Who's who

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.

Julian Guidera
Box Office Assistant

Julian studied at RSAMD and sang in the chorus at Garsington Manor for three seasons. Following roles at the Royal Albert Hall and Dorset Opera Festival, he joined Garsington in 2016, where he works in the Box Office and Membership teams. Julian sings professionally with the Philharmonia Chorus and other London groups, and is a keen photographer, specialising in opera and concerts. 

Georgie Gulliver
Digital Marketing Manager

Georgie joined Garsington Opera as Digital Marketing Manager in 2020 after working at the London Philharmonic Orchestra and The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. As a singer and violinist, she completed a music degree at the University of York and still enjoys performing in a variety of choral ensembles. In her free time, Georgie enjoys baking, pencil drawing, and running or cycling in the countryside.

Anna Kenyon
Press & PR Consultant

Anna Kenyon is a freelance press consultant who has worked for clients including Hyperion Records, the English Concert and the Ryedale Festival. She began her career at Faber Music. When not at the opera she is also to be found in the choir stalls of many of London's churches, swimming in rivers, lakes and the sea, and enjoying the architecture and history of East London.

Judy Knowles
Judy Knowles
Head of Learning & Participation

Judy manages the L&P projects and produces the community operas on a consultancy basis having initially joined GO as Youth Company Manager in 2018. She originally qualified as a teacher which was followed by an MA in European Cultural Policy and Administration. Highlights from her career include Orchestra Manager of the CBSO and Entertainment Manager at Legoland. She is currently a freelance arts manager, peripatetic music teacher and Arts Award moderator. She believes that everyone should have access to the arts and is particularly committed to providing opportunities for young people. She enjoys spending time with her family, all of whom have a great love of the outdoors and have perfected the art of camping in the rain…

Lucy Roberts
Lucy Roberts

Lucy joined Garsington in February 2021 after working in administration and production for several London- and Oxford-based arts organisations. Graduating in the summer of 2020, Lucy studied Music at Cambridge University, where she specialised in writing about the history of trouser roles. In her free time, Lucy can usually be found chasing standing tickets for any and every concert on offer.