The Board of Trustees has overall responsiblity for the operation and governance of the Charity.
David’s musical journey started at school where he was a bassoon player and sang in the choir. He describes himself as a “mechanical” player rather than an intuitive one, but did progress to obtain his Grade VIII. He is now clearly overshadowed by his son who is studying Classical Trumpet at the Guildhall.
David still likes to remind his son, however, that in one area he surpasses him; David has his Grade V theory!
In his working life, David joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1982. He has held a variety of jobs in both Waitrose and John Lewis, and currently sits on the Waitrose Board of Directors as Partnership Registrar.
The Chair of our Trustees is Stephen Gregson. Stephen studied piano, percussion and composition at Trinity College, London, and conducting with Dr. Jack Stamp at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA, where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree. He has enjoyed a substantial career in music education, and has also worked as a freelance conductor, pianist and percussionist. Stephen is an examiner for the Royal Schools of Music and a published arranger (OUP). He has worked as guest conductor for Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (USA) and for South Wessex Opera Company, in addition to directing Milton Abbey Festival and working with the Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus. He has directed several choral societies including Broadstone Community Choir, The Lease Singers and Lytchett Choir.
Miles has been involved in Sing for Pleasure since his school days and is now a trustee of the charity. He has been Headteacher of Hotspur Primary School in Newcastle upon Tyne since 2005; Hotspur is known for its creativity and singing in particular and was a Sing Up Platinum school. He has also organised many children’s singing concerts at Newcastle City Hall and ran the successful Ouseburn Young Voices. Miles has been involved in many organisations, most recently as lead for the Concordia Vocal Project and currently sits on the board of Culture Bridge North East. He also sings with Sine Nomine International Touring Choir.
A versatile conductor, Sarah has directed an impressive array of professional and amateur ensembles including the Hilliard Ensemble, National Chamber Choir of Ireland, Cape Town Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, the Kantorei der Friedenskirche of Düsseldorf, English Baroque Choir, Reading Bach Choir, Granada International Festival Choir, Harlow Chorus and, as General Manager, The Sixteen. She is currently artistic director of Singscape, Encoro and NC3, guest chorusmaster for the BBC Symphony Chorus, guest conductor of the Cheltenham Bach Choir and Associate Music Director of the Brandenburg Sinfonia. In huge demand as a teacher, Sarah is a lecturer in choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and for the Association of British Choral Directors and Sing for Pleasure, and she mentored comedian Bradley Walsh on BBC2’s popular TV series ‘Maestro’. Together with Suzzie Vango, Sarah directs and sings in professional vocal ensemble Papagena. www.tenantflowers.co.uk