Lydia Connolly has been a Director of HarrisonParrott since 1991 and is the worldwide general manager for a prestigious roster of instrumentalists, conductors and composers. A member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain during her teens, she was the first woman to read Music as an undergraduate at New College, Oxford – during which period she also qualified as a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (violin). More recently she completed the Strategic Leadership Programme at Saïd Business School, Oxford. She is a long-standing member of the IAMA Broadcasting and Media Committee and also leads on equality and inclusivity initiatives within HarrisonParrott, including as a Trustee of the HP Foundation. She has been a panellist at various industry conferences including IAMA, ABO, Women in Music, Southbank Centre, Institut Francais, Classical:NEXT – and has additionally been invited to lead seminars and workshops internationally with a range of industry professionals, including young performers.