About City Music Foundation

Turning talent into success

Our mission is to turn exceptional musical talent into professional success by equipping outstanding musicians with tools, skills, experience, and networks to help them make a living from making music.

CMF’s mission is ‘turning talent into success’. We select exceptional professional musicians at the start of their careers, when managing ‘the business of music’ can be a challenge, and support them with a comprehensive career development programme. Agency and management are fundamental to CMF’s role, but only a part of what we do. We also arrange mentoring, run workshops, make CDs, videos and websites, commission new music, secure airtime on BBC Radio 3 and promotion though online, print and social media, and put on our own recitals and concerts.

CMF Alumni tell us of the many ways CMF has helped them during the very fragile early stages of their professional careers. Getting the necessary visibility, and developing networks, gaining recognition in the industry, having recordings and commissions – all this has allowed them to secure their careers as performers.

Our aim is that CMF artists are ready for four decades or more of contributing to society’s culture and well-being – reaching hundreds of thousands of people through live performance, CDs, streaming, broadcasts, teaching and mentoring – giving back a thousand fold what CMF has given them.

The CMF Artist programme includes:

  • Artist and project management – across the UK and beyond
  • Performance opportunities at events and residencies curated and promoted by CMF
  • Mentoring and coaching – artistic, organisational skills, music industry
  • Career development workshops
  • Commissioning promotional tolls – photos, websites, videos and CDs
  • Commissioning new music
  • Promotion in print, online and on air
  • Access to day to day support from the CMF Team



Dr Clare Taylor

Managing Director

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Clare is a co-founder of CMF (along with Sir Roger Gifford) and has been a Trustee since the beginning, before taking the helm in 2015.

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 Bartholomew 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 Adès, 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.


Latana Phoung

Artist Manager

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Latana joined CMF in 2019 after three years as Assistant to the Head of Music at the Barbican, London.

Born in Paris to Algerian and Chinese parents, Latana Phoung trained as a mezzo-soprano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied under the tutelage of Prof. Laura Sarti and completed the intensive course with the National Opera Studio. Before moving to London, she completed a Master’s degree in Art History with distinctions at Sorbonne University/Freie Universität and was a chorister at the choir school of Radio France for eight years. She has worked with major conductors including Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, and Kent Nagano in Théâtre des Champs Elisées and Salle Pleyel, and has performed roles such as Gluck’s Orpheus, Bizet’s Carmen (Questor’s Theatre, London), and Mozart’s Marcellina (Actor’s Church, London). An experienced early music performer, Latana has taken solo parts in Lully’s Idylle sur Paix (with Christian Curnyn), Handel’s Messiah (with Andrew Watts), Spanish baroque songs (with Madrid Barroco Orchestra), and Monteverdi’s Eight Book of Madrigals (with Michel Laplénie). She has also performed at Wexford Opera House, Handel and Hendrix House, Château Clos Lucé, Purcell Room, Opera Studio of Geneva, and Baugé Opera. She is the founder of Musicanima Theatre, an opera & puppet company.

Whilst Assistant to the Head of Music at the Barbican (2016-2019), Latana was Programming Coordinator for the ECHO Rising Stars scheme and Production Manager for Tune in to Access, an initiative that worked with organisations to develop creative approaches to access in the Arts. Latana has a keen interest in widening access to classical music and has a firm belief that the Arts, particularly music and theatre, have the ability to transcend differences and communicate with everyone. In her spare time Latana is an avid Baroque dancer, performing with the Covent Garden Minuet Company.


Fleur Chaffé

Communications & Events Manager

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Having worked with CMF in the past on various projects, Fleur joined the team as the Communications & Events Manager.

Daniel Gethin

General Assistant

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Daniel joins the team as Assistant to the Managing Director, combining his writing and research work for City Music Foundation with a career as a freelance countertenor.

After reading English at university, he embarked on a career as a musician, singing first at New College, Oxford as a lay clerk before moving to London, where he sings with St Paul’s Cathedral, Temple Church and the Brompton Oratory. He has worked with vocal ensembles such as EXAUDI, Ex Cathedra and Oxford Bach Soloists, and has sung for conductors including David Skinner, Laurence Cummings and Eamonn Dougan. He is a member of Vox Medicea, an ensemble founded by the Medici Archive Project which seeks to revive Florentine Polyphony during the era of the Medici family, singing from part-books.

He has also worked for the charity Pimlico Musical Foundation as a Teacher-Singer since its conception in 2018, combining his love for singing and education. In his spare time, he is a keen golfer, failing to improve year on year.


