Chrstina Christou

Head of Development

Christina has a background in supporting and developing the growth of cultural organisations, working as a funder through Arts Council England and London Arts. She has developed multi-million capital bids for new arts spaces in Liverpool, Cheshire and Cumbria.

As a strategic adviser for fundraising and development Christina is experienced in developing securing committed partnerships between arts organisations and trusts and foundations. She is bringing to Pegasus her key experience of developing support for learning and participation work, designing professional artist development programmes and securing funds for commissions of new work, outdoor performances and touring.

Kim Morgan

Press & Marketing Consultant

Kim Morgan began her career working for a myriad of cultural arts organizations including Graeae Theatre Company, Warehouse Theatre and Head of Communications at Theatre Royal Stratford East. 

 

 In 2001 Kim formed Kim Morgan Press and Marketing working on UK tours, West End shows and     fringe arts organization’s including Oval House Theatre (Now Brixton House), Hoxton Hall, National Theatre and West End shows like Tina Turner, the Musical and Death of a Salesman among many others. 

Kim is an Award-winning Arts Marketing Consultant winning Best Audience Developer Fringe award for 2008.  Kim represents an extensive and diverse range of clients in theatre, film, dance and music. She also takes a pro-active mentoring role within Arts PR and is regularly asked to do talks and seminars on marketing to new audiences and how to make the arts more accessible.

Meet The Pegasus Team

Alison Buchanan

Artistic Director

Alison Buchanan is the Artistic Director of Pegasus Opera Company and is the only Black British female Artistic Director of an opera company in the UK. Alison leads on the strategic vision and programming for Pegasus Opera Company. 

 

 

Alison is an Internationally renowned Soprano who has performed extensively around the world collaborating with a host of distinguished  musicians and artistes, such as Andre Previn. Dame Joan Sutherland. Placido Domingo, Franco Zeffirelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne,  Sir Colin Davis. Sir Simon Rattle, Sir. Willard White, Jane Clover, Martina Arroyo, Regina Crespin and Anna Moffo to name but a few.

 

 

Prior to her post as the Artistic Director, Alison was the Assistant Artistic Director for Pegasus Opera Company since its inception in 1992 with long time friend and founding Artistic Director, Lloyd Newton.

Sonia Hyams

Executive Director

Sonia Hyams has worked in theatre and opera for more than 20 years and is part of the senior management team that leads the day-to-day activities of Pegasus Opera Company.

 

Sonia has substantial expertise in fundraising, project management and partnership building. She has previously worked for Royal Shakespeare Company, Unicorn Theatre and The Old Vic leading education and outreach work across a diverse range of formal and informal settings, delivering INSET training for teachers and senior leaders and devising and delivering corporate training packages for businesses. 

Jordan Mullineaux FRSA

Producer / Agency Director

Jordan Mullineaux is the Producer at Pegasus and leads on the producing of Pegasus productions, concerts and events and relationship building with potential partners and collaborators. In addition, Jordan manages the Pegasus Agency, championing our diverse emerging and established talent, a scheme launching in October 2020 under Arts Council England’s Elevate Funding. ​

 

Jordan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In the official language of the Fellowship Charter, the award recognizes the contributions of exceptional individuals from across the world who have made significant contributions relating to the arts. He has experience hosting events and theatrical experiences with organisations that Include Kensington Palace, DV8, Complicite, KTM Arts, Ovalhouse, War Child, Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode and the Barbican.

Board of Trustees

Nicholas Boyd-Vaughan

Chair

Nicholas trained as a singer, before forging a career in arts management.  He began his career in communications at the Royal Opera House before moving to St Martin-in-the-Fields, where he directed its renowned Lunchtime Concert Series and created the Embassy and Cultural Institute Series.  Passionate about supporting musicians and promoting classical music and opera to new audiences, Nicholas was Head of Communications for the National Opera Studio and currently holds the position of Senior Digital & Marketing Manager at the Incorporated Society of Musicians. 

