Philip Trumble (Chair)
Having been a self-taught musician, Philip studied at the Guildhall School of Music where he specialised in piano, guitar and composition for TV and Radio. Having taken a PGCE in Cambridge, he then followed a career in Arts Education as a secondary school music teacher where he pioneered the use of music technology and was involved in the development of a range of new qualifications in the performing arts. Philip worked for Surrey County Council in the 1980’s as a curriculum support teacher for music technology and was a referee for research being carried out at Reading University that was an important centre of activity at the time. While teaching he completed an MA in music education under Keith Swanick.
Having taught in a number of schools and held various posts including Head of 6th Form Studies, Philip moved into the music service sector and was responsible for establishing and leading Richmond Music Trust as its Chief Executive. Philip was the Chair of the Independent Music Services Group within the Federation of Music Services and until recently held the position of National Treasurer. Philip’s particular interest in the arts as a therapeutic tool led him to establish a new music therapy service in Richmond and to be Chairman of the Board of Creative Response Arts Limited – a charity providing arts activities for adults with mental health and drug and alcohol related problems in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex. In 2006, Philip moved to Surrey County Council to head up Surrey Arts where he leads one of the Countries largest Local Authority Arts Services. He is a nominated member of the Board of Rhythmix Company Limited and regards this as one of a number of key partner organisations which Surrey Arts works with to help deliver its strategic objectives. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2006.
In his spare time Philip continues to compose music for film and TV and recently signed a publishing deal with Boosey Media for one of his songs. He is a passionate advocate for music and the arts.
Philip is Senior Manager, Surrey Arts www.surreycc.gov.uk/arts
After studying music at the University of Wales, Tony Biggin first became a teacher, developing a strong commitment to music education within which the encouragement of creativity for all has been central.
Developing from his numerous youth music theatre pieces, written and produced for schools, he moved on to work as a freelance composer and musician.
Concerned for peace and social justice led to a long term collaboration with writer, Alex Davison and a string of tuneful and dramatic works ensued; including two secular oratorios, The Gates of Greenham and Cry of the Earth as well as a host of large scale music theatre works such as Fires of Levana, the Bull of Minos and Quest of the Golden Eye.
Performances have taken place in prestigious venues with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in venues including London Royal Festival Hall and the Hooglandsche Kerk in Leiden, the Netherlands. For some years Tony was musical director of Cantor Limited, a commercial multi track digital recording studio and computerised music laboratory. As well as taking on concert based commissions he produced recordings (including Bryn Terfel’s Shwanengesang), processed music for publishers and arranged and composed for television, radio, theatre and concert halls.
He composed the Valleys Live commission Just give us the flowers now to words by Alan Osborne, which was performed by Evelyn Glennie, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and numerous community youth music groups. Other commissions funded by the Welsh Arts Council include Rhoed Y Gair, which was televised by HTV and recorded on the Sain label, and the Forbidden Hymn to words by Alan Osborne.
While Head of Music at Edge Hill University he collaborated with Phil Christopher to produce the human rights music theatre works Unseen.
Tony has been awarded a doctorate of music from the University of Wales and has lived and worked in London, Sheffield, North Wales, Staffordshire, Merseyside, Reading and Harrow.
He is currently Director of the East Sussex Music Service www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/music
Peter Chivers studied at Dartington College of Arts, gained a Music Degree at Huddersfield University and studied at post-graduate level in Advanced Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. He then completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Kingston University.
His performance career as a trumpeter has seen him perform with many ensembles including the London Mozart Players, Orchestra of Europe and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Peter began to focus on music education and went on to become Head of Brighton & Hove Music Service. As well as heading up the service, he also leads the recently formed Brighton & Hove Music Education Hub.
Peter presently conducts the Brighton & Hove Youth Big Band and has had extensive experience conducting youth ensembles in the region. Peter has been a Director of the National Association of Music Educators, a post which he held for four years. He is presently a Director of Rhythmix charity and the Federation of Music Services.
Jeremy runs a legal & tax consultancy practice called Mills Keep Limited from Wimborne. He has advised individuals and their families on the structuring and management of their affairs with a view to avoiding disputes and mitigating tax for over 20 years. As part of this Jeremy has assisted clients with the creation and administration of charities and has maintained a number of charity trusteeships over the years. Previously a solicitor, Jeremy now practises as a Notary Public and is a member of the Society of Trusts & Estate Practitioners and the Charity Law Association.