Andrew Aughton is Blueyard’s lead consultant. He has worked in the UK arts and entertainment industry since leaving university in 1984. His 33-year career has taken in venue management, marketing, education and fundraising roles at seven different venues, with outstanding success, culminating in 15 years as Chief Executive of Buxton Opera House from 1998 to 2013. He has also worked in performing, composing, teaching, musical direction, and theatre production.
Since 2013, he has concentrated on freelance projects: programming for UK theatre and music venues, including Cheltenham Town Hall & Cheltenham International Orchestral Series, Waterside Arts Centre (Sale), Sutton Theatres, New Theatre Royal Lincoln and Preston Guild Hall, and researching and writing funding proposals for numerous clients, including Somm Recordings, Aldeburgh Music and Aldeburgh Festival, Cheltenham International Orchestral Series, English Symphony Orchestra, Somm Recordings and Saffron Walden Concert Hall, among others.
Andrew leads Blueyard’s work in the fields of:
- Theatre Programming
- Fundraising from trusts, foundations and statutory or non-statutory funding bodies
- Coaching in trust and foundation bid-writing, for arts and non-arts charities
- Coaching in deal-making and understanding deals, for marketing and programming staff
The other members of the Blueyard team are: