Alison Buchanan is the Artistic Director of Pegasus Opera Company and is the only Black British female Artistic Director of an opera company in the UK. Alison leads on the strategic vision and programming for Pegasus Opera Company.
Alison is an Internationally renowned Soprano who has performed extensively around the world collaborating with a host of distinguished musicians and artistes, such as Andre Previn. Dame Joan Sutherland. Placido Domingo, Franco Zeffirelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Marilyn Horne, Sir Colin Davis. Sir Simon Rattle, Sir. Willard White, Jane Clover, Martina Arroyo, Regina Crespin and Anna Moffo to name but a few.
Prior to her post as the Artistic Director, Alison was the Assistant Artistic Director for Pegasus Opera Company since its inception in 1992 with long time friend and founding Artistic Director, Lloyd Newton.
Sheryl has over 20 years experience of delivering and coordinating a variety of education and arts projects within statutory, community and voluntary settings across London. She has worked as a Participation Manager, Freelance Theatre Director, Facilitator and Lecturer.
Sheryl’s had the benefit of working with diverse communities across the city, delivering projects within arts organisations, theatres, schools and universities. She thrives on working in collaboration with stakeholders to ensure that the creative process takes place, so that participants can wholly engage, enjoy and transform.
Kim Morgan began her career working for a myriad of cultural arts organizations including Graeae Theatre Company, Warehouse Theatre and Head of Communications at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
In 2001 Kim formed Kim Morgan Press and Marketing working on UK tours, West End shows and fringe arts organization’s including Oval House Theatre (Now Brixton House), Hoxton Hall, National Theatre and West End shows like Tina Turner, the Musical and Death of a Salesman among many others.
Kim is an Award-winning Arts Marketing Consultant winning Best Audience Developer Fringe award for 2008. Kim represents an extensive and diverse range of clients in theatre, film, dance and music. She also takes a pro-active mentoring role within Arts PR and is regularly asked to do talks and seminars on marketing to new audiences and how to make the arts more accessible.
Sonia Hyams is Executive Director at Pegasus Opera Company and has worked in the arts over 25 years. She is part of the senior management team that leads the day-to-day activities of Pegasus Opera Company.
Sonia leads on business development, project management and partnership building for Pegasus Opera Company. She has previously worked for Royal Shakespeare Company, Unicorn Theatre and The Old Vic managing a wide range of projects and programmes.
Siobhan is a qualified Accountant who has a background in banking and finance.
As the Bookkeeping administrator at Pegasus Opera I provide financial and office support while helping with the day to day activities of the company. I am new to the world of Opera, and loving my new journey with Pegasus Opera Company.
Harriet Kelley is Learning and Participation Manager at Pegasus Opera Company. Harriet builds partnerships with schools, communities and cultural organisations and develops and manages creative collaborative projects.
Harriet is a trained musician and is committed to ensuring equal access to the arts with a particular focus on young people. She has worked in music education settings both in the UK and abroad since obtaining her music degree from the University of Bristol.
As the Artistic Programme Manager Imogen is responsible for the project management of all aspects of the internal and external productions (concerts, full scale operas, round table talks, sharing, showcases. As the Talent Development Manager, Imogen leads on creating a strong, high quality pipeline of talent for classical artists from African and Asian heritage, from young emerging artists who may be new to opera singing through to working alongside established opera singers and supporting them with their career development.
Nicholas trained as a singer before forging a career in arts management. He began his career in communications at the Royal Opera House before moving to St Martin-in-the-Fields, where he directed its renowned Lunchtime Concert Series and created the Embassy and Cultural Institute Series. Passionate about supporting musicians and promoting classical music and opera to new audiences, Nicholas was Head of Communications for the National Opera Studio, Senior Digital & Marketing Manager at the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and is now Associate Director of Marketing and Communications for Intermusica.
Alongside his principal professional commitments, Nicholas is a visiting lecturer for Middlesex University, and has led workshops in personal branding, social media and media skills for singers internationally. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, the Arts Marketing Association, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and the Association of Chairs.
Nicholas joined Pegasus Opera Company in 2019 and in 2020 was elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Melvin's varied career path (from diplomat to opera singer, banker and psychotherapist) has a broad sweep as well as common themes, which include concern for others and a desire to make a practical difference. Melvin is a commercial solicitor, specialising in government contracts, and an accredited mediator. Previously, Melvin ran a psychotherapy practice, providing private trauma psychotherapy to individuals, couples and organisations, specialising in post-traumatic stress and performance anxiety.
Melvin is a director and trustee at Pegasus Opera and is Vice-Chair of the Board. He also sits on the HR and Remunerations Committee (HRC), Artistic Advisory Panel (AAP), Pegasus Agency Advisory Panel (PAAP), and chairs the Development Advisory Panel (DAP). Melvin was instrumental in the formation of Pegasus Talent, a new artist management agency representing classical musicians of African and Asian heritage. He supports the work of the agency as Talent Consultant. Additionally, he serves on Glyndebourne Opera’s Creative Conspirators advisory board. Melvin's interests in legal practice include contracts, procurement, art law, and cultural
With over 30 years of experience in the music industry Lascelles Haughton is one of the UK’s leading Gospel choir directors, a vocal coach and musical arranger. Lascelles has worked with numerous artists including the late Jesse Norman, Elton John, Celine Dion, Modanna and Kirk Franklin.
