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
Selling, managing and co-creating cutting-edge projects for her artists including sponsorship, events 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 The Tallis Scholars, Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini, the Escher String Quartet, Endellion String Quartet, pianist Noriko Ogawa and the vocal series Choral at Cadogan. Libby is a founding partner in Percius.
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 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.
Hannah Marsden - Artist Manager
Hannah started her musical life as a viola player whilst growing up in Lancashire. After studying Mathematics at the University of Warwick, from which she graduated with a first class honours degree, she returned to her musical roots as an intern at Intermusica working in both Tours & Projects and Marketing. Hannah then joined the External Relations department of City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra before continuing to Hazard Chase in August 2011 to work with Libby Percival and her clients including I Fagiolini, The Tallis Scholars and the Escher String Quartet. She also concert managed the series Choral at Cadogan. Hannah is delighted to be a founding partner at Percius and looks forward to an exciting future with the team.
Karen Sunabacka - Administrator
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.
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.