Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome the remarkable composer Jonathan Rutherford.
Jonathan’s life is devoted to composing. Though he is a well-admired pianist he is first and foremost a composer. He was one of the first fifteen pupils at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and outside the school curriculum he studied composition with Lennox Berkeley. Jonathan has worked with many great teachers such as Nadia Boulanger, Richard Rodney Bennett, and Benjamin Britten.
His piece for Musical Saw, Violin and Soprano “An Intake of Breath” has been loved wherever it has been heard, and the popular “Rejoice! Rejoice!” and “Final Parting” have affected people deeply.
Jonathan’s music is diverse, from pop songs written while still at school between 1967 and 1969, to his atonal writing in the mid 1970s. His discovery of Mahler, and then his visits to Peter Maxwell Davies and Harrison Birtwistle’s courses at Dartington Summer School took his music in new directions. Jonathan’s voice is unique, and isn’t easily pigeon-holed.
Musicians such as Patricia Routledge, Colin Baker, Johnny Morris, Harriet Longman, Jennifer Thorn, Heidi Pegler, and Susanna Wilson have all performed Jonathan’s music, as well as ensembles such as The Eye Bach Choir, Amici, Stowmarket Chorale, The Prometheus Orchestra, Jubilate and the Orford Choir, and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
We are excited to welcome Project Manager Annabel Leakey in our Polyphony Arts team! Annabel is an experienced artist and project manager, specialising in orchestral and instrumental music and passionate about producing high-quality events that run in the smoothest way possible.
As a freelance Project/Event Manager Annabel has worked for Cheltenham Music, Science and Literature Festivals, Spitalfields Music Festival, BBC Singers, and Verbier Music Festival. Since April 2017 she has worked for the Berkeley Ensemble, where she now holds the position of General Manager.
Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and two young daughters, and embraces the opportunity to be outside whenever possible; walking, running, and attempting to maintain a decent vegetable garden (with erratic success). She has a specific interest in facilitating arts access in rural areas.
We are thrilled to announce a new member in our team of artist managers: Lily Hope!
Lily is a spirited English cellist who holds passion for representative programming, historically informed playing and accessibility for audiences. Lily accepted a bachelor’s degree from the Royal College of Music London in 2018, and has performed extensively around the UK –venues include the Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace, Royal Festival Hall, Latitude Music Festival among many others.
She is an impassioned chamber musician, and since the formation of the Maconchy Quartet in 2018, Lily has found great joy in delving into overlooked masterworks and innovative new music. This led her to co-create the RETAKE concert series in 2020, which strives to provide a platform through which this excellent music can be showcased.