People

 

The Wiltshire Music Centre Trust Limited is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. The directors of the company are its Trustees (below) who provide overall strategic direction for the organisation.

David Pratley has worked in the cultural sector in the UK for over 40 years as a policy maker, manager and commentator.  Born in London and trained in early years as a musician, he graduated in law from the University of Bristol in 1970.

In 1976 he began a decade in senior management in the English arts funding system, first as Director of the Greater London Arts Association and then as Regional Director of the Arts Council of Great Britain where he was responsible for regional policy, the funding and management of performing arts touring, arts centres, festivals and community arts. Over the next ten years he worked in general management being in succession Chief Executive of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society and Managing Director of Trinity College of Music. During these years he was active in the politics of the SDP, co-authoring its Green Paper on the Arts and Media; in international research on the arts and urban generation; and was, for five years, Chairman of the National Campaign for the Arts. In 1991 he moved to Bath as the City Council's director of leisure, tourism and economic development.

For the last 15 years and based back in London, David Pratley has run one of the country's leading arts management consultancies, specialising in the management of change in cultural organisations. As well as agencies of central Government and local government, his clients include symphony orchestras, opera companies, theatres, festivals, galleries and museums. For five years he co-designed and managed the Arts Council's Stabilisation Programme, setting up similar programmes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In 2008 David began a process of change himself with relocation to a home in the heart of the New Forest with his new wife, Linda Fredericks. Whilst continuing to write and consult, he has also taken up a number of non-executive appointments to arts organisations in the region including - in addition to the chairmanship of Wiltshire Music Centre - chairmanship of The Lighthouse at Poole, and membership of the board of the Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Keith Bennett studied music at Oxford, where he was organ scholar at Brasenose College, and subsequently at Trinity College of Music. He was awarded a doctorate from Oxford in 1978 for his study of Luca Marenzio, the Italian madrigalist. From 1979-2004 he taught at Bath Spa University, where for eighteen years he was a principal lecturer and Course Director of the BA (Hons) Music degree. Whilst there he conducted the university college choir and opera on many occasions.

Keith has for many years been conductor of the Paragon Singers of Bath, one of the south-west's leading chamber choirs, specialising particularly in early music and contemporary music. He has also performed widely as an accompanist, continuo player and singer.

Catherine Cooper trained as a teacher of Physical Education and Dance at Bishop Otter College, Chichester and Sussex University, gaining a B.Ed Hons in 1975 and NPQH in 2002. She has taught in Wiltshire for 35 years including 5 years as a part time advisory teacher for primary P.E and Dance. Catherine has worked at St Laurence School since its opening in 1980 and was formerly a teacher at Trinity School in Bradford on Avon. She has undertaken a variety of roles including head of faculty, assistant head of sixth form and assistant headteacher with responsibility for  upper school, inclusion, personnel and training. She has a very strong belief in the power of the performing arts to enrich lives and has been involved in many collaborative projects with music, dance and drama throughout her career and as Director of the school's specialism in Performing Arts. Catherine is a member of the leadership team at St Laurence and currently has a strategic role around the development of Extended Services and community cohesion.

Jonathan Cross is Professor of Musicology at Oxford University.  He taught at the Universities of Sussex (1986-95) and Bristol (1996-2003) before coming to Christ Church in 2003. He has written, lectured and broadcast widely on issues in twentieth-century and contemporary music, and in musical theory and analysis. He was Associate Editor (1994-9) and Editor (2000-2004) of the journal Music Analysis, and currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Music Analysis, Tempo and the Journal of Mathematics and Music. He is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Faculty of Music.

Rona Fineman has combined working as a freelance arts consultant with running the Wickham Theatre in the Drama Department at Bristol University.  Her freelance work currently involves running Theatre Bath. Previously she ran Bristol & Bath Arts Marketing Agency which was funded by the Touring Department of the Arts Council. Her career in the arts began at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. She was educated at Aberdeen University and City University, London where she did a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration. Rona is a member of the Board of ArtsMatrix, a Director of Audiences South West and a Trustee of Firebird Theatre Company. She was previously a Director of the Arts Marketing Association and Chair of the Bristol Area Dance Agency. Since November 2007 Rona has been Chair of the Friends Advisory Group.

Lindsay Holdoway is managing director of HPH Limited, a property company specialising in commercial property, whose office is in Kingsmead Square, Bath. The Company develops and invests in industrial, office and retail premises throughout Wiltshire and has a particular expertise in working with period buildings having restored both grade 1 & 2 listed properties in Bath, Chippenham and, more recently, Swindon. The Company retains an investment portfolio and property management is carried out by an in house team.

Lindsay qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in London in 1984 having previously graduated from the University of Reading (MPhil; Land Management) and the University of St Andrews(BSc (Hons); Botany). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and was a Trustee of Twerton Village Hall, a Millennium Commission project, from 1998-2001 acting as project director.

Diana Johnson has a degree in music from the University of Oxford and a background in professional arts management in the UK and abroad including senior positions with the British Council in Germany and Arts Council of Australia.   She runs a successful arts consultancy business and works throughout the UK advising local government, artists and arts organisations. Recent jobs include facilitating a new strategic plan for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Chorus, and organisational development and fundraising with the three Youth Music Action Zones in the West Midlands.

With a son recently in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Diana has a particular commitment to the involvement of children and young people in the arts. She has been a validator for Arts Council England's Arts Mark arts in schools scheme since its inception, and has recently been appointed a Youth Music external assessor.

Formerly a governor of Dartington College of Arts and a parent governor at Sandford Primary School, Diana Johnson's trusteeships include Upstream a healthy living centre without walls for older people in Devon funded by Big Lottery; the Elmley Foundation supporting arts and culture in Herefordshire and Worcestershire; and the Kinkizi Development Foundation through which she has worked closely with women's and other community groups in South West Uganda.

Diana is married to a Dane and makes frequent visits to Denmark where the family owns a summer house. She continues as an active musician. She sings with the Exeter Festival Chorus under former Kings Singer Nigel Perrin, and has toured with the choir to Russia, Germany and France. Last year she coached children and performed in the Three Choirs Festival production of Britten's Noye's Fludde. As a complete contrast, last spring she rode on horseback through Transylvania.

Robert Keylock originally hails from East Anglia, but came to Wiltshire in 2004 to train as a solicitor with Wilsons Solicitors LLP in Salisbury. He was admitted as a solicitor in 2006 and specialises in advising individuals and trustees in relation to estate planning, trusts, taxation, wills and mental capacity matters such as the granting and administration of Lasting Powers of Attorney.

Robert was introduced to the Wiltshire Music Centre through a scheme run by Arts & Business which aims to encourage young professionals to become involved with arts boards. Outside work, Robert enjoys pursuing his passion for music.  He currently plays violin in the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and Winterbourne Opera Orchestra, as well as a variety of other local ensembles.

Tony Millett was a journalist and foreign editor for ITN before joining Channel 4 as foreign editor then managing editor before he became editor of ITN World News.  He also worked for Reuters TV as director of programming and was a freelance consultant for BBC Worldwide.

Geoff Robinson works for the Institute of Physics and has spent over 25 years working in IT in engineering, telecoms, defence, publishing and commercial environments.   He is also a bass guitar player in a rock and a jazz band and is a keen concert goer.

Helen Starkie is a solicitor who acted as a Trustee several years ago.  Helen has recently set up her own practice locally and is able once again to stand as a Board Director.