The festival is organised by an enthusiastic and dedicated committee. All are volunteers, many of whom have a long standing involvement with the festival, extensive musical backgrounds and a profound love of music.

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Iain Ledingham

Artistic Director & Founder

Iain gained a degree in music at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar. He subsequently studied piano, harpsichord and conducting and was appointed a Professor of Piano and subsequently became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. A frequent performer and broadcaster, Iain is also a coach, pianist and conductor. In 1983, he founded the Amersham Festival of Music and has been its Artistic Director ever since. He established the Festival Chamber Orchestra in 1986 and has conducted them in a wide range of symphonic and operatic works, as well as playing and directing many of the major Mozart piano concertos.

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Mary Ledingham


Mary Ledingham was one of the original founders of the Festival in 1983 along with Iain, Richard Steele (Chairman) and Martin Berry (Treasurer).  She was the Festival's first administrator and returned to the post in 1995 when Tertia McCombie moved away from the area.


Mary read music at Southampton University and for several years was the organist of St Mary's, Amersham (the Festival's home).  She is now the organist of Chalfont St Peter Parish Church.

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Jane Partridge


Jane took over responsibility as Chairman of the Festival in 2013. She worked in music education for all of her professional career and before retiring was Head of Music at Dr Challoner's Girls School. 

She now enjoys having time to devote to her musical activities, which include singing and playing the piano and flute, and also enjoys Nordic walking and yoga. She is delighted to be chairman of the Festival.

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Jonathan Pegler


Jonathan became Treasurer of the Festival in 2013 on his retirement as a partner in a major international accounting firm for whom he had travelled the world working on legal matters. Music has always been a part of his life but he now has time to devote to improving his singing and his repertoire as an organist.

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Heather Pells

Events Manager

Heather joined the committee in 2014. She has always enjoyed music and is looking forward to enjoying wonderful music played locally whilst helping to organise all the Music Festival's many events.


Tony Burckhardt

Forward Planning

Until recently, Tony was Treasurer of the Festival - a role which he had performed for seven years. He is now working with Iain Ledingham on forward planning - a role he enjoys very much as he has always had a great love all kinds of music. The planning meetings are usually accompanied by a good bottle of wine to further stimulate the creative processes! Tony also sings with the South Bucks Choral Society which performs at the Amersham Festival each Easter.

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Steve Wilcock


Steve had a business career in American multinationals. His role on the committee covers a number of activities including marketing and has also been responsible for the bursary scheme for young musicians. He sings in the South Bucks Choral Society.

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Gill Minikin

Catering Manager and Minutes Secretary

Gill started singing a couple of years ago, and loves being in South Bucks Choral Society. She loves cooking, too, so she's very pleased to be helping the Festival in this way. Her other favourite activities are gardening, walking, exploring London, and seeing her family.

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Christine Norton

Bursary Scheme

Christine joined the committee in 2019, having found a little more time in semi-retirement. She has lived in Amersham for the past 10 years and is a keen concert-goer, enjoying an eclectic mix of live music. 

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Lesley Mathieson

Advisory support

Lesley joined the committee in 2020. She is a retired speech and language therapist, university lecturer
and author who specialised in the diagnosis and treatment of clinical voice disorders, including those of
singers. She started to learn the piano after her retirement and continues to take ballet classes.