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The Bach Choir has appointed Katharine Richman as its new Chair, with effect from 26 April 2016. Katharine takes over from Paul Cutts, who stood down at the end of the Choir’s last season, and is the first woman to take on the role in the Choir’s 140-year history.
Katharine is a committed and long standing member of the Choir, having joined in 1984 when still a student. She has served as a trustee since 2003, becoming Vice Chair in 2006. In light of her experience of the Choir, her understanding of the environment in which it operates both as a singing member and as a trustee, and her deep commitment to its success, the Board of Trustees has great confidence that Katharine will be hugely successful in her new role.
“It is a great honour to be appointed Chair of this wonderful Choir. The Bach Choir has been a hugely important part of my life for many years and I am fully committed to its continued success in what are challenging times for the arts, and for classical music in particular. My principal task is to work with the Board of Trustees to continue to drive forward the fulfilment of the Choir’s ambitious artistic strategy, and to ensure its realisation through the development of new funding sources. At the same time I am keen to improve still further relationships with all of our stakeholders, as we work together to ensure that The Bach Choir continues to be the finest independent Choir in the world.”
Katharine Richman read music at Selwyn College, Cambridge where she played a full part in the musical life of the College and the University, before moving to London and joining The Bach Choir in 1984. After spells at Benslow Music and the Purcell School, and a few years dabbling in technical writing, she focused on a career as a freelance musician and now divides her time between examining for ABRSM, directing residential music courses and teaching the piano. In addition to her work for The Bach Choir, she also edits the Delius Society Journal.