Trustees

The Trustees are current/retired educationalists or professional people who live in the District of Bromsgrove.

The Board meets four times a year to discuss current and future projects and to administer the Trust.

Paula Kelly-Edwards BA(Hons) PGCE

Chairperson

Paula completed a degree in Music Education at York University in 1990 and has taught music in many primary, secondary and middle schools. For two years she was the Director of Music at Gateway High School in Zimbabwe. Currently she is the Music Leader at Burlish Park Primary School which has been awarded Arts Mark Gold and in March 2011 the National Leading Aspect Award for Music. The work of the school has also been celebrated on the Local Authority Effective Practice database.

Steve Cowperthwaite

Steve is a well-known figure in Bromsgrove′s musical world. Prior to his retirement, he was at North Bromsgrove High School, first as Head of Music and latterly as Assistant Headteacher. He has conducting experience with a wide range of choirs and ensembles, including currently being Directorof Music at St John’s Church, and Musical Director of Barnt Green Choral Society.

Paul Evans FCA

Paul has lived in Bromsgrove since 1969 and has been a member of Bromsgrove Concerts since the mid 1970's (and Chairman from 2003 to 2010). His interest in classical music stems from a fascination with Beethoven and Mozart piano music and he has been a frequent concert-goer since the mid 1960's. He is learning to play the clarinet and has an eclectic taste in music - anything from Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to Mozart and Shostakovich. A Chartered Accountant, Paul retired from Lucas Aerospace in 1997.

Bernard Hall-Mancey GRSM ARCM ARCO Cert.ED.

Bernard entered the Royal College of Music in London in 1961 studying organ, piano, harmony composition and conducting. Following graduation Bernard held posts at various schools with his final post being as Director of Music at Bromsgrove School. Bernard was an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examining all grades and diploma levels throughout the UK and overseas until retiring in 2006. He has also conducted various choral societies and orchestras during his working existence.

Anita Porter BA(Hons) PGCE

Anita recently retired from her post as Head of Music at North Bromsgrove High school where she taught for over twenty years. She has also taught in schools in Birmingham, Bedfordshire and Warwickshire and has worked for Worcestershire Instrumental Music Service, teaching violin in first, middle and high schools in Bromsgrove. Anita and her colleague, Steve Cowperthwaite, have been responsible for establishing biannual Music Days in Bromsgrove involving young musicians aged six to eighteen.

Jeremy H Sharp

Jeremy has lived in Bromsgrove for over 30 years. Now retired, he has been a director of several West Midland companies. He is a Trustee of the Bromsgrove International Young Musicians Competition.

Michael D Spencer MA BA(Hons)

Michael is a retired company director who has been Treasurer, Secretary and Chairman of Making Music in the West Midlands. He takes a keen interest in music education for children and is a long time supporter of the Chandos Young Musicians competition held annually in Malvern.

Kirsty Elvins LLB (Hons)

Trust Adminstrator

Kirsty was educated at North Bromsgrove High School and gained her law degree at the University of Central Lancashire before completing her academic qualifications at the University of Birmingham. She has since worked in Oxford and Southampton before moving back to her roots. Kirsty joined Thomas Horton LLP in 2004 to train as a solicitor and qualified in March 2007.