Lascelles has directed and participated in a number of Gospel choirs: namely London Gospel Community Choir, Power House, Visual Ministries, Choir, New Vision and the award winning London Fellowship Choir. Lascelles also managed a vocal group called Nu4M, who have featured on TV, Radio and numerous stages around the world.
Lascelles has a background in Education, where he has served as a teacher, progressing to Headteacher in a number of schools across London for over 30 years and has been inspecting schools since 2013.
Lascelles has a passion for music that is undeniable and he is committed to sharing his wealth of experience, knowledge and passion with the younger generation so that they don’t miss out on the rich opportunities that the music industry can provide.
Lascelles currently serves as the Chair of the Education and Outreach Advisory Committee for Pegasus and is responsible for overseeing all educational and community projects.
I bring to the board many years of experience in accounting and financial management largely in the voluntary and cultural sectors.
Until June 2019 I was the Finance and operations Manager at the National Opera Studio. Opera and Music Drama have always been major passions of mine and I believe the challenge of diversifying opera’s performers, content and structure is exiting and challenging.
I will work on a sub-committee to deal with finance and other related matters.
Sarah worked for a number of arts organisations including Talawa Theatre Company and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra before moving into the charity sector where she led on the Daffodil Campaign for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Sarah then moved into education completing a PGCE in drama at Goldsmiths and a Masters in Drama in Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Sarah retired as an Assistant Headteacher in summer 2019 and began travelling until her travels were cut short due to the pandemic. She continues to teach ESOL at a local refugee centre and tutor students who have missed education due to school closures this year. She believes that education can change lives and the power of the arts can transform lives. Sarah is a member of the Pegasus Education and Outreach Advisory Committee.
Antoin got his first taste of the arts as a young musician, playing flute, clarinet, andsaxophone.
But his true passion was in movement and theatre. His dance training began with the Bahamas National Dance Company, in NYC at Broadway Dance Centre and then in Germany at Cologne Dance Centre. In early 2000 he moved to London to continue his training and further his career, now spanning over 25 years as a dancer, singer, actor, choreographer, teacher and mentor.
Antoin is the recipient of The Bahamas’ DANZA award for outstanding choreography for a production of ‘Once On This Island’, and was the Dance Captain on Walt Disney Theatrical’s production of The Lion King in London’s West End from 2000 to 2006. In later years he changed directions and worked as an events producer and is now the Brand Manager at a tech company.
Antoin joined Pegasus in 2021 on the Development Advisory Panel (DAP) and is keen to share his creativity and passion for the arts. As a role model and mentor, Antoin believes that early exposure to the arts and positive mentoring helps young and aspiring artists from diverse backgrounds to realise that their dreams are achievable.
My name is Maggie Scarlett; my late grandmother and father were singers with my youngest sister being an opera singer and professor of music.
Me? Along with many other people on the planet; I just LOVE music, of all genres.
So, I bow to my colleagues who are talented and skilled as performers!
Using my 40 years plus experience I Chair the HR sub committee.
In 2015, Natalya started working in opera as Creative Assistant at Woolwich Opera Works, which was her introduction to opera and the artform that she worked in for six years. Whilst working at the National Opera Studio, Natalya was offered roles which varied from administration, project coordination, marketing, development and inclusion. Natalya also became the Chair and was a Founding Member of the National Opera Studio’s Inclusion Group. As Inclusive Talent Programmes Manager at Somerset House, Natalya manages two programmes which support the development and promote people between the ages of 18-30 who are from underrepresented backgrounds within the sector and are at the start of their careers. Natalya is also the Co-Chair of Somerset House’s Anti-Racism Task Force.
Natalya’s passion lies in the arts, both performing and visual, working with people and being a part of projects from the ground up.
“As the patron of Pegasus Opera it has given me great pleasure to see the Company develop and achieve its artistic goals over the past few years. It is only through the support of trusts, foundations and corporate sponsorship that the Company can continue to achieve its aims and objectives of helping artists from all cultural backgrounds to gain the experience and training necessary for them to succeed on the world opera stage. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all past supporters and to encourage those of you considering an involvement with Pegasus Opera Company!”
“I am so excited to become a part of Pegasus Opera in their effort to extend the reach of this glorious art form, supporting those from neglected communities through this music, and encouraging emerging talent from wherever it may be found. While it feels as though the conversation surrounding race and ethnicity in Western classical music has reached an important milestone, there is still a mountain of work to be done. I would like to be a part of that work and look forward to doing so as a patron of Pegasus Opera.”
“I am very proud to be a patron of Pegasus Opera Company who are trailblazers paving the way for diverse artists in opera. Having worked with the founder Lloyd Newton and the current Artistic Director Alison Buchanan many years ago, I am proud to see how Pegasus Opera has grown and the strides this company has made as they tirelessly advocate for equity in the arts. Pegasus Opera Company’s mission of putting diversity at the forefront is so important and as a performer myself I know how vital it is that we support these organizations. Pegasus Opera goes from strength to strength and I am thrilled to be a part of this.”