Derri Lewis

Assistant Artist Manager

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Derri joined the CMF team in 2022 as Assistant Artist Manager, working part-time alongside his Masters studies and freelance career as a composer.

Described in BBC Music Magazine as “bold, clear-headed and original”, Derri’s music often incorporates a vivid and playful approach to timbre and rhythm, and explores themes of LGBTQ+ identity. As a freelance composer, Derri has collaborated with musicians and ensembles such as BBC National Orchestra of Wales, mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston, and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. His music is released on Delphian Records and NMC Recordings, and is published by Stainer & Bell. Derri studied Composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, graduating in 2020 after a study abroad term in Zürich with first class honours.

In addition to his work at CMF and as a composer, Derri is an associate trustee for the National Centre for Early Music in York, and continues his Masters studies in Cultural Policy and Creative Industries at King’s College London.



Alastair King

Alastair is currently Founder and Chairman of Naisbitt King Asset Management Limited (NKAML) and Alderman for the Ward of Queenhithe.

Alastair is the Founder and Chairman of Naisbitt King Asset Management Limited (NKAML), an independent, FCA-regulated fund management firm, headquartered in London.  NKAML is a noted specialist in London’s global fixed income markets and runs a number of fixed income funds.  It also advises on Islamic debt instruments (sukuk) and green bonds.  Previously, Alastair was the Founder and Chief Executive of Eredene Capital, an infrastructure investment fund.  At the start of his career, he qualified as a solicitor in London and practised with a major City of London firm.  Alastair also has a Masters degree from London Business School.  Alastair was elected as the Alderman of the Ward of Queenhithe in the City of London in November 2016.  Prior to this election, he represented the Ward of Queenhithe as a councillor continuously from 1999 to 2016.  He sits on the City of London Finance and Culture committees, as well as serving as a Governor of one of its schools.  He sits on the boards of a number of charities and voluntary bodies.


Dr Kate Gee

Kate Gee is a Psychologist and Research Fellow in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music (RCM) and an honorary Research Fellow at Imperial College London.

She has worked on the £1m AHRC funded HEartS project, exploring the impact of the arts and culture on health and wellbeing, from individual, social, and economic perspectives. She also taught Arts and Health and Research Methods and Ethics courses at the RCM.

Between 2013 – 2018 Kate spent five years as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, where she established the first cross-faculty undergraduate course in music psychology, whilst teaching research methods and postgraduate courses on critical perspectives on mental health and wellbeing. She also became program director for the UKs first part-time Psychology Conversion Course. Kate has supervised numerous PhD and MSc students.

Prior to lecturing she undertook postdoctoral research with the Sheffield Performer and Audience Research Centre, as well as working for the Sheffield Cognitive and Neuroimaging Laboratory within Academic Clinical Psychiatry.

Kate trained as a psychologist at the University of Sheffield, completing a BSc (2003), MSc in research methods (2005), and PhD in social psychology and music (2010). Kate’s PhD research was carried out under the tutelage of Prof Chris Spencer and Prof Stephanie Pitts, examining musical identities and portfolio careers in artists.

Her current research focusses on music-making, musicians’ careers (the nature of portfolio working), and wellbeing (particularly performance anxiety and perfectionism). She uses applied methodologies and lifespan, career, and social identity frameworks to understand musicians’ lives and work. She was a previous trustee for the British Association for Music Therapy.


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.


Peter Tompkins


Advisory Board

Sir Mark Boleat, Former Chairman of Policy for the City of London
Paul Max Edlin, Composer and Director of music at QMUL
Wim Hautekiet, Board Member of Quantessence Limited
Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE, Former Managing Director, Barbican Centre
Stephen Kirk, CEO, SKCI Business Consultancy
Kathryn McDowell CBE, Managing Director, London Symphony Orchestra
William Palin, CEO, Barts Heritage
Seb Scotney, Editor, London Jazz News
Adrian Waddingham CBE, Former Partner, Barnett Waddingham



City Music Foundation is very happy to have wonderful patrons who understand our mission, and why it is so essential, and help us to support outstanding musical talent:

Alison BalsomIain BurnsideSimon Callow CBEJacqui DankworthAmy DicksonPlácido Domingo KBE, John Gilhooly Sally MatthewsJennifer PikeJoan Rodgers CBESimon Russell Beale CBESir Richard Stilgoe OBERoger VignolesBrodsky Quartet 

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