Jane Beese is Director of Music at Manchester International Festival, where she oversees music content for the biennial festival and The Factory, due to open in 2023.
Previous roles include Head of Music at the Roundhouse and Head of Contemporary Music at the Southbank Centre, where she served as Director of Meltdown festival alongside artistic curators including David Bowie, Patti Smith, Morrissey, and David Byrne. In 2009 she was nominated to the British Council’s Cultural Leadership Programme and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the CPA and the Creative Advisory Board at Help Musicians UK.
Linton Stephens is Sub-Principal Bassoon with Chineke! Orchestra and a BBC Radio 3 presenter, having fronted shows including Sounds Connected, Music Matters and Classical Fix Podcast.
In addition to being a member of Chineke! Orchestra he has performed with many of the UK’s leading professional orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. A passionate advocate for equality, Linton is Chair of the Musicians Union equalities committee, a mentor for the BBC’s open music scheme and a governor of Chethams School of Music.
Paul is part of Audio Alway’s team, delivering audio projects for brands, talent and broadcasters. He started his career as a journalist before moving over to radio producing and programming.
He’s passionate about Manchester’s art scene having grown up with family links to arts and cultural organisations like Walk The Plank, Manchester International Arts and The Met in Bury.
He’s excited to hear from diverse and creative organisations across Greater Manchester.