Patrons



Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon OBE

Doreen Lawrence was born in Jamaica, but settled in the UK at an early age. At the time of embarking on a BA Honours Humanities Degree, which was later successfully completed in 1995, her first son Stephen Lawrence was brutally murdered on 22nd April 1993. Following a nationwide appeal, Doreen Lawrence set upon challenging the British justice system and the police force due to their appalling racist behaviour against her family - which resulted in the conviction of two suspects in January 2012 through the abolishment of the double jeopardy law (2005). Doreen Lawrence is the Founder and Life President of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust - a charity that gives bursaries to young people to study architecture, in honour of her son Stephen who had high aspirations of becoming an architect. Doreen Lawrence was appointed OBE for services to community relations in 2003, awarded the Freedom of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in 2012 and received a life peerage in 2013, taking office in the House of Lords as a Labour Peer in October 2013 as Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon. Doreen Lawrence OBE was admitted as an Honorary Freewoman of the London Borough of Lewisham on 14th March 2014. On 22nd January 2016, Doreen Lawrence was inaugurated and officially welcomed as the Chancellor of De Montfort University in Leicester.


Kristin Lewis

Kristin Lewis is a lirico spinto soprano, internationally known for her interpretations of Verdi heriones such as the title role in Aida, Elisabetta in Don Carlo, Amelia in Un Ballo in Machera, and Leonora in Il Trovatore. She regularly performs at the Vienna Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, l’Opéra de Paris, Berlin Staatsoper, Carnegie Hall, Opera di Firenze, Avery Fisher Hall, Bayerische Staatsoper, Chorégies d'Orange, Royal Danish Theatre, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Vienna Konzerthaus, Teatro Regio di Torino, Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Puccini Opera Festival in Torre del Lago, Teatro Carlo Felice, Teatro Regio di Parma, l'Opera de Nice, Teatro San Carlo, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Opéra National de Lyon, Arena di Verona, and Teatro La Fenice. She has worked with illustrious conductors, including Nicola Luisotti, Alain Altinoglu, Gianandrea Noseda, Riccardo Muti, Philippe Jordan, Zubin Mehta, Donald Runnicles, Daniel Oren, Daniele Gatti, Alberto Veronesi, Bruno Bartoletti, Carlo Rizzi and Philippe Auguin. Ms. Lewis has received many honors and is very active in humanitarian work. In 2014, she established the Kristin Lewis Foundation, Inc, a nonprofit corporation designed to connect young singers with educational and professional experiences to further refine their talents. She is also an Ambassador for the Red Cross in Austria.


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!

Chuka Umunna MP

Born in October 1978 to a Nigerian father and English-Irish mother, Chuka grew up in Streatham and attended local schools. He studied Law at the University of Manchester and the University of Burgundy, followed by Nottingham Law School. Following his education and further training at a City law firm, he specialised as a solicitor in employment law and acted for both employees and employers for just under a decade.

Chuka was selected by Streatham Labour Party to be Labour's parliamentary candidate in March 2008, following the retirement of Keith Hill MP, who had served the constituency since 1992. Chuka retained the seat for Labour at the May 2010 General Election, winning 43% of the vote and becoming Streatham's first MP to have grown up in the area. He was re-elected at the 2015 General Election with the share of the vote rising to 53%.

In 2011 Chuka was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. He left this role in autumn 2015. Chuka is currently Chair of Parliament's All Party Parliamentary Group on social integration, and he sits on the Home Affairs Committee where he is holding the government to account. He is Chair of the ongoing independent inquiry into the Labour Party's support amongst Britain's Ethnic Minorities and also sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Progressive Capitalism.

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.

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.