The Trustees of the Ambache Charitable Trust are:
ROGER BILLINS is a solicitor and a consultant in the Central London Law Firm, Collyer Bristow, where he specialises in commercial
litigation. He is also the author of two legal text books. He is married to
Sara and has three grown up children. His interests include music, the arts generally, football and mountain walking.
He is an enthusiastic supporter of the classical music world, having been a company director of the Ambache Chamber
Orchestra (2004-8) and a supporter of the career of pianist Nick Van Bloss. He is pleased to continue to support this Trust
in promoting the interests of female composers.
JESSICA DUCHEN is a music journalist and author, who has written for The Independent since 2004.
After a Cambridge degree, she was Assistant Editor of The Strad and Classical Music Magazine; she went on to be the Founding
Editor of Piano (1993-98). She contributes to a variety of specialist journals on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as for BBC Radio 3, and gives
pre-concert talks for venues including the Wigmore Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
Her books include biographies of Gabriel Fauré and Erich Wolfgang Korngold; she has also written two plays and four novels
involving musical topics, plus a number of words and music scripts, in which she frequently appears as narrator.
SOPHIE FULLER is a musicologist who currently works at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich, London. Her published work and research interests
focus on various aspects of music making in late 19th- and early 20th-century Britain, especially issues of gender, sexuality and performance space.
Sophie has a longstanding interest in the lives and work of women composers and in 1994 published The Pandora Guide to Women Composers. Composers who particularly
intrigue her include the British women Elizabeth Maconchy, Adela Maddison, Ethel Smyth, Maude Valérie White and Grace Williams.
NICOLA LEFANU has composed around one hundred works which have been widely played, broadcast and recorded; her music is
published by Novello and by Edition Peters. She has been commissioned by the BBC, by festivals in UK and beyond, and by
leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists. Her catalogue includes many works for strings, and varied chamber music, often
including voice. She has a particular affinity for vocal music and has composed eight operas,
which have been staged in the UK, Ireland and the USA. She is active in many aspects of the musical profession, as composer, teacher, director etc. From 1994-2008
she was Professor of Music at the University of York.
PAUL MEYER was educated at Merchant Taylors, Crosby Paul studied law at Liverpool University and business studies at Harvard
Business School . Having worked for some 25 years in the City of London, he was CEO of the National Hospital for Neurology
and Neurosurgery Development Foundation and UCL Hospitals Charitable Foundation. He is a consultant with More Partnership,
advising on development and fund-raising in the UK and Belgium . He is Chairman of the Unicorn Children's Centre - the
national theatre for children and served as a Director of The Ambache Chamber Orchestra for 10 years. When not working or involved with his large family he can be
found up one of the great mountains of the world or on a tennis court, golf course or bridge table.
CHARLES PRIDGEON is Chief Investment Officer of Allianz Real Estate, one of the largest global property investors. Prior to
joining Allianz Charles was Chief Executive of Aareal Asset Management and has over 20 years of experience in the financial
sector in London, Paris and Germany.
Charles involvement with charities has focused on raising funds and financial advice for the arts in the UK, and cancer
charities in Germany. He was a Director of the Ambache Chamber Orchestra from 2001-8 and is a member of the International
Council of the Wallace Collection in London. He dedicates a week to cycle through Germany every year to raise
funds for the Deutsche Krebshilfe charity. Charles graduated with M.A. (Hons) in Economics and Economic History from the University of Edinburgh.