• Gavin Reid (Chair)

    Gavin Reid (Chair)

    Chief Executive, Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Gavin Reid is Chief Executive of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, one of Scotland’s National Performing Companies. Prior to joining the SCO Gavin spent ten years as Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

    Born and educated in Edinburgh, he studied the trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before pursuing a freelance career performing and teaching. He was Principal Trumpet of Manchester Camerata from 1989-2001 and was responsible for developing their education and outreach programme between 1996-2002. Gavin was appointed General Manager of Manchester Camerata in 2002 and in 2004, became one of the first Fellows on the Clore Leadership Programme.

    He is currently a Trustee of IMPACT Scotland (International Music and Performing Arts Charitable Trust), the organisation established to develop a new mid-scale performance venue – and home for the SCO - in the heart of Edinburgh city centre. He is also a Governor of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and previously served for six years as a Director of the Association of British Orchestras.

    Gavin was elected Chair of the ABO in November 2017.

  • Catherine Arlidge MBE

    Catherine Arlidge MBE

    Violinist, CBSO

    In January 2014 Catherine became the first violinist - and only the third ever recipient - of the Royal Philharmonic Society and The Association of British Orchestras’ Salomon Prize, a prestigious award celebrating the outstanding contribution of orchestral players to the UK’s musical life. ‘A true advocate of the modern orchestral musician’, she was awarded the prize for devising numerous projects which connect young people with classical music, for ‘her great skill for motivating and inspiring colleagues, and for engaging with her audience.’

    Catherine began playing the violin at the age of 5. At 13 she started to study with Sidney Griller, Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She went on to gain a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Manchester. In 1987 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and an Eastman Fellowship to study at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She completed a Masters degree there studying with Zvi Zeitlin. On her return to England she concluded her studies with Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music.

    In 1990 Sir Simon Rattle appointed Catherine Sub-Principal Second Violin of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has dedicated her professional life to performing, touring and recording with the CBSO, along side a busy programme of educational activities off the concert platform.

    Catherine is a regular presenter of the CBSO’s Schools Concerts and Family Concerts. In 2006 she created Notelets - a highly popular series of interactive performances for pre school children. She works regularly in schools, exploring creative music making and composition, through collaborations with teachers, actors, composers, visual artists, authors and dancers. Her string quartet, The Stringcredibles, are dedicated to inspiring creativity, supporting instrumental learning and extending the school curriculum.

    Catherine’s latest project, Clock onto Safety, a collaboration with DBS Law and Birmingham City Council, is a performance which uses music and CBSO musicians to teach young children to cross the road safely. In 2013 these performances were awarded a Jaguar Land Rover Business Champions for Arts and Business Award.

    From 2011-2013 Catherine was one of the two elected Player Trustees of the CBSO.

    She lives in Harborne, Birmingham with her husband Jonathan, and their 3 children, Katie, Lucy and Ben.

  • Peter Bellingham

    Peter Bellingham

    Chief Executive, Sinfonia Cymru

    A late starter on the piano, Peter studied at the Royal Northern College of Music but quickly reached the conclusion that a performing career was not an option. More than 40 years later, Peter can look back on an extensive, varied and successful career in arts management and leadership - in keyboard terms, swapping Steinway for Apple was definitely the right move!

    In the early part of his career, he focused mainly on arts marketing, with some elements of operational management and programming; later moving to a general management role as Managing Director of Welsh National Opera, where he led the company operationally for thirteen years, working with three different artistic directors. He has worked in drama, ballet and opera, for producing companies and venues. He has significant experience of working across the UK, as well as internationally, taking WNO to the Hong Kong, Finland, Oman, and Dubai.

    In 2015, he left WNO to set up a consultancy practice, working in an interim capacity as Consultant Executive Director at National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Transition Director at National Youth Arts Wales, as well as a number of other short-term projects. 

    Since February 2018, he has been Chief Executive of Sinfonia Cymru. Peter had come to know Sinfonia Cymru through serving as a Trustee / Board member and, inspired by the orchestra’s mission to support professional musicians in the early years of their careers, was delighted to be given the opportunity to lead the organisation over the next few years.

