Music in Peebles is run by a Board of Trustees consisting of volunteers, elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. Here are the members of the Board for 2021/22:
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.”
Lyndal joined the MiP committee in 2016 and became a trustee on the formation of the S.C.I.O. and is very keen to bring the classical music experience to the wider community of Peebles. Lyndal is a singer with a lifetime of experience of choral singing and occasional solo work.
She enjoys leading singing workshops for people who think they cannot sing and who want to find their voice, for self-confidence and well-being. She is a volunteer with Playlist for Life, a national organisation promoting singing for well-being of people living with dementia. Her piano playing days are over though!
Gwydion has a background in the wider arts industry, and was heavily involved in youth music, playing French Horn in youth / amateur orchestras and wind bands, including the first Welsh Guards affiliated Cadet Band in 1992. Gwydion initially pursued a career in technical theatre, working across the UK, Canada and the Edinburgh Festival, often on productions that included music including Operas, before moving into the rail industry.
But his love of music has never stopped and he has continued this love of music through supporting music associations and enjoying live music across the world. Now with a young family of his own at school he saw the opportunity to use some of his ‘spare’ time productively to get involved in a music charity. He is passionate at offering the musical experience he enjoyed at a young age to the next generation.
By volunteering at Music in Peebles he is helping bring high quality chamber music to the Peebles area, ensuring a breadth of musical genres continues to be available to as many people as possible in the Scottish Borders.
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.
Finlay is a retired Church of Scotland minister, now living in Innerleithen. He has been the Concerts Secretary of Music in Peebles since 2016. In his programming role Finlay, with the encouragement of the Board, seeks to offer a blend of innovative and familiar repertoire, with established performers and those starting out on their careers. As opportunities arise arrangements are made for visiting musicians to perform in local schools and care homes.
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.