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 an Associate Director, 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 2016 as a Project Administrator, and moved into the position of Project Manager in July 2019. She graduated with a BA 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 three lovely children.
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 holds a Bachelors degree in Music Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and a Masters in Business Management from Trinity College Dublin. He left Ireland behind in 2017 to join the Askonas Holt team as an Assistant Artist Manager in the Singers department, moving into the role of Associate Artist Manager in December 2019. Having previously volunteered his time as Marketing Manager for Young People in the Arts, he is currently pursuing a Professional Diploma in Digital Marketing with the Digital Marketing Institute. A keen runner, Callan will be running the 2021 London Marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK and in memory of his Dad.
Callan guest-edited the Autumn 2019 edition of our magazine, The Green Room, with a focus on education.
Italian-born Fabiana joined Askonas Holt in 1998 when she became Artist Manager. Before joining Askonas Holt, she obtained a PhD in History of the Russian Language at the University of Florence, Italy, studied one year at the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (having been awarded a scholarship by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and at the London School of Economics. She also gathered extensive international experience having worked in Ukraine and travelling to Armenia, India, Mongolia and Siberia with Civil Service International. Her hobbies include rock climbing, skiing, playing the piano, and going to the theatre (Ibsen, Chekhov and Beckett are among her favourites).