Music in Peebles is run by a Board of Trustees consisting of volunteers, elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. Here are the current members of the Board.
After a career in accountancy, IT and banking, John was keen to spend his retirement making amends and repaying his debt to society. Music having been a great passion (as a listener, not a performer) since mid-teens, it was natural that he should gravitate towards it as soon as he had time on his hands.
Of his involvement with Music in Peebles, John says, “My main interest had always been orchestral music, but on moving to Peebles in 1989 I had my ears opened to chamber music.
“I now find it the most satisfying form of music; so many composers wrote their most personal music in this form, and its intimacy speaks so directly to every listener. It has been a great privilege to serve Music in Peebles since 2010 and to have been a Board member of Chamber Music Scotland from 2013 to 2021.”
Sarah studied Music at Napier University, Edinburgh, where she was
taught by Michael Harris, Master of the Music at St Giles’ Cathedral.
Sarah was awarded the Herrick Bunny Organ Scholarship whilst studying at
Napier. She has taken part in Masterclasses with Kevin Bowyer and Matthew
Sarah is currently Organist and Director of Music at Peebles Old Parish
Church and works privately as a piano and organ teacher. She is a committee
member of the Borders’ Guild of Organists.
Music is a wonderful gift and a great joy to share with others. It is a great
privilege to be in Music in Peebles.
Jenny has lived in Peebles for 23 years and loves the opportunity provided by Music in Peebles to hear world class musicians play on her doorstep.
Being recently retired from a career in scientific research, the pharmaceutical industry and in research quality assurance, and now with more free time, she was more than happy to join as a Trustee to help with the organisation of Music in Peebles.
Having grown up surrounded by piano and violin music but never having played herself, Jenny took up clarinet at the age of 50, with lessons from the great Peebleian Daniel T Ward; she then joined Peebles Concert Band, of which she was Chair for six years, and still enjoys playing with them.
Jenny has also previously organised and promoted music gigs at Stobo Village Hall.
Philip Hutton, native to Peebles, is a graduate of Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, taught art in Borders schools, continues to paint and exhibit.
He is also a writer whose output ranges from self-published poetry and painting collections to programme notes for Music in Peebles. The piano is a private study, he says that he practises three arts, two of them competently.
He has been a member of Music in Peebles since 1970 when it was Peebles Music Club.
Helen Narracott studied music and performing arts at Dartington College in Devon, and then worked as an editor for BBC Radio 3, in the department which ran the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.
She moved to Scotland as concerts manager for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and what was then the Scottish Baroque Ensemble, organising concerts in halls, country houses and castles throughout Scotland.
More recently she was a partner in a PR consultancy specialising in the arts and entertainment. She now records audiobooks for Audible and Amazon.
Being able to walk around the corner to hear world-class, live chamber music in a local setting is an astonishing privilege. So is the sense of helping, in whatever way possible, Music in Peebles colleagues in the provision of that.
Nancy retired as a Church of Scotland minister in 2012, but is still working. She joined the MiP Board in 2020.
Being a member of the Board of Music in Peebles gives the opportunity to shape the future of the organisation and to influence the programming of future seasons.
We are always eager to hear from anyone who wishes to get involved, so if you would like to join us in contributing to the cultural life of the Burgh, please contact the President (details on the Contact page), or speak to any member of the current Board.