We feel very privileged to be working with our friends and fellow artists. At Bach to Baby, our aim is to bring to our audiences musicians of the highest calibre, for the enjoyment of adults and children alike.
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Adam Römer, viola
Adam is currently principal violist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and he has played with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group since 2010. His wide musical interests allow him to regularly perform Hungarian folk and world music internationally. As guest principal, he has appeared with the Hamburg Opera, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, The Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as the Verbier Festival and Zurich chamber orchestras, amongst many others. In June 2012, Adam performed the Bartok viola concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall, conducted by Andris Nelsons. He has won many competitions, including the Kiwanis Music Festivals and the International Leo Weiner Competition.
Ahmed Dickinson, classical guitar
Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas is one of the finest performers of the Cuban Classical Guitar School. He is a sophisticated virtuoso on his instrument and an ambassador of Cuban culture. Born in Havana, Dickinson Cardenas graduated from the Superior Institute of Art in Guitar with a first-class honours degree. In Cuba, he took part in masterclasses with Leo Brouwer, John Williams, Costas Cotsiolis, and Eduardo Martin. He has won prizes at the RCM Guitar Competition and the Ivor Mairant Guitar Competition. Since graduating from Guildhall School of Music Ahmed has enjoyed a busy career as a solo artist, collaborative performer and a producer. He has performed in prestigious venues including the Karl Marx Theatre (Cuba), Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, and The Philharmonic Hall (Belarus). Ahmed has received prizes at the Cubadisco, Songline World Music Magazine, and Latin American Music UK awards for his albums. Recent engagements include performances in Poland, France and two UK tours with guitarist and composer Eduardo Martin in 2014-15, recitals for the International Guitar Foundation and live performances at the Royal Opera House with ballet star Carlos Acosta.
Alan Gout, piano
Since reading music at St Catherine’s College Oxford Alan has lead an interesting and varied musical life starting with playing the trombone in the Gilbert & Sullivan operas and the piano in the West End theatres. Then it was on to to musical direction at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and BBC TV’s Playschool. He conducted on several tours with London City Ballet but now runs the dance bands for the Tea-Dances at the Royal Opera House and the Waldorf Hotel. Alan has been a lecturer at Drama Centre (part of the new University of the Arts, London) and has had published a considerable amount of educational music for children. He has made many arrangements and orchestrations for everything from string quartet to symphony orchestra for such artists as Willard White, Evelyn Glennie and Elizabeth Watts.
Aleksander Szram, piano
Winner of the 2004 Vlado Perlemuter Award, Aleksander enjoys a varied schedule of solo piano, concerto and chamber music performances across the world, having played in more than forty countries over six continents. Aleksander studied at the then Trinity College of Music under Anthony Green and Douglas Finch, where he won many prizes. Further awards funded his study for an MMus Degree, which he passed with Distinction. Aleksander completed his DMA on a full scholarship at the University of British Columbia, where he studied with Jane Coop. He now teaches piano and lectures at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, and has also guest-lectured at the Royal Academy of Music and the Juilliard School.
Alexander Somov, cello
Alexander Somov was born in Sofia. At the age of 15, he made his concerto debuts in Bulgaria and Germany, recorded the Tchaikovsky Rococo variations and premiered Angel Escudero's Concierto de Espana. During his studies he was awarded the Gold Medal - the highest award of the Guildhall School of Music, previously won by Jacqueline du Pre.
Alexandra Callanan, bassoon
Alexandra Callanan enjoys a successful freelance career that sees her playing regularly with orchestras including the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert, City of Birmingham Symphony, London Concert and Brighton Philharmonic Orchestras, Welsh National Opera, London Opera Players, London Concertante, and Opera Project. Since 2009, she has also been regularly to Barcelona to act as guest 2nd Bassoon in the Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona I Nacional de Catalunya. Alex dedicates much of her time to her woodwind trio, The Thorne Trio, formed in 1999, performing recitals and education work throughout the country.
