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  • Sophie Dand

    Artist Manager sophie.dand@askonasholt.co.uk
    +44 (0)20 7400 1712
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  • Sophie Dand

    Artist Manager

    Sophie was born in Manchester and studied Music at King’s College London, where she was Social Secretary of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Sophie joined Askonas Holt fresh out of university in summer 2007, as an intern in the Vocal Department, before becoming an Assistant Artist Manager, as well as taking the role of PA to Robert Rattray, Former CEO, from 2010 to 2013. When not attending concerts or opera performances, she enjoys socialising with friends, swimming, cycling, and the occasional moment of madness (including her debut tandem hang glide off the coast of Sydney!)

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  • Mary Donald

    Assistant Artist Manager mary.donald@askonasholt.co.uk
    +44 (0)20 7400 1767
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  • Mary Donald

    Assistant Artist Manager

    Mary graduated from the University of Surrey with a first class degree in French and Social Administration and then spent four years working as an MEP’s assistant in Brussels before moving to London to work in the European Affairs department of the Royal Institute of British Architects. During this time, she was also administrator of her chamber choir, the New London Singers, and the New London Soloists Orchestra. Mary joined Askonas Holt in 2003 as Personal Assistant to the Joint Chief Executive, Robert Rattray. She now works as part of the Artist Management team and when not in the office devotes her time to her two young children.

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  • Rona Eastwood

    Senior Associate Director, Conductors rona.eastwood@askonasholt.co.uk
    +44 (0)20 7400 1705
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  • Rona Eastwood

    Senior Associate Director, Conductors

    Rona spent her schooldays in Leicestershire, surrounded by wonderful musical opportunities with great memories of youth orchestra tours round the UK and Europe, followed by a degree in Music and English from Exeter University. On reaching London, she realised she was far better suited to choral singing than viola and joined the first of many choirs and ensembles, with holidays devoted to touring round Europe and Scandinavia, plus forays to Japan and USA. Rona’s first job was the BBC Radio 3 production secretary, thence to the English Bach Festival, where everything from Bach to Rameau to Xenakis to Zarzuela was scheduled on a shoe-string by its indomitable Artistic Director in London, Oxford, Versailles, Athens… Extraordinary. Then a move to Harold Holt, first to the travel department, then six seasons as assistant to Sir Ian Hunter preparing fourteen festivals, sundry concert series and special events. The move across to artist management followed, initially assisting Martin Campbell-White with conductors and occasional touring projects. She has remained with the company ever since, ultimately building an independent list of artists.

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  • Jo Fry

    Senior Artist Manager jo.fry@askonasholt.co.uk
    +44 (0)20 7400 1733
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  • Jo Fry

    Senior Artist Manager

    After reading music at Edinburgh University, Jo joined the record company Select Music – working as a label manager and then in international A&R for Naxos Records. He then went to Decca Records as an Executive Producer, for artists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alfred Brendel, Danielle de Niese and Albrecht Mayer – before moving across to the world of management at Askonas Holt in late 2009. Outside of work (but before children came along!), Jo founded and conducted the chamber choir VOX, and composed and recorded scores for various short films, film trailers, adverts and numerous choral works. Jo ran the 2017 London Marathon!