James Brown was born in Yorkshire and studied the viola with Frederick Riddle at the Royal College of Music. During a six-year career as a professional violist he was a member 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 in which Hazard Chase is a shareholder. 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.

James 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.

Sue joined Hazard Chase in July 2000 to develop the vocal dept. 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 & Head of Projects


Lucy graduated from the University of York in 1994 with a BA (Hons) in Music.  At York she developed an 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 for 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. Lucy works predominantly with vocal ensembles and on projects. Lucy has 2 young boys and if she has any spare time she likes to garden and make wooden furniture.

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 also currently serves 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.

Julie graduated from the University of Reading with a BA (Hons) in  French and Economics. She then trained with Clark Whitehill in Cheltenham and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996. Returning to her home town of Cambridge she worked briefly at Ernst and Young before moving onto the Dutch electronics company Philips. During her four years here she was promoted up to Financial Controller of one of the Philips departments and also made a company director. Having returned from a career break after having children she joined Hazard Chase in September 2008 providing ad hoc accountancy services, then became financial controller in 2011 and was appointed Financial Director in 2017.

Laura studied Music at Oriel College, Oxford, gaining a BA (Hons) in 2000. After two more years in Oxford as Assistant Manager of the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, she joined Harrison Parrott where she remained for six years. A keen cyclist and traveller, Laura spent the next several months pursuing adventures in North and Central America and East Africa. Upon her return to the UK she became Festival Manager at the Ryedale Festival in Yorkshire, before spending three years as an Artist Manager at IMG Artists. Laura moved to Cambridge in 2012 to join Hazard Chase, and when not working is often to be found playing her violin in local ensembles or rowing on the River Cam. Laura became an Associate Director in 2016.

Sarah began her musical life at Oundle School, where she was a music scholar, studying flute, clarinet and voice. After a gap year working in the music department of a school on the south coast, she attended York University, where she trained as a singer, specialising in jazz, with Louise Gibbs. After graduating in 2006, Sarah moved to Somerset, where she worked as the Concerts and Operations Assistant at Wells Cathedral School. She joined Hazard Chase in 2007 as an assistant, became a manager in 2010, and has since worked with a portfolio of instrumentalists and conductors. Sarah became an Associate Director in 2016.

Sibylle Jackson

Consultant: Artist Management


Sibylle studied at University College London before completing an MPhil and a PhD in History at the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis examined the revival of ancient music in Victorian England (as yet unpublished!). After working at St. John’s Smith Square and in the press office at the Dresden Music Festival she joined Hazard Chase in 1998. She became an Artist Manager in 2000, working predominantly with conductors and instrumentalists. She currently assumes a more flexible role within the company as consultant in artist management, while having also taken on the role of Chief Executive of the Lockenhaus Festival.

Born in the Scottish Borders, John graduated from Aberdeen College of Education with LGSM, LTCL (GMT), LTCL, Dip. T. Mus., and subsequently taught for 3 years before returning to studies as a tenor at the Royal College of Music. After a brief but enjoyable period as a professional singer, he gave up singing and became retail and merchandise manager of the ENO Shop. John finally moved into artist management in 1997 and simultaneously decided to further his interest in language, by studying English and German with the Open University, graduating in 2005 with a BA (Hons) Language Studies. John joined Hazard Chase as an artist manager in the vocal department in 2005.

Alix graduated from the University of Leeds in 2011 with a joint honours degree in German and French. Her final year German dissertation was an analysis of reports in the German and Israeli press surrounding the Israeli Chamber Orchestra’s performance at the 2011 Bayreuth festival.

As a keen flautist and pianist from a young age, Alix has played in many ensembles over the years, and during her time at Leeds was a member of the Music Society where she played in the Sinfonia Orchestra.

Keen to put her language skills into practice, Alix moved to Berlin after graduating where she worked as a translator before moving into the world of music management. After interning at Hazard Chase’s Berlin associate, Ekkehard Jung Artists & Projects, Alix was delighted to join Hazard Chase’s Cambridge team in August 2013 as an Assistant Artist Manager before becoming a Project Manager in 2014. Alix became an Artist Manager in 2016 and now works with instrumentalists.

Peter Railton studied French Horn with James Brown at the Royal Academy of Music. He then moved to South Africa where he performed with all the major orchestras, as principal horn with the Durban and Cape Town Symphony Orchestras and at the Nico Milan Opera House.  On returning London he worked with many of the top UK orchestras including the Philharmonia, LSO, BBS Symphony, CBSO and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Peter moved in to arts management in 2001, joining International Classical Artists (formerly Van Walsum Management), where he built up a portfolio of artists. In July 2014 he joined the Hazard Chase team.

