Welcome to our New Council Members

We are delighted to confirm that we have recently appointed three new Council Members.

John Halsey will be known to a number already as someone who has been working very closely with RSCM on the whole Area revisioning programme.  John has had a long career in business with Mars and brings deep commercial and programme / project management skills onto Council.  He has also got field experience with RSCM as an Area committee member which again is very valuable in terms of keeping Council well connected to that critical “grass roots” side of the work and the mission.


Tansy Castledine has also had previously involvement with RSCM in leading the Bath summer course in previous years.  Her day job as Director of Music at Peterborough cathedral provides high end musicianship, which is particularly key in the wake of losing David Price, whose period on RSCM Council had run to term.  Tansy’s background in professional music includes the Parry Wood Organ Scholar at Exeter College, Oxford, following which she gained her MMus with Distinction in Choral Direction and Church Music from the Royal Academy of Music, winning all the major prizes for Choral Direction. Choral engagements included concerts at the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, performing on BBC television and Radio 3 and 4, and directing four CD recordings.


Nicholas Riddle joins to fill a long-standing gap on Council in terms of Publishing expertise and experience.  Nicholas has had a long career with Editions Peters, including positions as President of their New York / USA operation, and, since 2010, CEO of the Editions Peters Group organisation.  Earlier Nicholas took an MA in Music at Oxford, and is already well acquainted with Tim Ruffer from former days they shared as fellow employees at Boosey and Hawkes.


Collectively, these three editions to Council bring an environment and a skills mix on Council that can, and that will, support both the missional and the financial challenges that face the RSCM in growing its work against, especially, the current challenging backdrop of Covid-19.