Rayfield Allied is delighted to announce that Nicki Wenham has joined the company as a Director. Nicki is one of the industry’s most exciting managers, having previously been Senior Artist Manager at Maxine Robertson Management (from where she brings ten artists) and before that Artist Manager at Ingpen and Williams.
Ben Rayfield, Managing Director of Rayfield Allied, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that Nicki has joined our agency. Her commitment to the sort of personal management that we aspire to at Rayfield Allied makes her a perfect addition to our leadership. She has a gift for really understanding and bringing the best out in each of her artists enabling them to reach their fullest potential, be that through nurturing the finest young artists or by supporting and enhancing the work of the highest-profile artists. Nicki is one of the most inspiring managers of her generation, and her joining Rayfield Allied marks an exciting new chapter in the ongoing growth of the agency.”
On her new role, Nicki says: “I am thrilled to be joining the Rayfield Allied team for this new chapter of my career. Having known Ben both personally and professionally for many years, I have the utmost respect for him and the company that he has built. Rayfield Allied has continued to manage the constant changes that our industry and society has faced, whilst maintaining the importance of personal management which is at the core of my values. I am delighted to be joining such a forward-thinking organisation and look forward to growing my artists' careers with the team."
The artists joining the Rayfield Allied roster are:
- Director: Barrie Kosky
- Conductors: Christian Curnyn, Garry Walker
- Sopranos: Ruby Hughes, Robin Johannsen, Carolyn Sampson
- Contralto: Hilary Summers
- Countertenor: Xavier Sabata
- Tenor: Ilker Arcayürek
- Bass-baritone: Michael Mofidian
Nicki Wenham and all of these artists join Rayfield Allied with immediate effect.
Nicki will also be taking on the management of current Rayfield Allied artists:
- Mezzo: Helen Charlston
- Tenor: Nick Pritchard
- Bass-baritone: Matthew Brook
Nicki Wenham graduated in music from the University of Birmingham in 2004. After a six-month internship with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, she took up a position with artist management company Sulivan Sweetland. In October 2008 she joined Ingpen & Williams as an Artist Manager looking after around twenty international singers, conductors and instrumentalists as well as working closely with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for their UK touring. In 2012, she participated in the Clore Emerging Leaders course and in the same year, was interviewed and selected by Musical America as a "rising star of the performing arts business." From 2016-2021 Nicki worked as a Senior Artist Manager at Maxine Robertson Management until joining Rayfield Allied in September 2021 as a Director.
Nicki is a founding member and director of Young People In the Arts, a networking organisation for those at the earlier stages of their careers in the arts for which she now sits on the Board. She has also previously chaired the Broadcasting and Media Committee for the International Artist Managers’ Association.
In her spare time Nicki enjoys long walks with her dog Otto, cooking, art and architecture, singing in her choir, sailing and socialising with friends.