Tessa lives and breathes music and culture. In 2008 she founded the company ‘Music in Offices’  to bridge the gap between business and the arts. A year later she co-founded the Investec International Music Festival with pianist Wu Qian, which brings world-class music to the Surrey Hills where Tessa grew up. This festival has previously featured artists such as Nicola Benedetti CBE and Dame Sarah Connolly and to celebrate its 10th edition commissioned a triple concerto by Charlotte Bray for the world renowned Sitkovetksy Trio.

Tessa studied piano as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and completed  her postgraduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music where she was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2013. She has a portfolio career as a performer, teacher and businesswomen.

Her consultancy work currently includes working for the Culture Mile, Showcase Culture & City AM (as Culture Corner Curator).

Since 2017, Tessa has been both a Fellow at Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and a Fellow of Society of Leadership Fellows, St George’s, Windsor Castle.
Over the years, Tessa has accrued many markers of esteem for her work. Currently, she is a finalist in the National Business Women’s Awards 2020.

In 2018 Tessa worked alongside our founder Ian Ritchie as the Coordinator of the Arts, Health and Wellbeing Symposium of the Setúbal Music Festival and now in 2020 is the Artistic Director of the Festival.
Tessa is passionate about bringing music and the arts to new audiences and to creating inclusive environments for the audience and performers to participate and is excited and honoured to be taking up this role.