Resident pianists


Gillian Ure – Personal assistant to the Director. Finance. Former CEO Countess of Munster Trust

Antony Bailey – Technical specialist and activities co-ordinator. Directors liaison. Consults as Blackdown Solutions, UK.

Elliott de Vivo – Concerts Manager.  Clarinettist. Member of the Waldegrave Ensemble. Degree from Trinitylaban Conservatory of Music

Allison Conlan – Programme Manager, Sponsor and Scholar Liaison. Flautist. Outreach Manager for the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel Ephgrave – Promotions and Media Manager. Flute class assistant.  Flautist. Degree from Trinitylaban Conservatory of Music

Sarah Waycott – Programme Manager Assistant. Liaison officer.  Ticketing manager. Flautist. Teacher.

Gertrude Schmitz –  Librarian.  Director’s assistant. Runs a family business and lives in Detmold, Germany. Flautist


PATRON Philip Carne, MBE . 

We are delighted to have as our Patron Philip Carne who  is generously sponsoring a number of scholarships for applicants.

These scholarships provides financial support for gifted young musicians and will make it possible for a substantial number of those from financially underprivileged backgrounds to attend the festival.

  • Philip Carne MBE
  • Dan Eley Foundation
  • Royal Overseas League Arts
  • Spoff’s Scholarship Fund 
  • Hilary Jenkins
  • Michael and Gay McCart
  • Marley Common Friends of BIMF
  • John Jeffrey MBE
  • Shirley Jeffrey
  • Paul Jeffrey
  • Petra Jeffrey-Hofman
  • Tarim Resources Recycling 
  • Master Classics Artists
  • Leonard Heydenrych

Friends of the British Isles Music Festival

Mike and Gay McCart
Michael and Elizabeth Shaw
Hans and Micheline Norstrand
Nick and Kate Austin
Reidun Adams
Barry and Chris Bateman
Sarah and Duncan Bain
Jane Kaufmann
Sir Anthony and Lady Laughton

Board of Trustees

  • Susan Milan – Festival Director
  • Douglas Jack – Chairman
  • John Jeffrey MBE
  • Gillian Ure
  • Kenneth J Hsu
  • Christopher Jepson
  • Martin Gatt