Introducing our team...

Cambridge Handel Opera Company (CHOC) is extremely fortunate to have a gifted and devoted team to manage the company, as well as a wonderful team of trustees and associated supporters. Meet some of them here.

As Artistic Director of CHOC, Julian Perkins values co-creating staged productions of operas by Handel and his contemporaries that aim for a meaningful integrity between what happens in the music and on stage.

Julian Perkins has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms, directed the Academy of Ancient Music and conducted opera productions for organizations including the Buxton International Festival, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Kings Place, Netherlands Opera Academy, New Chamber Opera, New Kent Opera and Snape Maltings. He has performed as the solo harpsichordist in productions for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera and Northern Ireland Opera, assisted on numerous productions and worked with many leading period instrument ensembles and orchestras.

One of Julian’s longest associations is with the Southbank Sinfonia, for whom he conducts Baroque programmes at the Anghiari Festival in Italy. Their annual projects at the London Handel Festival see advanced string players learning about a wide range of Baroque music and performing it with Baroque bows and gut strings. This educational ethos infuses CHOC’s orchestra, where leading period instrumentalists from Sounds Baroque rehearse and perform alongside advanced students.

Amy came to Clare College, Cambridge, in 1975 on a two-year Mellon Fellowship from Yale in the field of early music performance practice. Following a postgraduate opera course at the Royal Academy of Music, she returned to Cambridge. She has been teaching singing here ever since, at many colleges and as Head of Classical Voice at Anglia Ruskin University. She is an Associate Tutor and Senior Member at Hughes Hall, where she also directs the college choir. She is currently working on a PhD in vocal pedagogy at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Amy serves on the Board of Trustees for Cambridge Youth Opera and the Executive Committee of the Cambridge Summer Music Festival. Her engagement with CHOC began as an Ambassador in 2018, and she subsequently joined the Board of Trustees.

A graduate in French and Spanish, Heather Swain lives in Dulwich and is a keen amateur singer with choirs that perform in the principal London venues and regularly tour in Europe. Her varied educational and business roles have ranged from ownership of the  Dulwich First Steps Montessori Day Nursery, of which she was Principal, to joint ownership and directorship of Le Chardon Brasserie Ltd.

A keen supporter of CHOC, Heather believes in the importance of the transformative ability of music education at all stages in life.

CHOC Board and Trustees

Louise Soden


Professor Peter Holman MBE

Vice Chair

Michael Darvell


Dr Lawrence Zazzo


Professor David McKitterick


Dr Alan Morgan


Richard Perkins


Amy Klohr


CHOC Ambassadors

Dr Simon Bailey

Dr Alan Howard

Andrew Radley

Dr William Salaman

Dr Ruth Smith

Ian Soden


Dr Andrew Jones

Artistic Advisor

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