Henley Music School Trustees:
Founding Director & CEO - Laura Reineke
Laura Reineke - Founder & CEO
Laura has more than 30 years experience in classical music, having studied at Trinity College of Music, London. She has taught in many local schools over the last 20 years. She truly believes that music and the arts in general should be accessible to all, inclusive and fun. With this in mind she founded HMS, which she continues to devote her time to, alongside teaching violin and ukulele, and being music administrator at Shiplake College.
Laura, along with 4 others known as the Henley Mermaids spends much of her free time swimming and raising money for charity. In 2020 the Henley Mermaids raised over £34,000 for Henley Music School, by swimming across the English Channel. In July 2021 they are swimming the Bristol Channel for Sunrise for brain conditions.
Laura represented Great Britain in the World Winter Swimming Championships in Bled, Slovenia. She achieved bronze in the Welsh Winter Swim, Snowdonia. She is also Co-ordinator for the COVID-19 Mutual Aid group operating in Henley and a Henley Good Neighbour.
Isobel Harris - bursar
Isobel currently runs her own business offering operational support to organisations across many different sectors. She is experienced in IT, project management, customer service and logistics; using her problem-solving skills and analytical approach she helps organisations to streamline their operations and thereby boost overall profitability.
Isobel is a keen amateur cellist and plays in the Henley Youthful Orchestra, and also actively supports the Wyfold Group Riding for the Disabled, a local charity which provides therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults from the surrounding area.
Councellor Glen Lambert - Trustee
Glen Lambert was the Mayor of Henley-on-Thames 2018-2019 and has been a Town Councillor since May 2017. Glen is a highly experienced and seasoned software developer, with excellent team leadership skills, strong problem-solving abilities and a broad and deep knowledge of web technology and IT systems.
Glen's leadership abilities have helped to facilitate his career progression, with opportunities at Oracle, SAI Global, and Castle Trust as well as numerous freelance projects.
Glen is also the founder and Chairman of Bluebells Day Centre, a Henley based charity providing respite care for dementia sufferers and their carers.
Helen Gaynor - Trustee
Helen credits her piano playing mother and her father’s ¾ violin for sparking an interest in the instrument at an early age but crucially it was during her 1970’s Grammar School education, with extracurricular violin tuition from a peripatetic teacher, aged 12-15, that she raced through her RSM violin grades 1 – 5 and joined the Stockport Youth Orchestra 2nd violins, until the age of 18.
Then followed an exciting retail management career in the 1980’s, launching Next onto our high streets, and spending the last 30 years in property development and admin support roles for her husband’s business ventures.
So, after a few violin ‘wilderness years’ there came the ultimate joy on retiring to Henley and discovering the Henley Youthful Orchestra, for which she thankfully didn’t have to audition, and is once again happily ensconced in the 2nd violins.
Gloria Walker - Trustee - Chair
Gloria Walker was born and brought up in Birmingham, where she was lucky enough to attend weekly concerts by the CBSO. She is a music graduate, and has always sung with local choirs and choral societies. She taught music at the Icknield School in Watlington before becoming a headteacher in Oxford and later Assistant Director for Education in Slough and Northampton. Latterly she worked as a freelance education consultant, running Henley Education Consultancy. Gloria retired recently, and is delighted to go back to her roots in music by becoming a Trustee of Henley Music School - but she won’t be swimming the Channel!
Prof. Ian E Holliday Ph.D - Trustee
Ian is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Aston University, Birmingham, where he specialised in brain imaging studies of human vision, having spent his early research career at Imperial College (1978-84) and Cambridge (1984-1992). He retired in 2015 and moved to Henley in 2017 where he has a daughter and two young granddaughters. Ian has played guitar since he was 13, originally classical guitar, and performed at Greenbelt Festival, and a weddings and regular gigs around Cambridge. In recent decades (!) he has broadened his musical genres to encompass blues, rock and jazz. He has taught guitar privately and completed two summer schools and two years mentoring for guitar teaching with Tom Hess in Chicago, Illinois. Since coming to Henley, he has performed informal gigs with Reading Music Meetup live and via Zoom, and returning to his classical guitar to accompany Tarsi singing Desafinado, a Brazilian samba, at the last open mic event held at Lovibonds tap room. Ian is an experienced educator, and his long experience as an amateur musician supports the view of the importance of music to personal and emotional development and well-being both as a child and throughout life. He was introduced to HMS shortly after coming to Henley and has been hugely impressed with the scope of its activities and is excited to be able to play a part in its future growth and success.