BVS Conservatoire Coordinator

Toby Holden
Toby studied viola with Dr. Louise Lansdown at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (MMus) and with Lucy Nolan at the University of Manchester (MusB), graduating from both institutions with highest honours.
Whilst at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, he performed as principal violist of the Symphony and Repertoire Orchestras, and with contemporary ensemble BCMG NEXT. At Manchester, he was awarded the final-year Procter-Gregg Recital Prize and the Hargreaves Dissertation Award.
Toby also plays an active role in arts management and administration. He is Conservatoire Coordinator for the British Viola Society and is part of the management team for the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition, undertaking the role of Competition Coordinator in 2020. Toby was also Production Manager of the 2019 Ulverston International Music Festival.
A keen teacher, Toby is part of ARCO – a pioneering long-distance online-teaching project between Birmingham City University and the Morris Isaacson Centre for Music in Soweto. Toby was selected by the programme to travel to Soweto to teach at the ARCO Festival in summer 2019.
When not playing viola, Toby enjoys cooking for friends, hiking, and the occasional beer.