Eleanor Ward, Project Director
Gijs Kramers, Artistic Director
Eleanor Ward is Executive Director of Nonclassical - and Project Director for SOL. Before joining Nonclassical, she worked at Field Day where she organised and produced the 2014 and 2015 festivals. She was previously Programme Manager at Sound Connections and worked for four years at the PRS for Music Foundation, as well as working freelance with artists and organisations including London Contemporary Orchestra, EXAUDI, Mara Carlyle, Joby Burgess, The Nest Collective and Kammer Klang.
Gijs Kramers started his conducting career in 2005. A year later he became artistic director and conductor of the Ricciotti Ensemble Amsterdam. He participated in masterclasses by Peter Stark in London and conducted in the final of the International Conducting Masterclass in Pitest, Romania in 2010. He is also principal conductor of string orchestra Metamorphosen and conducted the Nederlands Strijkers Gilde in 2014 and 2015.
Rebecca Herman, Personnel Manager
Craig White, Tour & Production Manager
Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2012, cellist Rebecca Herman has built an exciting and varied freelance career, working with orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra (with whom she toured Ireland as Guest Principal), Rambert Dance Company, and English National Opera.
"Since hearing about SOL from Artistic Director Gijs Kramers, I've been incredibly excited to be part of the team setting up its first ever tour. I think it will be a hugely rewarding, energising and unique experience for us all."
With a background as an orchestral oboe player (Opera North, Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata) it was never likely that Craig would end up working with bands and singer-song writers in live production. But the path less trodden has a lot to recommend it!
As well as touring extensively in Europe and US as both a musician and tour manager, I've produced band-with-orchestra shows for The Hidden Cameras, Patrick Wolf, These New Puritans, and S T A R G A Z E, garnering great reviews and invaluable musical memories.
Hannah Fiddy, Marketing Manager
Gabriel Prokofiev, Creative Producer
Hannah is a freelance marketer, working for a mix of organisations and musicians including John Rutter and The Old Church in Stoke Newington. She is also Director of London Flashmob, producing pop-up events throughout the city. Hannah is particularly passionate about making classical music more accessible, having previously been Marketing & Events Manager for Nonclassical and Marketing Manager for Spitalfields Music.
Gabriel Prokofiev is a composer, producer, DJ and founder of Nonclassical. Composing music that both embraces and challenges western classical traditions, Gabriel has emerged at the forefront of a new approach to classical music in the UK at the beginning of the 21st century.
His compositions have been performed at a diverse range of venues, from the Royal Albert Hall and Tchaikovsky Hall, through to East London nightclubs and warehouses.
Hanna Grzeskiewicz, Press Manager
Hanna works freelance in production, concert management, and PR, specialising in contemporary classical music. She currently does the PR for Nonclassical and Street Orchestra Live, and is the Co-Director of The Hermes Experiment. Hanna has recently worked with artists and organisations such as the EFG London Jazz Festival, Joby Burgess, ORA choir, Shadwell Opera and Serious Space Shoreditch festival.
Nicolas is an undergraduate student at the Royal College of Music. With the Prince Consort Trombone Quartet, he has won the RCM Brass Chamber Music competition two consecutive years running (formed 2014). He has also toured the O2 Academies around the UK, as well as performing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Leeds Fest and Reading Fest.
Completing her studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama this year, clarinettist Bethan has performed and toured with orchestras across the UK, Europe and Asia, working most recently with the London Concert Orchestra, Mediterranean Opera Festival Orchestra, Darwin Ensemble Chamber Orchestra and Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra.
Jess is a recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied Double Bass with Kevin Rundell. She is now pursuing an orchestral career playing with professional ensembles including BBC NOW and the Orchestra of St Paul's. She also performs regularly with the Janus Ensemble and is a member of Street Orchestra Live.
Rachael is a final year undergraduate studying horn at the Royal Academy of Music, generously supported by the A C Daniell award. In June 2016 Rachael participated in Street Orchestra Live, and will be reappearing with the orchestra in April 2017.