Trustees:
Marion Friend MBE (Chair)
Nina Ashton
Dr Ursula Jones OBE
Nick Rampley

 
Marion Friend MBE (Chair)
Marion Friend MBE (Chair) has held senior arts administration positions at Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Young Musician of the Year and Wigmore Hall and in the early part of her career she combined freelance orchestral playing with peripatetic and class teaching. Until July 2014 Marion was Director of Junior Trinity, the Saturday School of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, a role she relinquished after twelve years in order to develop her arts and education consultancy including coaching, mentoring and facilitation. Marion is also an Arts Council England quality assessor and is Chair of her local Wimbledon Symphony Orchestra. She was formerly a trustee of Jessie's Fund, Mick Jagger Centre and the Dalcroze Society and on the Executive of the Music Education Council.
 
Nina Ashton
is principal bassoon of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She has also worked with orchestras across Europe including the LSO, Budapest Festival Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Bayerisches Staatsorchester. She very much enjoys chamber music and has also premiered various works written for her by her brother, Kim, in venues in Germany, UK and Sweden. Her inaugural concert in Liverpool was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 with what the presenter described as a ‘boozy bassoon’ solo in Elgar’s Falstaff. She is particularly proud of this because she is tee-total. When not destroying bassoon reeds, she can be found cycling across Europe, celebrating veganism, and getting up to mischief with her little nephew.
 
Ursula Jones OBE
was born in Switzerland but has lived in London for most of her life. She was co-founder and General Manager of the English Chamber Orchestra until 1975, when she became a student again, taking up New World archaeology at the University of London. Since then she has combined her archeological and musical interests, lecturing on the prehistory of Mexico and also organising concerts in the UK and Switzerland for young talented musicians.
Ursula married the eminent trumpet player Philip Jones in 1956 and managed the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble during its last ten years. She is also a trustee of the Lucerne Festival, Streetwise Opera and the National Youth Wind Orchestra.
 
Nick Rampley
Nick Rampley is currently Director of Resources and Operations at the City and Guilds of London Art School. He was formerly Vice Principal of Morley College which he joined after a career in various administrative and management roles in higher education institutions within London, followed by ten years as Director of Finance and Administration at the Purcell School, one of the UK's most prestigious specialist music schools. Nick is a trustee of a number of other charities which support music making including: NonClassical (for which he acts as treasurer), the Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust, the Margaret Engering Music Trust and the Kensington Symphony Orchestra where he is also principal bassoon. He also holds Directorships of WeAreWaterloo Business Improvement District and Lower Marsh Market Ltd.
 
 
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