Who we are
Toby Hawks - Co-director
Toby Hawks is a musician, musical curator, qualified teacher and linguist. A graduate in French and German, he also speaks Finnish, a little Icelandic and is learning Gaelic. 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 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. His other passion is British music, in particular Edward Elgar, and this led him to set up the biennial chamber music festival Elgar in Sussex, based in Fittleworth, West Sussex. 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 with wide experience, mainly centred around teaching in Higher Education and landscape architectural practice. He worked as part of teams for the Castle Mall Park, Norwich; Les Jardins de la Mer, St. Helier and the British Embassy, Dublin and in addition to design and contract management for landscape has led public consultation events and workshops for communities. He has jointly-delivered the EU Interreg funded maritime heritage and spatial planning North Seafaring project and has had work selected for the Higher Education Funding Council Research Assessment Exercise on two occasions. In addition to directing degree shows and marketing for the Landscape Interface Studio at Kingston University, he was a partner in a fashion business presenting work both at trade shows and on the catwalk at London Fashion Week and in Paris, Mexico City & São Paulo between 1997 & 2002, and has collaborated with many businesses, charities and arts organisations to present work as part of projects, exhibitions, publications, broadcast media and archives.