Michael is the inspiration behind the festival and its project director. A violinist and educationalist,he has performed worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. He has broadcast many times for BBC Radio and TV as a soloist and as leader of the Bochmann Quartet, and partnered Yehudi Menuhin and Nigel Kennedy in Bach’s double concerto. He is a professor of violin at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Director of the English String Orchestra.
With over 40 years ‘practice’ as a professional arts administrator and producer, Richard has managed many projects in the UK and overseas. His company – Richard Mallett Arts Management – works across diverse artforms including music, dance, music theatre and opera. He specialises in bringing together leading arts providers and practitioners to work with school and community groups in venues from school halls to the Royal Albert Hall. He is delighted to be part of the Tower of London Water City Music Arts Festival.
Esther is a Water City Music accompanist and administrator and Senior Research Fellow in Music at King’s College, London. Esther trained and first made her living as a musician and then worked for over two decades in the City, becoming a partner in her law firm. She has now returned to music full time. Her book on the composer Howard Skempton was published in February 2019 by Boydell & Brewer and she was recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Trinity Laban for her services to music.
We are privileged to have dedicated evaluation support from Charmaine Simon. Charmaine is a music teacher who has worked in many Primary and Secondary schools. She has taught Nursery to Year 6 whole class music curriculum. In 2016, the choir of English Martyrs RC school were invited to sing in the Water City Music Festival at the Tower of London, under Charmaine’s direction.
Nicholas is currently completing his PhD in Music Research at King’s College London. His research interests include eighteenth-century British art song, poetry and the Celtic Revival. He is originally from Canada where he pursued earlier studies in musicology, history and organ performance. As a chorister he has had the opportunity to be involved in a number of large-scale performances, particularly several sacred works. Nicholas believes music-making to be a vital part of primary education and is excited to be joining Water City Music as a way of ensuring music remains a part of every child’s life.