Polyphony Arts has appointed their first Operations Manager, Rachel, who is now providing administrative support across the team and client base.
Rachel has degrees in music from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and in composition from the Royal Northern College of Music. She has worked in orchestra management and planning for City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Oxford Philharmonic, supported marketing efforts for Orchestra of St Johns and Oxford Bach Soloists, and contributed to music libraries and archives across the UK. A northern girl at heart, she now lives in the West Midlands with her family, where she’s a member of the Warwick Symphony Orchestra.
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.