Christine CairnsChristine Cairns, UK Founder and Chair of the UK Board of Trustees, is a mezzo soprano who has had an international career over the past twenty years. In the United States, she has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra during their main seasons and summer festivals such as the Hollywood Bowl and the Mann Center with conductors such as Andre Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yuri Temirkanov, and Christoph von Dochnani. In Europe, she has also appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic with Previn and the Berlin Philharmonic with Rattle. Christine has performed with all major British orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and all the BBC Orchestras. She is a frequent soloist with the Orchestra of St. John’s under her husband, Maestro John Lubbock. As a recitalist, she has appeared in solo concerts throughout the United States, the British Isles, Europe, Singapore, Japan, and China.

John Lubbock John Lubbock is a conductor who founded the Orchestra of St John’s in 1967 and has toured throughout the United States, South America, and Europe with the orchestra. He has conducted the orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Musikverein in Vienna, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and at many promenade concerts at Royal Albert Hall. Maestro Lubbock has developed an international reputation as a first rate musician and conductor and has worked with some of the finest musicians in the world.

Please feel free to contact John about Music for Autism events in the United Kingdom.

Robert Accordino Robert Accordino, US Founder, is a physician, an autism researcher, an advocate, and a musician. He has organized several fundraising events and community service projects for children and adults with disabilities in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. His written work has appeared in The New York Times, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, The Huffington Post, The American Journal of Psychiatry, Pediatric Dermatology, Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, Dermatologic Therapy, Princeton Alumni Weekly, and Asperger's Syndrome Support Network Queensland Magazine. As a baritone, Robert was a soloist at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and has appeared in many theatrical productions, recitals, and chamber music presentations including Broadway on Broadway in Times Square and several concerts at the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lenox, Massachusetts. In 2004, he sang in a fundraising recital series for Music for Autism in Oxford, England. Currently, Robert is a resident in Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital.

A Fulbright Scholar, Robert graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University. He earned his M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University and his M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine with Distinction in Research and Medical Education and as a member of the Arnold Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society. His research at Oxford focused on the musical abilities of children with autism. Robert is the recipient of several grants and awards including a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, a research grant from the Bailey Thomas Charitable Trust in the United Kingdom, a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the Eugene J. Collins Memorial Scholarship for medical school, an Overseas Research Studentship in the United Kingdom, the Sigma Xi Prize for Excellence in Research at Princeton University, the Spirit of Princeton Award for service to fellow students, the Outstanding Service to Fellow Students Award at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the Medical Society of the State of New York Community Service Award. In 2009, he was one of only fifteen medical students in the country to receive the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and service. Robert serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation.

United Kingdom Board of Trustees
Music for Autism Founders and Trustees on the Grand Staircase of No. 10 Downing Street.

Music for Autism's Board of Trustees photographed on The Grand Staircase of No. 10 Downing St.

From left to right:

  • Fiona Reay - Trustee
  • Alison Howell - Trustee
  • Christine Cairns - Founder & Chair
  • Kate Day -Trustee
  • John Lubbock - Administrator
  • Robert Accordino - Founder and trustee of Music for Autism USA

Not present:

  • Sir Simon Rattle - Patron
Honorary Board
Jarrod Emick Betty Buckley John Arthur Greene
Jarrod Emick Betty Buckley John Arthur Greene
Andre Watts Dame Felicity Lott Steven Isserlis
Andre Watts Dame Felicity Lott Steven Isserlis
Sir James Galway Dame Evelyn Glennie Stephen Kovacevich
Sir James Galway Dame Evelyn Glennie Stephen Kovacevich
Marisa Robles John Lill Tasmin Little
Marisa Robles John Lill Tasmin Little