Founded by Nigel Brown OBE, Libby Percival and John Willan in August 2012, the team at Percius offers superb international contacts. In forging Percius, they bring together their skills in what will be a new vision for the arts world: a fast moving, effective and streamlined organisation equipped to deal with diverse projects and artists either for general management, project management or consultancy. We hope our straightforward, honest approach and skill-sets will complement those of our clients, inspiring confidence and creativity.
Nigel Brown OBE - Partner
Founder of the financial services and investment management company, NWBrown Group Ltd in 1974, Nigel is a partner in the IQ Capital VC fund, a hi-tech early stage venture fund. Nigel continues to help string players with their instruments and bows through the syndicated trust schemes he pioneered over 25 years ago; he also uses his own trust, the Stradivari Trust to help with concerts and recordings. Nigel holds an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the Anglia Ruskin University, he was given an Individual Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2007 and was made OBE in 2008. He was High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire 2010-2011, is an Honorary Fellow of Hughes Hall College, Cambridge, and is an honorary member of the Royal Society of Musicians. Nigel is Chair of the Cambridge Citizens Advice Bureau, Chair of the Helimedix service MAGPAS and is a Governor of Anglia Ruskin University.
Libby Percival - Partner
Libby is managing partner for Percius, creating and overseeing cutting-edge projects for its artists including sponsorship and recording projects. Libby was until July 2012 Senior Artist and Events Manager at Hazard Chase Ltd. After training as a violinist and soprano, Libby graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Music before working with The King’s Consort and Robert King from 1999. She joined Hazard Chase as an Artist Manager in 2002 managing a diverse range of artists including long-term collaborations with The Tallis Scholars, Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini, the Escher String Quartet, Endellion String Quartet and pianist Noriko Ogawa: she started the vocal series Choral at Cadogan. Libby is a founding partner in Percius with Nigel Brown OBE and John Willan FRAM, she is a trustee and director of Cambridge Early Music.
John Willan FCA - Partner
A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, John began his music career as a producer at EMI working with high profile artists such as Tennstedt, Muti, Rattle (producing his first record), Eschenbach, Munrow, Ozawa, Sawallisch, Jochum, Gavrilov and Kremer before being appointed Managing Director of the LPO where amongst other achievements he secured the first ever orchestral residency at the Royal Festival Hall. John then joined BBC Worldwide to build a music business, BBC Music, which by the time he left was turning over £6.5 million. Chairman of Hazard Chase for 11 years until August 2011 and of IAMA for seven years until December 2012, John is a Governor and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music where he serves as chair of the Audit Committee, is a Professor at the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, a tutor at BPP and consults on various other projects.
Desiree Ayton - Associate
Desireé began learning music at the age of eight with guitar lessons, continuing with piano and violin in her teenage years. In 2008 Desireé graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Music Business from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. During her studies she interned for artist management company RLM/Mission Management, and recording company Equity Music Group. In 2011 she received her Masters of Science, Entertainment Business from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida and in 2013 joined the music licensing department at SESAC, a performing rights organisation in Nashville. Desireé relocated to the UK in 2014 and is delighted to join the team at Percius.
Annie Barton - Associate
Originally a linguist and choral singer, Annie graduated with an MA in literary translation (including opera translation) before starting out on her music management career at Hazard Chase Ltd, where she served as Assistant Artist Manager to more than 20 singers, including James Gilchrist, Christopher Purves, and Joanne Lunn. She speaks French, Italian and Czech, as well as her native English, and has travelled extensively. Annie now lives in Prague, where she combines her work as a translator with international project work and music management. She is delighted to be working with Percius on the development of their future projects.
Karen Sunabacka - Associate
Karen began her music studies with cello lessons at age six. During her teenage years she performed, recorded and toured with the Mennonite Children’s Choir. In 2008 She completed her PhD in Music Theory and Composition from the University of California at Davis. She has taught composition, music theory and other university level courses in California and Canada. With a passion for programme development she has managed, reimagined and implemented music programmes and tours at Providence University College, she started summer arts camps and composers’ workshops and directed and founded the Providence Performing Arts School. Karen is regularly commissioned by choral groups, small ensembles and chamber orchestras. Most notably, Karen was the featured composer for the 2010 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and in February 2009 she won the Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region, Emerging Composers Competition. She has worked with numerous ensembles, performers and arts organisations and is delighted to join the team at Percius.
Alice Beverley - Assistant
Alice graduated from Bristol University in July with a first in English Literature, where she enjoyed exploring music in literature, including essays on Harmony and Hierarchy in Paradise Lost and a dissertation on the musicality of sound in the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Since graduating Alice has worked at Maestro Arts, a gallery and an art and music management agency, she teaches singing at Princess Frederica Preparatory School in Kensal Rise, and is currently doing research on the history of opera for the Theatre and Performance department of the Victoria & Albert Museum. In her free time she enjoys choral singing and performs regularly with choirs across London.
Christopher Roberts - Assistant
A composer, harpsichordist and cellist Chris also works part-time as the Administrator for Cambridge Early Music. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Leeds in 2015 and has previously held positions at the National Centre for Early Music, the Historically-Informed Summer School and Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra. Chris’s thesis explored the musical interests, activities and networks of members of the provincial population in 18th century Yorkshire. Amongst others his compositions have been performed by Fretwork on BBC Radio 3 and The Clothworkers Consort of Leeds.