The Longplayer Trust

The Longplayer Trust
31 Eyre Street Hill, London EC1R 5EW, UK
Registered Charity No. 108 7243

The Longplayer Trust was established at the end of 2000 to take responsibility for Longplayer’s upkeep for at least its first 1000 year cycle. This involves researching and implementing the means to keep Longplayer playing, in ensuring its sustainability, and making it available to as larger number of people as possible. The trust also looks after the listening post at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London.

The trustees are: John Burton, Project Manager for Urban Space Management; Meroe Candy, Film and Drama Development Manager, Wellcome Trust; Gareth Evans (Chair of the Board); artist, musician and Longplayer composer Jem Finer; John Keiffer, arts policy advisor; dircetor of LADA, CJ Mitchell; arts producer and co director of Artangel Michael Morris; Christian Payne, Social Technologist: urban developer Eric Reynolds; Anne Robbins; Gavin Starks, CEO of the Open Data Institute; Jane Wentworth, Founding director of Jane Wentworth PR.

John Burton
John Burton is a chartered surveyor and Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors who specialises in regeneration projects. As such he is responsible for various Urban Space Management projects, including Trinity Buoy Wharf.

At Trinity Buoy Wharf he is part of the team regenerating this former buoy manufactory, which has become a centre for arts and cultural enterprises. There he is involved in managing the site, creating new studios from converted shipping containers, programming public events and exhibitions and dealing with Longplayer on a day to day basis.

He has wide experience working in the areas of local economic development, re-use of historic buildings, physical development and town centre strategies. He is a trustee of the Aluna Foundation.

Meroë Candy is a creative producer specialising in the interface between the arts and science. She leads the film and drama programme for the Wellcome Trust, the UK’s largest charitable foundation where she has built a programme of work inspiring, developing and supporting film, radio and TV drama. She was Executive Producer on films such as Bjork’s Biophilia Live, Phillip Warnell’s Ming of Harlem, Paddy Considine’s Journeyman and Clio Barnard’s Dark River.

Prior to this Meroë developed, launched and ran Wellcome’s arts programme for seven years. The programme, which has a budget of just under £2m p.a., supports visual artists, performers, writers, musicians and arts organisations to make work in collaboration with scientists.

Following a degree in film and a masters in arts management, Meroë began her career at Sheffield’s National Centre for Popular Music and worked for ten years in marketing and business development for arts, technology and education organisations before joining the Wellcome Trust.

Gareth Evans

(Chair of the board of trustees) is a writer, curator, presenter and the Film Curator of London’s Whitechapel Gallery. He programmes PLACE, the annual cross-platform festival at Aldeburgh Music in Suffolk and is  artistic advisor on Somerset House’s Utopia 2016 season.

Jem Finer
Uncomfortable with labels such as composer, sound artist or musician, Jem Finer sees all of his activities as emanating from the same obsessive curiosity that has led him, among other things, to make films, take photographs, form bands, draw, write, perform, compose, play music and build installations. An enduring fascination with deep time and space has been the impetus behind much of his work. Some of his other projects can be found on the following sites:

Score for a Hole in the Ground | Cosmolog | on earth as in heaven | Zero Genie | | Supercomputer | Mobile Sinfonia

John Kieffer
John is a writer, cultural critic, policy advisor and music addict. He’s worked for and with the British Council, Tate, Touch Music, Glyndebourne, Artangel, Ford Foundation, Arts Council England, Bigga Fish, Sound and Music, BBC, Punch, Creative Scotland and many others. More at

CJ Mitchell
CJ Mitchell is Director of the Live Art Development Agency, London. Previously, CJ was Executive Director of the Links Hall performance space in Chicago; Managing Director of Performing Arts Chicago; Administrative Director of the Master of Arts in Arts Administration programme at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago; an Associate/fundraising member and Company Manager of Goat Island Performance Group; and General Manager of the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow.

CJ is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, and holds a Masters in Cultural Studies and a Bachelor of Accountancy, both from the University of Glasgow.

Michael Morris
Since 1991 Michael Morris, along with James Lingwood, has co-directed Artangel, commissioning and producing site-based work by exceptional artists for particular places throughout the UK – both natural and architectural – in the visual, performing and media arts. Since 1992, Artangel’s landmark commissions have included Rachel Whiteread’s House, Michael Clark’s Mmm, William Forsythe’s Tight Roaring Circle, Matthew Barney’s Cremaster 4, Gavin Bryar’s and Juan Munoz’ A Man in a Room Gambling, Jem Finer’s Longplayer and John Berger and Simon McBurney’s The Vertical Line, amongst many others. Artangel Afterlives gives a more enduring form to some of these temporary works through a programme of publications adapting individual projects into videos, books and CDs.

