Who We Are

Who We Are

Music in Offices was founded by Tessa Marchington in 2007. Inspired by her experience of studying at the Royal Academy of Music and her musical upbringing, she felt that music had the potential to play a more active role in daily work life and in businesses more widely.

Through the introduction of music lessons, choirs, workshops and team building projects, Music in Offices embraces the power of music to encourage collaboration, creative thinking and better wellbeing in your workplace.

Management

Tessa Marchington
Managing Director
Tessa studied piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama,
English & Music at Leeds University and completed a postgraduate in
piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music in 2007.

She is regularly interviewed about her work being featured on BBC
Radio 3, BBC London and Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. She has given numerous
presentations and a TedX Brighton talk in 2012.

Committed to widening the access and role of the arts in society, outside of her work with Music in Offices, Tessa’s current roles are Founder & Director of the Investec International Music Festival, part of the working group for Incidental Unit, (current iteration for artists placement Group),
Corporate Partnerships Manager for Make Music Day and Co-ordinator of
the Arts, Health & Wellbeing symposium for the Setubal Music Festival,
Portugal.

Georgina-Lauren Thompson
Executive Assistant
Georgina graduated with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Portsmouth in 2014, and has worked in project management, event management, and marketing in the commercial sector, in addition to running her own live music events privately.

She is currently completing a qualification in tap and modern dance alongside her professional commitments.

Catrin Lewis
Tuition Manager
Catrin joined Music in Offices in March 2013 and ensures our busy tuition department runs smoothly.

She studied music at Jesus College, Oxford and  completed post-graduate studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Previously, Catrin worked for the Welsh Assembly Government and as a project officer for a local authority.

She combines her role at MIO with her career as a freelance singer.

Rob Garland
Choir Manager
Robert graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2011 in Vocal Performance and Opera, after which he became Student Union President, running the Union and helping the students in both an academic and pastoral role.

Since moving to London Robert has been working as a freelance singer and taken up contracts most notably with Northern Ireland Opera and Nevill Holt Opera with whom he covered the role of Papageno in their recent production of Die Zauberflote.

Kam-Mei Chak
Social Media Manager
Kam-Mei is a social media expert who combines over 15 years of project management and business development in the media and post-production industries with strategic social media experience.  

She is passionate about navigating the frontiers of the digital landscape and harnessing the power of social to communicate MIO’s unique message to an ever-growing audience.

Advisory Board

Richard Morris 
Chairman
Richard Morris MA (Oxon) Hon FRAM RCM RNCM, formerly a solicitor, investment banker and publisher, has worked in music education for over 20 years.

He was Chief Executive of ABRSM (1993-2009) and now serves as Chairman and Trustee of various organisations in this field, including the Yehudi Menuhin School, Music Mark and the Mayor’s Music Fund (which he co-founded in 2011).

Christian Grobel
Christian began his career at KPMG and qualified as a chartered accountant. He then joined EMI Music and subsequently FremantleMedia. He spent several years working in the US before returning to London in 2012.

He is currently MD and a co-founder of NVC, a digital talent and social media marketing agency, based in London and Berlin.

Christian became Chair of Contact the Elderly in 2015, a national charity dedicated to relieving the loneliness of isolated elderly people.

His other interests include music, having co-founded the London Choral Sinfonia also in 2015, performing classical choral music to the highest standards

Deirdre Walker
Deirdre Walker is Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation for Europe, Middle East and Asia at Norton Rose Fulbright.

She has experience in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, mediation and arbitration as well as general banking and commercial dispute resolution with a particular specialism in commercial fraud and interlocutory applications.

Deirdre became a partner in 1997 and Group Head in 2009. Deirdre helped launch Music in Offices at NRF in 2007.

She was MIO Managing Director Tessa’s first piano pupil.

 

Louise Alissi
Louise is a Senior Marketing Communications consultant with extensive experience financial services and energy. 

Skilled in large-scale campaign management, internal and change communications, she has worked for a number of well-known brands including the Bank of England, Centrica and the Money Advice Service. 

She is has been responsible for significant behaviour change campaigns and corporate rebrands with budgets in excess of £20m, including the ‘Ask MA’ campaign at the Money Advice Service.

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Ben Morgan
Ben worked as a lawyer in the City for 10 years before taking up a position on the management board of the UK Serious Fraud Office. 

There, he is the joint head of Bribery and Corruption, responsible for the British government’s investigation and prosecution of multi-national corporates and connected individuals. 

Ben regularly speaks at events internationally, in particular on the role businesses can play in contributing to thriving and morally sound economies.

Workshop Leaders

Dominic Ellis-Peckham
Dominic Ellis-Peckham is a conductor of immense energy and focus, delivering ‘gutsy, raw and exciting performances’.

He is renowned for his dedication to the Renaissance and Baroque era, whilst also passionately championing new works and delivering inspirational collaborations.

