At present there are three Trustees, who meet four times a year, but work very hands on at present, and 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. Based on the Norfolk/ Suffolk border, Ivan is the current Chair of the Board.
Miriam Stead is the second in our trio of original 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.
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 offspring!
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.