Samir has over 20 years’ experience as a senior manager in the cultural sector. He took up the post of Festival Director in 2016 and this year presents his fourth Festival. His role comprises general management of the Festival on a year-round basis, including programming, artistic planning, marketing, fundraising, budgeting and oversight of all of the Festival’s functions from board recruitment to ticketing. Previously he held fundraising and marketing positions at the Royal College of Music, Shakespeare’s Globe, English National Opera, the Royal Academy of Arts and Handel House.
Samir is a recognised writer and public speaker on topics ranging from the lack of diversity in the arts to the choral works written by composers in reaction to the Great War. His articles have been published in Classical Music magazine and Arts Professional. From 2014 to 2018, he chaired the Institute of Fundraising’s Cultural Sector Network’s national conference, the largest event of its type in Europe for arts and heritage fundraisers. Outside of work, he is an active singer, mainly with Pegasus, the award-winning chamber choir he co-founded, and is a trustee of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and the Harrison Parrott Foundation, which seeks to support and champion diversity and inclusivity within the arts.