Who's who

Clare Adams
Press & PR Consultant

Clare works freelance and has been involved with Garsington Opera for 24 years. She specialises in the promotion of the arts and as well as Garsington Opera she works with the Oxford Lieder Festival. She has worked in theatre, dance, visual arts and music - three of the most inspirational people she has worked with are Richard Demarco, Peter Gill and Leonard Ingrams. Clare loves walking her two Lucas terriers, playing tennis and singing in her local choir. 

Helen Kirkaldie
Finance Manager

Helen is Finance Manager for the Garsington office and PA to Nicola Creed and Douglas Boyd. She joined the company in November 2015 and is thoroughly enjoying working in the arts industry following roles in finance for a graphic design company. When not at her desk she loves going to the gym, walking, bodyboarding in Cornwall and spending time at home watching films with her family.

Philip Gietzen
Box Office Manager

Philip started working at Garsington in 2013 as Box Office Assistant and now manages the Box Office team. A music graduate of Bangor University, Philip enjoys the operas of Wagner and Britten and singing with the Thame Chamber Choir. Outside of opera, he enjoys supporting Brighton and Hove Albion, drinking real ale and beavering away in the kitchen. 

Emily Kenefeck
Marketing Manager

Emily joined Garsington in November 2015 and manages all print and digital marketing, including the season programme, website and social media. She studied Music at Hatfield College, Durham and Nottingham before starting her career in arts marketing, with roles in theatre, music education and educational publishing. She loves walking and cycling, especially in the Yorkshire Dales, Scotland and the Chiltern Hills closer to home. She also enjoys badminton and losing herself in a good book. 

Anna Playfair
Arts Administration / Deputy Company Manager

Anna joined Garsington in October 2015 and, following a role in the Box Office, now works in Arts Administration and Company Management. She studied Music at St John's College, Durham, before working at a prep school in Chichester. She lives with friends in Oxford and enjoys exploring the local area. She is particularly proud of having worn a different dress every evening during the 2017 Season at Garsington! 

Karen Gillingham
Creative Director, Learning & Participation

In 2007 Karen started working with Garsington as a freelance artist working on various learning and participation projects. Two years later she took on a consultancy role working alongside the Education Manager to advise on the programme content. In 2011 she became the Creative Director of the Learning & Participation Programme. She enjoys collaborating with such a passionate team.