where every child from the age of 6 plays a string instrument – as Headteacher for seven and a half years. I am passionate about making a difference to children’s lives through music and the creative arts and aim to use my expertise in education, children and young people to help the NCO achieve its aims and ambitions.
Having retired from Yamaha Music Europe, where I was a Vice President, I am delighted to have re-joined the NCO “family”. I was privileged to be the NCO Chair for nearly twenty years. The unique nature of the organisation, with its passionate commitment to developing and enriching the musical and social lives of our young musicians, is something I believe in totally.
I have been an NCO violin tutor since 2004. I have been at the forefront of the British orchestral scene, firstly as principal 2nd violin with the English Chamber Orchestra and subsequently as sub leader of the Philharmonia Orchestra, for many years. I am currently a Professor at Trinity Laban and a sought after violin coach, both nationally and internationally. I am delighted to serve on the board of the NCO, and look forward to being involved in the development of its continued success.
I have been a regular guest conductor of NCO for nearly 30 years. As one who has always valued my involvement with youth orchestras very highly in my career as an international conductor, I am thrilled to be in a position to help this particularly wonderful organisation.