Tom comes from Richmond, London, settling in real Richmondshire with a young family after trying out Holland, Brunei and Manchester. He learnt the piano when young, badly, but enjoyed a weekly treat on a loud 'home organ' that made even Fanny Waterman's worst exercises rewarding. Branded a 'growler' at junior school and instructed to mime, Tom ignored the advice, enjoying choirs at college and university, particularly music like Carmina Burana where enthusiasm was more important than lack of talent.
Tom is an engineer, who finds it extremely hard to concentrate on classical music except in live performances.
Chris comes from Leeds, and moved to Richmond after a Physics teaching career in Rotherham, Manchester and London. He has played various instruments and now enjoys playing double bass in chamber groups, small ensembles and symphony orchestras.
Chris is fascinated by musical instruments, and recently embarked on the long-term project of building a double bass. His pianistic abilities are worse than most, he says, but he is very proud of his small but growing collection of keyboard instruments.
Anna Jackson is Concert Secretary, and responsible for selecting artists and programmes.
These are a few of her Favourite Things: Mozart; toast and honey; playing the clarinet; Alice through the Looking Glass; Richmond Garden Club; Father Ted; trail running; Richmondshire Orchestra; cycling holidays; family time; Killer Sudoku; Hamlet.
Judy lives in Richmond. She taught at Richmond School for many years, where she took part in school/staff choirs and revues. She was President of the National Union of Teachers and Chair of the General Teaching Council (England). She has been awarded an OBE for Services to Education.
Judy's interests include singing - she is a member of Richmond Choral Society and the Station Singers - and she loves travelling to far flung places as well as lying on Greek beaches doing as little as possible, reading voraciously and exploring Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, both cooking and eating. She is the Community Coordinator on the RSC Board.
Nick worked in publishing until ten years ago, when he moved from New York to Richmond. His interests include chamber music and opera, Welsh rugby and Welsh Terriers (as unpredictable as each other), coppicing, grandchildren, and the novels of Patrick O’Brian. He used to play the cello, very badly, and has the rare distinction of having been expelled from a village choral society.
Previously Chair of Arts in Richmondshire, the Swaledale Festival and Richmondshire Concerts, Nick feels very privileged to be involved with the Society.
Philip was born under the Chiswick flyover in West London, or so the family legend goes. He worked for 30 years in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, then moved to Richmond in 2003 to run the Castle Hill Bookshop. He was Chair of the Richmond and Lower Swaledale Business Association, and helped start the Richmond Walking and Book Festival.
Philip enjoys a wide range of music from classical to prog rock. He plays the guitar and attends live music at many local venues. He became RSC's Treasurer in 2012, being only the third person to hold the position in the organisation’s 70 year history. He hopes his tenure will be at least that of his predecessors!
The first of a series of posts which introduce the Trustees of the Richmondshire Concerts.
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