  • Phil Boughton

    Phil Boughton

    Director of Orchestra & Chorus, Opera North

    Phil Boughton, Director of Orchestra & Chorus, Opera North, read music at Edinburgh University before continuing his trombone studies as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music. Throughout his education Phil worked in various positions within the arts ranging from Bars Manager of the Edinburgh Festival Theatre to Marketing Assistant of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

    Prior to graduating from the RCM he had begun his career in arts management in earnest and has worked for both the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Albert Hall; running the 2003 Proms season, the BBC Proms; organizing the 2004 Proms season, and spent ten years at Welsh National Opera as Orchestra Manager from May 2004.

    In September 2014 Phil joined Opera North as Orchestra Director and in June 2016 became Director of Orchestra and Chorus. Away from his musical work, Phil is a qualified white water rafting guide and keen outdoor pursuits enthusiast whether skiing, surfing, kayaking or cycling in extreme circumstances and inclement weather!

  • Jenny Jamison

    Jenny Jamison

    Chief Executive, Scottish Ensemble

    Jenny is Chief Executive at Scottish Ensemble, the UK’s leading string orchestra, having stepped up from the General Manager position in August 2018. Now leading on an ambitious strategy which will see the organisation through its 50th anniversary in 2019-20, Jenny has been a key part of the organisation’s change and growth over the past 7 years, with experience across strategic and artistic planning, fundraising, concert management/production and, especially, in developing music-led cross-artform collaborations.

    Strengthening SE’s international connections, Jenny also acts as Lead Project Coordinator on a new Creative Europe-funded cooperation, The Bridge, having instigated and led the funding application process. The Bridge will bring together string ensembles from across Europe by establishing a network and festival to harness, develop and champion the innovation that is being driven forward by these small flexible string groups.

    Other experience includes strategic consultancy for soloist Nicola Benedetti (developing music education initiatives), and previous roles with the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland and as Chair of New Opera in Scotland Events. Jenny has held one of three Scottish Fellowships for emerging global arts leaders with the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) since 2017: the Scottish Fellowship programme is supported by Creative Scotland.

    Born in Glasgow, Jenny received her musical education through local authority teaching and orchestras, Douglas Academy Music School, and the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (where she met her now-husband). Throughout her higher education (French and Russian at the University of Edinburgh) and her work in the performing arts, Jenny has continued to exercise her passion as an amateur violinist.

  • Ginny Macbeth

    Ginny Macbeth

    Director, Macbeth Media Relations Ltd

    Ginny began working in music in 1978 when, as assistant to concert pianist Rosalyn Tureck, she spent 18 months on tour in Europe and the United States. On her return to the UK, she joined Kaye Artists Management before helping to set up Grapevine Public Relations. In 1986, Ginny left Grapevine to work in New York, where she set up a small agency promoting concerts at the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and Merkin Concert Hall, and working with artists including Nigel Kennedy and the National Orchestral Association.

    On her return to London in 1989 she set up Macbeth Media Relations – a specialist media relations company working closely with singers, musicians and composers, as well as international competitions, festivals, orchestras and opera companies.

    Working with organisations across Europe and the US, Macbeth Media Relations devises individual strategies for each of its clients working in close collaboration with management.    

  • Linda Merrick

    Linda Merrick

    Principal and Professor, Royal Northern College of Music

    Linda holds the position of Principal and Professor at the Royal Northern College of Music and enjoys an international profile as a clarinet soloist, recording artist and clinician.

    Her catalogue of over 30 solo recordings features new concertos she has commissioned by Gary Carpenter, Nigel Clarke, Martin Ellerby, John McLeod, Stephen McNeff, Edwin Roxburgh, Philip Sparke, Philip Spratley, Kit Turnbull and Guy Woolfenden for labels such as Naxos, Chandos, NMC, Guild and Metier. She has also released premiere recordings of new clarinet quintets with the Navarra and Kreutzer Quartets by composers including John McCabe, Nigel Clarke, Wilfred Josephs and Robert Crawford, with recordings of works by David Horne, Michael Finnissy and Paul Pellay to be released in 2018.  In addition, Linda has commissioned and recorded over 20 works for clarinet and electronics and released two CDs featuring works with clarinet and harpsicord by Robert Keeley.    

    Linda has performed as a concerto soloist across America, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, the UAE and the UK, and broadcast for BBC Radio 3, Radio France, DRS1 Switzerland, CKWR Canada and Arte TV South Korea. A founder member of the contemporary ensemble ‘Sounds Positive’, she has premiered over 80 chamber works for winds and piano by British composers, and released a further three CDs.

    In addition to her position as RNCM Principal, Linda is Chair of Conservatoires UK and a member of the International Advisory Council for the Creative Industries Federation. She is also Vice-President of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain and the UK Representative for Howarth Clarinets.

