RCO appoints two new Trustees
The Royal College of Organists (RCO) is pleased to confirm the appointment of two new Trustees.
The new members of the RCO board draw on a broad range of musical, governance and business experience.
The Lord Glenarthur DL
is a former Government Minister who now sits as an elected hereditary peer in the House of Lords.
Following a successful early Army career, he flew helicopters in support of North Sea oil operations, took his seat in the House of Lords in 1977, and served as a Government Minister in five different roles from 1982 to 1989. He has subsequently served in governance, management and consultancy roles for a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including as a senior executive with Hanson PLC, President of the British Helicopter Association, a Governor of Nuffield Health, a Commissioner of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, non-executive Director of Audax Global S.a.r.l., and a Governor of Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse.
He has sung in choirs since his earliest days at school and became choir leader and conductor of the Scottish Episcopal Church in Banchory, Scotland in 2002, when he also resumed his lifelong enthusiasm for organ playing, taking lessons with Director of RCO Academy Simon Williams and playing regularly at church services.
has been hailed by The Organ magazine as “one of the finest organists of our time”. He is renowned for virtuosic and engaging performances of repertoire from the 14th to 21st centuries, and performs as a soloist throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and Singapore.
Born in Manchester, Daniel studied at Oxford (where he gained the Fellowship diploma of the Royal College of Organists with three of the top playing prizes) and the Amsterdam Conservatorium. He is a sought after educator, and teaches through the RCO Academy Organ School on many masterclasses, workshops and courses around the world, as well as maintaining regular teaching positions at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Wells Cathedral School and the Royal College of Music Junior Department.
He has pioneered the use of film as a means of promoting organ music, broadcasts frequently on BBC television and radio, and has recorded for various record labels including Fugue State, Sony BMG and Radio Netherlands.
Chairman of RCO Trustee Board Chris Wood said: “The effective governance of an organisation like the Royal College of Organists demands the broadest possible range of skills and experience, not just in music and education but also the wider worlds of organisational management and leadership.
“We are delighted to welcome to the College two new trustees who so completely embody that principle.”