The Agar Trust
Supporting young musicians in rural Scotland.
The Agar Trust was set up in 2014 from the estate of Alan Agar (1920-2012), who was a well-respected physicist.  He and his late wife Margaret were both enthusiastic amateur musicians.  He was a great supporter of education for several generations of his family, and was keenly aware of the way fresh challenges can inspire people and open doors to new options. One branch of his family, the Macdonalds, either live or were brought up in the Highlands of Scotland, hence the focus of this initiative.

 
Trustees:
Janet MacdonaldJanet, who founded the Agar Trust, is one of Alan’s three daughters.  She is a specialist in educational research, with a particular interest in the use, and misuse, of technology for teaching and learning. In 20 years of working for the OU in Scotland she was particularly concerned with the challenges of supporting remote and rural students and staff.  Janet sings, and plays the piano and cello.
 
Peter Syme Julieis of Angus farming stock, educated in Scotland and at Cambridge University. He worked as a VSO teacher in Nigeria, before joining the Department of Education & Science in London. Subsequently, he was Director of the Open University in London and then in Scotland, until retirement in 2010.  He was awarded the OBE in 2009 for services to higher education, and holds an honorary doctorate from the OU.  He lives now in Edinburgh, with a wide range of interests in history and the arts.
 
Sandy Barclay Sandy was born in the fishing village of Gardenstown. He spent his entire working life in banking, in branches from Banff to Berwick-upon-Tweed. He has played and listened to jazz for over 50 years.
 
Moira Harris Moirahas worked as a professional lyric coloratura soprano for 25 years, performing in opera, oratorio, concert and recital in the UK and abroad. She was a member of the English National Opera Chorus for 10 years, undertaking principal roles and covers, and taking an active role in the company's educational programme. Moira has established herself as a vocal consultant in the Highlands through private tuition, masterclasses and workshops.
 
Dougie Pincock Juliemade his name as the piper in Battlefield Band during the 1980s.  Since then, his 40-year career has spanned almost every aspect of Scottish traditional music, as a performer, composer, teacher and broadcaster.  He is currently the Director of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton High School.
 
Sarah Bevan-Baker Sarahwas born in Aberdeen and grew up on the Black Isle and in Glasgow before studying violin at the Royal College of Music in London.  She has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and several chamber ensembles including Dunedin Consort, Raeburn Quartet and Hebrides Ensemble.  As a musician who grew up in rural Scotland she understands the challenges faced by today's young musicians and is therefore delighted to be involved in the Agar Trust.
 
Administrative Assistant:
Julie Davidson Julieis originally from Aberdeen, but has lived in the Highlands with her young family for the last 15 years, on Skye and the Black Isle. While on Skye Julie developed a love of traditional music and she has first-hand experience of the challenge in accessing musical education for her children who play the fiddle and pipes. She has extensive education and management experience in the field of paediatric nursing.
 
We are also supported by a group of much respected advisers, including Steve Jones, Katy Bell, Caroline Rham, Sylvia Beswick and Murdo Macdonald.