Following his tenure as Director of Performing Arts at the ICA London in the 1980s, Michael Morris also established Cultural Industry in 1988 as an independent, international production company, presenting and producing new work across a complete spectrum of the performing arts. Long term relationships have been forged with Robert Lepage, Pina Bausch, La La La Human Steps, Brian Eno, Robert Wilson and Laurie Anderson, amongst others, in on-going partnerships with leading venues and festivals throughout Britain and beyond. Cultural Industry also initiates and produces projects which tour outside the UK, notably Shockheaded Peter, currently making its way across the globe and soon to be adapted as a feature film.

Christian Payne is a Social Technologist: an elusive job description that at any moment can include photographer, writer, documentarian and story-teller. Never content to simply tell a tale, Christian consults and trains others on how best to find their own voices and which tried, tested and emerging technologies are available to amplify them.

A longtime champion of audio and podcasting that goes far beyond the iTunes top ten Christian was recently asked to join a Doha based thinktank on audio by Al Jazeera. His work takes him to every corner of the globe, often with news agencies, occasionally just ahead of them, using a unique and diverse skill-set to highlight the plight of refugees, put politicians on the spot and always find the story behind the headline.

Eric Reynolds
Eric Reynolds has been involved in numerous urban regeneration schemes since the early 1970s, many including the practical re-use of historic buildings. In 1972 he spearheaded the restoration of a derelict building in Clerkenwell as one of the first craft workshops in the country. With two partners, he started the 1974 conversion of Camden Lock, which is now one of the top tourist attractions in London.

He has repeated this success at many other locations around the country. Those he has developed and/or runs include the Elephant And Castle shopping centre, Merton Abbey Mills, Spitalfields Old Fruit And Vegetable Market, Gabriels’ Wharf, Greenwich Market, Bishopsgate Goodsyard, Merton Abbey Mills, Platform 12 Kings Cross, Swindon Market Hall, Sneinton Market Square in Nottingham and Green Park Market in Bath.

He is responsible for leading the regeneration of Trinity Buoy Wharf, opposite the Millenium Dome, where Longplayer has been housed since its launch in 1999. This is the site of London’s only lighthouse, for which he won a development/management competition from the LDDC to develop a centre for arts and creative activity. Here he has pioneered the re-use of shipping containers to create buildings in a system called Container City.

He acts as a regeneration advisor across the country and is a director and member of several other voluntary bodies. He is a Board member of Tower Hamlets College, a Freeman of the Waterman and Lightermans Company, an Honourary Member of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects), on the Board of Governors for the Museum of London and a Trustee of the Royal Museums Greenwich.

Anne Robbins
Anne Robbins was brought up in the United States and Turkey, but has spent all her adult life in the UK. Her working career was spent in bookselling and publishing. She now divides her time between The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics, where she volunteers on the programme to support Iraqi scholars, and an organisation aiming to improve the effectiveness of philanthropy in positive social change.

However, it is her interests in music and early medieval history which inform her involvement in Longplayer. In particular, Anne has been fascinated by the efforts of 8th and 9th century Europeans to mold late Roman institutions to their own changed economic and social conditions, and to create new forms of government and social organisation within – and sometimes against – the widening influence of the Christian Church.

The long-term survival of Longplayer may not depend on fixed institutions such as the monastic libraries in which some Carolingian documents still remain, but it should have the benefit of an awareness of history. After all, our ability even to imagine the future is based on what we know of the past.

Gavin Starks
Gavin Starks  is the founding chief executive of the Open Data Institute. He began developing internet-based research tools in 1993, and joined Branson’s award-winning Virgin Net (now Virgin Media) in 1995 as its fifth team member.

In 2006 he created AMEE, raising over $10m from world-class venture investors including O’ReillyUSV, and Amadeus (organising the world’s environmental data, standards, and calculations into a simple web-service). In 2011 he joined the UK Government’s “Energy Sector Board” as part of their Midata open-data initiative.

Having helped to kick-start the streaming media industry in Europe in the late 90’s, Gavin created award-winning media-technology service, Tornado, selling it to a larger media group in 2003. He then helped create the digital media supply-chain, as founding CEO of world-leading digital distributor, CI. CI was the first company to deliver digital products to iTunes, and delivered Amazon US ~25% of its download store at launch.

At the UK’s Jodrell Bank Radio Observatory he worked on systems designed to map and interpret the universe. He created courses and lectured in Engineering and Music at Glasgow University, and has degrees in Astronomy (B.Sc.), and Electronic Music (M.Mus.). He co-created a co-operative harbour on the Thames where he now lives, as a musician has released his own album, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Jane Wentworth

Founding director of Jane Wentworth associates. Jane has 20 years’ international experience in branding. She has worked with  the V&A, Royal Academy, the Hallé, Statens Museum for Kunst, Salt, Imperial War Museum, SOAS,  Philadelphia Museum of Art, Glyndebourne, Freer|Sackler. She is the authority on brand in the cultural sector. Trustee of the British School at Rome, advisor to Clore Leadership Foundation, governor of the University for the Creative Arts