Meet the Team

Vanessa White

Founder and Artistic Director

Vanessa graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2019. She is at the start of her professional career and particularly enjoys performing chamber music. She regularly collaborates with musicians from international backgrounds and enjoys performing across the UK and Europe. Vanessa helps to organise the Great Bowden Music Fest in Leicestershire which is a family run music festival and from her experience organising and performing here has inspired her to start up Festival Fresco with Natasha.

Natasha Sofla

Founder and Artistic Director

Natasha is a composer from Manchester, currently based in Bristol. She is passionate about contemporary music, and believes strongly that emerging composers should be offered as many opportunities as possible to have their works performed. In joining with Vanessa to create Festival Fresco, she hopes to champion new music by bringing music's most innovative minds to the forefront of the festival.

Imy Luc

Assistant Director

Born to parents of Japanese and Vietnamese origin, I was brought up in Chichester, West Sussex. I started playing the piano aged 6 and have been playing ever since! I am currently studying piano performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Dina Parakhina - an amazing Russian piano teacher with whom I will carrying on my studies next year for my masters degree. 


Although I love playing solo piano repertoire, my other passion is chamber music. My trio, the 'Alegria' Piano Trio, was formed in 2015 at the RNCM with fellow musicians Vanessa White and Lizzie Elliott. We have had so much fun over the years performing and working together. Although unfortunately I will not be able to perform with them in this year's festival, I look forward to doing so in future festivals! I am especially excited to be part of the Festival Fresco team, because our aim is to bring music to the local community. Having lived in Manchester for a total of over 6 years, I feel it has become a second home! To be able to contribute towards a livelier classical music scene here is an amazing opportunity for me.

Andrew Kyle

Secretary

Andrew Kyle had a successful career in arts funding in the 80s and 90s, the highlights of which were serving as the British Council’s Arts Officer in France (1988-91) and as the Arts Council’s Director of Touring (1992-95). He also worked for a time as an arts consultant, including as an assessor of National Lottery projects.

 

The arrival of a young family led to a complete career change, and for 20 years he worked as a secondary school teacher, principally of English and Drama, in an inner-city comprehensive in Coventry. For ten of those years he was a Year Head, looking after the welfare and emotional growth of over 200 children. He finished his career in a senior management position in the school.

 

His school work included a very significant contribution to extra-curricular arts work. He directed (and sometimes wrote) a considerable number of school productions, one of which he took to the Edinburgh Festival; and was involved in helping to run the award-winning school choir, which won the Songs of Praise School Choir Competition in 2008.

 

He retired to Manchester early last year and is now seeking to make a contribution to the local arts scene as a volunteer. He is a member of the Hallé Choir and the St Anne’s Church Choir

Radu Prisada

Outreach Coordinator

Romanian born pianist, I grew up in a family of musicians and started learning piano at the age of six. Currently I’m in my fourth year of studying piano performance at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with the renowned  pianist Richard Ormrod, with whom I’ll continue studying in my master’s degree. Apart from my career as a soloist, I love playing chamber music and I very much enjoy the thrill of performing with friends and learning from some extraordinary musicians. I’ve had the opportunity to work with many instrumentalists in various groups and chamber orchestras, and chamber music became a vital part of my life. I’m really excited to be part of the Fresco Festival, it promises to be a great musical experience for the local community in Altrincham, we’ve got a really interesting lineup of events and I’m very happy to be working with such a dedicated and talented team! Go Fresco!

Rowan Dodemont

Marketing Officer

I am a recent MA Arts Management graduate from Bath Spa University and I am very excited to be part of the Festival Fresco team as a Marketing Officer. I have worked for several organisations in the arts and heritage industries, including Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Ballet Bristol, and Herschel Museum of Astronomy. Festival Fresco is the perfect opportunity for me to apply my experience in marketing and communication to a different part of the industry and to learn lots more about organising festivals.

Adam West

Sound Engineer

Adam has been busy editing and producing the online concerts for this year’s Festival Fresco from his studio (bedroom) in south London. Having graduated Birmingham University with a 1st in instrumental and electroacoustic composition he has turned his hand to media editing and creation in recent years. Adam currently works as an audio editor and mixer for broadcast media in London.

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