Born in Somerset in 1935 I have been privileged, apart from a two year stint in Germany doing National Service, to have lived in the West Country all my life.
At the tender age of six I was given my first brass instrument and progressed with this all through my Grammar School Education before being introduced to the French Horn on joining the band of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars to complete my National Service,
On returning to civvy street I joined a bank where I enjoyed a very successful career spanning forty years and after numerous Senior Management positions retired in 1995 and moved to South Devon.
My passion for music continued and I played in several Symphony Orchestras prior to my retirement and on moving to Devon I played in the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra for eight years prior to joining the Torbay Symphony Orchestra where in addition to being a playing member I am currently its Secretary and Treasurer.
I live at Bigbury-on-Sea and am married to Sandy and we have five children. six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Emily lived and worked in Italy and South East Asia for many years before returning to The UK to work in the City of London. She now lives in Totnes.
I have been living in the area since 1996. I am an orchestral conductor, improviser, composer and music teacher. I initially became a trustee because I believe in the importance of music and music education for young people. In the current climate, where literacy and numeracy are taught in our schools to the almost total exclusion of all else, it seems even more important to provide a space for young people to develop their creative side through learning an instrument and playing together with other musicians.
In 2015 I resigned as a trustee in order to take on the role of Director and Administrator. I am also the tutor for the Senior Ensemble.
For many years, SaMM had been run by a group of very enthusiastic and committed trustees who gave up huge amounts of time and energy in order to keep SaMM going. In 2015 we received funding from the Devon Music Hub and part of that grant went towards funding the post of Director/Asministrator.
This has enabled SaMM to move to a much healthier and normal structure with trustees overseeing the general operation and functioning of the organisation and withdrawing from the day to day operational isues.