The Cheryl King Trust was co-founded by Marianne in memory of her dear friend and talented musician who unexpectedly passed away in 2014. Originally a Physics graduate and an amateur cellist, Marianne took up playing double bass rather later in life. In 2011 she resigned from her career as director of a software consultancy in order to pursue her passion as a double bass player full time, grappling with the physical impossibility of playing a large tree. Soon afterwards she set up Guildford Jazz, a not-for-profit organisation that has to date welcomed over 1000 musicians and 17,000 music lovers and raised over £38,000 for local charities. Marianne also co-runs Fleet Jazz club.. She has performed with many of the UK's leading jazz musicians, plays regularly classical orchestral and chamber concerts and teaches double bass privately.
Retired corporate lawyer, former trustee of Youth Music and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and a director of Guildford Jazz. Clive learnt classical clarinet at school and was a passionate “armchair" jazz and classical music fan for many years. He started to learn tenor sax in retirement a few years ago and has been keenly honking away ever since, playing in various small amateur ensembles for fun. At home his family have banished his practicing to an annex.
Having spent 30 years working for charities, Pete spent a further 5 years advising them on governance issues. Now fully retired, he’s been able to pursue his musical interests in charitable and community contexts. He’s a Director of Guildford Jazz and helped CKT Register as a charity. He’s also very involved in a local Church and is a Trustee of a local sheltered housing association.
Tony retired from the world of finance and commerce a few years ago now. He's been able to spend more time making and promoting music , including valiant efforts to learn piano. Previously Chair of Guildford Spring Music Festival and Guildford YMCA, he delights in CKT's mission to make sure that young people can afford to learn a musical instrument .