raising the profile of music by women



The Trustees of the Ambache Charitable Trust are:

Roger Billins 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 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 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 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.