Nevis Ensemble announces Board appointments

Nevis Ensemble is delighted to announce the appointment of five new Trustees to the Board, bringing a new wealth of expertise to the organisation.

Carol Fleming, Fraser Gordon, Ewan McGill, Karen MacIver and Dr. Gameli Tordzro join Nevis Ensemble at a time when, like all organisations, we look at how we can operate both during and after the pandemic to best serve our musicians and audiences. They join current Trustees Ankna Arockiam, Dr. Rachel Drury, Dr. Jamie Hill, Su-a Lee and Nicolas Zekulin.

Continuing in our mission to make music for everyone, everywhere, Nevis Ensemble has adapted to the challenges of 2020/21 by commissioning 18 new works, creating the ‘Living Room Ensemble’ early in the first lockdown with participants from 130 countries, and has carried on working with communities around Scotland to develop projects and performances for young carers, survivors of domestic violence, older people living with dementia, and New Scots among others.

Carol Fleming is Head of Marketing at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. After graduating with First Class Honours in Music from Glasgow University, she began her career in educational publishing before entering the world of arts marketing, specialising in classical music.

Fraser Gordon was appointed to his current post as Principal Contrabassoon of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011, serving on the Board of Directors for five years, and is an active musician in RPO Resound. He was also recently appointed to the post of Head of Woodwind at the Royal Academy of Music.

Ewan McGill has worked in marketing and communications roles across the arts and culture, environment and social care sectors. Ewan’s current position is with a health and social care partnership, and he is also a member of the Glasgow National Park City group.

Karen MacIver works with dance companies round the world, both playing and lecturing on improvisational skills. She was staff musician at Scottish Ballet, then began contract work with Birmingham Royal Ballet, London Contemporary Dance and Houston Ballet, Texas. 

Dr. Gameli Tordzro is multiple-arts practitioner, educator and artistic researcher. He is an Artist in Residence and lecturer with the UNESCO Chair on Refugee Integration Through Languages and The Arts, and Research Associate of Migration, Inequality and Development Hub (MIDEQ), at the University of Glasgow School of Education. He is the founder of Ha Orchestra and editor of AdinkraLinks Network.

Carol Fleming says: “I’m delighted to join the Board of Nevis Ensemble, a vibrant company with a refreshing take on bringing music to audiences wherever they are. This last year has been particularly challenging for musicians within the performing arts industry and so it’s been hugely positive to see Nevis Ensemble continue to offer performing, composing and training opportunities to both its musicians and the wider community. I’m looking forward to working closely over the coming months with the team and Board as Nevis takes the next steps on its journey.”

Gameli Tordzro says: “It is a total honour and a privilege be invited to join and contribute to the marvellous work Nevis Ensemble has been doing in Scotland. I hope to bring and share my own knowledge, practice and understanding of African music, education, multimedia and development as well as the multiple national and international networks. I really look forward to working hand in hand with the other trustees to enrich the amazing work of Nevis Ensemble.”

Chair of the Board, Dr. Jamie Hill says: “Nevis Ensemble is inspirational, for musicians as for audiences, and being involved as a Trustee from the beginning has been exhilarating: Nevis is destined to reach the heights that its name suggests, and our new Board members will be a great asset in enabling the organisation in the climb!”

Since August 2018 Nevis Ensemble has given performances to people across Scotland, performing everywhere from a farm in the Borders, and supermarkets in Glasgow to the summit of Ben Nevis itself, and the remote islands of St Kilda, whilst collaborating with organisations to run projects for those experiencing homelessness, women seeking refuge from domestic violence, children in care, young carers, older people living with dementia, and refugees.