Trustees:Sally Groves MBE (Chairman)
Sally Groves was Creative Director, London of Schott Music where she was responsible for much of the firm’s contemporary music catalogue until July 2014. In 2013 she was awarded the RPS Lesley Boosey Award honouring champions of new music. She also serves on the RVW Trust and the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation.She was Vice Chair of Sound and Music, a member of the Board of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and served on The North Music Trust Classical Music Advisory Panel for The Sage, Gateshead.
She was a member of the Board of the Music Publishers Association. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the Promotion of New Music from 1979–90, becoming its Chairman for the last two years, a director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 1998–2004 and a Governor of the Royal Northern College of Music from 1997–2006, of which she is now an Honorary Member. She was a close friend of the Trust’s founder, Ursula Vaughan Williams.
Joyce Kennedy (Vice Chairman)
Joyce Kennedy is a retired anaesthetist and GP. She is co–author with her husband, the late Michael Kennedy, of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music, and author of A Dictionary of Opera Characters and of Opera: The Great Composers and their Masterworks.
Nicolas Bell is Librarian and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Until 2015 he was a curator in the Music Collections of the British Library, looking after Vaughan Williams’s manuscripts alongside those of many other composers. He is also Chairman of the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation, and a Trustee of the Mátyás Seiber Trust.
Eva Hornstein knew Ralph and Ursula Vaughan Williams from her earliest days, and later was Ursula’s close friend and neighbour for 18 years. Almost all her working life has been in the world of music.
Arthur Searle is a former Curator of Music Manuscripts at the British Library and has been Honorary Librarian of the Royal Philharmonic Society since 1983.
Bernie Watson is a Chartered Accountant, holds the Diploma in Charity Accounting and is in professional practice as a partner in haysmacintyre. He has been involved professionally with all types of charities for over 25 years.
Director:Hugh Cobbe OBE
Hugh Cobbe, formerly Head of Music Collections at the British Library, is editor of Letters of Ralph Vaughan Williams 1895–1958. He is Chairman of the RVW Trust, of the National Folk Music Fund, a former chairman of the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation, and a Past President of the Royal Musical Association.
Michael Kennedy CBE
It is with great regret that we record the death on 31st December 2014 of Michael Kennedy. A journalist and music critic, he had been a close friend of both Ralph and Ursula Vaughan Williams and, having been Chairman of both the RVW Trust and of RVW Ltd and President of the Vaughan Williams Society, he became first Chairman of The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust in 2008.