Our vision


MGSO4 is a dynamic, grassroots charity set up to promote arts and music in Epsom & Ewell.

The name of our festival - MGSO4 - has been inspired by MgSO4, (magnesium sulphate) the chemical formula for Epsom Salts, that made the town famous almost 400 years ago.

Our vision is put the creative arts at the centre of our community; discovering and showcasing talent, building sustainable businesses and inspiring the next generation.

MGSO4 aims to: • Inspire creativity • Commission new work • Engage diverse audiences • Represent creative people • Unite the community • Include everyone • Be sustainable

Our story


It all began in May 2015 with a letter to the local newspaper, asking why there was no arts provision in Epsom & Ewell. Why, in a place with an illustrious and creative past, packed with arts institutions, was there no evidence of the artists and performers who lived there?

One small question was answered with a huge tidal wave of enthusiasm. Local artist Sarah Dewing and What's On In Epsom offered to host a meeting for anyone who was interested in putting on an arts festival and so many people turned up that they ran out of chairs.

One year and a lot of hard work later, we delivered a fantastic arts festival in June 2016. Our committee and trustees, headed by Chair Sarah, and more than 100 people also volunteering their time and expertise, created something fantastic.

We are now a registered charity, and have an ambitious creative vision. 2017 saw the launch of our intergenerational clay project Washed-off Memories and we are now planning for the 2018 festival. The theme 'Discovery' celebrates the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Epsom Salts. We hope you'll join us from 2nd - 8th July 2018 .

MGSO4 Team

Ali Waters

Trustee

Ali is a recruitment and training specialist and main contact for MGSO4 volunteers. She has lived in Epsom for 14 years, and is keen to engage with a diverse group of people to create new and long lasting collaborations. Ali is an enthusiastic amateur artist.

Alyson Smith

Trustee

Belfast-born Alyson has lived in Epsom since 2012, working as a manager and evaluator for social projects and initiatives in the public sector.
She enjoys live music, theatre, and is keen to increase the range of arts performed in the borough.

Ben is an established musician who has lived in Epsom since 2006.
Alongside a busy schedule of tuition, Ben works as a gigging musician, runs Epsom Youth Big Band and Epsom Youth Jazz Ensemble, and is an active songwriter, arranger & producer.

Eleanor McBrien

Chair of trustees

Founder of consultancy and coaching practice McB, former VP of NBC Universal’s Global Marketing & Creative Services team, and MD of the company’s UK television business. A joint visual arts & marketing graduate, keen to raise the profile of the arts in Epsom.

Kobbie Boafo

Trustee

Kobbie is an Epsom-residing photographer and DJ who loves all things creative.
He is a social media enthusiast, and committed tweeter. Positivity is Kobbie's mantra and he believes in the importance of community.

Maria Reeves

Festival director

Maria is a creative communications and events consultant, and former national newspaper journalist. She is also a founding trustee for The Horton Chapel Project developing a new cultural hub in Epsom.

Mark Jarman

Trustee

Mark has lived and worked locally for almost 40 years and volunteered during the first MGSO4 Festival. He works as an estate agent in Ewell village, as well as running a film production company that focuses on arts and heritage.

Patricia Pellizza

Trustee

Patricia is experienced in sales and marketing, in France and the UK, working for international press, advertising agencies and a management consultancy. She lives in Epsom and is passionate about contemporary dance and opera.

Sally McCormack

Theatre

Sally has worked in film, stage and television, and as writer, producer and director of professional theatre productions. Sally also runs Matrix Theatre, a history-based company in Surrey.

Sarah Dewing

Festival Ambassador

Artist and former psychologist, Sarah studied Fine Art at UCA Farnham. She was director and chair of the first MGSO4 Festival in 2016 and a founding trustee of the charity. She has lived in Epsom for the last 26 years.