Cathy Graham - Managing Director, London Sinfonietta

After gaining a BMus at Birmingham University, Cathy Graham spent two years at the RNCM studying piano accompaniment. Fourteen years in Stockholm included work as a teacher, vocal coach and repetiteur with opera and theatre companies.

Returning to the UK in 1992 Cathy quickly established herself on the London music scene, working for ENO Contemporary Music Studio and Almeida Opera, and as an Artists’ Manager. In 1994 she became Executive Director of the SPNM, guiding organisational change, and her tenure culminated in the SPNM receiving the Prudential Award for the Arts.

Since 1997 she has been Managing Director of the London Sinfonietta, during which time the ensemble has toured extensively nationally and internationally, and seen its repertoire, profile and audience broaden and increase. She has also initiated and overseen the ensemble’s own record label, and is currently leading the move to a new multi-purpose venue at Kings Cross which will act as a permanent home alongside the ensemble’s South Bank Centre residency.

She is a board member of ABO, NMC, the Kings Place Music Foundation, and the Thurrock Creative Partnerships Advisory Board. Interests outside of music include theatre, architecture and walking.