Patron



Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

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!

Key Personnel



Lloyd Newton

Lloyd Newton

Founder & Artistic Director

ALCM (voice); ALCM (piano); LLCM (TD); LLCM; GLCM (Degree); PGCE & ACWCMD (Postgraduates)
Lloyd was a nominee for the Creative Britons award in 1998 & 1999 and also received a certificate in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the BME communities at Local and National levels from The Voice News Paper.
He was a secondary school music and sports education teacher with over fifteen years experience. Lloyd is a voice teacher with over 20 year’s experience. He is a professional singer, who has performed internationally, including Ireland, France, Portugal, Switzerland, USA and Africa. He has also appeared with English National Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera North, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Barbican Concert Platform and Opera National de Lyon to name but a few.
He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Pegasus Opera Company, the leading mid-scale professional touring opera company in the UK now in its 19th Year.  Lloyd is the father of two, Martina and Marcus and he enjoys the outdoors, gardening and a good bottle of wine.

Kim Morgan

Kim Morgan

Press & Publicity Consultant

Kim Morgan started her career as a trainee journalist then Editorial Manager for London Newspaper Group. After three years, she went on to do a degree in Fashion Journalism and Public Relations at the London College of Fashion.
Kim worked as a freelance publicist for Talawa, Graeae and the Warehouse Theatres in London. In July 1997 she joined the Theatre Royal Stratford East as the press and marketing officer and later became head of press and marketing. In 2001 she launched Kim Morgan Press & Marketing, covering many art forms including theatre, dance, festivals, galleries and music. Kim aims to deliver positive publicity and strives to make the arts inclusive and accessible to everyone. Clients include: London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tricycle Theatre, NITRO, National Theatre, UK Arts International, Almeida Theatre, 20th Century Fox, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Pleasance Theatre, Actors Touring Company, West Midlands Arts, Hammersmith & Fulham, Croydon and Kensington & Chelsea Council.

Michelle Abbey

Michelle Abbey

Audience Development Consultant

In Michelle Abbey's career she has developed an extensive experience setting strategies for the creative arts and organisations, launching innovative programmes and multi-disciplinary projects, devising complex and sensitive audience development campaigns and managing community engagement strategies. Michelle Abbey has worked as project manager for London Music Masters and audience development manager for the London Philharmonic Orchestra both programmes inspired her to develop Michelle Abbey Associates a programmes that has merged together creative audience development strategies for: Royal Festival Hall, The Almeida Theatre, The National Theatre, Wigmore Hall, The British Council Netherlands, Intercult, Sweden, City of London Sinfonia and Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sonia Hyams

Sonia Hyams

Project Manager

Sonia Hyams has worked in the field of arts education for the last 20 years. She has delivered and managed projects across London and the UK, from in-school workshops through to large multi-arts projects, involving a number of partners and hundreds of participants.

 

Support



Alison Buchanan

Alison Buchanan

Assistant to the Artistic Director

Alison works as artistic advisor to Pegasus Opera. She is an international soprano and has sung with the London Symphony Orchestra (Sir Colin Davis), the Royal Philharmonic, The BBC Concert Orchestra, Pegasus Opera Company, New York City Opera, Michigan Opera, and San Francisco Opera, to name but a few.

Toby F Scholz

Toby F Scholz

IT-Support

An award winning internationally successful tenor, Toby performed in Pegasus Opera's productions of Koanga and Treemonisha and donates his time to ensure communications are running smoothly.

Simon Oliver

Simon Oliver

IT-Consultant

Simon works as a software consultant in the UK and USA. He assisted with the formation of the company and provides IT consultancy to Pegasus Opera.

Workshop Assistant

Jai read music at the University of Southampton, graduating with a BA in Music and Masters with Distinction. He is now working as a composer writing music for several mediums including theatre, film and video games. Jai is also a passionate workshop leader, engaging with students and communities of all ages whilst covering a wide array of musical subjects.

