Dame Janet Ritterman


Object number
Commission from Poole, David — 2005


Dame Janet Ritterman (b.1941) was born in Sydney, where she studied at the State Conservatorium before undertaking postgraduate studies in London. An active pianist, accompanist and chamber musician, she combined a busy schedule of recitals with academic research, and in 1991 she was appointed the Principal of Dartington College of Arts. She became the director of the Royal College of Music in 1993, a post that she held until 2005, and during the same period she was an Honorary Visiting Professor of Music Education at the University of Plymouth. She was involved with a great many projects and government initiatives to improve and raise the profile of music and music education, including work with the Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council – in addition to similar organisations in Europe and Australia. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2002 for services to music, and continues to be an energetic supporter of the arts in education.

David Poole (b.1931) studied at the Royal College of Art and Wimbledon School of Art, where he currently works as a senior lecturer in drawing and painting. He has held one-man exhibitions in London and Zürich, and his work has been featured in a BBC documentary. A portraitist, Poole’s subjects have included members of the royal family, including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and distinguished members of government, industry, and the academic and legal professions. He was the President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters from 1983 to 1991.