Our Trustees


Sally Groves MBE

Sally Groves was Creative Director, London of Schott Music where she was responsible for much of the firm’s contemporary music catalogue until July 2014. In 2013 she was awarded the RPS Lesley Boosey Award honouring champions of new music. She also serves on the RVW Trust and the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation. She was Vice Chair of Sound and Music, a member of the Board of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and served on The North Music Trust Classical Music Advisory Panel for The Sage, Gateshead.

She was a member of the Board of the Music Publishers Association. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the Promotion of New Music from 1979–90, becoming its Chairman for the last two years, a director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 1998–2004 and a Governor of the Royal Northern College of Music from 1997–2006, of which she is now an Honorary Member. She was a close friend of the Trust’s founder, Ursula Vaughan Williams.

Nicolas Bell

Nicolas Bell is Librarian and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Until 2015 he was a curator in the Music Collections of the British Library, looking after Vaughan Williams’s manuscripts alongside those of many other composers. He is also Chairman of the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation, and a Trustee of the Mátyás Seiber Trust.

Andrew Dixon

Andrew Dixon is a consultant with Payne Hicks Beach and an experienced charity lawyer. He was Ursula Vaughan Williams’s personal solicitor during her lifetime, and has been involved with the Vaughan Williams estate for over a decade. He now acts both as a trustee and as solicitor to the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.

Eva Hornstein

Eva Hornstein knew Ralph and Ursula Vaughan Williams from her earliest days, and later was Ursula’s close friend and neighbour for 18 years. Almost all her working life has been in the world of music.

Bernard Watson

Bernie Watson is a Chartered Accountant, holds the Diploma in Charity Accounting and, until his retirement in 2018, was in professional practice as a partner in haysmacintyre. He has been involved professionally with all types of charities for over 25 years.


Hugh Cobbe OBE

Hugh Cobbe, formerly Head of Music Collections at the British Library, is editor of Letters of Ralph Vaughan Williams 1895–1958. He is Chairman of the RVW Trust, of the National Folk Music Fund, a former chairman of the Gerald Coke Handel Foundation, and a Past President of the Royal Musical Association.