Alexandra MacKenzie, cello
Alexandra enjoys a varied and exciting career as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral player. She has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in the United States and Europe, with repertoire ranging from Haydn and Beethoven to Wagenseil and Lutoslawski. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and as a scholar at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, where she lived for eight years. During her time there she appeared at Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Alice Tully and attended the legendary Tanglewood, Sarasota and Ravinia Festivals, playing concerts in 43 of America's 50 States. In May 2011, Alexandra was awarded an honorary ARAM by the Royal Academy.
Amanda Cook, classical guitar
Dubbed "The 'guitar queen' with a silken touch" by The Independent, Amanda has performed throughout the UK, Europe, USA and South America. She has been broadcast on television and radio, including BBC Radio 3 on "In Tune" and "Late Junction", BBC Radio 4 on "Woman's Hour," and Classic FM. A big fan of chamber music, Amanda has played in many successful ensembles and has recently joined the critically acclaimed Vida Guitar Quartet. She is also a member of the new music group G Plus, which recorded its debut CD at the invitation of Peter Gabriel's label 'Real World'. Amanda has sat on the jury for several International Competitions and regularly gives masterclasses and adjudicates music festivals. She is a patron of the Federation of Guitar Societies.
Andrew Brownell, piano
A prizewinner at multiple international competitions, including the Leeds and the Bach, Andrew Brownell was recently described by Musical Opinion as 'potentially one of the most significant pianists of his generation.' A noted advocate of the works of Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Brownell has played recently with orchestras such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Slovak Philharmonic, and the Orquestra Sinfónica de Balears. He holds a doctorate from the Guildhall School of Music and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
Andrew Keeping, guitar
Andrew Keeping is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied under Michael Lewin, Timothy Walker and Bob Spencer, following five years with renowned professor and composer Oliver Hunt. He has appeared at venues worldwide including broadcasts on radio and television. Andrew works in partnership with various international singers and instrumentalists. His intimate drawing-room recitals include regular performances before members of the British and Spanish Royal Families.
Andrew Kershaw, tuba
Andrew started playing the Tuba aged nine within Bedfordshire Music Service. His formal music training was at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music. After Graduating he was appointed principal Tuba of the Opera House in Santiago, Chile, and then returned to the UK in 2007 to build a freelance career. Andy has played with many of the country's top orchestras including The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Halle and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He also regularly played for the West End production of Chicago. Andrew has a keen interest in historical performance and plays for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, appearing on the BBC documentary The Symphony, and with the Gabrieli Consort
Andrew Thompson, baritone
Andrew Thompson completed his musical training at Trinity College of Music in 2007 gaining an Advanced PGDip in Performance, working with Hazel Wood and Helen Yorke. More recently, Andrew has continued his training with Matthew Brook and Robert Dean.
Andy White, trombone
Andy has enjoyed a varied and successful career since graduating from the Royal College of Music in 2008. He has played in concert halls around the world from the Royal Albert Hall at the Proms to the Opera House of Oman. He is an active freelancer in and around London, and has performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and BBC Philharmonic. Andy is also a member of brass quartet Meridian Brass, who commission and perform new works and give recitals and education projects throughout the country. When he is not performing, Andy is also an enthusiastic and dedicated music educator and, most importantly, a doting father to his 1 year old daughter Bess.
Anna Tilbrook, piano
Anna Tilbrook is one of Britain’s most exciting pianists, with a considerable reputation in song recitals and chamber music. She made her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 and has since become a regular performer at Europe’s major concert halls and festivals, as well as coaching regularly for the Royal Opera.
Annabel Thwaite, piano
Recognised as one of the most versatile and charismatic pianists, Annabel has won all the major accompanying prizes and as a soloist and chamber musician, she has toured throughout the world including Carnegie Hall and concerts in Canda and Denmark. She has collaborated with artists such as Bryn Terfel and Roberto Alagna. Discography includes The Scottish Tenor for Universal Records, a world premiere recording of music by Hilary Tann, the complete Violin and Viola works of Benjamin Britten for Naxos and a disc of romantic violin and piano works with her husband Matthew Jones. Future engagements include a fourth appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. Annabel is also a qualified yoga teacher and a mummy to two young children, Emma and Toby.
