Fiona is originally from Cheshire and was educated in Chester and Cambridge, where she was awarded a Choral Scholarship to St Catharine’s College. After college, Fiona worked as an Arts Producer for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire and BBC Radio Manchester. She then moved into teaching and until 2006 was Head of Music at Aquinas College in Stockport, directing musicals and orchestras, and developing Music into one of the largest A-level departments in the country, with 140 students. Her students twice achieved the best results of the top 50 colleges nationally. For four years, Fiona was a member of the National Advisory Committee for Performing Arts and was one of the first Youth Arts Mentors for Manchester City Council. After teaching, she became Director of two arts festivals and also joined the Performance and Programming team at the RNCM. She is committed to opening up opportunities for young performers and is a Trustee of the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra and Future Stages, two organisations dedicated to young artists. She is the co-founder of RNCM Young Company. Production credits include: West Side Story, Cabaret, On the Town, Singin’ in the Rain, Rent, The Wiz, Guys and Dolls, Kiss Me, Kate, The Threepenny Opera and Little Shop of Horrors.
Louis is an Olivier Award-winning live entertainment producer. He is Executive Director of the Arts Theatre in the West End and Managing Director of Hartshorn - Hook Productions. Work includes a 400th anniversary production of Richard II in the Palace of Westminster, the Olivier and triple-Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award-winning Rotterdam (Arts Theatre, 59E59 Off-Broadway and Skylight Theatre, LA), Dreamworks’ Madagascar the Musical (UK and International Tour), Urinetown (Apollo), American Idiot (Arts, UK Tour), Woody Sez (Arts; nominated Best Musical, Evening Standard Awards 2011), Away From Home (New Zealand, UK Tour), The Rat Pack (UK and international tour). Louis produces immersive theatre with the Guild of Misrule including The Great Gatsby (Borough, London) and NeverLand (Vault Festival). Louis is co-founder of I AM Marketing, which specialises in providing press and marketing services to the entertainment industry. He is creative producer for Festival Voices and sits on the industrial relations committee for UK Theatre / BECTU.
Gregory Batsleer is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and acclaimed conductors of his generation. Gregory’s current posts include Chorus Director with both the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In 2017 he took up the newly created post of Choral Director with the Huddersfield Choral Society and in summer 2017 Gregory co-founded Festival Voices, a professional vocal ensemble specialising in cross-discipline collaboration and performance. From 2012-2016 Gregory was Artistic Director of the National Portrait Gallery Choir in Residence Programme, the first of its kind anywhere in the world and from 2008 – 2011 Gregory was director of the Hallé Youth Choir. As a Guest Conductor, his works includes performances with the RSNO, SCO, Hallé, Academy of Ancient Music, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Aurora Orchestra, RCM Symphony Orchestra, Black Dyke Band, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.Gregory is deeply committed to his work as a collaborator and curator. Recent projects have involved work alongside artists such as Elbow, James, Tim Burgess, Damon Albarn and Clean Bandit. In 2015 he was musical consultant on Nick Drake’s play All the Angels: Handel and the First Messiah at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. He has a close working relationship with composer Joe Duddell and has premiered works by composers including James Burton, David Lang, Colin Metters, Uri Caine and Ben Parry. Last summer, Gregory co-curated sell-out cross art performances at the Southbank Centre, Latitude and Wilderness festivals Between 2007–2012 Gregory held scholarships at Princeton University and the Royal College of Music. Gregory’s outstanding work as a choral conductor was recognised in 2015 with an Arts Foundation Fellowship.