David was born in Yorkshire and went to Ripon Grammar School, then to Durham University. He began teaching in Coventry in 1960 and then moved into Local Education Authority Administration beginning with Birmingham, then on to Teeside and Cleveland. David was appointed as Deputy Secretary for Education for Cornwall in 1982 and became the Chief Officer in 1988, retiring in 1994.
After retirement David was Chairman of Governors of Truro College for some 9 years, a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and a member of the national Special Educational Needs Tribunal. David has just retired after 10 years as Chairman of Truro 3 Arts Society but continues as a Trustee of the Charles Causley Trust (Chairman), Cornwall Music Therapy Trust, the Radford Charitable Trust and the Quiller-Couch Memorial Committee.
David feels privileged to be the first and current Chairman of Cornwall Music Service Trust – formed in January 2015 and now thriving.
David is married to Ros and has two daughters and four granddaughters.
Andrew Gordon-Brown – Vice Chair
Andrew grew up in South Africa, went to school in Johannesburg and completed a Business Degree as an undergraduate in Capetown. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and enjoyed the first 12 years of his career in the banking and financial services sector in London and Johannesburg. In 2003 Andrew saw the light and decided to get a proper job so switched career into teaching, firstly at Radley College, moving to Stonyhurst College as Deputy Headmaster in 2007 and took up the reins as Headmaster of Truro School in 2013.
Andrew worked with Gareth Churcher from the beginning as they conceived the idea of CMST and how it could make a home at Truro School. A huge supporter of music at Truro School and in the county, he has also entered into a partnership agreement with Truro Cathedral which has seen the creation of the Girl Chorister programme.
He sings whenever he can; including in Keble College Choir, Radley Choral Society, the Schola Cantorum at Stonyhurst and when possible, with the TS Choral Society.
Judith Bailey was born in Cornwall and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, specialising in Clarinet, Piano, Conducting and Composition.
Since 1971 she has worked freelance, conducting Petersfield Orchestra and Southampton Concert Orchestra for around 13 years, producing a substantial amount of music which is widely performed and published. In 2001 she returned to live and work in her native Cornwall where she is conductor of Penzance Orchestral Society and Cornwall Chamber Orchestra and in the same year was awarded the honour of an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).
In 2005 she was made a bard of the Cornish Gorsedd for services to music in Cornwall.
In Jowanna's professional life, she is a solicitor at Stephens Scown LLP in Truro, specialising in intellectual property, IT and data protection. Jowanna works with several arts charity clients in her intellectual property role and is keen to contribute to the local community. She has a broad range of commercial experience in her current role and from her previous role with a large commercial law firm in Guildford. Additionally, Jowanna has some experience of charity law from her previous firm as well as regular ‘lectures’ from her dad who was a Senior Executive at the Charity Commission and is now a trustee of several arts charities in the West Penwith area. Jowanna's is a family with a strong history of charity involvement.
She grew up in Penzance and after moving away to read Mathematics at the University of Warwick followed by a Masters in Law from the University of Bristol, Jowanna lived in London for several years where she began her legal career. She moved back to Cornwall in 2014 to be closer to family and to the wonderful Cornish coast. Jowanna benefitted from music tuition in school and privately from a young age in both piano and clarinet. In her teenage years she was a member of both the Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra and the Penzance Youth Wind Band as a first clarinet. Jowanna continues this love of music, mostly as an audience member now, although she keeps her hand in through membership of a couple of local choirs. Jowanna said: "I have heard much about CMST and their great work and I am delighted to be involved!"
Paul has been employed at A&P (Falmouth Docks) for 32 years, for the last 11 years as Human Resources (HR) & Development Manager.
Paul has two main hobbies and interests outside of work – music and sport.
He has always been a keen active sportsman, although in more recent years he has swapped the football pitch for the golf course! Paul learned to play the cornet at the age of seven and has played with a number of brass bands throughout the County. He has been a member of the St Keverne Band for the past 12 years and plays Eb Soprano Cornet. Paul says: "It has been pleasing and encouraging to see a conveyor belt of youngsters come through the band in that time, many of whom have gone on to further and higher musical studies and/or become professional musicians.