Annabelle Lawson, piano
Wide-ranging in her experience, Annabelle Lawson has established a distinguished and versatile career. Recent highlights include two live broadcasts for Radio 3, as well as recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Southbank Centre and Kings Place and concerto appearances in Germany. Annabelle has given outreach performances for Yehudi Menuhin's 'Live Music Now' scheme, performed her own cabaret show onboard luxury cruise lines and her recordings, featuring her own commissions, have garnered 5 star reviews in Classical Music Magazine.
Anne Denholm, harp
Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales, Anne Denholm has earned a reputation for her dynamic and engaging performances across a broad range of musical fields. Anne is passionate about taking the harp to new and diverse places, and believes strongly in the value and accessibility of music for everyone. Anne received her Master’s from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and has won multiple awards including being the first harpist ever to win the historic RAM Club Prize. Anne is an active chamber and orchestral musician, including with her contemporary quartet, The Hermes Experiment.
Anthony Halstead, piano
Anthony Halstead’s long career in music encompasses work as a horn player, conductor and keyboard player. He studied the harpsichord with George Malcolm, and recorded J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos for EMI ‘Classics for pleasure’ with The Hanover Band as Director/Soloist. As a harpsichord/continuo player Anthony has collaborated with Sir James Galway, Pinchas Zukerman, Isaac Stern, Mstislav Rostropovich, Henryk Szeryng, Gidon Kremer, Julian Lloyd Webber, William Bennett and many other distinguished soloists. As a piano accompanist he has recorded several CDs with the double-bass soloist Thomas Martin, and has accompanied in recitals the horn soloists Stephen Stirling, Barry Tuckwell, Frank Lloyd, Hermann Baumann, Richard Watkins, Michael Thompson, Radovan Vlatkovic, and the late Ifor James and Alan Civil.
Ashok Klouda, cello
Ashok has performed all over the world and currently leads a busy and varied career combining solo performances and teaching with a variety of chamber music. He made his solo Wigmore Hall debut in 2010 as a result of winning the Worshipful Company of Musicians/Concordia Foundation Young Artists Fund award. Other awards and prizes include 1st prize in the 2006 J. & A. Beare Solo Bach Competition, the 2007 Royal College of Music Cello Competition and the 2009 Tunnell Trust concert scheme. Ashok is Co-director/Founder of the Highgate International Chamber Music Festival and also a member of the Artea Quartet and cello octet Cellophony. He is on the Advisory Board for The London Cello Society and has taught cello at the Yehudi Menuhin School.
Bartosz Glowacki, classical accordion
Bartosz Glowacki is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music and currently a City of Music Foundation 2016 artist as well as holding artist in residency position at Aldeburgh Music. He is a winner of many National, as well as International Music Competitions including the representing Poland in the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna.
Camilla Pay, harp
Camilla Pay has a wonderfully varied career as a harpist. Since her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, she has performed with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra but is also equally at home in the studio and on the concert platform for artists as diverse as Beyonce, Michael Buble, Barry Manilow and The Killers. She has appeared on many television shows, including the Jonathan Ross Show, Later with Jools Holland, The X factor and in the house band for Popstar to Operastar. She has given solo performances throughout the UK in venues such as St David’s Hall and Canterbury Cathedral, as well as with her very active chamber music groups. Most recently she has been the harpist for the west-end show 'A Chorus Line' at the London Palladium. She has also been playing with singer Ellie Goulding on radio, television and live shows. Camilla also teaches harp at Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith.
Cara Berridge, cello
Cara is a founder member of the Sacconi Quartet which has won prizes at many International competitions and has performed at all the major London venues and extensively throughout the UK and Europe. The Sacconi Quartet was formed in 2001 and has its own Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone which includes collaborations with many outstanding musicians, commissions of new music and outreach projects. In addition to the Sacconi Quartet, Cara enjoys performing duo repertoire and playing with her piano trio.
Celine Saout, harp
Celine enjoys a busy career performing throughout Europe, New York and the Far East at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell room, St James Palace and the Lincoln Center.
Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian, harp, voice
Cevanne is the first composer-in-residence with the London Symphony Orchestra, at the National Trust's 575 Wandsworth Road. As an agile performer (voice, lever harp, electronics), Cevanne has collaborated with actor Jessica Hynes; Levon Chilingirian; and Zoe Rahman. She has balanced diverse commissions from BBC Radio 3; Handel House; London Jazz Festival; and a bi-lingual music drama for Swedish National Radio. Cevanne studied at Cambridge with a scholarship, and gained first class honours, with prizes for research and composition (Turle; Gamble; Rima-Alamuddin; Girton). Anglo-Armenian, born in Suffolk, she grounds her work in the British isles – digging into their rich soil to find artefacts which one would not always imagine to be native.
Charis Hanning, piano
Charis Hanning grew up in Hong Kong and Canada before settling in London, and considers herself privileged to be making music as a career. Recognised as an exceptional soloist and ensemble player, she particularly loves collaborating and reaching new audiences. Music education features prominently in Charis' diary, taking music to schools through the Live Music Now scheme and other concerts. She is also a founding member of the Jacquin Trio, a clarinet-viola-piano combination with whom she won the St.Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition and Tunnell Trust Award.Charis has received several solo and chamber music awards from the Royal College of Music, Royal Over-Seas League and many other national and international competitions.
Chris Rawley, bassoon
Chris Rawley has appeared as guest principal with many of the United Kingdom's finest ensembles including the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, BBC Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia and the Philharmonia. His work has taken him across the world, from Truro to Aberdeen, Athens to Malta, Uganda to Trinidad and Tobago. Chris is delighted to be sharing his passion for the bassoon as part of the Bach to Baby Series. He is an advocate for the importance of music in young people’s lives and runs a private teaching studio in London as well as teaching bassoon at Eaton Square School.
Christina Lawrie, piano
Hailed as a rising star by the magazine International Piano, Scottish pianist Christina Lawrie has performed as solo recitalist in live BBC Radio 3 and Radio Scotland broadcasts and in concerts for Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham Music Festival, Purcell Room, St. George's, Bristol and Perth Concert Hall. She made her debut as soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2009.-..astute intelligence and warmth of spirit.- Musical Opinion"...formidable intellect and boundless technique..fantastic playing." The Observer
Ciara Hendrick, mezzo-soprano
Ciara Hendrick studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Strasbourg Opera Studio. Recent engagements include Fortuna/Valetto in The Coronation of Poppea, Opera North (c. Laurence Cummings), La Messaggera in Monteverdi’s L'Orfeo in Venice with I Fagiolini, Arethuse in Charpentier's Acteon with the Early Opera Company, recording Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Dunedin Consort and Venus in the world premier recording of Pepusch's opera, Venus and Adonis. As one of their current Emerging Singers, engagements with the Early Opera Company this season include Medee Furieuse at the Almeida Theatre featuring Bernier's cantata and excerpts from Charpentier's opera and Hermia in Purcell's Fairy Queen at Iford, Summer 2016. Named one of their season’s rising stars, future plans include Handel’s Susanna for the Gottingen Handel Festival, Tippett’s A Child Of Our Time at Cadogan Hall and a series of concerts for the London and Göttingen Handel Festivals.
Claire Sterling, violin
Australian violinist Claire Sterling is Co-Principal Second Violin with English National Opera. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Claire was Principal Second Violin with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 2004 to 2011 with which she toured extensively and appeared regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival. She also appeared regularly in chamber concerts with other SCO principals. She plays on period instruments with the Academy of Ancient Music and Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique.
Clara Biss, viola
The violinist and viola player Clara Biss is as happy playing chamber music on London's most prestigious stages as she is touring the world with a symphony or chamber orchestra. This is reflected in her varied career, which ranges from giving workshops in the foothills of the Himalayas to performing Arvo Pärt's St. John's Passion at the BBC Proms.
Dan Newell, trumpet
Dan Newell started playing the trumpet at the age of 5 and went on to study music at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has worked with all the major orchestras in the UK and is a member of the London Symphony Orchestra and London Brass. He has played on over 50 soundtracks for films including Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Shrek movies, Love Actually and The Hobbit. He has also played with artists including Muse, Elbow, Bryan May, Peter Gabriel and Sir Paul McCartney. Dan has worked in hundreds of schools promoting music and leading workshops. He believes passionately that all children should have the opportunity to enjoy the experience of music making and is a father of three himself.
