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Following Mike's retirement in 1995 from the company he formed in 1966, manufacturing recording and broadcast equipment, he joined Jo as recording engineer, technical director and business partner in Athene Records, filling the gap left by the death of her third husband, David Turner. The relationship developed into a very close friendship and subsequent marriage. Before Joanna's death the idea of a scholarship for young musicians in her name, was discussed and this concept ultimately grew into the establishment of The Joanna Leach Foundation in September 2011.



Annie has lived most of her life in the West Country and at Shute for eighteen years. She is a holistic beauty therapist and practitioner. When Joanna and Mike moved to Shute in 2000, she became a neighbour and close friend. “I so enjoyed hearing Joanna's playing wafting across the courtyard and the great pleasure of wonderful recitals and suppers together” After Joanna's death Annie created a memorial garden for Jo and is very keen to see her life commemorated through the work of The Foundation.



Samantha is a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers; a trustee of Pro Bono at the London Muslim Centre; and member of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales. She has a keen interest in promoting access to education and culture for all and a particular love of gardening, music and history. Jo was simply a life force and even in the relatively short time we got to know her towards the end of her life, her incredible warmth, passion and wit shone through on every occasion. It is a privilege to assist in promoting the aims of this Foundation.



While studying the violin and piano, Andrew Lancaster became dissatisfied with the sound of John Field's Nocturnes played on a modern piano; this led him to study the restoration of square pianos with John Clark of Haslemere. Twenty years ago he established Music Room Antiques, which specialises in restoring square pianos built from the 1760s to the 1830s. Since then he has restored over 200 square pianos; all the squares in Jo's collection were restored by him, including the 1823 Stodart which became her favourite and  featured in the majority of her recordings for Athene Records.The friendship  between Joanna and Andrew, which developed from their first meeting in the late 1980s, became strong and life-enhancing for them both.

Andrew Lancaster

Henrietta, Jo's niece, has had an extensive career in PR and marketing, including for the Eden Project in Cornwall. Her great interest in Egyptology led her to work for several years in Egypt, where she marketed Egypt's first Public-Private Venture for the Egyptian government. She is currently employed as  Group Head of Marketing for Trago Mills in the West Country. "As a child, I was very independent and could be very contrary, but I knew that Jo accepted me for who I was and encouraged my free spirit. I always felt I could be myself around Jo."



Hailed by the critics as Monsieur 100,000 Volts, pianist Andreas Boyde’s performances have electrified audiences worldwide. His recitals in renowned concert venues and appearances as soloist with eminent orchestras have secured Boyde’s reputation as an esteemed performing artist. When Andreas met Joanna in 1993, he was already well established in Germany as an exceptionally gifted young concert pianist. They struck up a close friendship which resulted in the creation of the Athene Minerva label for contemporary instruments. The development of the Foundation owes much to Andreas' determination to keep Jo's memory alive in a practical way.

Andreas Boyde

A graduate in Mathematics and Chemistry at Exeter University, Roger founded the University of Exeter Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and took up conducting whilst studying. He went on to enjoy a successful teaching career in schools in Devon and Hampshire as well as lecturing at Exeter University. With his colleague John Dalton, he founded the Honiton International Festival. In 1982 he was invited to develop the Exeter Music Group into a formidable regional symphony orchestra and directed it for over 25 years.

Roger Hendy

Liz has had a varied working life, interrupted by raising seven children. She trained as a Froebel teacher in the early 1960s, subsequently ran a small holding in N. Buckinghamshire, then became a retail manager for the Sue Ryder Foundation, Age Concern and Brainwave. Currently Liz is a Honiton Town Councillor and chairs the Planning Committee. She has a lifelong love and appreciation of music. Retirement is not a concept that sits comfortably, and involvement with The Joanna Leach Foundation as Company Secretary is a new and exciting challenge.



After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1969 Michael bought an old van and travelled overland with his wife-to-be aiming to reach India but ending up in Afghanistan. After that a career of 40 years specialising in personal tax might seem a bit tame.

Following retirement Michael has devoted himself to his passions of gardening, the environment, bridge and extending his knowledge of music, particularly the Baroque period. Chairman of Horsham Organic Gardeners and Hon Secretary of Cranleigh Bridge Club and with over 3 acres of garden to play with there is never a dull moment.

Michael Knights

Liz Tirard

 Featured CD:

4-Square Recital

(4 pianos)