Officers and Trustees

CHAIRMAN OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Christopher Cope

As an amateur musician, Chris has sung in church choirs (the parish churches of Sevenoaks, Bromley and Primrose Hill in North London) and choral societies (City of London Choir and Brompton/Sevenoaks choral societies and the former Bromley Male Voice Choir). He played trombone in a number of London orchestras (including the London Medical Orchestra) and has conducted a group of amateur singers. Since 2001, he has been organist at his local parish church. Chris has been a committed advocate of British music for many years and was secretary of the Stanford Society for eight years. He stepped down as secretary in the autumn of 2016. Chris launched the Holst Society in May 2017.

TREASURER

David Young

David Young is a qualified chartered accountant. After over 20 years in the profession, both in the UK and overseas, he joined the Professional Standards Office of the ICAEW in 1992. In 2003 he retired from the Professional Standards Office and is now in practice as a consultant.

SECRETARY

Yet to be appointed in due course. In the meantime, Chris Cope fulfils the role of secretary.

PRESIDENT

Martyn Brabbins

International conductor.

VICE PRESIDENTS

Raymond Head – Holst scholar and composer.
Alan Gibbs – Holst scholar and composer.
Colin Matthews – Executive Administrator, Holst Foundation and composer.
Michael Short – Holst scholar and biographer. Also a composer.
Adrian Partington - Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral. Director of Three Choirs Festival 2019 and 2022.

TRUSTEES

Chris Collier (Chairman of Trustees)

Chris graduated with an MA in Modern History from Oxford, MPhil from London (Warburg Institute). He began his career as an academic but turned early on to book publishing, as commissioning editor for art and architecture at Penguin in the 1970s; editor-in-chief at Britain's largest book club business, Book Club Associates, in the 1980s; consultancy through the 1990s, working for the BBC among other clients; and most recently running an agency specialising in book rights worldwide. He is now retired, with two grown-up children. He is a qualified cricket coach, and has a long-time love of the English (and British) countryside, not least walking, and the music it inspires.

John Graham (also serves on the management committee)

Although not a professional musician, John has been an amateur singer for most of his life, starting as a member of the choir at St James Church, Gerrards Cross under the direction of the late Donald Cashmore. Donald was also the conductor of the City of London Choir and John felt very flattered to be asked to join. It was there that he met Chris Cope. After a number of years singing there, he saw an advertisement for basses for the London Symphony Chorus and to his considerable surprise, passed the audition. He has now been singing with them for 35 years and has been privileged to sing with the likes of Sir Colin Davis, Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Haitink to name but a few. The chorus has been a major part of his social life, and he feels incredibly lucky to have performed with so many talented people. The saddest moment of his singing career was losing the Chorus's musical director, Richard Hickox. Richard was a tremendous supporter of English music including Holst and has left many superb recordings. John has sung a number of Holst’s works with Richard Hickox and is looking forward to singing and hearing more of Holst’s music in the future.

Christopher Cope

For Chris's biography, see under chairman of management committee (see above).

HONORARY MEMBERS

The trustees have appointed a number of individuals and organisations who have supported, promoted and performed Holst's music in recent years and continue to do so. The Society's honorary members are:-

  • English Music Festival
  • Vaughan Williams Society
  • Holst Birthplace Museum
  • St Paul's Girls' School
  • The baritone Roddy Williams
  • The tenor James Gilchrist
  • Our five vice presidents
  • Our President

The Society is indebted to them all for their tireless work in support of Holst and his music.

Our Charitable Status

The Society is registered with the Charity Commission under the name The Gustav Holst Society, but will trade as The Holst Society. Our registered charity reference number is 1175057.