"I was fortunate and delighted to be approached about joining the CMST Board of Trustees. It has given me the benefit of seeing first-hand the excellent day to day work undertaken by all CMST staff, and the rewards reaped as a consequence that ensure musical education in Cornwall continues to flourish.
Alan was born in Cornwall and educated at Helston Grammar School. On leaving school, he gained employment at Goonhilly Earth Station, specialising in TV transmission. During this time he witnessed many events unfold, both joyous and tragic. In 2008 early retirement was offered, and he purchased the village stores at St Keverne, which he still runs with his wife and eldest daughter. Brass Bands have always been in his family, and Alan joined St Keverne Band in 1963 playing both Brass and percussion, and apart from a short spell at Camborne Band, remained until retirement last year. Alan was part of the team that started the highly successful St Keverne Youth Band in 1994. During this time, he arranged many overseas tours for the band to Europe and Canada.He conducted the Youth Band at many concerts, including the School Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, working alongside the band’s professional conductor Derek Greenwood. In 2006, Alan was privileged to be awarded an MBE for his services to young people in Cornwall.
Over many years he has witnessed the great influence that instrumental tuition and performance has had on the personal development of young people. He is delighted at the success of the Cornwall Music Service Trust and its teachers who continue to provide this great service to the youth of Cornwall.
James arrived in Cornwall as assistant music adviser in 1964, having had 10 years successful music teaching experience in Secondary Modern and Comprehensive schools in Sudbury, Suffolk. Terminology was different in those days, but his approach has always been inclusive, with a particular enthusiasm for vocal work with young people both in and out of class.
In addition to the given pattern of advising the Local Education Authority and schools, his Senior – Henry Mills, encouraged James to foster opportunities for music making in and among schools, as well as in the youth and adult sectors. After gaining wider experience as Senior adviser for music in Dorset for three years, James returned to Cornwall in 1977, replacing Henry on his retirement. Over the years, James's interest in creativity broadened his outlook across the performing arts, and in 1989, three years before he retired in 1992, Dance and Drama were added to his brief.
During James's time in Cornwall, he founded the East Cornwall Bach Festival (1966), Cornwall County Music Service (1969), Cornwall Youth Orchestra (1970), Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra (1985), and after he retired, the charitable trusts – Music and Dance Education – ‘made’ (1997), and Arts for Health Cornwall & Isles of Scilly (2000).
Together with a growing team of able supporting senior advisory staff, they presented a number of county-wide large scale events. Carmina Burana (12 Schools,1983), a European Music Year Celebration (1985), Kerrier Music & Dance ’86 (1986), Cornwall County Council Centenary Concert (Cornwall Youth Orchestra side by side with Bournemouth Sinfonietta -1989), Celebration of the Performing Arts (1992)
After 24 years in retirement James was pleased to be invited to join the Board of Trustees of Cornwall Music Service Trust.
Rebecca started playing music at primary school, with the traditional recorder and choir. A product of the Cornwall County Council music peripatetic system from the 1980s, she now plays flute and piccolo in several orchestras and bands in Cornwall, ranging from Penzance to St Austell.
She has a love of choral singing and brass bands. Rebecca has 20 years experience in educational administration, where she specialised in business analysis, statistics and the use of computer systems. Rebecca is the Instrument Loans Administrator for the Radford Charitable Trust and is the Webmaster for Cornwall Youth Brass Band.
Bill works at Truro College where he is the Programme Leader for Performing Arts. Sandwiched between teaching in schools and teaching in Colleges was a 10-year period of earning his money from playing music. Starting on Trumpet then building the necessary skills on Piano, Voice and Guitar he has adapted to stay up to date with the needs of the student. As a Musical Director for part of his professional life, composition, arranging and conducting have also been necessary activities.
Success is now measured in student achievement, with an unrelenting belief in the power of music education. Bill’s whole focus is to ensure access and development in music is available for everyone.