Patrick Allen read Electroacoustics at the University of Salford and trained with BBC TV and Radio. He subsequently gained a post-graduate Diploma in Marketing and completed the Business Growth Programme at Cranfield Business School. In 1992 he founded Opera Omnia Productions, an audio and visual arts production company, where he is still active as a recording producer, photographer and filmmaker. Since 2000 he has also been Managing Director of Cass Allen Associates Ltd, an acoustics consultancy firm, where his main interest is the design of performing arts spaces. In 2009 he joined Orchid Music Limited as Technical Director.
Michael Berman CBE
Michael Berman has the background of a successful entrepreneur involved in early stage technology companies, initially with two of his own, and subsequently helping others to build flourishing and valuable businesses.
He is also a passionate musician with many years experience as a choral conductor; and in 2002 he was one of the founders of Southbank Sinfonia, now in its thirteenth year, which provides an intensive one year orchestral experience for graduate musicians as a bridge to the profession. Michael Berman was awarded a CBE for Music and Entrepreneurship in the 2013 New Year honours list.
Michael is a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School and has a Doctorate in Engineering.
James Brown (Managing Director)
James Brown was born in Yorkshire and studied the viola with Frederick Riddle at the Royal College of Music, during which time he won most of the major viola prizes and was Co-Principal Viola of the European Community Youth Orchestra. During a six-year career as a professional violist he was the youngest member successively of the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Radio and London Philharmonic orchestras.
He founded Hazard Chase in 1990. From 1993-1999 he was a Partner of N.W. Brown and Company, Hazard Chase’s parent organisation at that time. In 1997 he was responsible for the acquisition by Hazard Chase of the business interests of Magenta Music International. In November 1999, as Managing Director, he led a management buy-out of Hazard Chase. In 2010 he was appointed Chairman of Orchid Music Limited (including the record label Orchid Classics) in which Hazard Chase is a shareholder and in 2014 he became Managing Director. James represents Hazard Chase on the board of Ekkehard Jung Artists and Projects GmbH, the Berlin-based agency in which Hazard Chase also has an interest.
He is a consultant to the Woodhouse Centre at the Royal College of Music and a member of the Association Européenne des Agents Artistiques. He has been a speaker at numerous international conferences including Midem Classique, the Association of British Orchestras, the China Shanghai International Arts Festival Forum, the American Symphony Orchestra League and IAMA.
James was Chairman of the International Artist Managers’ Association from 2003-2005. In May 2007 he became an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music and in April 2012 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the International Artist Managers’ Association. In January 2013 he received the Association of British Orchestras/Rhinegold Publishing award for 2012 for Artist Manager of the Year.
Peter How has been a non-executive director of Hazard Chase since 2000, and in his career has been Chairman of How Group plc, President of Genie Climatique International and a member of the Chairman’s Circle at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. He is interested in helping budding young musicians reach their potential and enjoys music, opera and travel.
Sibylle Jackson (Director: Artist Management)
Sibylle studied History and Art History at University College London before completing an MPhil and a PhD at Cambridge University. Her doctoral thesis examined the revival of ancient music in Victorian England (as yet unpublished!). After working in the press office at the Dresden Music Festival she joined Hazard Chase in 1998. Since becoming an Artist Manager in 2000, Sibylle has worked predominantly with conductors and instrumentalists.
Liz Jones BA, ACIS
Liz became a Director of Hazard Chase in 1998, subsequently participating in the management buyout from NWBrown and has continued to serve as a non-executive director since returning to her freelance career. Armed with a degree in French and Italian from London University, she started her working life at Air France then moved to Harrison/Parrott. Initially organising artists’ travel schedules, she later became Associate Director in charge of Administration, taking responsibility in particular for IT systems and HR. During this time Liz passed examinations to become a Chartered Secretary, a qualification covering business, company law, corporate governance and finance. She also served for a year as Honorary Treasurer of the International Artist Managers’ Association. Liz now works as a freelance consultant, specialising in helping small businesses to stabilise and grow. She is an enthusiastic member of the concert audience and also spends much of her free time travelling – most recently on foot on the West Highland Way!
Ekkehard is Managing Director of Ekkehard Jung Artists & Projects GmbH, based in Berlin. Following studies and post-graduate degrees in Music at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg (Viola), in Arts Management at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg and an MBA (with distinction) at the University of Plymouth, Ekkehard has worked for various arts organizations including: Project Manager of the ‘Sixpack 94’ theatre festival in Hamburg (under the direction of Jürgen Flimm), Orchestra Manager of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Administrator of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, where his responsibilities included artistic planning, selling and securing paid engagements for the orchestra and tour management for extensive touring through Europe, North & South America, Asia and Japan. In 2001 he joined Van Walsum Management Limited as an Artist Manager and Head of the German office and moved from Hannover to the head office in London in 2005. At Van Walsum Management he looked after clients such as Yuri Bashmet, Moscow Soloists, Kristjan Järvi, Frank Strobel, Borodin Quartet, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Barnabás Kelemen, Stephen Kovacevich, Javier Perianes a.o. In 2009 he became a Managing Partner at Impresariat Simmenauer GmbH in Berlin and subsequently founded Ekkehard Jung Artists & Projects in Berlin in 2012.
Sue Nicholls (Director: Vocal Division)
Sue joined Hazard Chase in July 2000 to develop the vocal list and was appointed Director the following year. She began her career in music administration at the London Symphony Orchestra before joining Terry Harrison Artist Management. She worked for many years under the leadership of Tom Graham both at Harrison/Parrott and IMG Artists.
Lucy Rice (Director: Artist Management)
Lucy graduated from the University of York in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Music. As a singer at York she developed a real interest in old and new music. After graduating she spent a year as a spotlight operator at Chichester Festival Theatre. From 1995 – 1997 Lucy worked as tours and concert manager, and fixer for Philip Pickett, the New London Consort and the Musicians of the Globe. In 1997 she joined Magenta Music International as an Artist Manager and moved with the company to Hazard Chase Ltd. During her time at Hazard Chase she has managed The Tallis Scholars, Stephen Layton, and I Fagiolini. Lucy’s current list includes The Hilliard Ensemble, Julian Bream and Michael Collins.
Roderick Thomson (Director: Artist & Project Management)
Roderick Thomson joined Hazard Chase in January 2009. Educated at Winchester College and Balliol College Oxford, his first experience in the business was at Victor Hochhauser Ltd before joining Van Walsum Management in 1981. During a long and successful period with the company he worked in both the touring and artist management departments, specialising in the Asian market in particular. He has also served for several years on the Board of the International Artist Managers’ Association. With choristerships at Ripon Cathedral and St George’s Chapel Windsor, music has been part of his life from his earliest years; he still enjoys playing chamber music and jazz on his cello and bass.