Who we are
Toby Hawks - Co-director
Toby Hawks is a freelance musician, musical curator, teacher and linguist. A graduate in French and German, he also speaks Finnish and is learning Gaelic. He has a deep interest in the music of the Nordic countries, and in 2013-2014 spent a year in Kaustinen, Finland, as a student on the Ala-Könni Folk Music course, immersing himself in the musical traditions of Finland. As well as the modern classical violin, he plays the Baroque violin and various Nordic folk string instruments, including the nyckelharpa, hardingfele (Hardanger Fiddle) and kantele.
He believes that great music deserves great context: that a concert, like an art exhibition, should have a coherent, legible theme and be as much a visual and sensory experience as an aural one.
Simon Munro - Co-director
Simon Munro is a designer and teacher, committed to evolving practice for art, design and the environment. With a career built on landscape architectural practice, community landscape and garden design, he was Principal Lecturer and Course Director at Kingston University where he jointly-led the EU-funded Interreg IVB North Seafaring maritime heritage and spatial planning project as co-director of the Landscape Interface practice and research studio. He has exhibited, taught and lectured widely including at the Royal College of Art and Royal Botanic Garden Kew.
Simon was partner in a business presenting work at London Fashion Week, and has worked with The British Council, Crafts Council and Royal Mail alongside collaborations with many international businesses, charities and arts organisations to present work for exhibition, publication and media. Work is held in the Victoria & Albert Museum, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, University of the Arts London, Musée Galliera and British Council Collections and, in addition to being awarded an AHRC Research Fellowship, was selected for the Higher Education Funding Council Research Assessment Exercise on two occasions.