Daniel Hill, piano
Cornish-born Daniel was educated at Wells Cathedral School and the Royal College of Music. He took-up a D.F.E.E. specialist music place at Wells in 1989, aged 10, to study piano with John Byrne.
David McCallum, trumpet
David successfully combines flourishing careers as a conductor, presenter and workshop leader with a long-established career as an orchestral trumpeter. He conducts regularly at the Royal Opera House and has also guest conducted English National Ballet’s Giselle and The Nutcracker. He has worked closely with Will Tuckett, violinist Clio Gould, horn virtuoso David Pyatt, Aled Jones, the BBC Singers, Chris Moyles, and Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood from Blue Peter. Passionate about communicating with audiences, David works regularly with the BBC, the ROH, and with his own youth orchestra in Essex as an animateur and presenter.As a trumpeter, David has performed with many of Britain's leading orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra which he joined in 1997 after a spell as Principal Trumpet of London City Ballet.
Dominic John, piano
'pianist Dominic John has inexhaustible energy, phenomenal technique, bravura- and at least four arms. The performance is astounding'
Dominika Rosiek, violin
Polish violinist Dominika began playing the violin at age 4. Within a year she had already recorded for Polish Radio and was awarded the National Sponsorship for Special Talented Children as well as invited to play for Pope John Paul II. Dominika attended The Purcell School on a full scholarship , and is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. While there, she recorded a chamber music CD with the Academy Soloists and won “J. Beare ,Bow Prize” for outstanding player.
Dorothea Vogel, viola
Dorothea Vogel was born in Switzerland and studied with Rudolf Weber in Winterthur. After winning first prize in the Swiss Youth Competition, Dorothea won scholarships to study with Paul Coletti at the Peabody Institute, USA, and with David Takeno and Micaela Comberti at the Guildhall School in London, where she graduated with the coveted Concert Recital Diploma. She was a founder member of the Amar Quartet.
Elizabeth Cooney, violin
Elizabeth commenced violin in her native Cork, Ireland and subsequently studied at the Royal College of Music, London with Itzhak Rashkovsky. She is laureate of numerous international competitions including second prize and audience prize of the Sion-Valais Competition in Switzerland. She has performed as soloist with the Ulster Orchestra, the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Hungary and the Slovenian Philharmonic, and the RTE Concert Orchestra to name but a few. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall, London, Weill Hall at Carnegie in New York, and at festivals in Japan, Brazil (Musica Nova), Oxford, Canterbury, Cambridge Summer Music and the West Cork Chamber Music Festival.
Elizabeth Trigg, bassoon
Elizabeth Trigg enjoys an exciting career as a freelance bassoonist performing with many of the country's leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Besides her orchestral engagements, Elizabeth has a real passion for music education. As a member of her ensemble, The Fortuna Trio, she has frequently performed for Wigmore Hall's Chamber Tots. Highlights of her career include performing with the BBCSO at the First Night of the Proms, recording the sound track for the film “Les Miserables” and touring America and Europe performing “Star Wars in Concert” with Anthony Daniels (aka C3P0). Elizabeth is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Ellie Fagg, violin
Ellie Fagg was a foundation scholar at the Royal College of Music, from where she graduated with first class honours in 2005. As a soloist, Ellie has performed at the Barbican Hall, the Bridgewater Hall and St John's, Smith Square, London.
Emmanuella Reiter, viola
Emmanuella Reiter enjoys a varied and international career. An experienced orchestral player, Emmanuella has performed with all the major London orchestras and has been a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. An enthusiastic chamber musician, Emmanuella founded the highly successful Jigsaw Players, offering concerts and educational projects in the Wimbledon area. A passionate teacher, Emmanuella published a book entitled Karen Tuttle's Heritage: the Theory and Practice of Co-ordination. In 2013 she was appointed to the viola and chamber music faculty at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Evgenia Startseva, piano
London-based Kazakhstani pianist Evgenia Startseva has an international concert career as a soloist and a chamber musician. In addition to regular UK appearances, Evgenia’s busy concert schedule has taken her across the globe and she has featured in numerous broadcasts for radio and television in Germany, England, Kazakhstan and Ireland.
