The Cottier Chamber Project is part of Glasgow’s West End Festival. Now in its third year, the series aims to:

   • bring top quality professional chamber music to Glasgow’s West End
   • showcase the variety and depth of talent in Scotland
   • promote and introduce chamber music to new and existing audiences
   • entertain, challenge, inspire and satisfy audiences and performers
   • have great time listening to and playing great music!

The team that runs the series is:

Andy Saunders: Artistic Director

Hailing from Dundee originally, Andy grew up in Staffordshire, where he began playing the horn as an excuse to miss science lessons! He studied at the University of York and then the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before taking up the post of Solo Horn in the orchestra of Slovenian National Opera and Ballet in Ljubljana. He returned to Scotland to work as a freelance horn player. He plays with all of the major orchestras, as well as running the host ensemble of the series, Daniel’s Beard. As well as programming the series, Andy deals with PR, funding, logistics, the website and marketing, assisted (and corrected!) by the rest of the team. Other than playing the horn and planning festivals, he plays tennis, likes coffee, enjoys a good walk and attends Findlay Church, at St George’s Cross.

Michael Dale: West End Festival Director

Michael started his career at university when he was the founding director of the St Andrews Festival. Subsequently he worked in the theatre in London and Cambridge before moving to Scotland in 1981 to head up the world-famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has since been Director of Events and External Relations at the Glasgow Garden Festival, CEO of the European Special Olympics and Programme Director of the Edinburgh end of both the 1992 EC Summit and 1997 Commonwealth Heads of Government.

In 1996, Michael founded Glasgow’s largest arts festival, the West End Festival. Alongside this, he also works with Stirling and Fife Councils in delivering aspects of their cultural programmes. Michael also devised a new festival for Glasgow’s Merchant City in 2002 and having laid the basis for the London Thames Festival, he was also the founder of the Glasgow River Festival in 2004.

Current projects include the creation of a Byres Road Action Plan. He also sits on the Arts and Culture group of the Glasgow: City of Science Initiative and the Pitlochry Festival Theatre Development Board.

Márta Soós: Design and Event Managing

Born and raised in Pécs, Southern Hungary, Márta studied Business and Economics in Linz, Vienna and Budapest, where she earned her Master’s degree. During several years as a management consultant, she came to the conclusion that a creative career would be more satisfying, and so moved to Glasgow, where she is now studying for her degree in Interior Design at the Glasgow School of Art. Although she is not a diplomat or spy, she lived in many countries: in Hungary, Denmark, Austria, USA, Germany, England, Scotland and recently for a short time in Italy. Some of her interests include photography (from cyanotypes to digital), wine tasting, typography and graphic design, going for long runs, skiing and music (from electro swing to classical).