Christina Hemmer, Projects & Orchestra Manager
Christina has worked for over 10 years in arts administration, including as tour manager for the Monteverdi Choir and event manager at Southbank Centre. She is passionate about music and music education and has recently spent a year living and working with the Bahia Youth Orchestra in Salvador, Brazil.
Charlotte Saldanha, Development and Communications Manager
Fundraising, sponsorship, marketing and communications, institutional publications, Media enquiries, social media and digital comms. / website, event hospitality and guest tickets.
Charlotte has joined the Arts after over 15 years working in international Media, for European and national ‘think-tanks’ and education bodies. Charlotte has worked in the area of Development (fund-raising) since 2002, with a primary focus on GIK and sponsorship negotiations, involving international Foundations and blue-chip companies. Charlotte has spent most of her career in France and in Portugal.
Riitta Hirvonen, Executive & Finance Manager
Riitta joined the EUYO in July 2013 after running the administration of Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra Ltd for nine years as their General Manager. She comes from Finland and prior to the life in the Arts, she had a career in travel stretching almost two decades in Helsinki and London.
Chris Turner, Librarian
Chris studied the clarinet and bass clarinet at the Royal College of Music. He is currently pursuing a freelance career combining working as the EUYO's librarian with freelance software development and playing the clarinet, whilst also privately studying conducting.
Mei-Mei Siew, Bookkeeper
After graduating from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in Accounting and Administration, Mei-Mei worked in the accounting field for homeless and housing charities in Belfast prior to joining PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Luxembourg as an auditor. She then relocated to Kuala Lumpur, working in accounts and audit before being trained as an investment analyst and investor relations consultant. She has been working for the EUYO since February 2008.
Nicolas Klimis, Partnership Coordinator, Towards 2020
After graduating as a materials science engineer in Belgium, Nicolas moved to London to pursue his true passion: music. His Master in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy at Goldsmiths College led him to an internship at the EUYO as the Executive and Finance Assistant. He is now Partnership Coordinator of the T2020 Partnership and oversees its general everyday administration.
Marianne Wright, Development Assistant
A trained classical singer, Marianne studied voice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and now studies privately with Susan Roberts. As well as performing as a soloist and with vocal trio Sinopia, Marianne has taught singing and piano privately in schools across London and Greater London. Working for the Wigmore Hall for the past 3 years, she has gained a wealth of experience working Front of House, Box Office, Development and as assistant on the 2013 International Song Competition.
Matic Gajšek, Projects & Orchestra Assistant
Matic is studying towards Leisure management and Leisure studies double honours degree, with focus on arts management. He performed in several opera productions in Slovenia (Countess Mariza) and the Netherlands (Medea, De Odysse, The Magic Flute, Boris Godunov, King Arthur, Les Indes Galantes), and worked in the field of cultural diplomacy (Embassy of Slovenia in the Hague), events organization (Interact Club Celje) and arts administration (Canto Dordrecht, House of Culture Celje, Grammar school Celje – Center).