“I believe that creative arts and culture will have a vital role to play in reimagining high-streets, communities, towns and economies, as well as supporting mental health, lifestyle and wellness. An organisation like Tannahill Arts and Heritage can and will drive a new era of entrepreneurial partnership working across sectors, to support national recovery post-COVID" -Dr. Toni James, Managing Director of Tannahill Arts and Heritage
Considered among the finest Scottish pianists of her generation, soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and founding member of Neave Trio, Toni James, has attracted wide critical acclaim. “An outstanding musician” (New York Times) and “a chamber music pianist of the highest calibre” (MusicWeb International), Toni has been praised for the “personality of her interpretation” (New York Times) and lauded as “poised to join the ranks of the finest” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).
In addition to building a successful twenty-year career as a professional performing artist, Dr. Toni James is also a senior academic with extensive experience leading development of protoprofessional, industry-facing arts curricula within higher education institutions, and producing large-scale festivals, events and programming on behalf of major cultural organisations.
As Managing Director, she led the San Diego Guitar Festival, establishing it internationally as a significant and influential cultural organisation that attracts the finest guitarists from all over the world, as well as a leading provider of educational outreach for schools in low-income areas across Southern California. Recently, she has focused on providing the next generation of women in music with platforms for knowledge exchange, career pathways and industry mentoring, through the Women in Music Conference she developed at the University of Liverpool, delivered virtually March 2021.
Appointed Professor of Music at the School of Music and Dance at San Diego State University in 2015, she currently teaches classical performance and pedagogy, as well as directing chamber music at the University of Liverpool, where she was appointed Head of Academic Quality and Standards for the School of the Arts.
Artistic & Executive Director- Alan Fleming-Baird
In addition to his role as Artistic Director of Tannahill Arts and Heritage, composer and music director Alan Fleming-Baird is one of Scotland’s most exciting talents, "a composer with a real sense of what makes music dramatic" (The Scotsman) “writing music that packs a significant emotional punch” (Herald Scotland).
In addition to the release of his orchestral music by the Philharmonia Orchestra on Domain Records, Alan’s music has been performed and recorded by the UK’s leading ensembles including the Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra, London Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia of London, Kensington Philharmonic Orchestra, Paisley Festival Orchestra, London Voices, Belcea Quartet, Edinburgh Quartet, City of Birmingham Choir, and the Paragon Ensemble.
Alan has also been acclaimed as "a writer that truly understands what it is to be a musical dramatist for the theatre" (BBC Radio 4). Nominated for Best New Musical, Alan’s “Divided We Fall” opened in London and later New York City, and he has served as Musical Director for the hugely successful shows “Cats” and “Starlight Express” in London’s West End. Alan has also amassed an impressive array of musical credits in film and television including the BBC’s “Fully Booked”, “Edinburgh Uncovered” and “Pantoland”, Channel Four Film’s “A Different Kind of Christmas”, and the feature film “Where Demons Hide”.
Alan’s teachers include Sir John Tavener, Brian Eno, and Stephen Sondheim. Having held two Fellowships in composition, Alan studied composition, piano and conducting at the Royal College of Music in London, before accepting a scholarship for postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Currently completing his MA in Music and the Environment at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Alan is passionate about ensuring Tannahill Arts and Heritage is a sustainable creative enterprise. Alan is also committed to widening participation in new music. He is frequently engaged to compose works for amateur choirs and orchestras that accommodate varying skill levels, encouraging collaboration between professional and developing musicians.
Upcoming works include a new duo sonata for violin and piano commissioned by Renfrewshire Council’s Artist Development Scheme and a new piano quintet written for one of the UK’s finest young ensembles Maxwell String Quartet and pianist Toni James, funded by Creative Scotland.