The Musical Brain Trustees

Michael Pugh

Michael worked in the City of London for over thirty years, as a partner in the law firm of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert and, latterly, as a partner and the senior legal adviser of PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK.

Since leaving the legal profession, his activities have been mainly in the voluntary sector, forming and running an animal welfare charity in his late wife’s memory, working for a rural charity in southern India, the country of his mother’s birth and acting as chairman of Friends of the Nash Ensemble, which led him in 2010 to help establish The Musical Brain.




Hilary Bartlett MBE

Hilary studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated from the Hochschule für Musik Berlin. She spent twenty years making friends for Britain through the arts with the British Council in Berlin; worked with Berlin Kulturstadt Europas 1988 and Glasgow Capital of Culture 1990; was the founding director of the Internationale Mendelssohn-Stifftung, Leipzig; and Music Advisor to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. She has acted as arts advisor to a wide range of organisations in the voluntary sector including The Friends of the Nash Ensemble and The Musical Brain, which she helped to establish.


Greg Harradine

Greg is a composer, performer and teacher. He composes music mainly for theatre and is a recipient of the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Award, leading to a residency at Soho Theatre in 2014. He has worked with various theatre companies including Baseless Fabric, Camisado Club, Whispering Beasts, Theatr Iolo and Theatre Uncut. Most recently he written a Suite for Cello and Piano for the MGSO4 Festival.

He studied Music Technology (BMus, First Class) and Composing for Film and TV (MMus) at Kingston University. 


Prof Michael Trimble

Michael is Emeritus Professor of Behavioural Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square. His clinical practice and research involved people with neurological and behavioural problems particularly related to movement disorders and epilepsy. He has been especially interested in our emotional responses to artistic experiences and his book “The Soul in the Brain”, John Hopkins University Press, 2007, explored the cerebral basis of art and belief. More recently he has been examining the very human attribute of crying, and his latest book “Why Humans Like to Cry”, Oxford University Press, 2012, explores our emotional responses to tragedy and the arts, from an evolutionary and neurobiological perspective.

Marina Vaizey CBE

Marina is an art critic, author and lecturer based in London. She was art critic for the Financial Times, then the Sunday Times, edited the Art Quarterly, has been a judge for the Turner Prize, and a trustee of the Geffrye Museum, Imperial War Museum and the South Bank. She has written several books on art including 100 Masterpieces of Art, The Artist as Photographer and Great Women Collectors. Her greatest pleasure however is going to concerts, and she was a member of the Harvard Memorial Church choir the first year they admitted women.

Fiona Grant Wilson MBE

Fiona was Chief Executive of the (now Royal) Scottish National Orchestra, prior to which she had worked as an agent, principally for singers, and as Administrator of the Philharmonia Orchestra. She spend twenty-plus years as a professional tourist guide in London, during which time she established the Institute of Tourist Guiding as the national standard-setting body. She has been a trustee of the Tillett Trust for the past twenty-five years, giving grants to young musicians at the start of their careers, has served on the juries of the LSO/Shell and Leeds Conducting Competitions, has acted as advisor to various musical organisations and is now Chairman of the Governors of The Royal Society of Musicians. She is an enthusiastic amateur cellist.




Artistic Director

Ian Ritchie

Ian studied at the Royal College of Music, where he won the Mario Grisi Prize, Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar reading Law and Music, Britten-Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Since 1979 Ian has directed a number of prominent arts organisations, including the City of London Sinfonia, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Opera North, St Magnus Festival (Orkney) and the City of London Festival. In addition to The Musical Brain, he is Artistic Director of the Setúbal Music Festival (Portugal). He lectures at various institutions and holds positions as Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University and Associate Fellow of the Institute of Musical Research (London University). He is Trustee of various musical charities and the UK chairman of Musicians without Borders





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