Katie Manasse

Director and Founder

I come from a musical family, and have been working in the arts throughout my career. I am lucky enough to have worked with a wide range of wonderful venues, festivals and organisations, such as the Sage Gateshead, Cheltenham Music Festival, Orpheus Foundation, New Paths Music, Hull Chamber Music, the University of Hull’s Events Series, Cadogan Hall, Middleton Hall, St George’s Hanover Square, York Grand Opera House, York Barbican Centre, St Paul’s Covent Garden, Hull Truck Theatre and Hull Minster.

I have been working in the arts since 2005, and have been involved in classical music for my entire life. It is very exciting for me to be running my own arts business. I have always had a passion for arts administration; I have a deep understanding of what it means to work creatively, and I love supporting artists to do creative work.

I have a friendly, professional manner (with an underlying ruthlessness when it comes to negotiating fees!), and meticulous attention to detail/ability to work to deadlines whilst respecting and working with artists’ own priorities and pressures. I enjoy writing and talking to people, and hold myself to high standards of communication.

I am also a singer, and teacher of singing and music theory. For more information on my singing and teaching work, please visit https://katiebeardsworth.weebly.com.

Outside of my professional life, I am a keen volunteer doula and breastfeeding peer supporter for a Hull-based organisation called The Goodwin Trust. This work is very special to me, as I have been trained to offer support to women of all backgrounds during pregnancy, birth, and after birth. The wide range of training, including safeguarding, domestic abuse and FGM awareness, and sign language/deaf awareness, has deepened my understanding of the wide range of issues that people across society face.

As well as being hugely rewarding work in its own right, this volunteering has given me a passion for ensuring the arts are truly accessible and appealing to everyone, no matter what their circumstances are. I am particularly enjoying working on several projects in the field of disability and accessibility, including a project focusing on deafness with the New London Chamber Ensemble, and working with Hull Chamber Music to bring chamber music to a much wider range of the population of Hull and the East Riding.