The Shared Goals of our Trustees
Every small amount spent on a musical education yields a greater return. Not only does it develop technical abilities, it enhances communication, teamwork, analytical, listening, and creative skills. Skills that are transferable and enable success in any profession.
Our Trustees are from a wide range of professions including education, medical, legal, finance, local government and, of course- the music profession. Whilst our professions are different, we all recognise the value of a musical education. We all recognise how music has helped our progress in our own chosen professions.
Every one of our Trustees has benefited from a musical education and has been fortunate enough to participate in youth orchestras and experience the buzz of a performance. We all believe in the value and purposefulness of music making- not to mention the fun and friendships. Which is why we are all committed to ensuring that young people in our region have free access to play in a properly run, well managed youth orchestra.
Jane studied at the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama with David Takeno, graduating in 1986 before going to France to work at the L’opera de Lyon under Sir John Eliot Gardener playing such operas as Verdi’s Falstaff, Debussy’s Pelleas and Mellisande, and Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Aix en Provence Festival.
She moved to Glasgow to become a member of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra where she had a colourful and varied career for nearly 30 years, working with diverse artists such as Sir Simon Rattle, Nicola Benedetti, Jessie Norman as well as Travis, Paloma Faith and Boy George, playing annually at the London Proms and the Edinburgh Festival, giving concerts throughout Scotland and touring extensively in Europe, China, North and South America and Canada. She has also worked with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, the BBC Welsh and Ulster orchestras.
Jane was a violin teacher at Douglas Academy, a specialist music school in Glasgow, for 15 years whilst also teaching in underprivileged and special behaviour schools in the East End. She has also worked on education projects with the BBC.
Jane and her husband Wilson decided to leave the city for “The Good Life” in 2016 where Jane spends her time gardening, playing tennis, playing music and is now immersed in the creation of the DGYO.
After graduating from the RSAMD Wilson joined the Bellarmine Quartet. The quartet specialised in performing and commissioning new Scottish music. They also formed a core of teachers involved in developing a string project in a deprived area of Glasgow. The quartet’s teaching was profoundly influenced by the great American teacher Paul Rolland. Many of the students went on to teach at the RSAMD or returned to teach at the project as well as moving on to professional music careers.
In 1984, after spending some years freelancing with Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Opera and also teaching, Wilson joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. This was an opportunity to play with some of the great violin soloists such as Yehudi Menuhin and Ida Haendel and to watch their technique at first hand. The orchestra toured extensively to such places as China, Poland, North and South America and Canada as well as memorably playing at the Musikverein in Vienna and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
During this time, Wilson involved himself in the orchestra’s development and outreach education projects and with his wife Jane, formed a community orchestra for adult players whose instruments had been gathering dust under the bed and who wished to reacquaint themselves with the talent of their youth.
Wilson continued with his passion for teaching, coaching numerous Glasgow Schools’ orchestras and he had a close association with its vibrant education department.
Wilson and his wife Jane now live in the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway town of Gatehouse of Fleet.
While not a musician herself, Katie does play the flute and has volunteered with a youth orchestra in the past. It is her ambition to play in an amateur orchestra however finding the time to practise between running, mountain biking, working and raising her son brings its own challenge!
David is a retired senior Procurator Fiscal. He played the violin in the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra for several years when he was at school but, to his great regret stopped playing at university in order to concentrate on his legal studies. He would encourage any young musician to keep playing if they possibly can. It doesn't come so easily after a gap of 35 years!
David's role with DGYO is as the orchestra’s honorary secretary. He is also a trustee of the local amateur orchestra, the Solway Sinfonia. David helps out at DGYO rehearsals whenever possible. It helps to keep him young at heart!
Peter is a retired GP from Dumfries, former Lead Cancer GP for Scotland now working as a cancer advisor for the Scottish Government and as vice-chair of a research ethics committee in Glasgow. He has played bassoon and contrabassoon since schooldays and plays regularly in various chamber music groups including the Millbeck Wind Ensemble and Border Reeders. He is a founder member, former chairman and current treasurer of the Solway Sinfonia. He is also chair of the trustees for Absolute Classics, the organisation bringing internationally acclaimed classical chamber music concerts and master classes for young musicians to Dumfries & Galloway.
Graduating from Glasgow University and Aberdeen College of Education, Nick returned to his native Dumfries and Galloway where he has spent his professional career in music education working in several local schools including Wallace Hall Academy, where he has taught for the last 29 years. Nick combines teaching in school with a varied and interesting musical life including teaching flute and piano as well as working with a range of musical groups including the Dumfries Choral Society, which he conducted for more than ten years and directing/performing shows with the Dumfries Operatic Society (now the Dumfries Musical Theatre Company). Nick is a founder member of the Solway Sinfonia and is its Principal Flautist and current Chair, a position he has held for ten years. Nick is also the proud Chair of the Dumfries and Galloway Youth Orchestra. He is thoroughly enjoying working with the percussion section of the youth orchestra!
Susan studied music at the University of Edinburgh and is very active as a player and as a teacher. While in Edinburgh she was a member of the Scottish Sinfonia and the Meadows Chamber Orchestra, and since moving to Dumfries and Galloway in 1999 she has been a member of the Solway Sinfonia, which she led for several years and of which she is now co-leader. She has led a number of ‘ad hoc’ orchestras for one-off events, and is a very keen chamber music player on both violin and piano. She is also the rehearsal pianist for the Kirkcudbright Choral Society. She has taught violin and piano for many years, coaches chamber music groups and small ensembles, and in her spare time she runs a second-hand bookshop in Gatehouse of Fleet together with her husband Ken.
Maria is a Lay Governor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and member of its Finance, Widening Access, Remuneration and Risk Committees.
Maria is an expert in transformational risk management, founded on a specialist knowledge of managing risk events in the global energy and financial markets. As an independent consultant, Maria provides guidance on the development of risk management techniques within the education and energy sectors and writes and speaks on a variety of risk management subjects.
Maria is Chair of the Energy Forum, within the Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.
Previously, Maria held a number of different roles at EDF Trading including: Head of Credit and Treasury Operations, Chair of the IECA in Europe and established the IECA Foundation Scholarship at Oxford to provide financial support to talented students studying mathematics.
Maria is a keen violinist, was a Junior Exhibitioner and Intermediate Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, Member of the NYO and Leask Instrumental Scholar at St Catherine’s College Oxford.