Management & Board

Kenneth Woods

Artistic Director & Principal Conductor

Kenneth Woods is an American conductor and cellist. He is widely recognised for his interpretations of the works of Mahler, Haydn, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Bruckner and Hans Gál, as well as being acknowledged as an expert orchestra builder, conducting teacher and mentor.


Michael Karcher-Young

Assistant Conductor

Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Beethoven Orchestra for Humanity Michael has also been the Music Director of Charities Philharmonia, London Youth Opera, Little Operations and founding conductor of the Vanbrugh Ensemble. Michael has won several prizes at the Leeds Conductors’ Competition and the Ninth International Pedrotti Conducting Competition. 

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Zoë Beyers


Since her solo debut aged eleven with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under Paavo Järvi, she has performed with many distinguished conductors throughout Europe and Africa.  Recent highlights include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ A Spell for Green Corn and the Britten concerto with the BSO under Michael Seal.

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April Fredrick

Artist in Affiliation 

April is a soprano with a passion for nuance and text, which gets to the heart of both music and character. Equally at home on the opera stage, concert hall and recording studio, April has recently premiered the title role of John Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre in a live concert recording (due for release on SOMM Recordings in March 2017).

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Steve Elcock


Steve Elcock is a self-taught composer of classical music. Born in Chesterfield, England in 1957, he moved to France in 1981 where he has lived ever since.

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Adrian Williams

Composer Emeritus


Philip Sawyers

Composer Laureate

Philip Sawyers’ works have been performed and broadcast in many countries worldwide including USA, Canada, Spain, Austria, Czech Republic, France and UK. Music-web International described the Nimbus Alliance CD of Sawyers’s orchestral work as “music of instant appeal and enduring quality”.

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