Michael CassidyNon Executive Chairman
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Rupert gained a BA(Hons) in Music from Colchester Institute and went on to complete post-graduate studies in piano accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1997. After working for the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra he joined Askonas Holt in August 1999 and is now a Senior Manager representing conductors and instrumentalists. In his spare time Rupert enjoys a lifelong passion for flying and aviation.
Alison is a graduate of Trinity College of Music & postgraduate of City, University of London. As part of the university’s Erasmus scheme, she was seconded to the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Paris, to work in their touring department. Following jobs at Virgin and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Alison joined Harold Holt in 1996. Keeper of two Jack Russells; lover of big skies, Pol Roger and pottering in her shed; keen gardener, walker and camper-vanner.
Sorcha began working for Askonas Holt in July 2016. She graduated with a B.A. in Music in Trinity College Dublin in 2014, majoring in Composition. Before moving to London to join Askonas Holt, Sorcha ran the Irish Composers Collective, an organisation designed for the development of young professional composers.
Born in Dublin in 1974, Donagh moved to London in 1999 to work at Askonas Holt, starting as an Administrator in our Tours & Projects Department and subsequently managed that department. Donagh joined Askonas Holt’s Board of Directors in 2007, and took over as Chief Executive in 2014.
Donagh studied piano and cello at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and subsequently studied Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin. A passionate advocate of youth orchestras, Donagh was in turn a member, manager and director of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, and is currently a Trustee of the NYOGB. He is married, with two lovely daughters.
Keiron was born in Aldeburgh and studied Sociology at the University of Bath, where he was a Choral Scholar at Bath Abbey. His first job in music was as a teenager, working in the Box Office for Aldeburgh Music. After graduating, he worked as a Curator at the Britten-Pears Library for five years and was involved in many key Britten publications. He then worked at Glyndebourne as Assistant to the Director of Artistic Administration before joining the team at Askonas Holt in 2005. When not attending concerts or opera performances he enjoys the theatre, eating out and cooking in.
Callan is a graduate of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Dublin City University (BA in Music Performance) and Trinity Business School, Trinity College Dublin (MSc in Management), receiving distinction in his dissertation entitled “How Arts and Cultural Organisations are using Technology to redevelop and innovate their Business Models”. He left Ireland behind in 2017 to join the Askonas Holt team as an Assistant Artist Manager in the Singers department. Outside of work, Callan volunteers his time as Marketing Manager with Young People in the Arts and is a keen amateur runner, completing his first marathon in 2015.
After graduating from the University of Southampton with a BA in Music, Caroline was offered a scholarship at The Royal Academy of Music to complete a PG Diploma (Bassoon performance). She pursued a freelance career for several years before joining the travel department at Askonas Holt in 2007.
Outside of work Caroline enjoys playing Principal Bassoon with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra and spending time with her husband and two lovely, young daughters.