Annette Ellis has been involved in music education for over 30 years. Having been taught and performed piano under Dame Fanny Waterman she subsequently studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, University of Manchester and the Royal Academy of Music. After teaching at Lady Manners School, Bakewell, Annette continued her studies with Margaret Parsons-Poole at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto (RCM).
For over 20 years Annette was a member of the piano faculty and examining board of the RCM. Since returning to the UK, she has taught and adjudicated piano and has been involved in music education charitable initiatives including the Prince’s Trust (Children and the Arts). She believes in the importance of the arts, and particularly music, as a basis for developing human potential.
She was involved in introducing the innovative RCM ‘Learning through the Arts’ programme to the UK. Annette, a long-term supporter and patron of the Ryedale Festival, became a trustee in January 2022. She is aware of the importance of classical music to our health and wellbeing and is delighted to support an organisation with shared values. She is particularly keen to reach out to the younger generations.