Gillian Humphreys OBE - Founder and Artistic Director
In true Renaissance style, international soprano Gillian Humphreys combines her love of the Arts with her admiration for her audiences and brings her innovative range of performances and lectures to theatres and platforms worldwide. Welsh-born (Pontypridd) Gillian studied with Dame Eva Turner at the Royal Academy of Music and worked in London and California with Sir Tyrone Guthrie. A principal soprano with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, Gillian has sung in major opera houses across the United States and Europe and performed with the Glyndebourne Festival and Welsh National Opera Companies. Gillian sang at Californian Pops Concerts with Nelson Riddle and appeared in TV shows with Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin. In the UK, Gillian appeared on television and in concert with Dick Emery, Morecombe and Wise, the Two Ronnies, Stanley Baxter, Ken Dodd, Bruce Forsyth, John Inman and Max Bygraves. For the Millennium, Gillian appeared with Michael Ball in a Gala Concert with the Italian Symphony Orchestra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A leading actress in operetta, Gillian’s theatre career continued with performances in Ivor Novello’s Perchance to Dream, The Dancing Years and Raymond Gubbay Viennese Galas at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank. Television appearances include her one-woman show, ‘Home Sweet Home’ – the tempestuous life of one of the world’s greatest prima donnas, Adelina Patti, who sang at all the world’s great opera houses including the Teatro Amazonas at Manaus and the Teatro Colon at Buenos Aires ... For Gillian's full biography, please click here.
Natasha Day - Concerts and Development Manager
Natasha took on the role as Concerts and Development Manager in October 2016 and is hugely enjoying getting to know existing and new Friends, Supporters and Musicians. She coordinates Concordia’s busy schedule of over 90 performances a year and, together with Gillian, compiles the Foundation’s roster of wonderful Artists. Natasha looks after sponsorship and seeks ways of nurturing and furthering Concordia’s important and beneficial work.
JOHN SAVOURNIN - EDUCATION MANAGER
John has worked with Gillian and the Foundation for many years, as a singer as well as a writer and director for Young Audiences Projects. As Education Manager, he brings his experience in this field to mounting these projects, creatively and administratively, which introduce music and theatre to children through participatory workshops and through interactive performances. He is also responsible for developing links with external companies for these projects, with recent collaborations being with Opera North and Charles Court Opera. John is delighted to be part of Concordia’s future, and work closely with Gillian and Natasha.