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Graeme Knowles

Queen Elizabeth II Attends 300th Anniversary with Graeme Knowles

Director of City of London Festival, The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles, The Dean of St Paul’s

Born: 25th September 1951, Woburn, Bedfordshire
Son of Grace & Stan Knowles. Father, a village school Head Teacher, Mother a School Secretary. One brother, Simon, lives in Sussex.
Married to Susan for thirty years. Susan is a former Head of English in a GPDST school in Southsea.
Education: Dunstable Grammar School and Kings College London (AKC) with the final year of training at St. Augustine’s College, Canterbury.
Ordained Deacon 1974, Ordained Priest 1975 in Canterbury Cathedral.
Title: St. Peter in Thanet 1974 – 1979
Senior Curate and Precentor Leeds Parish Church 1979 – 1981
Chaplain, Precentor, and Chapter Clerk Portsmouth Cathedral 1981 – 1987
Secretary to the DAC for Portsmouth 1982 – 1993
Rural Dean of Havant 1990 – 1993
Archdeacon of Portsmouth 1993 – 1999
Dean of Carlisle 1999 – 2003
Lord Bishop of Sodor & Man 2003 – 2007
Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral 2007 –
Member of Ecclesiastical Law Society
Member of General Synod
Chairman of the Council for the Care of Churches from 2003, having served ten years as a council member before.
Holidays! Novels of E F Benson; Victorian and Edwardian Ballads and songs (collecting and singing!); Architecture; Good food and wine.

Sir Alan Traill

GBE; QSO; MA; D Mus; Hon GSM

Educated at Charterhouse and Jesus College Cambridge (Law).

Lloyd’s Broker 1956-2000. Currently; Insurance Consultant, Arbitrator, Mediator, and Expert Witness.

Special Interest: Assisting with the development of musicians and their all-round education.

Currently Chairman of Governors of The Yehudi Menuhin School; Member of the LSO Education Committee and on the LSO Advisory Council; Trustee, Ann Driver Trust

City Civic service: Councillor 1970-75, Alderman 1975-2005, Sheriff 1982, and Lord Mayor 1984/5.

Ian Ritchie

Ian Ritchie read Law and Music at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar, and studied singing at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has led numerous arts organisations, including the City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Opera North, and St Magnus Festival, Orkney. In 2005 he returned to the City to resume the role of Director of the City of London Festival after a gap of more than 20 years.

He has advised on a large number of art projects, was a member of the music advisory committees for the Arts Council and the British Council, has been chairman of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) and the Society for the Promotion of New Music (spnm), is currently a board member of several arts organisations, including Musicians without Borders (NL), Opera Circus and St Magnus Festival, and continues to find time for some pro bono work through his music charity (Accord International) in support of the Mostar Sinfonietta and other musical activities in Bosnia. He is married to Kathryn McDowell, managing director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Charles Bean

Charles Bean is Deputy Governor for Monetary Policy at the Bank of England. Prior to that, he was Executive Director and Chief Economist at the Bank and Professor of Economics and Head of Department at the London School of Economics (until September 2000). He has served in a variety of other public policy roles, including as a consultant to HM Treasury and as a special adviser to economic affairs committees of the Houses of Commons, Lords, and European Parliament. He is a lover of opera and cricket.

Esther Cavett

Esther Cavett is a Partner specialising in capital markets and structured finance at Clifford Chance LLP. She is Head of the Corporate Finance Trusts Group, sits on the Firm’s Arts and Music committees, and is a member of the Firm’s Partnership Council. Prior to her legal career, she was a Lecturer in Music at Oxford University, publishing, amongst other things on Mozart and Music theory. She was a Charles and Julia Henry Fellow at Yale University and had a doctorate on Mozart’s Variations from King’s College, London. She studied the piano at The Royal Academy of Music with Guy Jonson and subsequently with the contemporary music specialists Susan Bradshaw and Thalia Myers and now plays the piano regularly in informal concerts and with friends and enjoys artistic and outdoor pursuits with her family.

