Accompanists

After graduating from Oxford, Glynne Butt took up a teaching career. Working as a part-time Biology teacher for many years enabled her to continue her musical studies in Oxford and London and to make the most of regular performance opportunities among them a number of concerto appearances with Abingdon Musical Society. When she became Head of Our Lady’s, Abingdon, music took second place for a while, but in retirement she has resumed a busy programme of accompanying, coaching and chamber music, together with a small amount of teaching. In her spare time, she plays the viola with Oxford Sinfonia and with Abbey Strings.

Diana Hinds read English at Jesus College, Cambridge, and worked as a national newspaper journalist before resuming serious study of the piano when her children were young. She now teaches piano at New College School and Oxford High School, as well as privately, and enjoys accompanying singers and instrumentalists of all ages. She gives regular chamber music recitals in and around Oxford, including with the St Silas Trio (Gabriel Amherst, cello and Louisa Fuller, violin). She also plays the violin with the Oxford Bach Ensemble, Oxford Sinfonia and A440 chamber orchestra.

Peter McMullin read Music at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford from 1982–85 and after graduating became the Printed Music Specialist for Blackwell’s Music Shop, a post he has held ever since, becoming internationally renowned as an authority on the printed music industry. As a musician he regularly accompanies a wide range of local performers for recitals, festivals and has recently been in demand as an examination coach. In addition to piano playing he also sings in a variety of choirs, plays flute in the Orchestra of Oxford and can occasionally be found playing jazz saxophone with a variety of Oxford groups.

Malcolm Pearce received his early musical training as a Quirister at Winchester College. He studied at King’s College, London and the Royal College of Music, winning the Walford Davies prize for organ performance in his final year. He was Director of Music at Magdalen College School, Oxford from 1981 to 2007. Currently, he is conductor of the choir of Oxford University Press and is involved in diverse projects, ranging from the early music to contemporary repertoire. In addition to accompanying and continuo work, he has given solo and concerto performances on the organ at home and abroad and has made CD recordings. As a composer he is regularly commissioned and his work has been published, recorded and broadcast on Radio 3.