NAPT PRESIDENT’S REPORT AGM March 30th 2014 Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
Welcome to this year’s AGM.
The Association has been running for 30 years now. There are still several original members with the Association.
The Association was unique when it started, as it catered specifically for Percussion Teachers whereas the other percussion organisations were very much player oriented. I am still not aware of another other percussion association which specifically has teaching as its main thrust. After 30 years, the Association is still in being and is solvent, despite one near moment of bankruptcy many years ago. No mean achievement.
Much of the attention of the Association this year, has revolved around the development of the website.
Item 7 on the Agenda will elaborate on this.
For myself it is very important that the members use the website as much as possible to make comments and inform other members of events of which they have knowledge.
We are moving towards a situation where much of the business of the Association is conducted via the Internet and is certainly the case currently with the Newsletter where most of the members receive their newsletter via email.
We still have the situation however where some members do not currently have access to the Internet, and I feel it is especially important that their needs are catered for which is indeed the situation that obtains presently.
Another topic which is of great concern – certainly to the committee, is that of the timing and location of the AGM.
Last year we combined it with the RCM’s Day of Percussion in July hoping that that would attract a large number of members. In the event, however, there were only a handful of members present, all of them on the committee.
Input from the members at large regarding the timing and location of the AGM would be very helpful.
Sadly, one of our long-standing members, Jan Faulkner died in December after a long and courageous battle against cancer. Jan, who joined the NAPT early on, was a staunch member, serving on the committee for several years and also for some time, with her husband, Mike, produced the Newsletter. Her advice and input on the committee was always worth listening to. She brought a wealth of experience of playing and teaching to the committee. She was a player, teacher and writer who helped to compile the most recent Trinity/Guildhall syllabus.
As a friend and colleague she is sorely missed.
I would like to thank everyone on the committee for the work they do on behalf of the association and ask the members where possible, to contribute articles and information for the website and newsletter.
As most of you will be aware, the Jack Richards Cup in connection with the Junior Guildhall Tuned Percussion Competition will be awarded today and on each of the competition days in memory of the NAPT’s founder, Jack Richards.
Thank you for coming today. Michael Skinner 30 March 2014
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NAPT PRESIDENT’S REPORT AGM JULY 7TH 2013, ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC, LONDON
The year, to some extent, has centred round filling out the committee. As in the AGM 2011 minutes, Lorne and Wendy agreed to remain in post for one further year.
In the Winter 2011/12 Newsletter Lorne again stressed the need for members to take on the role of Chair and Secretary or to join the committee in a more general capacity.
Also, in Lorne’s NAPT Natter Issue 13, she repeated the need for membership involvement.
In June 2012, three members of the Association, Nick Ormrod, Rob Farrer and Matt Dickenson asked to meet me in order to discuss ideas as to how the Association might develop.
We met on June 27th. I had previously notified Lorne and Wendy. We had a constructive discussion which I reported back to Lorne and Wendy.
I said also that it would be a good idea, as they were clearly keen to be involved, that they should do so as members of the committee. Lorne and I discussed the idea of running a postal ballot. Lorne later suggested that as there had been several appeals for membership involvement and there being a sufficient number of vacancies on the committee, we should elect them to the committee. This we duly did.
The committee now became: Will Sivier, Richard Charles, Tim Saxby, Peter Birkby (already committee members) plus Nick Ormrod, Rob Farrer and Matt Dickenson.
The posts of Chair and Secretary are filled from within the committee.
Nick Ormrod was elected Chair (unopposed) . Will Sivier was elected Secretary unopposed.
Tim Saxby is continuing as Treasurer. Peter Birkby is continuing as Newsletter Editor, having previously taken on that role.
Lorne had previously been exploring ideas for the website, facebook etc and I expect these will be areas for discussion in the coming months.
Apart from this, members were involved in the RNCM Day, Mark Aldous’ Striking for Gold event and the ROH Percussion Day. These last two events took place on the same day.
This report was prepared for February 10th 2013. In the time since then, the efforts of the committee have largely been exploring the possibilities of the website and examining the potential costs involved. This is still on-going.
Also, we are thinking of how to attract new members, particularly among young percussion teachers and players.
We now have a Facebook page which is being accessed and we are also examining the possibility of sending the newsletter electronically, although we are aware that some people have a preference for hard copy.
As before, can I appeal on behalf of the committee for members to become involved in the operation of the association.
Likewise, please write to the newsletter with your opinions and any information that you feel would be helpful for your fellow members.
Jack Richards, founder member with Brian Stone of the NAPT sadly died on 5th April this year. Tributes to Jack from Brian and myself will appear in the next Newsletter. Jack was tireless in his pursuit of excellence in percussion teaching and a large influence on percussion teaching in the UK today.
Jack along with Brian, was instrumental in founding the first organised, practical system of percusssion exams in the UK. He has had a lasting influence on percussion teaching in the UK today.
Along with Brian and Tony Stockley I attended Jack’s funeral service which highlighted the many facets of his life. In a tribute to Jack the NAPT has made a donation to a fund designated to provide tuition for young Isle of Wight musicians.
Thank you again for attending today.