Farnham Festival Committee


The new committee are really enjoying taking on the challenge of organising the next Farnham Festival and we are honoured to follow in the footsteps of such talented and committed forbears.


The committee are very keen to deliver the spirit of the festival as conceived by creative genius Alan Fluck in 1961 working with his friends Raymond and Eileen Krish. We are absolutely delighted that The Krish Family continue to support the festival over 50 years later.


It is three years since the last Farnham Festival, the 2017 festival will be slightly shorter than in the past so that it can segue into the Spark Arts Festival. The committee are very clear that this festival, which provides young people of all abilities to experience the joy of new music, must continue. We do however recognise that there is a great deal of music and arts provision in the area and so in a bid to secure our festival on an enduring basis we have been in discussion with the Maltings and the Spark Festival organisers to combine our efforts from 2018. This is an exciting opportunity to deliver a week of music and arts in Farnham on an annual basis. Watch this space for further news!



Chairman : Nicky Murdoch


Nicky served in the British Army for 30 years with her final tour at the Royal Military School of Music at Kneller Hall. Her interest in Music was developed at school and has remained ever since. She has lived in Farnham since 1985 when she joined Farnham Operatic Society taking principal roles, mostly singing in the chorus, acting as production manager and taking on the role of Chairman; the first women elected to the role. Since leaving the Army Nicky has been a Programme Manager with a Youth Education charity that trained and provided work placements for Wounded, Injured and Sick service personnel on their recovery journey. After this she was appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service, a charity that provides welfare support to the Armed Forces Community when they are in hospital. She is delighted to be taking on the role with the Farnham Festival having known the founders Alan Fluck and Raymond Krish personally.


Artistic Director : Linda Tubb, having trained at the Royal Military School of Music, has enjoyed 40 years of making and teaching music, both as a Clarinettist and Conductor. She still teaches and coaches clarinet players of all ages and abilities, as time will allow. Several of her pupils are now professional musicians in their own right. In 1984 Linda became Managing Director of Lloyd and Keyworth Music in Farnham; a long-established supplier of Pianos, Orchestral Instruments and Printed Music world-wide.


Assistant Artistic Director : Pande Shahov studied composition and piano at Sts. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. As a Chevening scholar, he completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Composition at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Julian Anderson. In 2013, he completed his doctorate at the Royal Holloway University of London, under Philip Cashian’s supervision. Latest premieres of his music include Meier Settings (New London Chamber Choir), Knot for percussion ensemble (Freiburg Percussion Ensemble, Germany), Tebe poyem (Pro Ars Choir, Macedonia) and Estampes for guitar (Nejc Kuhar, Slovenia).

Pande works as a Professor of Academic Studies the Royal College of Music in London, where he also holds the post of Junior RCM Head of Aural and Musicianship. He also teaches at Alton College, where he conducts the Contemporary Music Ensemble. Pande teaches composition for Hampshire Music Service and many of his students have been awarded national and international prizes (BBC Young Composer of the Year), as well as prestigious residency engagements (National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain) and scholarships. Pande runs composition and contemporary music workshops for young musicians of all ages; past events include joint projects with professional ensembles such as the Smith Quartet and Kokoro Ensemble. As a truly enthusiastic and energetic promotor of new music, Pande believes that everyone can enjoy music-making.


Primary Schools Coordinator: Caroline Maxwell-Gale is an enthusiastic and energetic musician and music teacher with over thirty years’ experience of leading musical activities within schools and in the community. She has enjoyed a wide variety of music teaching and facilitating, including: Choral conducting; Prep School Director of Music; class and individual music teaching; musical workshops for children and adults; singing sessions in care homes for the elderly; leading choirs, bands and music clubs; accompanying choirs; organising and conducting at combined schools’ music festivals and the musical direction of pantomimes, shows and concerts. With a Music degree, a PGCE, a Master’s Degree and a Choral Conducting Diploma under her belt she sometimes wonders whether it is finally time to leave school - but there's always that next, fascinating


Secretary : Sally Wooding was born in Farnham and except for some busy jobs in London she has stayed. She is a professional chef turned Fund Raiser and now works at The Normandy Therapy Garden a local charity that uses gardening as therapy for people with learning disabilities.


She has been a member of Farnham Operatic Society since she played the role of “Kim” in “Showboat” at a very tender age and has been taking leading roles ever since. She has been a principle, a member of the chorus, a production manager and very successful Director of musical theatre productions in Camberley, Grayshott, Haslemere and Farnham over the last 30 years. Sally has been part of the Farnham Festival as a performer and is very happy to be part of the team involved in managing the Farnham Festival especially as she knew Raymond Krish and Alan Fluck from her time in FAOS.


Treasurer : Jo Blagden has lived in Farnham all her life. She has also had a life-long interest in music having sung in the Chase Manhattan Plaza aged 16. She has been a leading lady in Operatic Societies in Haslemere, Grayshott and Farnham for more years than she cares to remember! She has also more recently sung with the Holybourne Singers. Professionally Jo works as a Bursar at St John’s Infants School in Churt which gives her lots of time to spend with spreadsheets and budgets! Jo recently raised more than £2000 for charity by completing her first parachute jump. She also cycled in the Palace to Palace cycle ride between Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. Jo has three very musical children who continue to perform and is delighted to be acting as a treasurer in the Farnham Festival as music has been such a feature of all the families’ lives.




Publicity and Marketing : Sarah Hawkins was born in Mauritius & spent the first decade of her life living in various locations in the UK & Europe before settling down to life in Surrey in 1975. Being from a musical family she learned to play the piano very averagely from an early age and sang in the school choir. Having trained as a PE teacher, she quickly realised the error of her ways & worked as an administrator for a financial services company and has worked since 2006 at the University for the Creative Arts where she is currently a Senior Quality Officer.


She moved with her husband & three children to Farnham in 2001 and her two daughters have sung with the Farnham Youth Training & Girls Choirs before joining the Farnham Teen Rock Choir. Sarah has recently progressed from singing loudly in the car to joining the fabulous Godalming Jazz Choir along with her daughters where she gets the chance to perform & have a lot of fun.



Alexandra Boughton Apart from three years at university and a spell in Australia, Alex has lived in Farnham her whole life. She has been actively involved in music and theatre from a young age, taking part in productions and concerts with several local societies. Alex has a BA in Drama Studies, an MA in Arts Policy and Management and has worked for several Arts organisations. She is currently the Venue Administrator at entertainment venue, G Live, in Guildford where she handles the programming, contracting and all the administration elements for each of the visiting companies and shows.


Jane Barker Benfield After stage management training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Jane’s introduction to theatrical employment was working in the semi-dark conditions of the stage-side costume quick change area at the Old Vic – most actors went on stage in the correct costume most of the time but the less said about that the better! After several years as Deputy Stage Manager at the Churchill Theatre and Salisbury Playhouse Jane worked in studio floor management at BBC Television Centre and was fortunate enough to be involved in the production of, (showing her age here), many iconic 80’s shows – Blankety Blank, Top of The Pops and Crackerjack to name but a few. Keen to move out of London Jane relocated to Farnham and with that came a career change in event organisation. She is a member of FAOS Musical Theatre Group and although preferring to help backstage has been known to tread the boards – her performance as a singing nun is legendary!




Technical Director: Tony Marshall


Front of House Manager: Kathy Barber