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Martha Byrne Hill

Martha has been a Trustee of the Ryedale Festival since 2014 when she and her family moved to North Yorkshire and discovered the equivalent treasures of the Wigmore Hall’s offerings on her doorstep in the Ryedale Festival.

She chairs the Festival’s Nominations Committee which is focused both on seeking others interested in serving the Festival and encouraging diversity. Martha’s other trusteeships over the last 20 years have been in primary and secondary education.

She has had a lifelong interest in chamber and choral music, singing throughout her school days, as an undergraduate at Cambridge, the Royal Choral Society in London and the then Bombay Choral Society in Mumbai, during her years in practice as a solicitor. Latterly, her choral singing has been almost exclusively confined to Gregorian chant for which she has a great love.

Martha lives in Ryedale with her husband and they have four adult children, all of whom have a shared interest in music. Her particular interest remains in early and Baroque music, though her taste ranges widely through the centuries and genres since. If pushed to make but one choice, it would be the Gardiner series of Bach cantatas.