Fenella Humphreys, violin
With playing described in the press as 'unforgettable' and 'a wonder', violinistFenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work.She has broadcast for the BBC, Classic FM, and German, Canadian, Australian and Korean radio and TV. A champion of new and unknown music, a number of eminent British composers have written works for Fenella, including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Sally Beamish and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Her first CD for Champs Hill Records was released in August 2015 to critical acclaim, and was chosen by BBC Music Magazine as October's Instrumental disc of the month with a 5 Star review. Concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, Fenella also enjoys guest leading and directing. Fenella's teachers have included Sidney Griller CBE, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ida Bieler and David Takeno, studying at the Purcell School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Dusseldorf graduating with the highest attainable marks.
Fiona Dalzell, piano
Fiona studied at the Royal College of Music with Yonty Solomon where she was the recipient of numerous awards including the Brahms Millicent, the Helen Heaven Prize and the prestigious Vlado-Perlemuter Scholarship. Fiona furthered her studies with Jacques Rouvier in Paris and later won the ‘Medaille de la Memoire de Bordeaux’ at the International Festival of Young Soloists, Bordeaux.
Folktone Banda, Hungarian Folk Trio
Hungarian folk ensemble Folktone Banda started performing together in 2013. Since then, their varied repertoire and appetite for musical challenge and adventure has taken them across the UK and Europe. The band is in demand for a variety of cultural events and education work. Through visits to villages in Hungary and Transylvania, they strive to keep folk traditions alive by learning music and dance from local people which they can then bring to a wider audience
Fontane Liang, harp
Born in Singapore, Fontane Liang is one of the pioneer harpists of her generation. Supported by the prestigious Singapore National Arts Council Overseas Merit Bursary, Fontane attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She held a Fellowship at the Guildhall and subsequently taught in the Junior Department for the 2011-2012 season. Fontane is a prize winner in international competitions including the Franz Josef Reinl Competition in Munich.
Gabriella Swallow, cello
Gabriella Swallow is emerging as one of the most versatile and exciting cellists of her generation. She studied at Chethams' School of Music and then won a double scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music with Jerome Pernoo. She was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal in her final year and was presented this by HRH The Prince of Wales. She also won the concerto competition and performed Hugh Wood's cello concerto with the RCM Sinfonietta under Neil Thomson which firmly launched her on the contemporary music scene. Gabriella made her South Bank debut as soloist with the London Sinfonietta in 2007 in the premiere of About Water by Mark-Anthony Turnage. In the same year she performed the Paul Max Edlin Cello Concerto with the South Bank Sinfonia. In 2010 she co-founded the duo 'G Project' with percussionist Genevieve Wilkins. They made their debut with a sellout concert at the Forge in Camden and continue to perform regularly in the UK and Europe. Recent highlights included two performances at the Aldeburgh Festival, firstly with soprano Lucy Schaufer and pianist Kevin Amos launching their CD 'Carpentersville' for ABC Classics and then performing with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group with Oliver Knussen. In August she appeared with the Gwilym Simcock Quintet at the Cambridge Festival and then made her debut at the La Jolla Music Society's Summerfest in San Diego and at the Wigmore Hall with soprano Ruby Hughes. She is also broadcasts as an Arts commentator, most notably on the BBC 4 coverage of the Proms.
George Bartle, trombone
George Bartle is a multi-instrumentalist who is often to be found performing in and composing for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. He studied at the Royal College of Music and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland and has since performed and recorded with most period music ensembles in the UK and Europe. George's performing has taken him around the world several times and he is now making his mark as a ukulele soloist!
Gerald Peregrine, cello
ravishing sensitivity...one of the highlights of my listening year' -The Strad.
Grace Mo, piano
Described as “an excellent pianist, combining technical wizardry with impressive attention to detail”, Grace Mo is internationally acclaimed and in demand as both soloist and chamber musician. Born in Taiwan, raised in Canada, and now living in London, Grace studied piano performance at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she held the Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellowship, Postgraduate Piano Fellowship, and the Postgraduate Artist Diploma. During her studies she won many prestigious awards and grants, most notably the MBF's Myra Hess Award, the Canada Council for the Arts Grant, and the British Columbia Arts Council's Arts Grant.
