Dame Mary Archer DBE (Chair)
Mary first came to Cambridge in 1976 as a college lecturer in chemistry at Newnham and Trinity Colleges. She is a lifelong lover of choral music and singing…Show More
Mary first came to Cambridge in 1976 as a college lecturer in chemistry at Newnham and Trinity Colleges. She is a lifelong lover of choral music and singing and has been a member of several choral groups. She developed her love of early music as a post-doc in Oxford through singing with David Wulstan’s Clerkes of Oxenford, and later with the late Professor John Stevens’s early music group at Magdalene College. She is president of the Guild of Church Musicians and served as choir mistress of St Mary and St Andrew, Grantchester for fifteen years, though failed to turn her two sons into keen trebles.
Mary is currently also chair of the Science Museum Group and President of the National Energy Foundation, the UK Solar Energy Society and Cambridge Global Health Partnerships. She is also a non-executive director of Hydrodec Group plc. She served as chair of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for ten years, and was appointed DBE for services to the NHS in 2012.
John Bickley (Trustee)
John first became interested in choral and early music when a chorister at Westminster Abbey…Show More
John first became interested in choral and early music when a chorister at Westminster Abbey. Since reading English at Queens’ College, Cambridge, he has been involved in the music business as an Artist Manager (representing such groups as The Hilliard Ensemble and The Sixteen), as Development Director of Britten Sinfonia and The Sixteen, and as Label Manager of CORO. He now freelances for a number of arts and media clients, specialising in business development and marketing. He is a trustee of Wysing Arts Centre and the European Director of the Federation for Asian Cultural Promotion.Show Less
Dr Peter Cains (Trustee)
Peter became inspired by early music in London during the mid-1970s…Show More
Peter became inspired by early music in London during the mid-1970s, when he was working for a PhD at Imperial College. He started to learn to play the lute in 1980, and has continued ever since, in particular developing interests in lute song accompaniment and theorbo continuo. He a has been a familiar face at the CEM summer schools, which he has attended regularly for around 20 years.
Peter moved into the Cambridge area in 2011, when he retired from his work in chemistry research in the Netherlands, having spent a career working in both industry and academia. He continues to teach chemistry for the Open University.
Peter Fielder (Treasurer)
Peter came to work in Cambridge over 20 years ago…Show More
Peter came to work in Cambridge over 20 years ago. He is a self-employed financial consultant, having previously worked as a corporate banker with Barclays Bank for over 40 years—the last 17 years of which were as head of the Education Sector for the East of England, which included his role as banker to the University of Cambridge and the majority of the Cambridge colleges. He now works with a variety of Cambridge businesses in helping them to achieve their financial aims.
Peter’s involvement with the Cambridge music world is purely one of an enthusiastic amateur, but he is keen to use his financial skills in helping to ensure the sustainability, development and success of Cambridge Early Music.
His other voluntary work includes membership of the Development Board of the Cambridge Music Festival, held annually in November. He is also a Board member of Grand Union Housing Association; Chairman of its Homes and Services Committee, and also an external member of the Remuneration Committee of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge.
