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 2017 he was appointed Chairman of Orchid Media Group Limited in which Hazard Chase is a shareholder.

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: Vocal Ensembles and Choral


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: Conductors and Instrumentalists


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.

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 an Associate Director, Emma oversees the company marketing, HR, and office management.

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.

Anna graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge in 2004 with a BA (Hons) in English Literature. A keen flautist and pianist from an early age, she was a choral scholar at university and became involved in numerous musical activities alongside her studies. After working in the publishing industry for a few years, she switched to artist management in 2007 and worked at HarrisonParrott for nearly a decade before taking time out to travel around New Zealand and Australia. She subsequently joined Hazard Chase as an Artist Manager in September 2017. A long-standing member of the London-based chamber choir, Canticum, Anna also loves to be active and particularly enjoys cycling and running.

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 music 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.

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. Before joining Hazard Chase she completed internships with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and management agency Konzertdirektion Schmid.  Imogen is also one of three directors of Young People in the Arts (YPIA), which provides networking and development opportunities for people at the start of their arts careers . Imogen joined Hazard Chase in July 2012 and works with instrumentalists and conductors.

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 Touring and Projects Manager in 2018.

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, BBC 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.

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.

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.

Elin Jones

Associate Artist Manager


Elin gained her first experience in music management during secondary school, by assisting at the North Wales International Music Festival. After a gap year volunteering in Israel, she graduated from the University of Surrey in 2017 with a BMus (Hons) in Music, during which she completed a year in industry at English National Opera and managed the professional training programme Opera Works. Elin performed in Eisteddfods from a young age and continued singing throughout university, where she was also a regular member of the management and creative teams for university arts events. Elin completed an internship at HarrisonParrott in summer 2017 before joining Hazard Chase as an Assistant Artist Manager in the Vocal Department.

Sarah read Music with a choral scholarship at The Queen’s College, Oxford. After spending a year and a half working for a PR agency, she completed a traineeship in the Vocal & Opera department of Intermusica before taking up her position at Hazard Chase in September 2017. As a performer, Sarah trained as a violinist and singer at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. At university she played the violin in the Oxford University Orchestra and was co-president of the Oxford University String Ensemble. Her choral commitments included regular chapel services, recordings and tours to China, Portugal and Mexico; she also achieved an ABRSM diploma in singing. As well as classical music, Sarah enjoys musical theatre and played the role of Jane Banks in the Cameron Mackintosh/Disney production of Mary Poppins in the West End.

Chantal graduated from The University of York in July 2017 with a BA (Hons) in Music. She has previously worked as an intern for the Chineke! Foundation (Summer 2016 and 2017), sparking her interest in music management. She completed her ABRSM Piano Diploma in 2012, and has played regularly in chamber music concerts and given recitals in St. Albans, London and York. Chantal joined Hazard Chase in September 2017 as an Assistant Artist Manager, working with instrumentalists.

Evie Parker

Associate Artist Manager


Evie graduated from the University of Leeds in 2015 gaining a Bachelor of Music (Hons), during which she completed a Year in Industry working with chamber orchestra Manchester Camerata. In her final year, Evie was President of the University Opera Society, and Producer for their first production of the year. Prior to joining Hazard Chase in June 2017, Evie spent 18 months working for the vocal department at Intermusica Artist Management.

A regular performer and attendee of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in 2015 Evie acted as Press and Marketing Manager for ZOO Venues at the Fringe, following her 2014 position as Marketing Assistant. She has also worked at the Cheltenham Music Festival, Liverpool Sound City and Underneath the Stars Folk Festival. Alongside her work at Hazard Chase, Evie is an Assistant Project Manager for Young People in the Arts, sings with Pembroke College Chapel Choir at the University of Cambridge, and is currently studying Russian language.

Chloe was a music scholar at Oundle School before studying the violin at The Yehudi Menuhin School, and The Guildhall School where she learnt with Simon Fischer.

During her studies she attended masterclasses from world renowned musicians including Zvi Zeitlin, Zakhar Bron, the Endellion, Chilingirian and Belcea Quartets. She has played under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Pietari Inkinen and Valery Gergiev. She received sectional coaching from LSO members and also played with LSO members in the LSO Discovery days and in their Open Air Concert in Trafalgar Square. She has also played in many festivals throughout the UK and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician.

During her last year of Guildhall she undertook an internship with Hazard Chase which led to her receiving a full time position starting July 2017. She graduated from The Guildhall School with a BMus(Hons) degree in July 2017.

Chloe teaches the violin in her spare time and gives concerts with her trio which were formed at The Guildhall School.

Rachel graduated with First Class Honours in Music from King’s College London. Alongside her academic studies, Rachel received cello tuition from Professor Lionel Handy at the Royal Academy of Music. A keen cellist, Rachel has performed in several orchestral tours across Europe with destinations including Italy, Czech Republic, Germany and Spain. During her time at university, Rachel was Orchestral Manager and then President of the King’s College London Symphony Orchestra, and also completed an internship at the Royal Opera House, fuelling her interest in arts management. Rachel joined Hazard Chase in September 2018, working with instrumentalists and conductors.

Ed Williams

Assistant Artist Manager


Ed graduated from University of Surrey with a Bmus in Creative Music Technology in 2013. During his studies he focused on composition, composing a variety of pieces for many theatre productions performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival between 2010 and 2013. He was also involved in the University gospel choir regularly performing around the south of England. Before joining Hazard Chase in October 2017, Ed worked at Morgenstern’s Diary Service, managing the diaries and bookings of freelance orchestral musicians.

Tom Wood

Associate Artist Manager


Born in Sussex, Tom studied Music at King’s College London, graduating with a first class degree in 2016. He then obtained his Master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Oxford, specialising in twentieth-century British music.

As a singer, Tom trained at the Royal Academy of Music under Alexander Ashworth. During his university years he appeared in several productions with King’s Opera, and held choral scholarships at King’s College London, St Michael’s Chester Square and, most recently, Exeter College Oxford. Tom joined the Hazard Chase team in September 2017, working with instrumentalists and conductors and transferred over to the vocal department in September 2018.

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.