Our Trustees

In 2019 we were awarded charity status by the OSCR (charity number SC049216). Find out more about our four Trustees below:

Angela Livingstone (Chair)

Angela Livingstone is the former Head of Vocal Performance and Opera at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, where she led an international team of specialist vocal teachers, coaches, repetiteurs, conductors and directors to deliver skilled artists into the international music industry. She was responsible for introducing and delivering the college’s first ever advanced opera training course, now known as The David Seligman Opera School. She began her professional life working extensively as a collaborative pianist with singers and instrumentalists as well as orchestral work and ballet. Her professional experience encompasses opera, theatre, musical theatre, contemporary opera, choral work and recitals and she has broadcast frequently for radio and TV. 

Angela has a longstanding commitment to the development of young talent in all disciplines and has had a long association with Live Music Now, the charity bringing high quality performance by emerging artists to people across all communities. She is an experienced examiner and adjudicator and since 2014, a member of the final audition panel for BBC Cardiff Singer of The World. Angela was a staff pianist at Oxenfoord for over twenty years, joining the course in its second year (and is delighted to join the Trustees of Oxenfoord).

Henrietta Bredin

Henrietta Bredin is deputy editor of Opera magazine and editor of publications for Garsington Opera. Her career in opera began with English National Opera, where she worked as a dramaturg and as co-founder of ENO’s Contemporary Opera Studio, commissioning and giving world premieres in collaboration with the Almeida Theatre of works including Powder Her Face by Thomas Adès and Siren Song by Jonathan Dove. For Opera North and Welsh National Opera she has produced over 100 programme books and her articles and interviews have appeared in The TelegraphThe GuardianThe SpectatorOpera, and in theatre and opera programmes.

As production co-ordinator on staged orchestral projects she has worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra and the conductors Richard Hickox and Esa-Pekka Salonen, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski. She has devised and written narrated song recitals around the lives and loves of the composers Richard Strauss and Charles Gounod that have been performed at numerous festivals. A late-starting singer, she first attended the Oxenfoord International Summer School in 2017 and is now a committed annual returnee.

Melvin Claridge

Melvin’s varied career path (from diplomat to opera singer, banker and psychotherapist) has a broad sweep as well as common themes, which include concern for others and a desire to make a practical difference. A former opera singer (who occasionally still performs in charity concerts), Melvin is a commercial solicitor, specialising in government contracts. He is also an accredited mediator. Previously, Melvin ran his own psychotherapy practice, providing private trauma psychotherapy to individuals, couples and organisations, specialising in post-traumatic stress and performance anxiety.

Melvin is Talent Director at Pegasus Opera Company, and was instrumental in the formation of Pegasus Talent, a new artist management agency representing classical musicians of African and Asian heritage. Additionally, he serves on Glyndebourne Opera’s Creative Conspirators advisory board. Melvin’s interests in legal practice include contracts, procurement, art law, and cultural property law.

Elisabeth Hutchings

In a very mixed career, Elisabeth Hutchings’ longest periods of employment were with the University of Edinburgh (1966 – 1972), the Scottish Arts Council (1972 – 1994, with breaks) and Edinburgh and Haddington Sheriff Courts (1996 – 2006). When Elisabeth retired in 2006 she became actively involved with Edinburgh U3A, and served on its Committee from 2010 to 2016; she is currently a volunteer for NHS Lothian.

Elisabeth’s son Sam was a professional musician who worked as a Staff Accompanist at Oxenfoord International for several years before his death in 2012; he is commemorated there by the Sam Hutchings Pianist Prize, and Elisabeth and her husband regularly attend Oxenfoord concerts with a special interest in meeting and hearing each year’s recipient.

Dr Patricia MacMahon 

Patricia MacMahon has earned a reputation over many years as a singer, teacher and vocal coach. Throughout her singing career, Pat specialised in concert, recital and oratorio work,  frequently recording for the BBC. In Scotland she sang regularly with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and appeared often at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Pat taught singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama for nearly forty years (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), receiving an Honorary Fellowship in 2000 and an Honorary Doctorate in 2013, and has taken many masterclasses, including visits to the Royal College of Music, London; Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester; Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff; the Samling Foundation Masterclass; the Conservatorium van Amsterdam; in Portugal (Oporto, Aveiro and Vila do Conde); and at Lake Placid Institute International Voice Seminar, USA. She has adjudicated and examined throughout the UK and as far afield as Hong Kong and Singapore.

Duncan Wilson CBE

Duncan became Chief Executive of the newly formed Historic England in May 2015.  Duncan joined Historic England from the Alexandra Park and Palace Trust where he was Chief Executive from 2011 to 2015. From 2002 Duncan was Chief Executive of the Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College, and before that Director of the Somerset House Trust. Duncan’s first job as a chartered accountant in 1987 was as Senior Management Accountant at English Heritage. Before accountancy he worked as a professional archaeologist in Oxford and Herefordshire, following post graduate research in European Archaeology.

Duncan is also a trustee of The Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and The Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College. He has previously been a trustee of the Churches Conservation Trust (2008-2017) and the Royal Armouries (2007-2011) and a community governor of Corelli College in Greenwich (2004-2007). He became a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Honorary Fellow in 2022 and was awarded the CBE for services to heritage in 2023.