About Us

Founded in January 2020 by Alexandra Knight, Knight Classical provides bespoke Artist Management, Creative Projects, Consultancy, Orchestral Touring, Video Production and Website Design services for a wide array of individuals and institutions within the classical music field, the wider creative industries, commercial brands and businesses, and beyond.

Our Team

Alexandra Knight

Founder & CEO

T: +44 (0) 7515 879 123
E: alexandra@knightclassical.com

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Alexandra developed her early musical interests as a violinist and pianist, before going on to read Music at the University of Oxford, where a particular focus of her scholarship was the psychology of musical performance and listening.  Following this, she remained in Oxford to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law, graduating with Distinction.

Upon moving to London in 2012, Alexandra took her first job in the classical music business as an Assistant Artist Manager at Harrison/Parrott.  She joined the team of International Classical Artists in 2013, where she worked closely with Chairman Stephen Wright across all fields of artist management, orchestral touring, project creation & production, consultancy, and audio/audio-visual media projects.  During this time, she enjoyed producing major international tours for orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and working closely as a consultant to such organisations as the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and Florian Leonhard Fine Violins.  Alexandra’s passion has always been for artist management, where she has had the pleasure of managing such revered icons as Kyung Wha Chung and Sir James Galway, building swiftly rising careers for artists such as Alena Baeva and Joseph Bastian, and signing young prize-winning talents such as Moné Hattori and Anna Tsybuleva.

Alexandra became a Director of International Classical Artists (renamed Wright Music Management) in 2018, at the age of 28.  She launched Knight Classical Ltd in January 2020, where she now enjoys working closely with a wide range of management clients and creative projects.

Alongside music, Alexandra has a long-held fascination for foreign languages.  She speaks French and German, and has recently taken up the challenge of learning Russian.

Amelia Griggs

Accountant

T: +44 (0) 7921 460 303
E: amelia@knightclassical.com

Michael Hayward

Martin Kendrick

Head of Digital

T: +44 (0) 7960 083 499
E: martin@knightclassical.com

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Martin heads our Digital division. He has been filming and editing videos since 2010, building websites since 2006 and creating all sorts of other assets like photos, print and digital design along the way. He has worked on projects for a wide range of companies and individuals, from members of Parliament to major universities and Grammy-nominated musicians. He has worked on projects for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Steinway & Sons and the University of Cambridge, among others.

Johan Pieters

Artist Services Manager

E: johan@knightclassical.com

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Whilst obtaining his Honours degree in Marketing and a Post-graduate diploma in teaching, Johan also studied organ at the Conservatorium of the University of Potchefstroom, South Africa. After having taught music in a number of London schools, he worked in classical record sales before embarking on a career in Artist Management in 2012. Johan has been a member of the London Philharmonic Choir and St. Paul’s Cathedral Chorus since his arrival in the UK in 2003. In addition to his interest in music, he also enjoys accumulating Air miles exploring the globe.

Marcus Rice

Production Associate & Booking Agent

E: marcus@knightclassical.com

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Having studied Business & Management at the University of Manchester, Marcus gained experience in music data analysis and project management. Marcus began working in artist management in 2018, wanting to work more directly with artists, and joined Knight Classical in 2020. Marcus works across both the sales and media teams, and is committed to helping artists develop their careers by reaching new audiences and creating exciting digital content.

Alongside his work for Knight Classical, Marcus writes music and sound design for theatre, film, and podcast, and dreams of scoring the next James Bond movie.

He is also learning Spanish and getting back into painting.

Ian Smallbone

Consultant: Touring

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Ian Smallbone has earned a reputation for the successful development and delivery of orchestral projects and cultural events around the world for more than 30 years. He spent 25 years managing projects for the leading classical agency IMG Artists, working with a great many of the world’s major orchestras from Philadelphia, New York, Tokyo and Beijing, as well as the great historic European orchestras of St Petersburg, Moscow, London, Munich, Milan and Leipzig among others. His early experience touring orchestras worldwide led to more ground-breaking opportunities, starting with leading the team that planned and launched the multinational orchestra resident at Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and its concert hall Dewan Filharmonik Petronas in 1998, while also developing an extensive touring market for IMG Artists’ clients across the Asia-Pacific region.

On his return to Europe in 2001, a partnership Ian established with the acoustic design firm Artec led to operational planning consultancies for clients such as the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, The Music Centre in Wroclaw and the Ministry of Culture and Communications in Montreal, Quebec. He undertook consultancies for cultural clients such as the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai and the education department of the City of Basel, as well as the development and launch of the Canton International Summer Music Academy 2005-2007 in collaboration with the Beijing Music Festival Foundation. During those years Ian also delivered a number of cultural consultancies and touring projects for multinational corporations including Swire Group, UBS (Verbier Festival Orchestra), State Street, Credit Suisse, Statoil and Philips.

From 2008-2010 Ian led the IMG Artists production team that staged the award-winning Singapore Sun Festival in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board, the Abu Dhabi Festival (for the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation) from 2008-2012, the wine and culture festival Divino Tuscany in Florence, Italy in 2011-2012, and the Tuscan Sun Festival 2011-2012.

In 2013 Ian set up the event management and production company Smallbone & Lucifero Ltd with his wife and co-director Eleonora Lucifero, organising international orchestral projects and developing a number of multi-disciplinary and luxury events for private clients. During this time he joined Jan Latham-Koenig and Charles Hendry in the creation of the Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra – a ground-breaking initiative bringing together the very best of Russian and British talent. Here Ian oversees the various stages of development of the orchestra, including planning, orchestral recruitment, and global management of the project.

Stephen Wright

Consultant: Special Projects

E: stephen@knightclassical.com

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Stephen Wright (formerly Managing Director of Harold Holt and Founding Managing Director of IMG Artists Europe) has enjoyed an illustrious career of more than forty-five years, during which time he personally managed the careers of Semyon Bychkov, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Mariss Jansons, Sir Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa, Yevgeny Svetlanov, and Yuri Temirkanov, amongst others. Stephen has also acted as an advisory consultant to such institutions as Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Oslo Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and Tonhalle Zürich. Internationally recognised for reassessing business models and developing new media avenues, Stephen also set up the BBC Legends CD label, and produced a number of television documentaries such as the celebrated Art of Conducting, as well as filmed portraits of Ferenc Fricsay, Yevgeny Mravinsky, and Arturo Toscanini.

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