Meet our team 

General Director


ROSA bwDr Rosa Solinas trained at conservatoires in her native Italy, and has since worked in music in various countries 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 Masters in Development and Innovation Economics (Bologna) and a Doctorate in Musicology (Oxford). Her professional experience ranges from 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. Rosa also served as Head of Music of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and was 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 brings over two decades’ experience in arts finance and administration to the MCO team, which he joined in 2015. Having professional qualifications in both investment management and accountancy he has worked in admin. teams in various West End theatres, culminating with a tenure as Finance Manager for many years at the Royal Court Theatre. Outside of MCO, Martin is a trustee of Spread the Word - a network which sets out to help writers form a professional community to enhance their careers.  

Artistic Planning Manager

 

mattbroom bm cropMatthew Broom has over twenty-five years’ experience working in the arts. He studied music at Bristol University and before coming to work for MCO he spent ten years as Head of Planning for Welsh National Opera. Prior to this, Matthew 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, choral singing and craft work. 


Tours & Choir Manager 

Emily Parker bwEmily Parker grew up in Yorkshire and then read Classics at King's College, London. She worked for three years for the Britten-Pears Programme and the Aldeburgh Residencies Scheme before returning to London to join artist management agency HarrisonParrott, where she managed musicians such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alison Balsom and Hélène Grimaud. Moving within the company into the world of international orchestral touring, Emily worked in Europe, China, Japan, Indonesia, Qatar, South Korea and the USA. Now with MCO, Emily is still travelling far and wide and she spends any spare time she has watching sport, knitting and 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 conductor Emmanuelle Haïm in France.  When not with Monteverdi, James now works as a freelance musicologist, vocal coach and musical director. He is currently joint artistic director of the baroque collective Solomon's Knot, with whom he has taken different productions to the Aldeburgh Festival. Within the Monteverdi team James takes care of the music library, looks after the Monteverdi Apprentices Programme and organises casting for certain projects.

Marketing & Communications Manager

 

jb 001Jonathan Broad started life as a dancer, working his way across the globe with the English National Ballet, National Ballet of Iceland and Wiener Ballet Theater. Slipping off his ballet shoes in his mid-thirties and wanting to stay in the arts, Jonathan then went to English National Opera, where he graduated from Box Officer to the Press Office and finally to an eight-year stint as Marketing Manager. He now lives in Sutton with his wife and two energetic young boys who are always on the go.  He’s been on the MCO team since January of this year.

Administration

20170609 1612490Coming from a family of musicians, Viv Gonley always suspected
she would end up working in the arts.  Having graduated in French
and Italian from Leeds University Viv spent three years taking clients on walking, food and wine holidays in Tuscany and Umbria.  Inspired by the colourful, seasonal food of Italy she on her return wrote two cookbooks before setting up catering company Zafferano, which she ran successfully over seventeen years.  For MCO she is applying her varied events and business experience along with her linguistic skills and knowledge of music, 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 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


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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.