Meet our team 

General Director


ROSA bwHaving trained at conservatoires in her native Italy Dr Rosa Solinas has since worked in music in various countries and in many different capacities: from academia to industry to consultancy to management. She holds an Honours degree in Literature and Philosophy, a Masters in Development and Innovation Economics and a Doctorate in Musicology. 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 and management positions at Wexford Festival Opera and Opera Theatre Company, Dublin. Rosa served as Head of Music at 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 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 - and still travelling far and wide, Emily spends any spare time she has watching sport, knitting and visiting historical places.


Projects & Partnerships Coordinator

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Tom Hansell joined the Monteverdi team in August 2017. Born in Yorkshire and raised in Surrey, he gained a BA in Music and an MA in Music Composition from Durham University. Upon graduating for the second time he entered the world of arts administration, working initially as Music Administrator at a West London school before joining the Concerts Department of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  Here, he coordinated a wide variety of projects and events, from those around the music of Bach to world premieres of contemporary works. Outside office hours, he can be found either racing across the country on his bike, singing with chamber choirs around London or indulging his love of cats and other animals.

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 served a fifteen year stint, graduating from Box Officer to the Press Office and finally to Marketing Manager for the final eight years. 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.

Concerts & Projects Administrator

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Grace Ko joined MCO in August 2017 from London Sinfonietta where she worked as Concerts and Touring Administrator. Music has always played a big part in her life, having studied the piano at the Purcell School and Royal Northern College of Music. After graduating from RNCM, Grace started working at Musicians Answering Service before joining Harrison Parrott. She enjoys cooking, going to the cinema and following football in her spare time.


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

 

LL webLizzie Lawless joined the Monteverdi Arts Management Scheme in August 2017 after recently graduating with a Politics degree from Royal Holloway, University of London and is excited to gain more experience in arts administration. Singing from a young age as a cantor at a local church, Lizzie found her love for choral singing as a member of the Coloma St Cecilia Singers and is now a member of The Bach Choir. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting the theatre and getting lost in a good book.




 
 

Lizzie Lawless joined the Monteverdi Arts Management Scheme in August 2017 after recently graduating with a Politics degree from Royal Holloway, University of London and is excited to gain more experience in arts administration. Singing from a young age as a cantor at a local church, Lizzie found her love for choral singing as a member of the Coloma St Cecilia Singers and is now a member of The Bach Choir. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting the theatre and getting lost in a good book.