Sophie obtained her Master’s degree with distinction in Music and English Literature from the Universities of Dresden and Oxford, where she was a member of Lady Margaret Hall. Born in Berlin, she is no stranger to Britain’s musical scene – after an interlude at the academic music libraries of Oxford and Cambridge, she took up an internship in the Vocal and Opera Department of Intermusica. Following this, she was appointed Operations Officer at Oxford Philomusica, where she managed the Piano Festival and Summer Academy as well as community and university education projects. Sophie joined Hazard Chase in December 2012.

Jeremy Woods was born and educated in London, studying the cello before reading Latin at Manchester University, from where he graduated in 1990. He worked at Harold Holt (now Askonas Holt) from 1991 to 1996 in the Touring and Projects Department on UK and international orchestral touring.

Jeremy also worked on festivals and promotions. In 1996 he joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as Head of Concerts and Recordings and in 1997 was appointed General Manager of the Guildhall Strings. Jeremy joined Hazard Chase in June 2001 as Touring and Special Projects Manager.

Emma graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge with a BA Hons in Music in 2011. During her studies she focused on performance, playing both the flute and jazz saxophone in ensembles and as a soloist. She also completed a performance diploma with ABRSM in 2009 on the flute, guided by Brenda Dykes. Emma joined Hazard Chase in June 2011 as an administrator, subsequently becoming Marketing and Office Manager in July 2012. Now the Marketing Manager, Emma oversees the company social media pages, website, mailings, and printed marketing materials.

Anna joined Hazard Chase in 2011, after a period of 4 years in America, working as a tour manager for Classical Movements, an agency dedicated to arranging high quality orchestral and choral tours, where her clients included the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Yale Alumni Chorus and the You Tube Symphony Orchestra.  Prior to this, Anna worked in the Classical Music department of the Royal Festival Hall, where she worked on festivals with Louis Andriessen, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Sir Harrison Birtwistle.  She also ran the South Bank Symphony (now, Sinfonia Tamesa) for several years.  After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a BMus, Anna began her career in Dubai, performing with a classical trio in one their top hotels. She loves to travel and is a keen cellist, performing in local groups in Cambridge.

Kathryn studied the violin from a young age and has enjoyed performing with a number of orchestras and string quartets. Her passion for music led her to study at Cardiff University where she graduated in July 2014 with a Bachelor of Music (Hons). During her time at university she played in the University Symphony Orchestra and co-led the University Chamber Orchestra, as well as conducting a student choir.

Keen to pursue a career in Arts Administration Kathryn has worked at the Welsh Proms, Aldeburgh Music, Presteigne Festival and the Cheltenham Music Festival which she returned to in summer 2014 as Festival Assistant. Kathryn then joined the Association of British Orchestras as an Intern before starting at Hazard Chase as Assistant Artist Manager in March 2015.

Imogen graduated from the University of Leeds in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Music. She was a member of the music society where she participated in and managed the Symphonic Wind Orchestra. Playing clarinet, she was also a member of the Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra and set up the Clarinet Choir. Since graduating she has completed internships with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and management agency Konzertdirektion Schmid.  Imogen is also on the committee for Young People in the Arts (YPIA) where she assists in the organisation of monthly events and looks after the website. Imogen joined Hazard Chase in July 2012 and works with instrumentalists and conductors.

Laura graduated from the University of York in 2014 with a first class degree in music. Throughout her time at university, Laura did as much singing as possible, mainly focussing her studies on the performance practice of early music and solo voice ensemble singing. As well as being a member of many musical societies, choirs and small ensembles, Laura was proud to represent the University as a member of the women’s football club, first team. Since graduating, Laura has continued to perform regularly as a freelance singer and, before joining Hazard Chase in January 2016, she had a brief stint working within the telecommunications industry. She is now delighted to be working as an assistant artist manager, amongst fellow musicians where she feels most at home.

Alice took a keen interest in music at a young age when she started to learn the piano and clarinet. She went on to study Clarinet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Robert Plane, playing in the various conservatoire orchestras and ensembles. Alice led a busy chamber music schedule outside of her studies which led to her involvement in outreach and educational projects for children in Wales. After graduating in 2015 Alice joined the Association of British Orchestras as an Intern before joining Hazard Chase in March 2016.