Professor Peter Holman MBE
(President of the Friends of Cambridge Early Music)
Peter studied at King’s College, London with Thurston Dart, and founded the pioneering early music group Ars Nova while a student…Show More
Peter studied at King’s College, London with Thurston Dart, and founded the pioneering early music group Ars Nova while a student. He is now director of The Parley of Instruments and the choir Psalmody, and musical director of Opera Restor’d. He is a leading figure in the musical life of the Essex-Suffolk borders, directing Essex Baroque Orchestra and the Suffolk Villages Festival. He was joint Artistic Director of the 1995 Boston Early Music Festival, and Consultant in Period Performance at the RNCM from 2002 to 2005. Peter has taught at many conservatories, universities, and summer schools in Britain, Europe and the USA, is a regular broadcaster, and is much in demand as a lecturer at learned conferences. He is chair of the editorial board of Early Music Performer, and a member of the editorial boards of Early Music, Musica Britannica and the Purcell Society.Show Less
Dr Alan Howard (Trustee)
Alan Howard is College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Music at Selwyn College. His research focuses on the music of Henry Purcell and his contemporaries in Restoration England…Show More
Alan Howard is College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Music at Selwyn College. His research focuses on the music of Henry Purcell and his contemporaries in Restoration England, and more broadly on music between the sixteenth and early eighteenth centuries. He has published in leading journals including the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, Music and Letters, The Musical Times and Early Music; his edition of Odes on the Death of Henry Purcell for the Purcell Society was published late in 2013, as was a volume of essays jointly edited with Rebecca Herissone, Concepts of Creativity in Seventeenth-Century England. An active choral tenor, he was director of the UEA Chamber Choir and the Thetford Singers and currently conducts the Cantus Singers of Cambridge. He is co-editor (with Helen Deeming and Stephen Rose) of the leading OUP journal Early Music, and is also a member of the Purcell Society Committee and a general Editor of A-R Editions’ Works of John Eccles.Show Less
Professor David McKitterick (Trustee)
David is Professor of Historical Bibliography in the University of Cambridge and Vice-Master of Trinity College…Show More
David is Professor of Historical Bibliography in the University of Cambridge and Vice-Master of Trinity College. He stepped down as Trinity’s Librarian in 2015 after nearly thirty years in post. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries. In 2005 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Bibliographical Society. He is a Syndic of Cambridge University Press and chairs its Academic Publishing Committee.
He is the author of the definitive three-volume History of Cambridge University Press, and his other Press publications include Stanley Morison: Selected Essays on the History of Letter-forms in Manuscript and Print (1981), Four Hundred Years of University Printing and Publishing in Cambridge (1984),
Cambridge University Library, A History: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (1986), The Making of the Wren Library (1995), Print, Manuscript and the Search for Order, 1450–1830 (2003) and The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain: 1830–1914 (2009). In 2014 he won the DeLong Book History Book Prize for his book Old Books, New Technologies. The Representation, Conservation and Transformation of Books since 1700 (2013).
Dr Gill Monsell
(Chair of the Friends of Cambridge Early Music)
Gill first came to Cambridge in 1969 as a veterinary student at Girton College. She sang in several choirs during her six year veterinary course and has maintained a keen interest in early music ever since…Show More
Gill first came to Cambridge in 1969 as a veterinary student at Girton College. She sang in several choirs during her six year veterinary course and has maintained a keen interest in early music ever since. After four years in general practice she returned to Cambridge to do a PhD in immunoparasitology and subsequently juggled a veterinary career as a partner in a Bedford practice with bringing up three daughters. Gill sings with St Neots Choral Society and, as well as regular charity work as an active Rotarian, she is the conference organiser for Hunts Community Cancer Network.
She and her husband have been regular attendees at CEM concerts since the early days when Selene was in charge and both greatly value their involvement with all types of early music events. Since retiring in 2016 Gill has been volunteering as a member of the FOCEM committee, mainly taking responsibility for organising the stewards at concerts. In July 2019 she took over the chairmanship of the Friends and looks forward to working with her committee to advance the Friends’ profile and increase their membership.
Christopher Whitney (Trustee)
Christopher oversees the University of Cambridge’s programme for transformational philanthropy…Show More
Christopher oversees the University of Cambridge’s programme for transformational philanthropy. As Director of Principal Gifts, University of Cambridge Development & Alumni Relations, he works in close collaboration with the Vice-Chancellor and Cambridge’s most outstanding researchers, along with generous donors from around the world, to develop innovative solutions for problems of global significance.
He has had a long career in higher education. Before joining Cambridge and becoming Bye-Fellow at Emmanuel College, he played a leadership role in the University of British Columbia’s successful C$1.5 billion campaign, the first of its kind in Canada. He has also held senior positions in health and the performing arts.
Originally from Ottawa, Canada, he holds an undergraduate degree in saxophone performance from the University of Ottawa, and a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Toronto.