RCO appoints three new Trustees

RCO appoints three new Trustees

The Royal College of Organists (RCO) is pleased to confirm the appointment of three new Trustees.

The new members of the RCO board are drawn from a wide variety of musical and business backgrounds.

Dr Christopher Kent has enjoyed a career as a performer, a lecturer and a teacher from junior school to senior postgraduates. A founder member and later Secretary of The British Institute of Organ Studies, he instituted the first postgraduate courses in Organ Historiography at The University of Reading. His experience also includes work as a Diocesan Organ Adviser, a member of the Church Buildings Council, and he is currently a member of the Association of Independent Organ Advisers.

Dr Kent plays for several North Wiltshire churches, directs a professional consort at his regular church for major festivals, and arranges recitals in the area to give platform experience to young performers.

Stephen King has combined being Organist of Brentwood Cathedral for 21 years with being a charity accountant, working in NHS charities at leading London hospitals. Since 2007 he has helped transform the Royal Free Charity into a widely respected national charity, as well as advising other NHS charities on financial governance.

As an organist, he gave the second UK performance of Andrew Carter’s Organ Concerto (in the composer’s presence), has recorded John Gardner’s works for organ and brass, and recently, his Chamber Concerto for Organ and Ten Players. In 2012 he commissioned Sir Philip Ledger’s final work – a new setting of A great and mighty wonder, for Brentwood Cathedral Choir. He is a trustee of the Southend Boys Choir and Southend Girls Choir Trust.

David Wakefield is a former company chairman and chief executive with substantial experience in the service sector, including finance, operations, business development, change strategy and compliance.

As a charity chairman he led the merger of two healthcare charities and advised on the integration of the St Giles International Organ School with the RCO Academy. He is the immediate Past President of the Organ Club of Great Britain, and currently chairs the Eric Thompson Trust and the Larkin Trust, both organ charities, and he also chaired the fundraising organ appeal for St Giles Cripplegate.

He is an enthusiastic amateur organist, having taken up playing in later life, and is a passionate advocate for all matters relating to the promotion of organs, organ music and organ playing.

Chairman of RCO Trustee Board Mark Brafield said: “We are delighted to welcome the new trustees to the RCO board. As a group they bring an outstanding mix of technical, commercial and business skills, as well as experience, ability and insight as musicians.”

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