Our host, and trip director Stephen Carpenter, spent his career in orchestra management, starting in Scotland in the early 1980s with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and later the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. In 1988 he moved to London to take on the role of Chief Executive first of the City of London Sinfonia and then the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment . His passion for Felix Mendelssohn led him to begin researching Mendelssohn's experiences in Great Britain. Now in addition to serving as the orchestral manager for Chineke, a pioneering and award winning youth orchestra in London dedicated to multicultural diversity and social change, Stephen directs his own cultural tour company. Carpenter Holidays including planning and leading "Mendelssohn in Scotland" which follow exactly in Mendelssohn's footsteps nearly 200 years after his visit in 1829. Read more at www.carpenterholidays.com,
Mythica was delighted to begin our partnership with Stephen for our first musical journey in the fall of 2019. This will be our fourth collaboration in the UK, and Mythica students have consistently raved about his extraordinary hospitality, professionalism and attention to detail as well as the musical expertise and enthusiasm which are such a gift.