Team

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Holly Mathieson (Co-Artistic Director) is currently Music Director of Symphony Nova Scotia, and works regularly with opera houses, ballet companies and orchestras in Europe, Australasia and North America. In recent seasons she conducted the London Symphony, BBC Concert, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham, London Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, Southbank Sinfonia, Red Note Ensemble and Scottish Ballet.

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Jon Hargreaves (Co-Artistic Director) co-directs London’s Octandre Ensemble, he has been at the helm of seven critically-lauded seasons, and has Music Directorships in London, Birmingham and Scotland, and as a guest conductor for projects including LSO SoundHub, RSNO and Youth orchestras at national and local levels.

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Jamie Munn (Chief Executive) has just returned to live and work in Scotland after almost 10 years working on music projects and for music-based organisations in Berlin, Nairobi, Mumbai , Dubai and Hong Kong, as well as leading workshops in Cambodia, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and Thailand. He was General Manager of Live Music Now Scotland, and has worked on projects for the European Music Council, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Glasgow UNESCO City of Music. He is on the Board of Trustees of Drake Music Scotland and Mendelssohn on Mull Festival.

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Duncan Sutherland (Tour Manager) has had a varied career managing projects that have included tidal energy research,  producing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, musical outreach programmes and classical music concerts across Scotland.  Duncan has a PhD in tidal energy from the University of Edinburgh which he gained alongside working on a creative Scotland funded recording project with his band Turning Plates. Most recently, he has been working as projects manager with the Scottish Ensemble, overseeing their residency programmes as well as managing concert and festival performances both in Scotland and further afield.

Georgina MacDonell Finlayson (Sustainability Manager) is a musician, composer and community arts practitioner from the North East of Scotland. She enjoys a varied portfolio of performing, teaching and writing music in both classical and traditional styles, and has a particular interest in multi-disciplinary performance. Having grown up in a remote Angus glen, she has a close connection to the natural world, and feels very strongly about recognising the significance of the climate crisis in all aspects of our lives.

Joey O’Neill (Administrative Assistant) is an arranger, musician and arts administrator and producer with a varied freelance career across Scotland and London. His arrangements have been commissioned and performed by Nevis Ensemble, the West of Scotland Schools Concert Band and various RCS ensembles, among many others. He works as a brass instructor for North Lanarkshire Council, and more recent producing work has included Lammermuir Festival as well as assisting with tour managing one of Nevis Ensemble’s recent tours.

Players’ Committee

Heidi van der Swaagh
Joey O’Neill
Georgina MacDonell Finlayson
Laura Hundert
Jesús Lorente Gonzalez

Board of Trustees

Dr. Jamie Hill (Chair) was a Medical Officer in the Royal Navy, before becoming a GP in Lanark upon leaving the armed forces. He was also Chair of Music in Lanark, bringing international artists to the town.

Judith Walsh (Non-trustee/Company Secretary) is currently General Manager of Starcatchers, and the Chair of creative commissioning organisation, Remembered/Imagined. She has previously worked for Mr McFall’s Chamber, Live Music Now Scotland and Lammermuir Festival.

Ankna Arockiam studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a singer, and is currently undertaking a research degree. She is a Board member for Children’s Classics Concerts and is the Chair of the Student Working Group of the Association of European Conservatoires.

Dr. Rachel Drury is a freelance musician and researcher working predominantly in the field of music education and psychology. Her work has been performed internationally, and she is a lecturer on the at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Kat Heathcote is the Commercial Director of Witherby Publishing Group and sits on the Board of Directors of St Mary’s Music School. As keen cricketer, she was formerly the President of Royal High Corstorphine.

Su-a Lee was born in Seoul, and now lives in Edinburgh as the Associate Principal cellist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. She also plays for theatre, dance and film and performs and records regularly with Scotland’s jazz and folk luminaries

Marie McQuade works as Early Years Training Officer with Early Years Scotland, supporting the development and delivery of professional learning activities. She works with over 150 early years settings around Scotland in various contexts.

Nicolas Žekulin was born in Canada, and has worked for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Opera and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is currently the Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland.

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