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 has over 20 years’ experience in arts finance and
administration. He joined the Monteverdi team in November 2015
having previously been Finance Manager at London’s Royal Court Theatre and having held positions 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 & Choir 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 years with 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 most 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, Viv 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 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.