Nicholas Chalmers - Artistic Director
Nicholas conducts productions for Northern Ireland Opera, is the artistic director of Nevill Holt Opera and is artistic director of Second Movement Opera Company. He studied music at Oxford University and conducting at the Piacenza Conservatoire.
From 2003 to 2008 Nicholas worked at Westminster Abbey as Assistant Organist and Director of Music of the Choir School. From 2008 until 2011 Nicholas was Assistant Chorus Master of English National Opera. With ENO he prepared 24 operas for conductors including Edward Gardner, Mark Wigglesworth, Sir Charles Mackerras, Baldur Bronnimann and Sir Richard Armstrong.
For Second Movement he has conducted Mozart and Salieri (October 2004) Trouble in Tahiti (June 2005) The Medium and Impresario (January 2006) Les Deux Aveugles, Rothschild’s Violin and The Knife’s Tears (May 2007) all to wide critical acclaim.
Conducting engagements with Northern Ireland Opera include The Medium (Feb 2011) Tosca (Best Opera - Irish Times Theatre Awards - April 2011) Turn of the Screw (March 2012 and Buxton Festival July 2012) Noye's Fludde (Belfast Zoo - August 2012 and Beijing October 2012) The Flying Dutchman (Ulster Orchestra – Feb 2013) The Bear (March 2013) Noye's Fludde (Shanghai and Cape Town - July and Dec 2013) Macbeth (NI Opera - January 2014) and Magic Flute (September 2014). With Nevill Holt Opera The Magic Flute (June 2013) La Boheme and Turn of the Screw (July 2014).
Future engagements include The Turn of the Screw (Zurich Opera) Salome (NI Opera – February 2015) and Carmen (Nevill Holt Opera (July 2015). Nicholas was nominated for Best Opera Production for Turn of the Screw (Irish Times Theatre Awards - February 2013) and Achievement in Opera for The Flying Dutchman (UK Theatre Awards October 2013).
Rosenna East - General Manager
Before joining Nevill Holt Opera as General Manager in November 2014, Rosenna East worked primarily as a professional violinist. As a co-principal in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra between 2005-14 she toured nationally and internationally, performing concerts and making prize-winning recordings with this and other international ensembles, including the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Camerata Bern and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.
As a commentator on the Arts in print since 2008, Rosenna became a regular contributor to the Herald Scotland, writing columns, features and reviews for Scotland’s major broadsheet. Her writing has also appeared in Classical Music Magazine, Gramophone and the Big Issue. Her tribute to the conductor Sir Charles Mackerras has been chosen for publication in the forthcoming Biography of the legendary conductor, as a preface to a chapter by musician and polymath, Alfred Brendel.
Rosenna also broadcasts and presents live events, having worked as a live commentator for BBC Radio Scotland since 2011. She has presented concerts and discussions for the SCO, Dunedin Consort, Glasgow Life and the Edinburgh International Festival, both live and on film. She currently curates her own series of events in partnership with the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Music education remains close to Rosenna’s heart, having been educated in London from her earliest years by the Suzuki Method. Rosenna took her degree in Modern History from Brasenose College, Oxford, and her Masters in Music from the Royal College of Music, London. She is a trained Colourstrings Kodaly Kindergarten Music teacher, was a violin teacher and director at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, and recently became an examiner for the Guildhall School of Music Masters degree.
In a wider community setting, Rosenna has worked with music and Dementia sufferers, has created an opera in HMP SHotts, and has travelled widely to work in post-conflict settings. She has participated in theraputic music work with children suffering from war trauma in Bosnia and Croatia, devised and delivered a programme of violin teacher training in post-conflict Sri Lanka, and has travelled to Palestine to work with young musicians in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Ramallah.
Rosenna became a Player Director of the SCO in 2006 and joined its Executive Board in 2009. She was chosen to participate in the Clore Foundation’s programme for Leadership in the Arts in 2011. She became a team member of the project Opera for Change in 2012. She was appointed Chair of the Board of Noise Opera in 2013, and in 2014 received, with them, the Arts and Business Scotland award for Entrepreneurship.