CMA is a registered charity, number 1158146. It is funded entirely through donations and membership fees and is governed by parents of young musicians. Please click HERE to view our policies and insurance certification.
Harriet Michael-Philips – Business Manager
Harriet has worked in charities in social care for 20 years, managing projects for people with learning disabilities and was most recently London Director for the Brandon Trust. Having made the leap to being self-employed in charity development work, she is delighted to be able to now include her love of music in her work as Business Manager for CMA. Harriet plays the viola in local orchestra Wycombe Sinfonia and can be found helping out in String Stars on Saturday mornings. Her three daughters form the rest of the family quartet and are all keen CMA members. When Harriet has a chance to sit down, she will invariably be in a comfy chair with her latest knitting project.
Sarah Milnes – Administrator
Working 3 days a week in the office dealing with memberships and concert arrangements, Sarah will endeavour to answer all your questions about CMA! She is also a keen amateur musician and has played in several amateur orchestras in London, currently playing violin with the Chiltern Camerata. Her administrative past has included posts at the ABRSM, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, ENO and Aldeburgh Festival, amongst others. She is now settled in Buckinghamshire with a 6 year-old daughter to keep her on her toes, and enjoys tinkling on the piano in any spare moments!
Ian Moore (Chair)
Ian is a qualified Secondary School teacher and has been involved in education for 30 years and been a Senior Leader for over 11 years. He now works in developing school environments and improving teaching and learning in schools across the UK. To him every child does matter as they are our future. He has experience of managing large concerts with multiple performers. These include three at The Royal Albert Hall, one at The Barbican, one at The Royal Festival Hall and multiple concerts at the Church of the RAF in London. He has also led tours in the UK, Europe and the USA. Locally he has spent 10 years on the High Wycombe Music Centre PTA and managed the Gala Concerts at The Wycombe Swan. He is the Chair of Governors of a Buckinghamshire Primary School.
In her youth, Alex benefitted from local music education and she still takes an active part in local music making, being a member of the Wycombe Sinfonia and a recorder teacher in schools. She is mother to four musical children, and, although having no tiger DNA, would fight tooth and nail for their opportunities. Cutting her teeth in the pharmaceutical industry, Alex now devotes her time to her flourishing children and to supporting worthwhile organisations in the area. She puts CMA at the top of that list, and is a passionate ambassador of this burgeoning community creation.
Sam grew up in Penn and now lives in Speen with his wife Kate and their four children, all of whom are budding young musicians. As well as his day-job as a barrister, Sam is a semi-professional musician, and conducts the Elysian Singers in London, and the Chiltern Camerata more locally. He and Kate are also the leading lights of the Speen Festival. He is delighted to be involved in the creation of this exciting new opportunity for spreading musical excellence to the widest possible number of people.
Anne-Marie is a parent of two music-loving children and has lived in the High Wycombe area for almost 30 years. She is the Managing Director of a Strategy Management Consultancy, and specialises in helping people in organisations to change. In being one of the Chiltern Music Academy’s first trustees, she commented that she is “Really looking forward to helping create a new musical community in the Chilterns. Over the last ten years I have seen the benefits for so many young people of playing and singing in high quality groups led by the kind of inspirational teachers we will have at the CMA. Kids who play music just seem happier somehow!”
Hilary was involved in primary education for over 30 years. She is mother of three girls who all benefitted from the excellent music provision in the Wycombe area. Although they have gone on to do different things, enjoyment of and participation in music continues to be an important part of all their lives. As both parent and teacher, Hilary has seen the many benefits musical activities bring to children of all ages and abilities in terms of their academic, social and emotional development. She is delighted to be part of the exciting and vibrant community of CMA and will work hard to support the staff and students to maximize opportunities for all.
Phil grew up in Birmingham and started his working life as a pianist and organist. Following a short spell teaching A level music at his old school in his mid- twenties, he qualified as a teacher, combining a teaching and music career for a number of years. Phil feels enormously privileged to be the Headmaster of RGS, an all-consuming role, but still he finds time to be Assistant Organist at All Saints, High Wycombe. He is married to Elen, a former West End singer, now the owner of a Monkey Music franchise; they live in Great Kingshill with a son and a daughter. Phil is very pleased to play his part in CMA as a trustee.