Tom Hoffman

Tom Hoffman is an international banker. He is a member of the City’s Court of Common Council and a member of six Corporation of London committees. Outside local government he is involved in education, music, museums, and hospital administration; he is Chairman of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, a Governor of the Birkbeck University of London, a Governor of the City of London School for Girls, and a Member of the Council of Gresham College. He is a Trustee of Stour Music Festival, and for many years was a Member of the Advisory Boards (and latterly also Chairman) of The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra and the London Festival Orchestra; he is a Governor of the Museum of London, a Trustee of the Museum in Docklands, and he is also a Governor of King’s College Hospital, London.

Professor Barry Ife

Professor Barry Ife became the Principal of the Guildhall School in September 2004. Since then, he has made several significant changes, including repositioning the School within the higher education sector, reviving strategic partnerships with a range of performing arts organisations, and conducting a complete review of the School’s operations and funding base. Jointly with Sir John Tusa, Graham Sheffield, and, latterly, Nicholas Kenyon, he has led a wide-ranging re-examination of the opportunities of closer joint working with the Barbican Arts Centre. For the next five years, Professor Ife has laid out ambitions plans for a new, additional building on the Milton Court site, and the achievement of degree-awarding powers by 2012.

As a professional academic, Barry Ife specialises in the cultural history of Spain and Spanish America from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. After holding lectureships at Nottingham University and Birkbeck College, he was appointed to the Cervantes Chair of Spanish at King’s College London in 1988. During his tenure of the chair, whose emeritus title he still holds, he became Head of the School of Humanities (1989-1996), Vice-Principal (1996-2003), and Acting Principal (2003-2004).

Professor Ife was appointed CBE in the 2000 birthday honours for services to Hispanic studies.

Robin Linnecar


Robin Linnecar is Chairman of Praesta International, a worldwide executive coaching firm.

After Cambridge University and chartered accountancy with Arthur Andersen, he worked with Shell International, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and KPMG.

He has co-authored a book entitled “Business Coaching,” published in July 2007, and was a co-founder and Director of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council. He is Chairman of Tower Hamlets Education and Business Partnership. He is married with three children and two grandchildren.

Jeremy Mayhew

Jeremy Mayhew is a non-party Common Councilman on the City of London Corporation. He is Chairman of Barbican Centre (Europe’s largest multi-arts centre) and Deputy Chairman of the City’s Finance Committee. He also serves on a number of the Corporation’s other central committees – including Policy & Resources and Community & Children’s Services.

Jeremy is a senior media adviser at Spectrum Value Partners, a leading strategy firm focused on the media and telecommunications sectors. Most of his career has been in the media industry – originally in broadcasting; more recently, in publishing and new media; and, now, as a strategy consultant. He has also been a television producer, making news, current affairs, and documentary programmes, both at the BBC and in the independent sector.

Jeremy is also Governor of London Metropolitan University, a Member of the Council of the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry, a Trustee of both the City Arts Trust and the British Friends of Harvard Business School.

Jeremy read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford University, and graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA with High Distinction.

James Olley

James is a Director at Brunswick, the leading corporate communications firm, and joined the board of CoLF in 2008. He also sits on the Advisory Council of the LSO, is a patron of English Touring Opera and conducts, sings, and plays the tuba in his spare time.

Phil Rivett

Phil joined PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 1976 and became a partner in 1986 specialising in the financial services sector. He is the global financial services assurance leader. His professional experience covers retail, commercial, corporate and investment banking, commodity and derivatives trading, and asset management. He was the principal author of Generally Accepted Risk Principles and has worked extensively on risk management projects and investigations. He also wrote the PwC publication The Financial Jungle – a guide to financial instruments and co-authored The Financial Jungle – a guide to credit derivatives.


  1. I have a record of having performed Mahler’s 8th Symphony in St Paul’s cathedral on 25th June 1995. Are you able to delve into your archive to see if this was part of the festival, perhaps the opening concert? My records show that the concert was broadcast on Classic FM, and that I was singing with the London Symphony Chorus.
    Many thanks,
    Clive Marks

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