  • Louise Mitchell

    Louise Mitchell

    Chief Executive, Bristol Music Trust

    Louise Mitchell is the chief executive of the Bristol Music Trust, an independent venture set up in May 2011 to drive forward music in Bristol, and to help secure a sustainable future for Colston Hall, the largest concert hall in the south-west of England.

    Previous to her appointment as the Trust’s chief executive in May 2011, Louise was the first ever director of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, an organisation set up in 2009 to develop opportunities arising from the award of the title City of Music by the Secretary General of UNESCO.

    She had previously been at the head of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for 13 years, where she l spearheaded the regeneration of two of Glasgow’s most revered venues, the City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket and nurtured the word famous Celtic Connections Festival.

    Louise has worked in arts management for over 20 years. She studied the University of St Andrews where she gained a masters degree, followed by a Diploma in Arts Administration from City University, London.

    Her first job in music was as an interpreter for the Hawick Pipe Band’s French tour, followed by a short spell as Assistant Manager of the Scottish Baroque Ensemble and five years as Concerts Manager of the London Sinfonietta, touring with the ensemble all over the world.

    After three years of freelancing, she became Assistant Director of the Edinburgh International Festival responsible for music programming. She returned to London as Music Programme Manager at the Barbican Centre, managing the relationship with the London Symphony Orchestra as orchestra in residence, and finally as Concerts Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra before moving to Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall in 1996.

    Louise is a board member of Destination Bristol, a Trustee of the Royal Philharmonic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Vice Chair of British Association Concert Halls, and a past Board Member of the International Society for Performing Arts.

  • John Summers

    John Summers

    Chief Executive, Halle

    Born in Kent John studied at Trinity College of Music before freelancing as a cellist.  He was employed by the Royal Northern Sinfonia as player and manager, and appointed Chief Executive in 1992.  In this role he had central involvement in concept development and planning for the building now known as the Sage, Gateshead.

    John joined the Hallé as Chief Executive in 1999, where he has been involved in a number of changes and initiatives.  These include setting up the Hallé recording label, founding the Halle family of ensembles including the a Youth Orchestra, Youth Choir, Children’s Choir and Training choir, instigating the Halle Professional Experience Schemes and helping deliver a new rehearsal and recording facility for the Orchestra and its ensembles.

    John was a member of the Board of the Association of British Orchestras between 1991 – 8, serving three years as Chairman.  From 2003 – 2005 he was National Lead Advisor on Music to the Arts Council of England. He is a member of the Board of the Royal Northern College of Music and President of the Lakeland Sinfonia Concerts Society.

  • Matthew Swann

    Matthew Swann

    Chief Executive, City of London Sinfonia

    Matthew has been Chief Executive of City of London Sinfonia since March 2012.

    City of London Sinfonia (CLS) is the Orchestra that promises to surprise and move you. We involve over 1 million people every year from all ages and backgrounds in life-enhancing music experiences to create an exciting and harmonious future together.

    CLS is currently enjoying a period of considerable development, with growing audiences through innovative performances such as the Orchestra’s CLoSer series, increased development income, appearances at major festivals, recordings on labels including Chandos, Hyperion, ACT and Signum, forthcoming international touring including Mexico and Japan, and the expansion of its Meet the Music education and well-being programme to over 12,000 participants every year.

    Before joining CLS, Matthew reintroduced classical music to the Roundhouse in Camden, North London, producing the Reverb and Voices Now festivals, and he remains Creative Director of Voices Now, one of the UK’s leading choral festivals. He was a Senior Associate with Liz Amos Associates, the specialist arts and charity executive search organisation, and began his career in executive search for the tech sector, before spending five years building corporate partnerships at the Barbican Centre. He studied music at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal Northern College of Music, and was a member of the Holst Singers for over 10 years.

  • Simon Webb

    Simon Webb

    General Manager, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

    Simon Webb began his career as a cellist, working in orchestras in the UK, Portugal, Hong Kong and Ireland before joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1996. He chaired the LPO’s board of directors from 2001-2005. On leaving the LPO in 2005 Simon worked in various roles for concert promoters and Arts Council England before joining the CBSO as Director of Orchestral Management in 2008. 

    In 2014 Simon took up his current post as General Manager of the BBC Philharmonic, based in MediaCityUK, Salford and in 2015 was appointed a governor of Chethams School of Music in Manchester.