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 to restore the arts to their position as a driving force in our community; showcasing talent, building sustainable businesses and inspiring the next generation.

MGSO4 aims to: • Inspire residents • Generate new ideas • Entertain 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 she ran out of chairs.

One year and a lot of hard work later, we delivered a fantastic three-day arts festival 24-26 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 for our town. We hope you'll join us.

MGSO4 Committee

Sarah Dewing

Chair of trustees, creative consultant

Artist and former psychologist, Sarah studied Fine Art at UCA Farnham. She was Chair of Epsom Contemporary Artists Network and is currently Project Manager for the Emily Davison Memorial. She has lived in Epsom for the last 24 years.

Maria Reeves

Festival director

Maria is a creative communications and events consultant, and former national newspaper journalist. She is also on the committee for Horton Chapel Arts bidding to create a new community arts hub in Epsom.

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 two youth jazz groups and is an active songwriter, arranger & producer.

Ruth Shepherd

Visual arts

Ruth studied Fine Art Painting at Chelsea School of Art and moved to Epsom in 2014.
She currently teaches art on a part-time basis and in her own work creates casts, drawings and prints, which explore elements of urban space.

Sally McCormack

Theatre

Sally has worked in film, stage and television, and as writer, producer and director of professional theatre productions, including the acclaimed ‘Stepping Out’ featuring Anita Harris.
Sally also runs Matrix Theatre, a history-based company in Surrey.

Lucy Oulton

Literature

Formerly in the media, Lucy lives in Epsom and is passionate about the arts, indulging her theatre-going habit whenever she can.
She recently gained a Masters in English Literature and teaches English as an Additional Language locally.

Ali Waters

Inclusion, volunteers

Ali is a recruitment and training specialist and has lived in Epsom for the past 14 years. She is keen to engage with a diverse group of people across the borough to create new and long lasting collaborations. Ali is an enthusiastic amateur artist, creating abstract canvases.

Paul Allsop

Treasurer

A chartered accountant and founder of Ashton Allsop, Paul provides accounting, business and international tax services, and previously held senior international roles with BP. Jazz is Paul’s passion and he will travel a long way to hear the world’s best musicians.

Patricia Pellizza

Dance

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.

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.