Simon Hall and Nicki Bolton, Suki Cohen, Jonathan and Miff Minter, Brooks and Lucy Newmark, Caroline Steane, Rupert and Vanessa Watson, Ann Bartleet, Celia Edey, Francis Norton, Bill and Kay Abbott, Adrian Biggs, Caroline and Christopher Compston, John and Isobel Doubleday, Georgie and Andrew Garthwaite, Kit and Georgina Hunter-Gordon, Leena and Andrea Ceccolini, Jasper and Jennie Hunt, Patrick and Jayne Jennings, and Zélie Jopling.
Orlando Jopling is a conductor and cellist. His conducting work has ranged from guest music staff and conducting positions at the Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet and English National Ballet, to performing and recording a huge range of orchestral repertoire with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the Irish Chamber Orchestra among many others.
His music-making as a cellist has ranged from over 150 solo recitals, recording the 6 Bach cello Suites to critical acclaim, or a lifelong obsession with chamber music, to playing on numerous film scores and on tour as a guest tutti cellist with all of the great international orchestras based in London, most regularly with the Philharmonia and London Symphony Orchestra.
He loves collaboration and has created experimental new work with theatre companies, dancers and choreographers, poets, school pupils, students, folk musicians, global superstars like Sinead O'Connor, and visual artists.
He has appeared in several feature films and TV series as a conductor, most recently as Pierre Monteux conducting an early performance of the Rite of Spring.
Aki Packe-Drury-Lowe is a producer and manager based in Colchester in Essex. She gained a master’s degree in financial engineering at the University of Michigan and enjoyed a twenty-year career in finance, before retraining in music business and artist management, studying at Berklee College of Music.
She went on to manage a number of bands in London and across the UK.
Aki joined Wild Arts as the producer of its Roman River Festival in 2023, before taking over as lead producer in autumn that same year. She has always been passionate about classical music and about jazz, and studied piano and ballet at the Conservatoire National de Région de Bourgogne.
She was raised in France and speaks four languages – English, French, German, and Japanese.
Max Parfitt is a freelance producer, writer, and content creator based in London. After working with the Learning and Engagement department at Glyndebourne, he joined Wild Arts prior to their 2023 tour, first creating their programmes and web content, before taking over as company manager for their Summer Opera Evening tour and taking on a more regular production role.
As well as his work for Wild Arts, he collaborates regularly with writers group 26, producing events and contributing poems and articles to their projects and newsletters, as well as for charities such as the Felix Project and the Beyond Food Foundation. He also leads and assists with creative writing workshops, most recently for Scribeasy, working with children and young parents with special educational needs.
He studied music at Oxford University, where he was a choral scholar with Exeter College Chapel Choir, and he continues to deputise for various professional groups around London and Oxford.
Rebecca Milford is a soprano and outreach practitioner based in London. She studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where (supported by the Sheila White Scholarship) she graduated with a distinction in her Masters in 2022, and she was one of the first participants in the Wild Arts Young Artists Programme, before leading their first Primary School Music Project in 2023.
As well as her successes on the stage, including singing the title role in John Ramster’s Cinderella ‘23 (Merry Opera Company), Frasquita in Carmen (Opera Brava), and Head Hen (and Vixen cover) in The Cunning Little Vixen (Hampstead Garden Opera), she works regularly with Newham Music Service as a freelance project coordinator and music teacher, and provides workshops and vocal coaching for various groups (ranging from 1:1 singing lessons to sessions with English National Ballet’s children’s choir. She ran the “Stopping Place” project for Brolly Productions, and was lead vocal coach for Newham’s community opera Full Circle, performed at the Youth Proms.
