At present there are four Trustees, who meet four times a year, but work throughout the year to support and promote the work of the Trust.
The board includes people with a wide variety of skills and experiences across the arts and heritage sectors, many of whom are also practising musicians, dancers and singers. Their knowledge and advice on matters such as funding and governance has proved invaluable in the development of the East Anglian traditional Music Trust.
Ivan Cutting has been with us since our inception and is a theatre musician, writer and director. In 1982 he helped set up Eastern Angles, the regional touring theatre company for East Anglia, and he is now their Artistic Director. Local tunes and songs have featured prominently in many of the shows. Ivan also runs Playwrights East, a scheme for developing local writers and was awarded an honorary doctor of letters by the University of East Anglia through Suffolk College in 2004. Ivan is based on the Norfolk/ Suffolk border.
Owen Garling is based in Cambridgeshire and is one of our newer trustees. He joined the board in 2012, having been involved as a volunteer and adviser for several years previously. He has worked in local government in a variety of roles and is currently a business analyst. Owen is also a musician and is currently Vice Chair of the Board.
Miriam Stead is the third of our original trio of trustees. She is based in Suffolk and was formerly Heritage and Arts Manager for Essex County Council. Before that she was Director of the Museum of East Anglian Life in Suffolk. Miriam is the current Chair of the Board.
Lindsay Want joined the board in 2012 but has been involved in the Trust’s activities since 2004. She is a marketing consultant and copywriter, with experience in the tourism sector and also writes a regular column for Suffolk magazine. Lindsay is a busy singer and musician and has two talented stepdancers for children!
Another of our original trustees was Malcolm Taylor OBE, Library Director of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library for the English Folk Dance and Song Society based at Cecil Sharp House in London. In May 2014, Malcolm announced his intention to step down as Library Director after 35 years working in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. He remains as an occasional advisor to the board.
We have a team of great volunteers, who help us regularly with preparing newsletter mail-outs and Friends information, and also with events, by setting out venues, stewarding, catering, fundraising etc. We also have a few people with more specialised talents, such as photography and music transcription. Do get in touch – we’re always glad to welcome new volunteers!
Many of the photographs on this website have been taken by supporters of EATMT, including John Halliday, Paul Johnson, Chris Gill, Ayla Bedri, Susan Bell, Gayle Wade and Peter Gaskin.