Toks Dada is a Programmer, Curator & Producer.
Dedicated to engaging new audiences with classical music, Toks is the Classical Programme Manager at Town Hall Symphony Hall, Birmingham where, since August 2019, he has been responsible for leading the classical music programme. In September 2020, Wonderfeel – the Netherlands’ biggest outdoor classical music festival – announced Toks as Guest Curator for the 2021 Festival. Toks is a Board Director at Welsh National Opera, an Advisor at PRS for Music Foundation, and a Fellow of the International Society for the Performing Arts.
Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, Toks started his career in 2010 by founding the music commissioning and producing company, Sinfonia Newydd in Wales. Thriving on partnership working, he built a strong track record of working with artists and organisations across a range of art-forms including visual art and dance. Toks continued to utilise his instinct for collaborative and holistic working whilst leading Symphony Hall’s Inside Out Festival 2017 and 2018 – a free festival of ‘unexpected sounds in unexpected spaces’.
Progressive in his thinking, most recently Toks presented new approaches to attracting new audiences and engaging young people at the International Society for the Performing Arts Congress and the Association of British Orchestras Conference.
Toks has previously been a Board Director of Sinfonia Cymru, Executive Chair of REPCo (a student arts enterprise initiative), and a participant on the Association of British Orchestras’ Find Your Way programme for senior and emerging leaders.
Toks holds a Masters in Arts Management and Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.