About Us

Meet our Artistic and Musical Directors, or scroll down to read about our Trustees and other members of the team.
Tom Elliott

Tom Elliott

Artistic Director

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

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This position took him to many of the great concert halls in the world where he played and recorded with musicians such as Murray Perahia, Joshua Bell and Julia Fischer. Although Tom has played with many of the country’s top symphony orchestras as well as having been an experienced chamber musician, as a passionate believer in the capacity of music to make the world a better place, he now focuses much of his energy on teaching the violin and bringing international quality classical music to the High Peak through the Glossop Music Festival. Tom lives in Glossop with his wife Katherine Baker (principal flute of the Halle), and slightly too many children.

 

Claire Surman

Claire Surman

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.

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She made her Welsh National Opera debut in 2011 as Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and her Glyndebourne Festival Opera debut as Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Other roles include: Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Violetta (La Traviata), Gilda (Rigoletto), Leïla (The Pearl Fishers), Mimì (La Bohème), Governess (Turn of the Screw), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus). Solo concert highlights include performing with the London Philharmonic Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski (Royal Festival Hall), the OAE/Sir Simon Rattle (Royal Festival Hall), in Raymond Gubbay’s Last Night of the Spring Proms Concerts (Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall), and with the Berlin Philharmonic/Sir Simon Rattle (Berlin, Salzburg Festival). Claire appeared as a guest artist for the television series ‘Sopranos’. Claire now combines performing with a thriving teaching practice here in Glossop. She is passionate about quality classical music experiences for all, and in 2013 she established GLOSSOPERA. Claire is thrilled to also now be working with Glossop Music Festival to continue developing world-class music in the High Peak.

 

Christopher George

Christopher George

Conductor

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.

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He directed the orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and performed chamber music with Christian Zackerias, Richard Egarr and Artur Pizarro. Before the SCO, Chris toured widely as Leader and member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and many chamber groups with such wonderful musicians as Joshua Bell, Murray Perahia, Bernard Haitink and Nicolas Harnoncourt. Chris now spends his time conducting and teaching, and is enjoying both enormously. He recently conducted the Royal Northern Sinfonia on a British tour and the BBC Philharmonic in Salford. Chris teaches and coaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and with the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland where he also sits on the board.
Matthew Truscott

Matthew Truscott

Leader/Director

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.

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In demand as a guest leader, engagements in this capacity have included projects with The English Concert, Le Concert d’Astrée, The King’s Consort, Arcangelo, Budapest Festival Orchestra, English National Opera, Dutch National Opera, and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He is also leader of St James’ Baroque, Classical Opera, and the Magdalena Consort. A keen chamber musician, recent recordings have included a set of Purcell Trio Sonatas with Retrospect Trio, a disc of Bach chamber music with Trevor Pinnock, Emmanuel Pahud and Jonathan Manson, and one of Haydn Piano Trios with Richard Lester and Simon Crawford-Phillips. Matthew teaches baroque violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

 

Viv McLean

Viv McLean

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.

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He has performed concertos with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra. As a keen chamber musician, he has collaborated with many groups including the Leopold String Trio and the Sacconi String Quartet as well as artists such as Natalie Clein, Daniel Hope, Guy Johnston and Lawrence Power. Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 as well as for radio in Germany, France, Australia, Norway and Poland. “Viv McLean revealed extraordinary originality, superb simplicity, and muscles of steel hidden by fingers of velvet. He plays with the genius one finds in those who know how to forget themselves, naturally placing themselves at the right point to meet the music, this mystery of the moment.” Le Monde (Paris)

Our Trustees and Staff

Mike Bull

Mike Bull

Chairman

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.