Samir Savant has been Festival Director of the London Handel Festival since 2016. The Festival is an annual celebration of the composer who made his home and wrote his greatest works in London and is internationally acclaimed for its high-quality programme of opera, oratorio and chamber concerts and for its prestigious Handel Singing Competition.
Samir has over 20 years’ experience as a senior manager in the arts. He was Director of Development at the Royal College of Music and previously held fundraising and marketing positions at Shakespeare’s Globe, English National Opera, Royal Academy of Arts and Handel House.
Samir is a recognised writer and public speaker on topics ranging from the lack of diversity in the arts to the role of trustees and senior management in fundraising. From 2014 to 2018, he chaired the Institute of Fundraising’s Cultural Sector Network’s national conference, the largest event of its type in Europe for arts and heritage fundraisers and is currently the mentoring lead on the executive committee.
Outside of work, he is an active singer, mainly with Pegasus, the award-winning chamber choir he co-founded, and is a trustee of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and the Harrison Parrott Foundation.