Meet our team


General Director

Dr Rosa Solinas trained at conservatoires in her native Italy, and has since worked in music in
variouscountries and in a number of different capacities, from academia to industry and
consultancy to management.Her qualifications include an Honours Degree in Literature and
Philosophy (Perugia), a Master’s in Developmentand Innovation Economics (Bologna) and a
Doctorate in Musicology (Oxford). Her professional experience rangesfrom teaching at
Oxford University; artist management at a leading London agency; publications and special
projects for English National Opera and the Royal Opera House in London and the
Teatro Comunale in Bologna;management positions at Wexford Festival Opera and
Opera Theatre Company, Dublin; a stint as Head of Music of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland,
and another as CEO of the Ulster Orchestra. She took up her role with the Monteverdi Choir
and Orchestras in April 2015. Besides music, she has had time to develop just a few other
lasting passions: her four beautiful children.

Finance & Administration Manager

Martin WheelerMartin Wheeler has over 20 years’ experience in arts finance and
administration. He Joined the Monteverdi team in November 2015
and was previously the Finance Manager at London’s Royal Court Theatre
which followed roles in several West End theatres. Prior to moving into
the arts Martin spent 6 years in investment management. He has
professional qualifications in both accountancy and investment
management and is currently a trustee of Spread the Word, an
Arts Council England NPO organisation that operates throughout London
as a writer development agency across all writing genres. 

Artistic Planning Manager


mattbroom bm cropMatthew Broom has over 25 years’ experience of working in the arts.
He studied music at Bristol University and before coming to work for the
Monteverdi  had spent 10 years as Head of Planning for Welsh National Opera.
Prior to this, Matthew has worked for a variety of organisations including
BMG Classics (RCA Red Seal), Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera and
Garsington Opera. Away from the office, Matthew enjoys country walks with
his black Labrador, choral singing and craft work.

Tours & Concerts Manager

Emily Parker bwEmily Parker joined the Monteverdi in June 2016 as Tours & Concerts Manager.
Having grown up in Yorkshire, Emily read Classics at King's College London
before working for the Britten-Pears Programme and Aldeburgh Residencies
scheme in Suffolk for three years. She returned to London to work for artist
management agency HarrisonParrott managing, among others, Vladimir
Ashkenazy, Alison Balsom and Hélène Grimaud. Wanting a further challenge
Emily transitioned within the company to the world of international orchestral
touring, travelling not only to Europe but also more widely including China,
Japan, Indonesia, Qatar, South Korea and the USA. Any spare time Emily has
is spent watching sport, knitting or visiting historical places.

Librarian & Artistic Advisor


James Halliday - james bomarzo photo cropped bwJames Halliday grew up in Paris and read Music at Cambridge University.
After a spell in the music library at Glyndebourne he was musical assistant
to the conductor Emmanuelle Haïm in France and now pursues projects as a
freelance musicologist, vocal coach and musical director as well as working
with the Monteverdi. He has acted as music director for the experimental
opera company Erratica and is joint artistic director of the baroque collective
Solomon's Knot, with whom he performed the first modern production of the
17th-century opera L’Ospedale; and The discovery of Bomarzo, focussing on
Italian Mannerist madrigals, at the Aldeburgh Festival. With the Monteverdi,
as well as taking care of the music library, he looks after the
Monteverdi Apprentices Programme and organizes casting for certain projects.

Marketing & Communications Manager

jb 001Jonathan Broad joined the Company in January 2017 having spent
15 yearswith English National Opera in a variety of roles from
frontline Box Office, Press Office and most recently Marketing where
he was Marketing Manager for 8 years. Prior to this Jonathan was a
professional dancer working with companies both large and small
around the globe including English National Ballet, Wiener Ballet
Theater and National Ballet of Iceland. He is now settled in the UK,
living in Sutton with his wife and two energetic young boys who are
always on the go.


Production & Events Coordinator


Rachel HindsHaving spent the majority of her life performing on stage, Rachel Hinds 
trained in acting at degree level, achieving a BA (Hons) American Theatre
Arts from Rose Bruford Drama College, and a Theatre Arts Major from
Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas. Following graduation, Rachel
pursued a successful management career at Marks and Spencer Plc
before training with the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Fellowship on
placement at Hofesh Shechter Company in October 2015. During her
Fellowship year, Rachel achieved a Post Graduate Certificate with Merit
in Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy from the University of Leeds,
as well as organising a number of Patron events at venues including
the Royal Opera House, Sadler’s Wells, O2 Academy Brixton and in
Germany and France.


20170609 1612490Coming from a family of musicians, Vivian Gonley always suspected
she would end up working in the Arts.  Having graduated in French
and Italian Viv spent four years taking clients on walking, food and
wine holidays in Tuscany and Umbria.  Inspired by the simple,
colourful, seasonal food of Italy she on her return set up catering
company Zafferano, which she ran successfully and built for 17
years.  She is now enjoying using her business and linguistic skills
within the Monteverdi team, in an environment she knows and loves.

Office Assistant


ek bwEsther Kippax grew up in Cambridge and graduated from Royal Holloway,
University of London in July 2016 with a degree in History and Music.
While in her final year, she developed an interest in music administration
through volunteering for the University's music department. After
graduating, Esther spent time as a Hesse student at the
Aldeburgh Festival. Before starting her role at the Monteverdi, she
completed an internship in the Jette Parker Young Artist’s Programme
at the Royal Opera House. Esther sings with The Bach Choir and
Cambridge University Music Society Chorus in her spare time.

Marketing Trainee


Benson-HeadshotHugh Benson gained a BMus from King’s College, London and a
Masters in Voice (Tenor) from The Royal Academy of Music. As a
singer, he has performed widely as both a concert and operatic
soloist. Beyond this, Hugh has worked extensively as a teacher
and gained administrative experience working with Les Azuriales
Opera and Spring Grove Music Festival. Hugh joined the
Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra Arts Management Training scheme
in February 2017 to further his professional experience. In his
personal life, Hugh enjoys reading, playing the piano and
watching sport. 


Development Trainee


Alice Godfrey has recently moved to London after graduating from
the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. As a trumpeter
she has performed the UK Premiere of Penderecki’s Seventh Symphony
at the Bridgewater Hall under the baton of the composer himself, on
BBC Radio Three’s Christmas Day Broadcast with her Brass Quintet
and as a soloist with the RNCM Wind Orchestra. In her spare time
Alice enjoys attending CAMRA festivals and cross stitching on the tube.