Nevill Holt Opera Ltd Board Directors: Guy Farmer, Steven Fox, Fiona Quirke, Fiona Richards, Heneage Stevenson, Chris Thompson
Nevill Holt Community Arts Board Trustees: James Dunseath, Jane Forman Hardy, Steven Fox, Fiona Richards, Heneage Stevenson, Simon Toyne, Susannah Wass
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
Rosenna East joined Nevill Holt Opera as General Manager in November 2014.
Until that point, Rosenna worked primarily as a professional violinist. She has been playing and performing the violin across a wide range of musical genres, and around the world, for over 30 years. Before taking up her post at NHO, she was a co-principal in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (2005-14), touring nationally and internationally, with conductors such as Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Mark Elder, Sir John Eliot Gardener and Robin Ticciati, as well as many other leading international artists.
During a decade in Scotland, Rosenna became an Arts journalist, and was a regular contributor in print to the Herald Scotland, Classical Music Magazine, Gramophone and the Big Issue. Her tribute to the conductor Sir Charles Mackerras was chosen for inclusion in the recent Biography of the ground-breaking conductor.
Rosenna has worked as a broadcaster and continues to present live events. She worked as a live commentator for BBC Radio Scotland from 2011-15. She has presented concerts and discussions for the SCO, Dunedin Consort, Glasgow Life and the Edinburgh International Festival, both live and on film. From 2013-15 she curated and presented a popular series of unique music and discussion events, called Wider Connections, in partnership with the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Music education remains close to Rosenna’s heart. She was educated in London at Putney High School for Girls, and studied 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 Francis Holland School for Girls, London and later at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh. She has worked as an examiner for the Guildhall School of Music Masters degree.
In a wider community setting, as well as numerous schools music projects, Rosenna has worked with music and Dementia sufferers in hospital, has created an opera in the Glasgow prison HMP Shotts, and has travelled widely to work in post-conflict situations. In recent years 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.
Taking a keen interest in how the Arts was run, Rosenna became a Player Director of the SCO in 2006 and was invited to join 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.
Rosenna was appointed Chair of the Board of Noise Opera in 2013, a company dedicated to creating a new operatic repertoire for Scotland. As well as several highly successful revivals of their first opera 'Sloans', during her time as Chair Noise also achieved notable success with the commissioning of its new opera for Shetland, Hirda, which toured Scotland and the Shetland Isles in November 2015. Hirda was praised in the press as a project that 'sets a benchmark' for musical collaboration. In October 2014 she received, with her Noise colleages, the annual award for Entrepreneurship and Sustainability from Arts and Business Scotland, in recognition of their leading work and partnership with their sponsors Sloans Bar.