Who's who

Angus Boyd-Heron
Event Manager

Angus has enjoyed a long association with Garsington Opera, working on a seasonal basis on the opera festivals since 1996. Before that, he worked in war-torn Bosnia, something that GO founder Leonard Ingrams thought might come in handy for resolving neighbourly disputes! In 2010-11 he was Project Manager for the successful move to Wormsley, where he is now the freelance Event Manager, responsible (as one friend kindly put it) for ‘bogs and boilers’. With a Masters in Renewable Energy, Angus has a keen interest in reducing our carbon footprint. He has a Chemistry degree from Oxford, is a qualified gas engineer, and is regularly found swimming in the River Thames throughout the winter in just his trunks!

Aimee Bronock
Bookkeeper

Aimee graduated from University College, London in 2002 with a degree in History. She has spent most of her working life running the financial side of different businesses including a nursing home for the elderly and a pub. Most recently she has been the bookkeeper at an adult education college in South Oxfordshire. Aimee joined the Garsington Opera team in June 2022 as the Bookkeeper assisting the Financial Director in all things finance. Aimee lives in North Oxfordshire and enjoys walking around the local countryside, travelling whenever the opportunity arises and trying to keep up with her very active toddler.

Keziah Burrows
Finance Manager

Keziah joined Garsington in November 2020 as part of the Finance team. She trained as a Chartered Accountant with the National Audit Office, where they tried to put her off the whole thing by sending her to Kuwait on her first business trip. Many exciting overseas trips later, she moved to Deloitte, specialising in the audit of public sector organisations. She then held various other finance roles before having a career break to raise her family.

She lives in Wimbledon with her husband, two children and two cats. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, although she’s terrible at following recipes and shamelessly makes it up as she goes along.

Jonathon Cole-Swinard
Head of Music

Jonathon joined Garsington as Head of Music on a freelance basis in 2018 and oversees all musical aspects of productions, or "how the dots on the page reach the stage”. He is the Music Director of the Garsington Young Artists’ Programme, Chorus Master of the Garsington Opera Chorus, and works closely with Dougie and Laura to maintain the festival’s high musical standards. He grew up in Devon, studied at Oxford and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and began his career at Scottish Opera before joining the music staff of the Staatstheater Nürnberg. In addition to his roles at Garsington, Jonathon has a double life as Chorus Master at Scottish Opera. He considers himself singularly responsible for funding much of the improvements to the West Coast mainline.

Pippa French
Head of Corporate Sponsorship & Development

Pippa has been responsible for the growth in corporate support at Garsington on a freelance basis since the move to Wormsley. Following her MA in Economics from Cambridge and an MBA, her early career was in investment banking and management consultancy. She is Non-Executive Director of an engineering business and Head of Corporate Development at a centre right think tank. Pippa enjoys opera and choral works, riding, gardening, walking her dogs, yoga and is a fair weather sailor with her husband Fabian!

Karen Gillingham
Creative Director, Learning & Participation

In 2007 Karen started working with Garsington as a freelance artist working on various learning and participation projects. In 2011 she took on the additional consultancy role of Creative Director of the Learning & Participation Programme advising on the development of a strategy for L&P with the aim of devising an inspirational programme for all ages. She enjoys collaborating with such a passionate team. Karen also works as a freelance artist for many other opera houses in the UK and abroad and still occasionally finds time for family life.

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