About City Music Foundation

Turning talent into success

Our mission is to turn exceptional musical talent into professional success by equipping outstanding musicians with the tools, skills, experience and networks they need to build and sustain rewarding and profitable careers.

Through an annual competitive audition process we select classical soloists and chamber ensembles, as well as jazz, folk and world musicians. These ‘CMF Artists’ then engage in an innovative two-year programme which includes artistic and business mentoring as well as professional development workshops. These cover a range of topics such as managing finances, tax and pensions, legal input on copyright and contracts, plus presentation and interview skills, promotion and publicity strategies and much more.

CMF’s key position in the City means that we can use our experience, knowledge and connections within the music industry, City institutions and the corporate world to provide unique and unrivalled support and education for our musicians.

In addition we work with the CMF Artists to develop promotional tools, such as websites, photos, recordings and videos, and the Artist Manager arranges live performance opportunities. Finally the musicians are fully supported by CMF in devising, organising, funding and promoting a bespoke musical project to help them develop a unique niche and selling point.

We believe that by investing in these talented musicians early in their professional careers we can not only secure their employment, but help to ensure the future of quality music in the UK and beyond.

Dr Clare Taylor

Managing Director

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Dr Clare Taylor was a founder of the City Music Foundation with Roger Gifford and has been a Trustee since the beginning. Clare trained as a doctor at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College and spent time in laboratory research obtaining a PhD at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund before going on to becomes a consultant haematologist and a Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists.

Before deciding on a career break to support Roger in his role in the City, Clare was a medical director with the UK blood services, and a consultant to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency as well as holding an international role in haemovigilance .

Alongside her medical career, Clare has been immersed in music all her life having musical parents and musical children. She sang with the choir of St Barts the Great for many years, and with the Tallis Chamber Choir, as well as Collegium Musicum for whom she was a soloist in St John’s Smith Square. In 2000 she was a founder member and then a trustee of the Choir of the 21st Century.  She has sung under the baton of many conductors including Thomas Ades, Steuart Bedford, Martyn Brabbins, Hilary Davan Wetton, Mark Elder, John Gardner, Roy Goodman, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Richard Hickox, Neeme Jarvi, Stephen Layton, John Lubbock, Charles Mackerras, Roger Norrington, Andrew Parrott, Jeffrey Tate, and Guy Woolfenden.

Clare is also a director of Ludlow Song and a trustee of Two Moors Festival. She is a liveryman of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. Clare has hugely enjoyed the opportunity to make this career change from medicine to music.


Tabitha McGrath

Artist Manager

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Tabitha hails from North Lincolnshire and following studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Leipzig Hochschule für Musik und Theater, she became involved in artist management in London. Having worked for IMG Artists and HarrisonParrott, Tabitha joined the company in March 2014 and now manages the Artist Programmes.

Tabitha’s passions lie in contemporary classical music, jazz and dance; and outside of work she plays netball for the mighty Wandsworth Netball Club, runs, skis and travels as much as possible.


Philip Barrett

Executive Assistant

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Phil is CMF’s latest recruit, joining after two years working at BBC Radio 3. Phil studied Music at King’s College, Cambridge where he was also choral scholar.

Phil began working for BBC Radio 3 before graduating and has worked on programmes including Essential Classics and In Tune. Phil also presented his own radio show on Cambridge’s leading community station, Cambridge 105. But after two years working in radio, Phil decided to join the charity sector.

Before the BBC, Phil studied Music at King’s College, Cambridge where he was also choral scholar. As a member of King’s College Choir Phil, sang seven services a week, toured Europe, USA, Asia and Australia, performed with orchestras such as the Academy of Ancient Music and the Philharmonia, and recorded ten CDs of music by Britten, Faure and Gabrieli. Whilst at university Phil also staged two operas: Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River and John Tavener’s Mary of Egypt, which was directed by the composer’s daughter.

Outside of work Phil reviews concerts for Bachtrack, listens to Bach, plays Bach, thinks about Bach…. and at weekends flees to the hills!



Sir Roger Gifford

Roger is Head of SEB London and is a former Lord Mayor of the City of London (2012-13).

Born in St Andrews, Scotland and educated at Sedbergh School and Trinity College, Oxford, Roger began his career in the financial sector at S.G. Warburg & Co in the 1970s, joining the Nordic bank SEB in 1982.

Prior to his appointment as Head of SEB London, Roger worked in the capital markets in London and headed the bank’s operations in Japan for six years. He has been Chairman and is now Vice Chairman of the Association of Foreign Banks. His business interests lie in raising finance for companies in the global capital markets.

In 2004, Roger was elected as Alderman for the Ward of Cordwainer in the City of London. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, as well as the International Bankers and the Cordwainers livery companies. He became the 685th Lord Mayor of the City of London in November 2012.

Roger is a Trustee of several charities as well as a patron for MyBnk. He is Chairman of the English Chamber Orchestra charity and Tenebrae Choir and is a trustee of the City Music Foundation, St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation and the Barbican Centre Trust. He was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to international business, culture and the City.


Sir Mark Boleat

Mark is a former Chairman of Policy for the City of London and has had a distinguished finance career.

After degrees at Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) and the University of Reading, he spent 25 years working for major national, European and international trade associations. He joined the Building Societies Association in 1974, holding a number of positions before being appointed Director General in 1986. Mark went on to hold many such positions at leading financial institutions including at Britain’s largest trade association, the Association of British Insurers.

In 1999, Sir Mark established Boleat Consulting, a consultancy business specialising in trade association strategy and management and the handling of public policy issues. He has also undertaken projects for the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the Government of Jersey, and has published twelve books on various financial and public policy issues.

Mark is a member of the Court of Common Council of the City of London where he was Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee for five years to May 2017.  He is currently a member of that Committee and of the Planning and Transportation, Establishment and Investment Committees.

Mark was awarded a knighthood in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to the financial services industry and local government in London.


Sir Andrew Parmley

Andrew is Principal of the Harrodian School and a former Lord Mayor of the City London (2016-17).

He has been an elected Member of Common Council since 1992 and was elected Alderman of Vintry Ward in 2001 upon the retirement of Sir John Chalstrey. He has served on most of the Corporation’s committees and has been Chairman of both the City of London School for Girls and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

He is Principal at the Harrodian School in West London, Organist of Wren’s “lantern”, St James Garlickhythe, and a specialist in 17th-century French music.

He is a member of eight Livery Companies and was Master Musician in 2011-2012. He also supports several charities and is Chairman of the Montessori St Nicholas Charity.

Andrew was knighted in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to Music, Education and Civic Engagement.


Advisory Board

Guy Harvey, Partner, Shepherd and Wedderburn

Wim Hautekiet, Managing Director, JP Morgan

Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican Centre

Alastair King, Chairman, Naisbitt King Asset Management

Kathryn McDowell CBE, Managing Director, London Symphony Orchestra

Ian Ritchie, Artistic Director and Music Curator, Setubal Music Festival

Seb Scotney, Editor, London Jazz News

Philip Spencer, Development Consultant

Adrian Waddingham CBE, Partner, Barnett Waddingham

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