Introducing Francesca Nunn, our new Music Programming Manager!

Francesca has joined Voksenåsen Music Academies as Music Programming Manager, and is excited to be working with the Artistic Directors, teachers, partners and sponsors to discover and develop the next generation of Nordic classical musicians and singers. She is responsible for Voksenåsen’s yearly programme of events, including the Summer and Winter Academies, mentor programmes, workshops and performances, designed to connect young musicians with peers, teachers and role models in the industry, and provide opportunities to learn valuable musical and professional skills necessary for long-term, fulfilling careers. 

Francesca started her own career in 2017 as an Assistant Artist Manager at Rayfield Allied in London, where she had the opportunity to work with eminent artists including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Quatuor Mosaïques, and Peter Herresthal, and collaborate with orchestras, venues and festivals worldwide. It was here that she accumulated a broad range of musical interests that spans from early music to contemporary and world music, and a passion for talent development and finding strategies to help her clients to realise new projects and reach the next level in their careers. She was promoted in 2021 to Associate and again in 2023 to Artist Manager, and she continues to collaborate with the agency as a consultant Artist Manager, looking after a select roster of internationally renowned soloists and ensembles.  

Photo credit: Tuva Kårstad

Born in Belgium and raised in Riyadh and Guildford, Francesca read Modern Languages at Durham University, where she completed placements in opera management in Paris, and in production across multidisciplinary projects at the Deutsche Oper Tischlerei and Berghain in Berlin. She also has a Masters in Philosophy specialising in continental aesthetics from Birkbeck College, University of London, which she studied for while working as a freelance production runner for the BBC Proms, BBC Music Television, and events at Kensington Palace. 

She is an erstwhile pianist (but remains determined to tackle Chopin’s Ballades one day), and a trained listener volunteer for the Samaritans. When not expanding her musical horizons at performances in London and Oslo, she can be found swimming in lakes and lidos, walking long distances to find good bakeries, and learning Norwegian and Swedish on Duolingo.