Myrddin Rees Davies
photo credit: Inis Oirr Asano
Lucía Polo Moreno
photo credit: Elfriede Liebenow
John Warner is Founder and Artistic Director of Orchestra for the Earth, Conductor in Residence with Oxford Opera, and has conducted orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic. He also regularly assists conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, working with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Dresden Staatskapelle, Wiener Symponiker and others. Other recent invitations have included Het Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival in Amsterdam, British Youth Opera and King’s Place. He has participated in masterclasses with Marin Alsop and was a Britten Pears Young Artist 2020.
Equally at home in the operatic repertoire, he recently conducted the premiere of a new opera, Der Atlantis-Code by Frank Schwemmer at the Philharmonie Luxembourg. He conducts a full-scale production each year as Music Director of Oxford Opera, and has previously worked with Anthony Negus at Longborough Festival Opera on their productions of Die Fliegende Holländer and Der Ring des Nibelungen. Read more.
John Warner |
Founder & Artistic Director
Photograph of John Warner © Tom Weller.
Victoria Gill |
Victoria is a postgraduate student at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studies with Philippe Honoré. Having played the violin for eighteen years, she has enjoyed performing at prestigious venues across the world. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for three years, and studied at the Purcell School of Music, with violin teacher Tony Cucchiara. It was here that she realised her love for chamber music, being selected to perform with her string quartet at the Wigmore Hall in 2015. She went on to win the Rosemary Rappaport Prize for Outstanding Musicianship (2015). Victoria graduated with a First Class degree in Music from Christ Church, Oxford. During her time at Oxford she studied with Yossi Zivoni and was an apprentice of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. She gave numerous recitals and achieved a place on the Young Artists Platform. Victoria was Leader of the Oxford University Orchestra, Ensemble ISIS, and various other ensembles while an undergraduate. She has enjoyed masterclasses in recent years with Vadim Repin, Markus Daünert and Tasmin Little. Victoria is a recipient of awards from The Countess of Munster Trust and Help Musicians UK. She is also a scholar at the Royal Academy, where she has enjoyed leading the Academy Symphony Orchestra, Manson Ensemble and performing with the Academy Soloists.
Ben is Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in Classics at the University of Liverpool. He studied for a BA in Classics at Oxford, an MA in Indo-European linguistics at Cologne, and a DPhil in Linguistics at Oxford. He specialises in ancient Greek comedy and in Greek literature from the Roman Empire. A keen amateur violinist, Ben has been leader of the Oxford University Philharmonia, the Orchestra of the Collegium Musicum in the University of Cologne, the Hertford Bruckner Orchestra, and the St Peter’s College Chamber Orchestra.
Miranda has loved music and nature from a young age, so is thrilled to be part of OFE’s team. Shocked by the twin climate and biodiversity crises we are facing, she believes OFE has real potential to inspire widespread awareness and change. Miranda brings experience working in a major performance venue, fundraising skills, and a background in environmental communications to the role. Before joining the Board she enjoyed performing regularly with OFE as a percussionist.
Alycia graduated with a BA in Music from St Hilda’s College Oxford in 2017, and now works in Human Resources. Her academic focus at university was exploring the relationship between music and Autism and the role of music in the prison system. She has performed regularly as a violinist with Orchestra for the Earth, and is honoured to be a member of the Board of Trustees. In her spare time, she plays cricket and sings in choirs across London.
Ben is a Senior Associate at J.P. Morgan covering Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning projects as a PM. He read Music at Oxford University graduating in June 2016. His undergraduate thesis examined the intersection of music, theology and politics in Tudor England, in relation to the Book of Common Prayer Noted by John Merbecke. As a keen cellist, Ben led the cello sections of the Oxford University Philharmonia and the Oxford Millennium Orchestra, the latter of which he was President from 2015–2016.
Ben is Managing Partner of Camberwell Energy. He has more than 15 years professional experience working at the frontier of the low-carbon transition in roles across business, government and finance. He also has volunteer experience with musical groups, as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Ensemble Plus Ultra from 2016-20 (and Trustee for four years prior) and as Development Adviser to No Borders Orchestra from 2014-19. He is excited by Orchestra for the Earth’s mission and is delighted to be part of the team.
Phoebe graduated in 2017 with a BA in Music from Oxford, where she performed frequently as a clarinettist with OFE musicians. In 2017–2018 Phoebe studied for a masters in Musicology in at the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, focusing on cultural studies and its political intersection. Now working in the political field, she hopes to continue to champion the arts. Bringing its access to all sectors of society and encouraging its use to draw attention to and highlight issues that affect us all is something she is thrilled to be able to do as a trustee of OFE.
Photograph of Ben Cartlidge © 2018 Zak Thomas-Johnson; photograph of Miranda Davies © 2018 John Warner;
photograph of Ben Kimberley © 2018 Ben Kimberley.