Matthew Swann is a classical music producer, curator and strategist. He has over 20 years’ experience across orchestral, chamber and choral music, creating ground-breaking formats and promoting a participatory and inclusive approach. He is co-founder of Your Turn Collective, a Director of Recruitment and Organisational Change at Achates, and until 2021 was Chief Executive of City of London Sinfonia (CLS).
Over the course of a decade at City of London Sinfonia, he transformed the orchestra into an audience engaged ensemble, with new and innovative performance formats that grew young, diverse audiences, and was driven by its participation programme that engaged with wider societal issues. He continues to advocate for the benefits that orchestras bring to the healthcare sector, particular as regards mental wellbeing and social prescribing.
With his co-founders at Your Turn Collective, they empower music creators from underrepresented backgrounds to create new work, reimagine historical repertoire and build community programmes on their own terms.
At Achates, he provides organisational change consultancy to a wide range of clients across arts and culture, including establishing a market disruptor, ethical executive search division with a focus on diversity and inclusion in senior roles in arts and culture. Previous to CLS, Matthew was a producer at the Roundhouse in Camden, where he created the Reverb and Voices Now festivals.