History

Alfred Schultz-Curtius Music and Artists Management Agency

Alfred Schultz Curtius (c.1853-1918) – the first impresario to bring Richard Wagner’s music to the London public – founded Alfred Schulz-Curtius music and artists management agency.

1876

Agency renamed Schultz-Curtius Powell

At the beginning of World War I, Lionel Powell came on board as a partner, with the agency becoming Schultz-Curtius Powell.

1914

Harold Holt Ltd

Following the sudden death of Lionel Powell (who had taken over the firm after the death of Alfred Schultz-Curtius in 1918), Harold Holt takes over, renaming the company Harold Holt Ltd.

1931

Lies Askonas

In 1955, Lies Askonas (1913-1996) founded her own agency, encouraged by life-long friend Elisabeth Schumann. Artists on Lies’ roster included singers such as Hotter, Syanholm, Nilsson, Popp, Berganza, Prey and Gedda, and conductors Kertesz, Abbado and Mehta.

1955

Sir Ian Hunter joins Harold Holt Ltd

Sir Ian Hunter (1919-2003) arrived at Harold Holt Ltd from the Edinburgh Festival, bringing a new dimension of artists and festival direction. Under the artistic direction of Hunter, festivals were founded by Harold Holt in Bath, Hong Kong, Malvern, Windsor, Brighton and the City of London. Artists such as Stern, Haitink, Barenboim, Perlman, Menuhin and Piatigorsky joined the management, and less obvious connections were formed with Paul Robeson, Joyce Grenfell, Tom Lehrer and Gerard Hoffnung.

1950s

The birth of Askonas Holt

In 1998, the two agencies, Harold Holt and Lies Askonas, merged to form Askonas Holt, and the company continued to grow and develop under the leadership of Martin Campbell-White and Robert Rattray.

1998

Donagh Collins becomes Chief Executive

In January 2014, the company embarked on a new era in its history with Donagh Collins assuming the role of Chief Executive. Donagh joined the company in 1999 and most recently held the position of Director of Tours and Projects.

January 2014