 

Alongside his principal professional commitments, Nicholas is a visiting lecturer for Middlesex University, and has led workshops in personal branding, social media and media skills for singers internationally.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, the Arts Marketing Association and the Association of Chairs. 

 

Nicholas joined Pegasus Opera Company in 2019 and in 2020 was elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Melvin Claridge

Vice-Chair

Melvin's varied career path (from diplomat to opera singer, banker and psychotherapist) has a broad sweep as well as common themes, which include concern for others and a desire to make a practical difference. Prior to and while studying law, Melvin ran a psychotherapy practice, providing private trauma psychotherapy to individuals, couples and organisations. In addition to serving as a trustee of Pegasus Opera, he also serves on the development committee at OperaUpClose, and works as a solicitor. Melvin's interests in legal practice include tax, contracts, art law, and cultural property law.

 

At Pegasus, Melvin is Vice-Chair of the Board and sits on the HR and Remunerations Committee (HRC), Artistic Advisory Panel (AAP), Pegasus Agency Advisory Panel (PAAP), and chairs the Development Advisory Panel (DAP). 

Lascelles Haughton

With over 30 years of experience in the music industry Lascelles Haughton is one of the UK’s leading Gospel choir directors, a vocal coach and musical arranger.  Lascelles has worked with numerous artists including the late Jesse Norman, Elton John, Celine Dion, Modanna and Kirk Franklin.  

 

Lascelles has directed and participated in a number of Gospel choirs: namely London Gospel Community Choir, Power House, Visual Ministries, Choir,  New Vision and the award winning London Fellowship Choir. Lascelles also managed a vocal group called Nu4M, who have featured on TV, Radio and numerous stages around the world.

 

Lascelles has a background in Education, where he has served as a teacher, progressing to Headteacher in a number of schools across London for over 30 years and has been inspecting schools since 2013.

 

Lascelles has a  passion for music that is undeniable and he is committed to sharing his wealth of experience, knowledge and passion with the younger generation so that they don’t miss out on the rich opportunities that the music industry can provide.

 

Lascelles currently serves as the Chair of the Education and Outreach Advisory Committee for Pegasus and is responsible for overseeing all educational and community projects.

Richard Slack

Treasurer

I bring to the board many years of experience in accounting and financial management largely in the voluntary and cultural sectors.

 

Until June 2019 I was the Finance and operations Manager at the National Opera Studio. Opera and Music Drama have always been major passions of mine and I believe the challenge of diversifying opera’s performers, content and structure is exiting and challenging.

 

I will work on a sub-committee to deal with finance and other related matters.

Sarah Sawyerr

 

Sarah worked for a number of arts organisations including Talawa Theatre Company and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra before moving into the charity sector where she led on the Daffodil Campaign for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Sarah then moved into education completing a PGCE in drama at Goldsmiths and a Masters in Drama in Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Sarah retired as an Assistant Headteacher in summer 2019 and began travelling until her travels were cut short due to the pandemic. She continues to teach ESOL at a local refugee centre and tutor students who have missed education due to school closures this year. She believes that education can change lives and the power of the arts can transform lives. Sarah is a member of the Pegasus Education and Outreach Advisory Committee.

 

Maggie Scarlett

My name is Maggie Scarlett; my late grandmother and father were singers with my youngest sister being an opera singer and professor of music.

 

Me? Along with many other people on the planet; I just LOVE music, of all genres. 

 

So, I bow to my colleagues who are talented and skilled as performers! 

 

 Using my 40 years plus experience I Chair the HR sub committee.

Patrons

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

"As the patron of Pegasus Opera it has given me great pleasure to see the Company develop and achieve its artistic goals over the past few years. It is only through the support of trusts, foundations and corporate sponsorship that the Company can continue to achieve its aims and objectives of helping artists from all cultural backgrounds to gain the experience and training necessary for them to succeed on the world opera stage. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all past supporters and to encourage those of you considering an involvement with Pegasus Opera Company!"

Patrons


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa ONZ CH DBE AC

Doreen Lawrence, Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon, OBE

Chuka Umunna Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the British Government 

Kristen Lewis

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