ORA SINGERS BOARD
The Trustees of ORA Singers are passionate and enthusiastic individuals, driven by the group’s charitable objectives and invested in the long-term value of ORA’s projects.
Each member of our board has a unique skill-set, contributing to the effective running of the group and supporting the small office team.
ORA Singers is very grateful to the generous backing of their board, who volunteer their time and professional advice year-round. The trustees are currently Michelle Castelletti, Victoria Cooper, Paul Edlin (Chairman), Sally Groves, Annamaria Koerling, Sandra Rosignoli and Mark Tatlow.
For full biographies, please below.
Dr Michelle Castelletti has recently been appointed Director of Oxford Festival of the Arts from her post as Artistic Director of the Malta International Arts Festival, where she was appointed by Arts Council Malta with a remit to lead the festival towards European Capital of Culture. Previously Artistic Director of the Royal Northern College of Music, Michelle is a conductor, composer and curator with a passion for cross-Art and site-specific curation. She is also a Soprano and loves lyrical dramatic roles. Michelle has created and developed significant national and international partnerships and has also been on several jury panels, including the British Composer Awards, European Capital of Culture (Valletta2018) and Venice Biennale. Her projects, curations and festivals have received 5* reviews and awards, one of the most prestigious being winner of the Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts 2015. Michelle has been privileged to work with some exceptional artists in her life. Michelle is on the Board of Directors of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, Trustee of the ISM Trust and of ORA Singers, Governor on the Board of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is published by Universal Edition Vienna and recorded by BIS RECORDS.
Victoria Cooper is Director of Cooper Digital Publishing Ltd., established to create ebooks, apps, and digital products in the areas of culture, fashion, and entrepreneurship. She was formerly Senior Commissioning Editor for music and theatre books at Cambridge University Press, with a career spanning over twenty-five years. Victoria received her doctorate in musicology from the University of Chicago, and has written widely on publishing and publishing history, including in the New Dictionary of National Biography; An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age: British Culture, 1776-1832; The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, volume 6; and in her own monograph, The House of Novello: Practice and Policy of a Victorian Music Publisher, 1829-1866. Victoria is also on the Board of Trustees for Berlioz 150, an international programme celebrating the 150th anniversary of the death of the composer, and a member of Council for the Handel Institute.
Paul Max Edlin has a career that encompasses composing, performing, lecturing and artistic direction. He studied at the Royal College of Music and University of Sussex where he took his doctorate. His works have been performed both nationally and abroad by many of the UK’s leading artists such as London Sinfonietta, Arditti Quartet, Dame Sarah Connolly CBE, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Nicholas Daniel, Rolf Hind, Psappha and the Britten and Southbank Sinfonias. He was Composer in Residence for London Chamber Orchestra 2016 - 2017. His works have been broadcast on BBC 2, BBC Radio 3, as well as on radio & television abroad. He was elected President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (2011 to 2012). From 2008 to 2012 he was Artistic Director of Sounds New, a time that the festival flourished. He is currently Director of Music at Queen Mary University of London and Artistic Director of Deal Music & Arts (formerly Deal Festival of Music and the Arts). He is also a trustee of Cantoris Charitable Trust and a member of the board of the Shadwell Opera.
Sally Groves was, until June 2014, Creative Director London with Schott Music. She has always played an active role in British musical life, serving as a Board member with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Royal Northern College of Music, of which she is an Honorary Member, and the Music Publishers Association, which awarded her their Gold Medal in 2014. Sally now chairs the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust and serves on the RVW Trust, the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation and is a trustee of Listenpony! and ORA. She is a consultant for Minerva Search. Sally was given the Lesley Boosey Award, honouring champions of new music, in April 2013. In July 2015 she was awarded an MBE for services to music. She was recently given the Association of British Orchestra’s 2016 Award.
Sally now chairs Opera Ventures, the Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust and Music Libraries Trust, and is a trustee of the RVW Trust, the Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, the Nash Ensemble, ORA, Listenpony! and UPROAR.
Sally was given the Lesley Boosey Award, honouring champions of new music, in April 2013. In July 2015 she was awarded an MBE for services to music. In 2016 she received the Association of British Orchestras Award, the International Artists Management Association Award and the BASCA Gold Medal.
Annamaria Koerling’s career in wealth management spans over 25 years including senior roles at Schroders, Cazenove Capital Management, Merrill Lynch and latterly C Hoare & Co. In 2017 Annamaria, who headed the wealth management business of C Hoare & Co, oversaw the completion of the sale of its wealth management business to Cazenove Capital, following which she subsequently became a non-executive director of Schroder & Co. She is a committed diversity advocate and has received recognition for leadership and business growth in financial services being named ‘Woman of the year” by Citywealth in 2013 and 2016. Annamaria is also a member of a number of angel syndicates and her focus is on supporting businesses where at least one of the founders is a woman. She has a keen personal interest in promoting financial education for women and young people.
Aside from her main executive role at Owl Private Office, Annamaria has recently been appointed as a Commissioner of The Jersey Financial Services Commission. Amongst other roles, Annamaria is a Fellow Commoner of Queens’ College Cambridge and serves on the college’s investment committee. She is also a trustee of the choral Charity, ORA. Annamaria has an MA in modern languages from Cambridge University and speaks Italian, German and French.
Sandra is an experienced commercial lawyer with 25 years in shipping and commodities law. She has a ancient and modern languages degree from Cambridge and a Masters in Law and a Masters in Classical Art and Archaeology both from King's College, University of London. She is a patron of the British Museum and the Royal Opera House and is a lover of classical music having studied the flute for many years as a child. She is particularly engaged in supporting education in connection with Classics and ancient languages, having funded the establishment of a school museum in a large comprehensive in Oxford, a travel bursary for Kings College, University of London BA and MA classical art students and taught Latin in a state primary school as part of the Iris Project. She lives in London.
British‐Swedish conductor, pianist and educator Mark Tatlow was educated at the universities of Cambridge and London, the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio. From 2007 to 2013 he was Artistic Director at Drottningholms Slottsteater, where he conducted Sweden’s first Monteverdi cycle, as well as operas by Cavalli, Handel, Haydn, Martini y Soler and Mozart, and developed a successful Young Artists Programme. In 2013 he co-founded ”Performing Premodernity,” a five-year research project based at Stockholm University dedicated to finding new ways of communicating the essence of late eighteenth century opera. He is Artistic Advisor to Lilla Akademien, Scandinavia’s premier specialist music school, and was previously Director of Music at St Paul’s School in London, and Professor of Musical Studies at the University College of Opera, Stockholm. Aside from a busy freelance career, his current projects include coordinating the building of a new concert hall at Lilla Akademien.