We are sorry to hear of the passing of Professor Barrie Pettman, Vice President of ROSL and generous funder with his wife Maureen of the Pettman/ROSL Scholarship for a New Zealand Chamber Ensemble.

Barrie co-founded the Emerald Publishing Group in 1967, still going strong to this day, was the Editor of several academic journals and lectured in industrial relations at Hull University. Barrie and Maureen loved New Zealand and spent British summers in Yorkshire and New Zealand summers at their home in Akaroa.

They are generous philanthropists and have supported many arts organisations, including ROSL, Opera North, Buxton Festival and the Pettman National Junior Academy in New Zealand, with a particular interest in helping talented young musicians to develop their potential. Several Pettman Junior Academy alumni have gone on to win at both the Pettman/ROSL New Zealand Scholarship and in the main ROSL Annual Music Competition.

On Wednesday 29 November 2017 the newly formed Pettman Ensemble (piano quintet), which includes alumni of both the Pettman National Junior Academy and the ROSL Annual Music Competition will perform a concert of Schumann and Elgar in the Princess Alexandra Hall, and we would like to dedicate this concert to Barrie’s memory.
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