British soprano April Koyejo-Audiger is a former Jette Parker Anniversary Company Artist 21-22 for The Royal Opera. She graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and went on to take a Masters degree in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music, where she was a Leverhulme Arts Scholar and a Help Musicians UK postgraduate award recipient.
Last year she won a Black British Theatre Award for Best Opera Performance as Barena in the Olivier award-wining Jenůfa at the Royal Opera House, and she joins WNO for its production of The Magic Flute next year. aprilkoyejo.com
With over 30 years’ experience in the film, TV and advertising industries, and is the founder of media consultancy Serenroc, a film and TV distribution and production company. Ian spent 21 years at Sky, starting as Director of Promotion Strategy in 1999, before becoming Director of Broadcasting, then Director of Sky Movies, SBO and Acquisitions, and finally Group Director for Sky Cinema. He is also the Deputy Chair on the board of the National Film and Television School.
Graduate of orchestral conducting at RWCMD, Chinese-born New Zealander Tianyi Lu collaborates with major orchestras and opera houses worldwide. Her work is driven by an ethos of empowerment, creating connection and compassion across diverse communities through music. Tianyi Lu is Conductor-in-Residence with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway and the Female-Conductor-in-Residence with the Welsh National Opera and Principal Conductor of the St Woolos Sinfonia in the UK. She recently won first prize in the Sir Georg Solti International Conductors Competition and is also an Artist Ambassador for Opera for Peace. www.tianyi-lu.com
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Culture, Equality and Inclusion at the University of Sussex, and former Chief Executive of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama. His previous experience includes advising the FA Premier League on equalities issues, consulting at Equality Works (EW Group). He is a consultant to Black Thrive Global, which seeks to address the impact of systemic racism on Black communities, and a past winner of RADAR’s People of the Year Award for Achievement in the Furtherance of Human Rights of Disabled People in the UK. He has also been named as one of the 25 Most Influential Disabled People in the UK by Disability Now Magazine and last year was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Law.
CBE is currently chair of the PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading music charity, and sits as a director on numerous boards. He has scored over 70 films and TV series and released over 20 successful and critically acclaimed albums, and written for and conducted the London Symphony Orchestra multiple times. He has worked with many other notable orchestras and bands around the world, has written, worked with and produced for many of the world’s top musicians. He holds seven honorary doctorates, over 20 major international awards, several fellowships and an Ivor Novello lifetime achievement award. As a musician, he plays a range of styles as a guitarist and pianist. He is also a university lecturer and has lectured at numerous international universities, including Stanford and Berklee in Valencia. www.nitinsawhney.com