Holly Mathieson (Co-Artistic Director) is currently Assistant Conductor at the RSNO, and Resident Conductor of the NYOS Junior Orchestra. In the 17:18 season, guest engagements include concerts with the London Symphony, BBC Concert, Royal Philharmonic, City of Birmingham and Salomon orchestras, London’s Southbank Sinfonia, Red Note Ensemble, and Scottish Ballet. She has also conducted the Illinois Philharmonic, and at Opera North and Opera Holland Park among many others. Her work has seen her assist such eminent conductors as Donald Runnicles and Marin Alsop.


Jon Hargreaves (Co-Artistic Director) co-directs the Octandre Ensemble (Patron: Sir Harrison Birtwistle), and is Musical Director of the innovative Online Orchestra, the London Medical Orchestra and the South Birmingham Sinfonia. He has also works for the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub scheme, and the Qatar Philharmonic, as well as Glasgow’s Rogue Orchestra and the Grampian Youth Orchestra. Jon specialises in contemporary music and has given countless premieres, some of which premiered on BBC Radio 3.


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 and Hong Kong, as well as leading workshops in Cambodia, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and Thailand. He is currently the General Manager of Live Music Now Scotland, and has worked on projects for the European Music Council, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, NOISE Opera, Centre for Musical Arts Dubai, Global Music Institute New Delhi and the Kenya Conservatoire of Music. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival (Soundwaves).


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.

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.

Hazel White studied at Herriot-Watt University and is an HR Advisor (Resourcing) for Addleshaw Goddard in Edinburgh, having previously worked for firms such as HBJ Gateley, Joslin Rowe and Royal Bank of Scotland.

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.