Islington Festival of Music and Art is a Registered Charity, Number 1198568
Joana Ly is a Trustee of the Charity. She is the Artistic Director of the Festival, designs this website, is in charge of all publicity and promotion, and will play in the 2023 Festival.
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Martin André is a Trustee of the Charity. As well as playing the piano in several concerts during the Festival, Martin is the General Manager of the Festival, responsible for the finances and the co-ordination with the sponsors and the 5 venues around Islington.
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Mark Johnson is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
His entire career has been spent in the boarding school environment leading to his appointment as Headmaster of Cheam School. Since his retirement, he has launched two companies, MJA & KJA, which offer consultancy services to the education sector in the UK and Asia.
Mark’s love of classical music was nurtured by his father. Mark’s mother was a pianist but sadly those genes failed to permeate through to him! Mark is passionate about giving access to classical music, and the arts in general; as Chairman, his vision is that the IFMA provides a platform for the North London community. He is delighted that KJA is a regular sponsor for the opening concert of the Festival.
Fran Hills is a Trustee of the Charity. She is a freelance repetiteur and works for many companies including Garsington Opera, Opera Holland Park, Opera North, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, English Touring Opera, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Copenhagen Opera House. She works as a coach at the Royal College of Music, Morley College and British Youth Opera . She has played for West Side Story and Guys & Dolls in Wandsworth prison (Pimlico Opera) and worked as musical advisor on the plays Quartet and Masterclass in the West End.
Anthony Foster is the Festival's Production Manager.
After 23 years honing, amongst other things, his projects management skills as a City lawyer, Anthony, a resident of Islington, joined the IFMA Team for the 2022 Festival and is still here with us! His knowledge of the Borough and his good-natured patience with musicians are proving to be doubly invaluable!
This Festival would absolutely not have been possible without the generosity, kindness and encouragement from a huge number of people and organisations, including the following:
OUR WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS
Christ Church Highbury
St. Mary's, Upper Street
The Little Angel Theatre
Yoga at the Arc
Bridgewood & Neitzert
Davy's Wine Merchants
Mark Johnson Associates
Ross Goobey Charitable Foundation
Artisti con Brio
Cavatina Chamber Music Trust
Marc Gascoigne Photography