LoveMusicPass is a project of the Royal Philharmonic Society, led by Sir Vernon Ellis and a team of industry specialists.
Sir Vernon Ellis
Sir Vernon Ellis was Chair of the British Council from 2010 to 2016. It employs 10,000 people in 110 countries and has income of approximately £1b. Following his arrival, he led the Board and executive through a strategic review and extensive organization change.
Prior to that appointment, his career was at Accenture. In his positions as Managing Partner of Europe, Middle East, Africa and India (1989-2000) and International Chairman (2001-10), he helped lead a period of extraordinary growth. Today, Accenture has over 350,000 people in 52 countries. He also led the development of Accenture’s global Corporate Citizenship capabilities.
He is on the Board of FTI Consulting, a NYSE quoted company. He chairs Martin Randall Travel, the leading cultural tours company, and One Medical Group, a private healthcare company providing primary care services to the NHS.
He has been passionate about music and the impact it can make since participating in choirs and orchestras at school. He was Chairman of English National Opera from 2006-2012 and became Chairman of the National Opera Studio in 2012. He is Chair of the Leeds International Piano Competition and a Trustee of the Royal Philharmonic Society and London Music Masters, which is a pioneer in music education in primary schools. Through his Foundation he hosts around 80 concerts a year at his London home in support of musicians’ and music organizations’ development.
Hattie Garrard - Pilot Project Director
Hattie Garrard has 12 years’ experience of working with festivals, orchestras and in concert venues across the UK.
Following a music degree at the University of Birmingham, Hattie has applied her keen interest in performance and performers to various roles in orchestral administration, notably as Tours Manager for the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Production Manager at the Barbican Centre and, finally, as Orchestra and Chorus Director for Opera North until the birth of her son in 2014.
Based in the North of England, Hattie is committed to making live performance more accessible across the UK.
John Gilhooly OBE - Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society
John Gilhooly OBE became Director of Wigmore Hall in 2005, making him, then, the youngest leader of any of the world’s great concert halls. He had been Executive Director of Wigmore Hall since December 2000, and is credited with having overseen the artistic, financial and administrative transformation of the Hall over the past 16 years.
John Gilhooly undertakes a huge amount of voluntary and charitable work in the music sector and beyond. In July 2010, he was elected Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society (one of the oldest music societies in the world), and he led the Society’s Bicentenary celebrations, on both sides of the Atlantic, in 2013. He is also Chairman of Mahogany Opera Group, trustee of the Susan Chilcott Scholarship and the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, and a member of the Advisory Council for London Music Masters. He is a Patron of the performing arts organisation Irish Heritage and the CAVATINA Music Trust, and is also a Patron and an active fundraiser of the refurbishment project for Corpus Christi Church, Covent Garden, the national Catholic Church for those working in the performing arts. He is a recipient of Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music (2006), Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Music (2012) and Honorary Fellowship of the Guildhall School (2015), and was made a Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland by the President of Finland (2015). In May 2016, John Gilhooly was awarded the German Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the highest civilian honour that Germany awards, by its President, followed by a fellowship of the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin (Hon FRIAM).
In 2013 John Gilhooly was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music.
Grace Green - Marketing & Administration Assistant
Grace Green graduated from Cardiff University with a BMus Hons in June 2016. During her time at University she enjoyed playing the Flute in an array of ensembles and singing as a Soprano in a variety of early music ensembles. In her final year Grace was responsible for marketing the University’s concerts and managed the University Symphony Orchestra whilst on tour to Germany and Belgium in June 2016.
Whilst at University, Grace undertook placements at the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and now works there as a freelance Learning Administration Assistant. She also founded and managed the charity concert series Cardiff Community Concert Series at the Trinity Centre, Cardiff, which aims to widen the audience of live music whilst serving the local community in bringing more people together as well as providing a platform for young musicians to gain vital experience from public performance.
Grace has been appointed as the Marketing and Administration Assistant on the LoveMusicPass project from October 2016.
Rosie Johnson - Executive Director of the Royal Philharmonic Society
Rosie Johnson has been running the RPS since 1998. She has over 30 years’ experience in the arts and has a particular interest in new music, marketing and promotion. She has previously worked for English National Opera, the Society for the Promotion of New Music (now Sound & Music) and Chester Music Publishers.
Rosie read music at Nottingham University and in 1992 she was a Winston Churchill Memorial Scholar, researching Composer Residency Schemes in the USA (where she met her husband!). She has served on the ENO artistic advisory panel, is a former Trustee of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and is currently a member of the Cheltenham Festival artistic advisory panel. She received a Classic FM Award for outstanding services to music in 2001.
Favourite performance memories include singing for Leonard Bernstein and for Claudio Abbado as a member of the London Symphony Chorus.
Larissa Joy is Chairman of The Foundling Museum, Senior Independent Director of East Thames Group; and Non-Executive Director of Saxton Bampfylde.
From 2009-2015, she was Chairman of Sir Quentin Blake’s House of Illustration, the world’s first public gallery and education space dedicated to illustration in all its forms, which opened its doors to the public in King’s Cross in 2014.
Her previous executive roles include Vice Chairman of WPP’s Ogilvy Group UK; European COO Weber Shandwick; and Partner of emerging markets private equity firm, Actis LLP.
In her spare time she plays clarinet in Lawyers’ Music Symphony Orchestra and loves to travel. She read law at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and studied at London Business School, where she completed her MBA. She holds an FTCL from Trinity College London and an LRAM from the Royal Academy of Music, where she was also an Intermediate Exhibitioner. She was brought up in Australia and holds dual UK/ Australian nationality.
Lizzie Ridding was the Founding Managing Director of the City Music Foundation until the birth of her little girl Scarlett in 2014. Lizzie established the City Music Foundation in 2012, and in 2013, Lizzie ran the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, a yearlong charitable campaign for the Lord Mayor of London, then Sir Roger Gifford. The City Music Foundation was the main beneficiary of the Appeal which raised over £1m. Before joining the City Music Foundation, Lizzie was Head of Global Events and Partnership at the Financial Times for 5 years.
Since Scarlett’s arrival, Lizzie has dedicated the majority of her time to being a mummy whilst continuing to be involved with a number of worthwhile causes close to her heart. Lizzie is a member of: the Advisory Board for the City Music Foundation; the National Events Committee for Cancer Research UK; and the Fundraising Board for Tommy’s Charity.
A keen musician, Lizzie has a degree in music from the University of Bristol. She plays the violin, piano and sings – although nowadays it is mostly nursery rhymes.
Anna Rowe - LoveMusicPass Consultant
Anna Rowe is an arts consultant, with a particular interest in strategic development. Her clients have included the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Kings Place, Askonas Holt and the EUYO and she has provided advice to arts organisations in the UK, US and Czech Republic. She has previously held the positions of Chief Executive of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, General Manager of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Managing Director of Yellow Barn Music School and Festival in the US. Anna began her career in corporate finance, spending six years at the investment bank UBS Warburg in London and Hong Kong.