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 now combines executive coaching, working with a diversity organisation in the City, performing the piano, teaching, writing on music and coaching and a non-executive Board position in a third, portfolio career.
EstherEsther Cavett: Assistant to the artistic director
Kati is Head of Music at Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy. She was a freelance musician for ten years previous to this after graduating from the Royal Academy of Music playing the clarinet, flute and saxophone. Her musical experiences include performances around the world as a soloist, chamber musician and with various musical theatre shows and orchestras. Combining both her passion for performing and her love of working in education, she regularly conducts large ensembles and choirs. She is delighted to be joining Water City Music.
adminKati Black: Assistant to the artistic director
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.