About UsMeet our Artistic and Musical Directors, or scroll down to read about our Trustees and other members of the team.
Soon after leaving the Royal Academy of Music, which he tells us with a sense of alarm was in 1998, violinist Tom Elliott became a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
Assistant Artistic Director
Claire completed the postgraduate opera course at the Royal College of Music with distinction, having won the Lies Askonas Prize, Agnes Nicholls Harty Trophy and Ted Moss Lieder Prize.
As a violinist, Christopher George has had a happy and varied career. He was the leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra working regularly with Sir Charles Mackerras, Andrew Manze and Robin Ticciati.
Leader of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, one of the leaders of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and principal violin for a number of other international ensembles, Matthew Truscott is a versatile violinist who shares his time between period instrument and ‘modern’ performance, appearing with some of the finest musicians in both fields.
Pianist in residence
Viv McLean won First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and has performed in all the major venues in the UK, as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA.
Our Trustees and Staff
A retired solicitor, local authority Chief Executive, and formerly a politically Independent Chairman of the Devon and Cornwall Police Authority and Chairman of the Devon Community Foundation (before moving to live in Glossop). He is an experienced promoter of professional arts events from the Royal Shakespeare Company on tour to opera and regional orchestral and musical events, and more local arts events.
Rachel Whibley, Trustee
Rachel is a professional bassoonist who has worked with many of the top UK orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Halle, RLPO, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. After four very happy years living in Ireland, working with the RTE orchestras in Dublin and the Ulster orchestra in Belfast, she and her family moved to Glossop in 1999. In 2002 she established, with a colleague, the very beginnings of a music centre for Glossop children, which has blossomed into a multi-faceted organisation encompassing many groups, and catering for all levels of ability. Rachel is the Managing Director of Carrott Productions.
Phil Trelease, Trustee
Phil is a business advisor with over 25 years’ experience as a Finance Director. His specialist areas are Television and Media, having been a Board Member of the Carlton Television Group. He is also a Growth Coach and Mentor for Virgin Start Ups which is a not-for-profit organisation to support new businesses.
Ron Astles, Trustee
Formerly a Chief Superintendent of Police with Greater Manchester Police and former Chairman of Governors of Stockport Grammar School. Ron is a committee member of Glossop Cricket Club and a trustee of Stockport Grammar School Educational Foundation.
Judith Fuidge, Trustee
A musician herself, Judith teaches piano locally and has been a Trustee of GCS for many years.
Rev. Fred Whitehead, Trustee
Formerly the Vicar of Glossop and a former Chairman of the GCS and former school teacher.
Professor Sam Griffiths-Jones, Trustee
Sam is a Professor at Manchester University.
Nick Reed, Special Advisor
Nick is now Chief Executive of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Town Hall, having been formerly Chief Executive of Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and has spent his whole working life in the cultural sector. He has led performance arts buildings across the UK and opened the Helix Arts Centre in Dublin. Nick is Chair of the national touring consortium Music Beyond Mainstream and also serves on the Board of Z-Arts, The Audience Agency and Inner City Music,
Siobhan Parker, Digital Marketing Coordinator
Siobhan lives in Glossop and has a diploma in Social Media Marketing. She brings over 20 years experience in Arts Marketing and Ticketing to the Festival.
Jeff Snowdon, Honorary Life Member
Jeff is a horn player, conductor, and music teacher.