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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 serves on the Independent Monitoring Board of Exeter Prison, is a liveryman of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, and is a member of the Athenaeum. Clare is delighted to have 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!


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