Who's who

Hannah Barkley
Arts Administration Assistant & Deputy Company Manager

Hannah started at Garsington Opera in 2018 as Deputy Company Manager and Arts Administration Assistant, helping to manage the artistic side and running the Young Artist Programme. Hannah graduated from Durham University in 2013 having completed a degree in Music specialising in recorder performance and has worked in arts administration since, previously working for the Royal College of Music and the Philharmonia Orchestra. She particularly enjoys working with young singers and has volunteered as a careers consultant with the London music conservatoires. When not at the opera, Hannah can be found cooking, doing yoga or on long walks around London.

Jill Battson
Head of Individual Giving

Jill comes to Garsington from the United States, where she has worked as a fundraiser in the non-profit arts and culture sector for many years, most recently as Executive Director for the Palm Springs Opera Guild and Development Director for San Diego Opera. 

Jill is also a multidisciplinary poet who works collaboratively with composers, dancers, and musicians. As well as the author of five books of poems, several plays and CDs, she is a double Juno Award nominee for her libretto for the oratorio Dark Star Requiem.  

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!

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.

Cate Dennes
Administrator (Maternity Leave)

Cate joined Garsington Opera in 2020, having previously worked in various roles for IMG Artists, the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Royal Academy of Music and the Wigmore Hall. This is her first foray into the world of Opera. When not in the office, she enjoys exploring the Oxfordshire countryside and is determined to actually finish the Couch to 5K runs one of these days, though is easily distracted by a good book or demands to play lego with her family.

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