Starting his career as a presenter in 1982 on BBC-Radio 3, Donald was head of presentation there for four years. In 1996 he took up the challenge of setting up and presenting Through the Night, Radio 3's first 24-hour broadcasting service. He has presented more proms than he cares to remember, and he has covered the widest imaginable spec
Starting his career as a presenter in 1982 on BBC-Radio 3, Donald was head of presentation there for four years. In 1996 he took up the challenge of setting up and presenting Through the Night, Radio 3's first 24-hour broadcasting service. He has presented more proms than he cares to remember, and he has covered the widest imaginable spectrum of music. Donald has won awards like The Voice of the Viewer and Listener for Excellence in Broadcasting for Best Music & Arts Programme. He was also awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music by St. Andrews University.
Theatre director, lyricist and translator of plays and opera libretti as well as a composer, orchestrator and musical director, Jeremy Sams is the ultimate polymath. He studied Music, French and German at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Piano at the Guildhall School of Music. He won the BAFTA award for Best Music and the Ivor Novello aw
Theatre director, lyricist and translator of plays and opera libretti as well as a composer, orchestrator and musical director, Jeremy Sams is the ultimate polymath. He studied Music, French and German at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Piano at the Guildhall School of Music. He won the BAFTA award for Best Music and the Ivor Novello award for Best Score for a Feature Film. He has composed the theatre where he has many directorial credits as well as for his film compositions.
Roderick Williams is one of this country's most sought after baritones and is in constantly demand on the concert platform and in recital, encompassing a repertoire from the baroque to world premieres. His opera engagements have included major roles at leading opera houses worldwide like the Royal Opera House Convent Garden, English Nati
Roderick Williams is one of this country's most sought after baritones and is in constantly demand on the concert platform and in recital, encompassing a repertoire from the baroque to world premieres. His opera engagements have included major roles at leading opera houses worldwide like the Royal Opera House Convent Garden, English National Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Scottish Opera and more. In 2016 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society's Singer of the year award.
John Kennedy (Chair)
Entrepreneurial CEO who has held executive positions at Adlens, Moo, Wayfair, Moyses Stevens and Green & Blacks Ltd. He is an experienced non-executive director having held positions at the National Parks Partnerships and others.
Worked at the V&A and Tate Gallery and has since been a fundraiser and producer, organising operas, concerts and flashmobs raising considerable funds for a number of charitable causes.
Journalist for BBC, Times and Independent, where she was City Editor. Director of investment companies; she is currently a non executive director of Alliance Trust. Former trustee of Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and has worked with several other charities.
Data scientist at Cirium and previously Head of Financial Operations at LexisNexis Risk Solutions Group.
Director of Strategic Development and Fundraising at the Donmar Warehouse. Previously, Silvia was Head of Individual and Trust Giving at English National Ballet, Membership Executive at the Royal Opera House and Marketing Manager at the Southbank Centre.
Senior research fellow at Institute of Historical Research at the University of London and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She has headed development teams at Imperial College and the University of Oxford and taught British political science at the University of Saigon, American University Washington, and the University of Sussex. She is trustee of several arts charities.
Chief Executive, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Formerly Chief Executive of Bristol Old Vic and Executive Director of Soulpepper Theatre in Canada, Head of Producing for the 2009 Manchester International Festival, and Executive Director of Battersea Arts Centre. she was Deputy Chair of Shakespeare's Globe, and currently serves on Globe Council and as a Director of Shakespeare’s Globe USA. She is Chair of Shoreditch Town Hall, and a trustee of Cheek By Jowl and The Wardrobe Ensemble. Clore Fellow, and winner of the Clore Prize.
Stephen Barter, Tessa Bartlett, Adrian Biggs, Laura Caldow, Laura Canning, Nicholas & Sheila Charrington, Mike Figgis, Simon Hall MBE, Will Hutton, Audrey Hyland, Kate McGrath, Fabienne Morris, Tom Morris, Jo Paton, Sarah Playfair, Jocelyn Poulton, Libby Purves, John Ramster, Nicholas Sears, Joseph Spence, and Peter Wilson-Smith
Stephen Barter, Sir Bernard Jenkin, Silvia Melchior, and Lucy Newmark