James Brown Management represents classical music artists,
including conductors, instrumentalists and ensembles, of international renown.

The company was launched in July 2020 by a group of former managers from Hazard Chase Limited, a highly regarded agency which was forced to close due to the effects of Covid-19 on the live music industry in early 2020. JBM is committed to taking forward the character and values of the former agency, responding to the changes in the industry by focussing on a smaller artist roster, receiving an intensive personal management service.

James Brown was born in Yorkshire and studied the viola with Frederick Riddle at the Royal College of Music. During a six-year career as a professional violist he was a member of the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Radio and London Philharmonic orchestras.

He founded Hazard Chase Limited in 1990. From 1993-1999 he was also a Partner of N.W. Brown and Company, Hazard Chase’s parent organisation at that time. In 1999, as Managing Director, he led a management buy-out. In 2017 he was appointed Chairman of Artium Media Relations Limited. In 2020 he founded James Brown Management after Hazard Chase closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

James has been a speaker at numerous international conferences including Midem Classique, the Association of British Orchestras, the China Shanghai International Arts Festival Forum, the American Symphony Orchestra League and IAMA.

James was Chairman of the International Artist Managers’ Association from 2003-2005. In May 2007 he became an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music and in April 2012 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the International Artist Managers’ Association. In January 2013 he received the Association of British Orchestras/Rhinegold Publishing award for 2012 for Artist Manager of the Year.

Julie studied French and Economics at Reading university before qualifying as a Chartered accountant with Clark Whitehall in Cheltenham. She then worked for Ernst and Young before moving into industry and joining Philips, the Dutch electronics firm. After a career break to have a family she joined Hazard Chase in 2008, initially as a freelancer, moving on to becoming the Financial Controller and then the Finance Director.

Sibylle grew up in Germany and moved to Great Britain in 1989, initially to run a contemporary art gallery in London, having learnt the trade in Chicago and Berlin. She completed her BA in History and Art History at University College London, followed by two postgraduate degrees at Cambridge University (MPhil/PhD).  Sibylle’s first experiences in the music industry were as intern at the concert venue of St. John’s Smith Square in London, and in the press office of the Dresden Music Festival. She was an artist manager at Hazard Chase for many years, working predominantly with instrumentalists, ensembles and conductors. In 2015/16 she was Chief Executive of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival in Austria.

Sarah graduated from The Queen’s College, Oxford in 2015 where she read Music as a choral scholar and managed the university’s string ensemble. She began her career at a PR agency, going on to complete a traineeship in the Vocal & Opera department of Intermusica. She joined Hazard Chase in 2017 working with instrumentalists, conductors and ensembles including The Tallis Scholars. Sarah is a keen performer, having studied singing and violin at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music. Since then, she has toured China, Mexico and South Africa and taken part in many recordings. Sarah also enjoys musical theatre and played the role of Jane Banks in the Cameron Mackintosh production of Mary Poppins in the West End.

Imogen graduated from the University of Leeds in 2011 with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Music. She was a member of the music society where she participated in many ensembles and managed the Symphonic Wind Orchestra. She completed internships with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and management agency Konzertdirektion Schmid before joining Hazard Chase in 2012 working with instrumentalists and conductors. Imogen is on the advisory board for Young People in the Arts (YPIA) and continues to play clarinet and piano when possible.

Lucy is a graduate of the University of York where she studied music. She started her career in the music industry working for the New London Consort, moving to Magenta Music and then to Hazard Chase in 1997 where she worked as an artist manager and later a director. Lucy has specialized in choral music and vocal ensembles and is very proud to have worked with artists such as The Hilliard Ensemble, I Fagiolini, The Gesualdo Six, Polyphony, Vox Luminis and Julian Bream. She has had a long association with The Tallis Scholars and is delighted to be managing this ensemble, and the Director of Music at King’s College Cambridge, Daniel Hyde, at JBM. Lucy lives in a village outside Cambridge with her husband and two sons. She sings regularly in Ely Cathedral and spends as much time gardening as life will allow.

Born in Berlin, Sophie obtained her Master’s degree with distinction in Music and English Literature from the Universities of Dresden and Oxford, where she was a member of Lady Margaret Hall. After an interlude at the academic music libraries of Oxford and Cambridge, she took up an internship in the Vocal and Opera Department of Intermusica, and, following this, was appointed Operations Officer at Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, where she managed the Piano Festival and Summer Academy as well as community and university education projects. Sophie joined Hazard Chase in 2012, working with Instrumentalists and Conductors. Based in Oxfordshire, she is a member of the Oxford Bach Choir.

Roderick Thomson started his working life in the classical music business with Victor Hochhauser subsequently joining Van Walsum Management in 1981. During a long and successful period with the company he worked in both the touring and artist management departments, specialising in the Asian market in particular. In 2009, he was invited to join Hazard Chase, where he focussed primarily on the management of conductors and instrumental soloists. He has served twice over several years on the Board of the International Artist Managers’ Association, and has also been a long-time member of the IAMA Broadcasting & Media Committee. With choristerships at Ripon Cathedral and St George’s Chapel Windsor, music has been part of his life from his earliest years; he still enjoys playing chamber music and jazz on his cello and bass.

Emma graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge with a BA Hons in Music in 2011. During her studies she focused on performance, playing both the flute and jazz saxophone in ensembles and as a soloist. She also completed a performance diploma with ABRSM in 2009 on the flute, guided by Brenda Dykes. Emma joined Hazard Chase Ltd in June 2011 as an Administrator, subsequently becoming Marketing and Office Manager in July 2012, and an Associate Director in 2018. In 2020 Emma started her own business as a Virtual Assistant, and works alongside James Brown Management, overseeing the company website, social media, and company administration.