Core Practioners



Aga Serugo-Lugo

Aga Serugo-Lugo

Tutor

An active tutor, workshop leader, singer/songwriter, and jazz musician, Aga is a regular tutor for Pegasus. Projects include the ‘Gifted and Talented Mini Opera’ project with schools in the Lambeth area, guest tutor for the ‘POSA’ Saturday Singing Academy and the SingUp! 'Clothesburger' project. Aga is also involved in projects right across the UK, such as the Bedfordshire Music Sing-Up ‘Community Voices’ Project and New London Orchestra’s education workshop. In addition to this he performs and composes regularly as part of jazz and blues groups, bringing his lively energy and sparkling humour to all areas of his work.

Robine Landi

Robine Landi

Tutor

Robine is a trained actor and singer who has extensive experience with coaching in both dramatic and vocal areas of performance.  Her involvement with Pegasus includes the SingUp ‘Clothesburger’ project and, more recently the ‘Gifted and Talented Mini Opera’ workshops across a group of schools in the Lambeth area. Robine has worked with organsiations all over the UK, such as the The Birmingham Stage Company, The National Theatre, Opera Holland Park, and MET Academy. She has also been involved with teaching children with learning difficulties, applying her enthusiastic and positive approach to a wide range of activities.

Omar Shahryar

Omar Shahryar

Tutor

A talented director and composer, Omar’s Pegasus work includes the ‘Gifted and Talented Mini Opera’ project, working collaboratively with the children to compose the Olympic themed song performed on mass by the schools, and tutoring the ‘POSA’ Saturday Academy. Omar brings valuable experience from his work with Royal Opera, Glyndebourne Youth Opera Company, and Opera North Education.

Alison Nicholls

Alison Nicholls

Tutor

Alison is a committed singing teacher and workshop leader, specialising in the Bel Canto technique. A key tutor on the ‘Gifted and Talented Mini Opera project, Alison has workshop experience with a wide range of ages and abilities through Sing-Up, Pegasus’s ‘Treemonisha’ project and working with autistic teenagers and young adults.

Elspeth Jennings

Elspeth Jennings

Tutor

Elspeth works both as an individual and group music teacher and workshop leader who began her professional singing career after winning a scholarship to the Ulster College of Music in 2002 to study under the direction of Ashley Fulton. In 2004, Elspeth was awarded a choral scholarship at King's College London graduating with a First Class Honours in music.  She is  in demand as a soloist and has performed in a variety of venues including St. Patrick's Cathedral Armagh, Belfast Cathedral and Soulbury Cathedral. Currently, Elspeth is rehearsing for the role of Cornelia in Handel's 'Giulius Cesare'.

Katherine Gillham

Katherine Gillham

Tutor

Kat is a dynamic and passionate composer and performer. She is involved in the ‘POSA’ Saturday Singing Academy, promoting good vocal technique and leading children in devising their own performances. Kat has experience teaching children and young people in a variety of musical areas with organisations such as BBC Proms, RCM Sparks, Glyndebourne Education and the Hackney Music Development Trust.

Herve Goffings

Herve Goffings

Tutor

Herve specialises in singing and movement, and works to inspire children and young people to express themselves through music, words and drama. Herve is a tutor for a number of Pegasus’s education programmes, most recently the ‘POSA’ Saturday Singing Academy and the ‘Gifted and Talented Mini Opera’ workshops. His other work includes leading drama workshops for L’Ouverture the European Theatre Company (ETC) and street dance tutor for Eastside Educational Trust. Herve’s endless supply of energy and innovative ideas are a great asset to the Pegasus team.

Grace Cookey-Gam

Grace Cookey-Gam

Tutor

Read Music at Birmingham University before training as a teacher at Goldsmiths College.She teaches singing at Woldingham and Coloma Convent Girl’s School and continues her  own vocal studies with Jacqueline Bremar. She enjoys helping people of all ages discover their voice and developed a successful singing course for Croydon’s Adult Education service (CALAT) which continues as a community choir. Grace trained as an animateur with Children's Music Workshop. She was guest vocal tutor for Glyndebourne Youth Opera this year and she regularly leads workshops and teacher training sessions for Sing Up, Pegasus Opera Company and Glyndebourne Education

Jai Channa

Jai Channa

Workshop Assistant

Jai read music at the University of Southampton, graduating with a BA in Music and Masters with Distinction. He is now working as a composer writing music for several mediums including theatre, film and video games. Jai is also a passionate workshop leader, engaging with students and communities of all ages whilst covering a wide array of musical subjects.