Peter Manning – Conductor and Artistic Director:
Peter is an outstanding conductor, concertmaster , artistic director and chamber musician. He is Concertmaster of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Guest Conductor of the Dallas Opera Texas USA in addition to being artistic director of his own arts think-tank orchestra The ManningCamerata.
His conducting career includes work with The RPO, Edsberg CO, Odense Symphont Orchestra , The Krasnoyarsk Symphony and The BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Soloists of the Royal Opera House . His award winning release of Mahler 4 was released by Nimbus records in 2015.
Peter made his Royal Festival Hall debut with the Philharmonia in a live radio broadcast after positions as leader of the LPO and RPO. He also founded the Britten String Quartet, the first EMI British quartet which established a major International reputation during its 10 years of touring with an award winning discography of some 23 discs.
He contributes to the wider UK arts scene as a board member of the National Campaign for the Arts and as a patrion of the new choreographic fund and Oval theatre Brixton. In 2013 he was appointed first joint professor of new work by Edinburgh University to populate the Edinburgh International Festivals with new work . In addition he is a published arranger for Orchestra and his latest Tippett arrangements are published by Universal Edition Vienna.
Rachel Grunwald – Director
Rachel is an experienced director with a love of working on a large scale, in shared spaces, and with young people. Rachel Grunwald’s theatre credits include directing world premieres of new plays for The Great Game: Afghanistan, the Tricycle Theatre’s Olivier-nominated production which played in London and on tour of the USA, culminating in command performances for the Pentagon. Her 2010 UK premiere production of Pins and Needles won Time Out’s ‘Hit of the Year on the Fringe’. Rachel trained at Cambridge (where she directed for the Footlights) and RADA and has worked for many theatres including the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is the Gatsby Theatre Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme 2013-14. Her site-specific and participatory shows designed for community spaces for SPID Theatre Company, where she is Associate Artistic Director, have toured the UK with Arts Council backing.
Tom Hammond-Davies - Chorus Master
Tom Hammond-Davies is one of the most versatile choral conductors of his generation, working closely with musicians from London, Oxford and Cambridge, and top artists from the Royal Opera House, and Blenheim Palace. Since 2005 he has been Director of Music at the City Church of Oxford, St Michael at the North Gate, and a countertenor Lay Clerk with the multiple Gramophone Award-winning Choir of New College Oxford. Winner of the Birmingham Conservatoire Sir Michael Beech Conducting Award in 2011 (1st prize), and the 2010 Three Choirs Festival Conducting Award (1st prize), he was recently appointed as trustee of the Sir George Dyson Trust, and nominated for the Arts Foundation Fellowship.
Mike Griffiths - Producer
Mike has been a freelance producer since 2012. Recent projects include Big Big Sing, part of the Commonwealth Games Cultural programme, Projects for KT Wong Foundation in London, China & France and the setting up and running Paterson’s Land Venue in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013. Prior to this Mike worked for 3 years as a cultural adviser to the Scottish Government’s Culture Team.
He has over 30 years experience of working in theatre and the performing arts including 9 years as Administrative Director/Executive Producer of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.