Ruth Gerald (Piano) was Head of Keyboard Studies at the Royal College of Music in
London from 1992 until August 1999, having previously been appointed Faculty Adviser for
Keyboard Studies in 1987.
Her career has always pursued a very wide path, solo and lecture recitals, concertos, chamber
music, Lieder recitals, accompanying, adjudicating, examining and teaching. She was Head
of Keyboard Studies at the Birmingham School of Music (now the Birmingham
Conservatoire) for a period of five years but relinquished this post in order to devote more
time to performing, and teaching at the Royal College where she was a Professor of Piano
and Piano Accompaniment for over 30 years. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal College
in 1985.
Born and educated in Australia, Ruth Gerald began her musical career there, broadcasting
regularly with the Australian Broadcasting Commission at a very early age. After winning
the Elder Overseas Scholarship and gaining a Bachelor of Music degree at Adelaide
University she continued with postgraduate studies at the Royal College where she was
awarded many prizes, including the Hopkinson Gold Medal.
Recently she has given Masterclasses in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malta and
Greece and conducted many Seminars for piano teachers in the UK, Malaysia and Singapore.
She is frequently invited to adjudicate at Festivals world-wide and is actively involved in
many aspects of the work of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Alan Maclean (Piano): After graduating with distinction from the Royal Scottish Academy
of Music and Drama, Alan continued his studies with internationally renowned pianists,
including Karl Schnabel. Although principally a pianist Alan also studied violoncello and
singing, and trained as a conductor under the tutelage of David Lumsden. Alan is much in
demand as a chamber musician, having played with many of the UK’s leading
instrumentalists. In 2010 he and the violist Carol Hubel-Allen formed the Duo Karadys, the
pair enjoying a busy concert schedule that included the world premiere of David Earl’s
Sonata for Viola and Piano at the Cheltenham International Music Festival. This was
followed by a recording of the ‘Earl and Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata. In the midnineties, Albany Records approached Alan MacLean and Peter Lawson with the idea of
exploring the wealth of twentieth century music written for piano duet. Their first recording,
English Music for Piano Duet, received critical acclaim and was named Disc of the Year by
the American music journal Fanfare, moving one critic to write, “I cannot recall ever hearing
a piano duo with such perfect unanimity before. Peter Lawson and Alan MacLean appear to
be in total sympathy not just with one another, but with all the music they play.”
(International Record Review) Similar accolades followed on release of their second album,
British Music for Piano Duet, and in 2017 a second disc of British music was released; this
time a compilation of previously recorded repertoire with Peter Lawson and new
performances, including several world premieres, with pianist and musical director of English
National Ballet, Gavin Sutherland. After twenty years as Head of Keyboard Studies at The
Cheltenham Ladies’ College Alan left to explore a number of musical projects. He gives
master classes for young pianists and chamber music players, and his students have won
many accolades and awards. Alan travels extensively, speaking and adjudicating regularly at
a wide range of music events here and overseas. He has a close relationship with the Sri
Lanka Festival of Performing Arts. With the generous support of Cheltenham College, Alan
recently set up a scholarship to be awarded each year to the most promising musician from
that event to visit the UK for a period of study and cultural experience. Alan is now based in
the west of Scotland and has a busy schedule for 2018/19 including visits to festivals and
masterclasses in all major cities in the UK.

Nick Roberts(Strings) is the cellist of the Coull Quartet, which has been the Quartet-inResidence at the University of Warwick since 1977, performing and broadcasting throughout
Europe, the USA and the Far East. He studied with Joan Dickson and Amaryllis Fleming at
the Royal College of Music and enjoyed a hugely varied career, encompassing chamber
music, chamber orchestras, contemporary music and commercial recording, before joining
the Coull Quartet in 2000. He has made a number of acclaimed recordings for the Black Box
and SOMM labels, including the Piano Trios of Frank Bridge with the Bernard Roberts Piano
Trio and Quartets by Sibelius, Benjamin Britten and Nicholas Maw with the Coull Quartet.

Raymond Burley (Guitar) is one of Britain’s most experienced guitarists. As a soloist he
has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, North and South America and the Far
East and performed and recorded with many of England’s finest orchestras. He has given
premieres of works by Bernard Stevens, Reginald Smith Brindle, Stephen Dodgson, John
Duarte, James Patten and Dudley Moore and performed in duo with guitarists Alice Artzt,
John Mills, Gordon Giltrap, John Feeley, John Etheridge and Giorgio Mirto. Other partners
include actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft, harpsichordist Gilbert Rowland, violinist Emanuel
Salvador and keyboard player Rick Wakeman. Raymond Burley has given masterclasses and
directed guitar festivals in the UK, Vancouver, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Seattle, San
Francisco, Salt Lake City, Washington DC, New York, Princeton, Kowloon, Dublin, Bonn,
Athens, Bremen and Lima. He also has numerous recordings and publications to his credit.

Paul Harris (Wind) is one of the UK’s most influential music educationalists. He studied the
clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won the August Manns Prize for
outstanding performance in clarinet playing and where he now teaches. He is in great demand
as a teacher, composer, and writer (he has written over 600 books); and his inspirational
masterclasses and workshops continue to influence thousands of young musicians and
teachers all over the world in both the principles and practice of musical performance and

Christine Cairns (Voice) began her musical life as a viola player. She played in the National
Youth Orchestra of Great Britain conducted by Pierre Boulez and Sir Simon Rattle and went
on to study viola and singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Singing eventually took
over and in 1981 she took part in televised masterclasses with Elizabeth Schwarzkopf – the
youngest participant at 21 – which got her early career off to a flying start. Then in 1985 a
chance audition with André Previn launched her international career. Since then she has sung
all over the world with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, LA
Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra and in the UK with the RPO,
LSO, Philharmonia Orchestra, all the BBC orchestras and the CBSO under the baton of
Previn, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Simon Rattle and of course her
husband John Lubbock.
In 1995 their younger son Alexander was diagnosed with severe autism. This, of course,
caused a seismic shift in their lives and Christine decided to devote her life to her family and
teaching, and discovered a passion for teaching that has driven her ever since. She began
teaching at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2000 and has loved nurturing young
singers and helping them to blossom and mature. She has also taught at the GSMD and has a
large private practice at home in Oxfordshire. In addition to her teaching Christine regularly
gives concerts for people with dementia and directs choral workshops – and runs her own
community choir in Shillingford!!
Christine started the charity Music for Autism which has now provided concerts for more
than 100,000 children all over the country. These interactive concerts provide high quality
music for children and young adults with autism in which they are encouraged to sing along,
dance, conduct and respond to the music