The Musical Brain Trustees

Michael Pugh, Chairman

Michael worked in the City of London for over thirty years, as a partner in the law firm of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and, latterly, as a partner and the senior legal adviser of PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK.

Since leaving the legal profession, his activities have been mainly in the voluntary sector, forming and running an animal welfare charity in his late wife’s memory, working for a rural charity in southern India, the country of his mother’s birth and acting as chairman of Friends of the Nash Ensemble, which led him in 2010 to help establish The Musical Brain.

Hilary Bartlett MBE, Secretary

Hilary studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated from the Hochschule für Musik Berlin. She spent twenty years making friends for Britain through the arts with the British Council in Berlin; worked with Berlin Kulturstadt Europas 1988 and Glasgow Capital of Culture 1990; was the founding director of the Internationale Mendelssohn-Stifftung, Leipzig; and Music Advisor to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. She has acted as arts advisor to a wide range of organisations in the voluntary sector including The Friends of the Nash Ensemble and The Musical Brain, which she helped to establish.

Prof John Cox

John is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Keele University, UK. He is past President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and has studied singing intermittently since his school days in Bath and when a medical student at Oxford - where he also sang in New College Choir. He is Vice Patron of Kampala Music School, Patron of Listening Post and a former Secretary General of the World Psychiatric Association.

John has published widely in the fields of Perinatal Mental Health and Transcultural Psychiatry. The second edition of his co-authored book ‘Perinatal Mental Health’ is to be published in Jan 2014, and he is presently considering a book proposal derived from his lifelong interests in integrative approaches to medicine - party derived from the Whole Person Values of Paul Tournier. He considers medicine to be both an art and a science; and regards music as a window into the soul.

Prof Michael Trimble

Michael is Emeritus Professor of Behavioural Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square. His clinical practice and research involved people with neurological and behavioural problems particularly related to movement disorders and epilepsy. He has been especially interested in our emotional responses to artistic experiences and his book “The Soul in the Brain”, John Hopkins University Press, 2007, explored the cerebral basis of art and belief. More recently he has been examining the very human attribute of crying, and his latest book “Why Humans Like to Cry”, Oxford University Press, 2012, explores our emotional responses to tragedy and the arts, from an evolutionary and neurobiological perspective.

Marina Vaizey CBE

Marina is an art critic, author and lecturer based in London. She was art critic for the Financial Times, then the Sunday Times, edited the Art Quarterly, has been a judge for the Turner Prize, and a trustee of the Geffrye Museum, Imperial War Museum and the South Bank. She has written several books on art including 100 Masterpieces of Art, The Artist as Photographer and Great Women Collectors. Her greatest pleasure however is going to concerts, and she was a member of the Harvard Memorial Church choir the first year they admitted women.

Artistic Director

Ian Ritchie

Ian studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won the Mario Grisi Prize, Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar reading Law and Music, Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Since 1979 Ian has directed a number of prominent arts organisations, including the City of London Sinfonia, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Opera North, St Magnus Festival (Orkney) and the City of London Festival. In addition to The Musical Brain, he is Artistic Director of the Setúbal Music Festival (Portugal). He lectures at various institutions and holds positions as Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University and Associate Fellow of the Institute of Musical Research (London University). He is Trustee of various musical charities and the UK chairman of Musicians without Borders


Greg Harradine

Greg is a composer, performer and arts administrator. He is resident composer for Soho Theatre and accompanist for South London Military Wives Choir. He has worked as musical director for various theatre companies around the UK, and since 2011 has been MD for By Moonlight Theatre, winners of the Best Theatre Award at Brighton Fringe Festival 2012. He studied Music Technology (BMus, First Class) and Composing for Film and TV (MMus) at Kingston University. Previous to being administrator for The Musical Brain he held a similar role for the Friends of the Nash Ensemble.

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