Praised internationally for his ‘freshness and vitality’ in the direction of orchestral and choral performances and recordings.

Dominic holds an array of conducting posts, including Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of The Chamber Choir of London, Music Director of London Oriana Choir, Artistic Director of The Fourth Choir, Guest Conductor for London Mozart Players, Guest Chorus Master for The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is Assistant Music Director of The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Oxford.

David Lawrence
David Lawrence is one of the UK’s most versatile conductors, working with orchestras, symphony choruses and national youth choirs.

He has conducted in more than 20 countries, including India, the USA, UAE, Singapore, and has worked regularly in Australia since 2005.

David is on the choral staff of the London Symphony Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and is well known as a leader of ‘big sing’ events, such as the 700-voice Spem in Alium he conducted for BBC Four and the Young Voices concert series, which annually sees him conduct choirs of more than 8,000 singers.

Lucy Griffiths
Lucy Griffiths is much in demand as a conductor, workshop leader and animateur.

She is Assistant Director of Music at the University of Warwick, Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Junior Choir, and Musical Director of the Severn Trent Water Choir.

She has a busy and varied career, working with many of the UK’s orchestras and opera companies.

Lucy is a specialist in the field of choral education and engagement.

She believes passionately in the power of music to positively transform lives, and enjoys working with singers of ages and from all walks of life.

Jez Wiles
Jez Wiles has made music with Pierre Boulez and The London Symphony Orchestra; on stage with Carlos Acosta and The Royal Ballet; with Massive Attack, Tim Minchin, Goldie and Jamie Cullum with The Heritage Orchestra; on film recordings such as Antman, Dad’s Army, The Man form U.N.C.L.E. and Gold; on albums by Brian Eno, Foy Vance and ABC; at Notting Hill Carnival on the street with Paraiso School of Samba since 2002; and in schools, hospices, offices and prisons for LSO Discovery and Create.

He also teaches at London College of Music where he is completing a Masters in Music Industry Management and Artist Development, the research element of which is driven by an interest in cultural meeting points in music making of all kinds.

Victoria Longdon
Tori Longdon studied at Durham University and the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded a distinction for her MA in Choral Conducting. She is now an Associate Conductor for top national choir Ex Cathedra and conducts a number of ensembles around London including The Hanover Choir, Myriad Singers and the Lea Singers of Harpenden.

She is the Founding Director of Consort of Voices (previously Templar Scholars), a professional choir that has sung in venues such as St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin In The Fields and Southwark Cathedral They have also performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and President Xi Jinping of China during his state visit to the UK.

Tori is currently an adjudicator and on-screen conductor for Songs of Praise and she appeared as a judge on two series of the ‘The Choir’ with Gareth Malone. She writes regularly for Classic FM’s online magazine.

Sandy Burnett
Sandy Burnett enjoys a varied career that embraces conducting, broadcasting, playing double bass, and communicating his passion for music.

He spent a decade as one of the key music presenters on BBC Radio 3. On double bass he is a regular at Ronnie Scott’s and other leading jazz venues.

Conducting credits include a complete cycle of Bach cantatas and work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre and in London’s West End.

He leads lecture trips to European music festivals for ACE Cultural Tours, and has spoken on music and creativity at TEDx and for the UK Civil Service.

Phil Wilcox

Phil is a choral director and professional singer. He conducts the Music in Offices choirs based at law firms Stewarts and Trowers and Hamlins on a weekly basis and a termly project choir based at AnE Networks. Workshops for MIO include Christmas sessions with Endemol and Enotria&Coe; a team building workshop for Amnesty International UK; and a series of workshops for National Inclusion Week at the Bank of England. Phil also directs the Fleet Singers, a community choir based in Gospel Oak. 

Phil is the Learning and Participation Manager for Leeds Lieder where he coordinates and delivers workshops in schools and the wider community to introduce new audiences to classical song. As a workshop leader, Phil has worked with the NHS Training Academy, the Leadership Foundation for HE, Hull University, Surbiton High School, Wigmore Hall and Opera North.

As a singer, Phil’s most recent engagements include appearances at the Buxton International Festival; Major General for Merry Opera in the UK and Saudi Arabia; Sir Thomas Bertram (Mansfield Park, Dove) for Waterperry Opera Festival; Count Almaviva in Merry Opera’s jazz production of The Marriage of Figaro; and singing in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of King Lear at the Barbican Theatre and in New York.

Phil is a graduate of Leeds College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. During his time at the Academy, he worked on several projects with Julian West’s Open Academy alongside Hackney Empire Theatre, Wigmore Hall and Glyndebourne Opera.

Phil has appeared regularly as an oratorio soloist, recitalist and professional chorister throughout the country. He also plays the piano accordion in ceilidh bands and enjoys long walks in the country. More. details at www.philwilcox.com.

Tutors

Conductors