Olivia Grant

Assistant Artist Manager


Olivia graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2016 with a Joint Honours degree in English Literature and Music. During her time at university she was a keen member of the Birmingham University Singers, stage-managing the 2016 Summer Festival Opera, and chairing a committee organising a full twelve hour reading of Milton’s Paradise Lost. In her final year, she was part of the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Scheme, where she was paired with Alan Davey, the controller of BBC Radio 3, who gave her an insight into the world of Arts Administration. After graduating, Olivia gained work experience with the Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation department in Thurrock. She went on to join both the Association of British Orchestras and Classical Opera as an Intern before joining Hazard Chase in April 2017.

Aisling, born and raised in the South-West of Ireland began studying music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin under Dr. Veronica Dunne in 2008 before switching to languages. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in German and Italian in 2014 from Trinity College Dublin, she went on to pursue an MA in Arts Management and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin. Throughout this time, Aisling has worked as a violin, viola, piano and voice teacher at a number of private music schools in Dublin as well as working on a number of projects with RTE, Kerry Records Los Angeles, and The National Youth Jazz Ensemble of Ireland. She has also performed as soprano throughout Ireland at the National Concert Hall, Gaitey Theatre, RDS Concert Hall and is a multiple vocal prize winner at Feis Ceoil, Feis Maitiu, and Sligo Feis Ceoil. Keen to put her managerial MA to use, Aisling joined the Hazard Chase Team as assistant artist manager in the vocal department in January 2016.

Caroline graduated from the University of York in 2010 with a first class degree in English with Music. As a freelance singer and choral conductor, she has performed across Europe including working as Chorus Assistant at the World Choir Games in Riga, and Assistant Conductor for Opera North Youth Company and Children’s Chorus. She was a Sing for Pleasure Young Conductor from 2013-14, and was awarded the Gil-Rodrigues Scholarship for outstanding performance as a Chorus member with Opéra de Baugé in 2014. Caroline has worked widely across the Arts scene in Yorkshire, including roles as Artistic Manager for Young Opera Venture; roles within Opera North’s Education, Press, and Planning departments; and as Clerk to the Board for Yorkshire Young Musicians. A keen linguist, Caroline has working proficiency in French and has studied Russian, Italian, Spanish, German and Arabic. She joined the Hazard Chase Vocal Department in February 2016.

Prior to her 2016 appointment at Hazard Chase, Rebecca studied Music at Liverpool Hope University, gaining her BA in 2014. A keen Mezzo-Soprano, Rebecca stayed at Liverpool for a further year to focus on music and gain an MA in Creative Practice. During her time in Liverpool, Rebecca sang with a cappella group Voices Of Hope, performing numerous concerts and two tours of France in 2014 & 2015 in order to raise money for the Sangaman project, a charity supporting community education in India. She then relocated to York in 2015 to study under Robert Hollingworth at York University on the Solo Voice Ensemble MA. Professional credits include her work for the Royal Opera House as a solo vocal artist, in which she sang with the Royal Ballet’s production of Still Life At The Penguin Café composed by Simon Jeffes. Aside from her musical pursuits, Rebecca enjoys travelling, surfing, cycling and yoga.

Rebeca Balding

Administrator: Vocal Department


Rebeca graduated from the University of Leeds with a first class degree in Music in 2011. Having dabbled in flute and piano teaching throughout her studies, she then ventured out into the non-musical world and worked as a PA in Leeds for several years. Since moving to Cambridge Rebeca has started working part-time at Hazard Chase, providing administrative support to the vocal department. In her spare time, Rebeca has been project managing the complete renovation of her house, and is also studying part-time to become a counsellor.

Sharon joined Hazard Chase in September 2010 as a member of the accounts team. Born in and spending the majority of her early life in the county of Suffolk, her family finally settled in Cambridge. Here she was employed in the financial department of a well known regional public transport company Cambus (now known as Stagecoach) and more recently by H W Dean & Son Chartered Surveyors which was acquired by Carter Jonas in 2010.  Sharon gained her qualifications for business studies at the Cambridge College of Arts and Technology and has had a long career in an accounting environment.

Ratha qualified as an accountant in 1995 but took a career break from accountancy and went into teaching whilst living in China. Originally from Malaysia; her husband’s work took the family to Australia after China and then to Cambridge. Ratha joins us from a medical devices firm just outside of Cambridge where she was Accounts Manager for 6 years. She looks forward to being part of the Accounts team and her keen interest in music makes her look forward to being part of Hazard Chase and the industry it’s involved in.