Gwendolyn Fisher, viola
Gwendolyn is a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra, which she joined in 2009. A native of Chicago, IL, USA, Gwendolyn began violin at the age of five and switched to viola at age sixteen. She began her musical training in America, studying at the Peabody Conservatory and the New England Conservatory, then moved to Austria to complete her Master's degree at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.In addition to Philharmonia, Gwendolyn has enjoyed working with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Salzburg Camerata. A dedicated teacher, she tutors with the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain and is active in the Philharmonia Education department.
Harriet Adie, harp
Equally at home performing with top orchestras such as the Philharmonia, for the Queen, and at the BRIT Awards, Harriet’s harp has taken her to many diverse locations and star studded events.
Helen Crayford, piano
Helen started studying trumpet and piano in the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music. She subsequently gained an MA (Mus) from Cambridge, and was invited to join the first all-female Brass Quintet, the Gallina. They went on to win several prestigious awards and perform on special occasions, such as the opening of Covent Garden Piazza.
Helen Storey, bassoon
Helen has been a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for 12 years. She also sustains a busy freelance career with groups such as the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra alongside her positions in the RPO and the Galliard Ensemble. At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Helen teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as coaching chamber music. Helen particularly enjoys being a member of RPO education, taking music into schools, hospitals, day centres and youth clubs.
Hugh Sparrow, double bass
Huw Watkins, piano
Huw Watkins is in great demand as composer and pianist. He is regularly heard on Radio Three, both as a soloist and chamber musician. He has a strong commitment to the performance of new music, and has given premieres of works by Mark-Anthony Turnage, Tansy Davies and Michael Zev Gordon. He has performed concertos with BBC SO, London Sinfonietta and BBCNOW, with whom he gave the first performance of his ownPiano Concerto. His recordings include Oliver Knussen'sOphelia's Last Danceand Alexander Goehr'sSymmetry Disorders Reach. He has also recorded for cello and piano with his brother Paul Watkins which was released on Chandos.
Jamie Akers, lute and cittern
Described as, 'wonderfully supple, propulsive and alive' by the Guardian, Jamie studied lute and early guitars at the Royal College of Music and, following a Junior Fellowship at Trinity College of Music, began a varied career as a soloist, accompanist, orchestral and session musician. He has performed or recorded with many leading ensembles and soloists including I Fagiolini, the Scottish, English and Irish Chamber Orchestras, The Dunedin Consort, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Alison Balsom, Dame Emma Kirkby and Damon Albarn; played on several film and TV soundtracks and numerous theatrical stages, including Shakespeare's Globe and the Barbican. As a soloist, he has performed at festivals and venues throughout Europe and released two solo CDs. Much of the repertoire coming from original research and not having been heard for generations.
Jean Kelly, harp
Jean Kelly hails from an Irish family of several generations of musicians, and came to London when she accepted a scholarship to study harp at the Royal College of Music. Since then, she has been in great demand as a versatile harpist, playing medieval, folk, classical and electric harps. Jean has appeared on film soundtracks and in concert and on TV with Rod Steward, Michael Buble, James Galway and Paloma Faith. She enjoys playing electric harp and writing songs with her band ‘Ranagri’. She recently played at Windsor Castle for The Royal Family during the Irish President's State Visit.
Jennie-Helen Moston, piano
Jennie-Helen Moston is enjoying a busy and varied career as collaborative pianist and coach, playing regularly on music courses and for masterclasses across the UK and Europe, including Tuscany, the Loire and Salzburg. She has also taught piano for over ten years, and was staff accompanist at her alma mater, Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. A graduate of St John's College Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, she appears regularly at music societies and venues including the Swansea Festival, the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Windsor Festival, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and St. David's Hall, Cardiff. Jennie-Helen is also an enthusiastic examiner for the ABRSM.
Jeremy West, renaissance cornett / horn
Educated at the University of Durham and Guildhall School of Music, Jeremy West specialises in historic brass, most notably renaissance cornett and Victorian alto horn. Often regarded as a 'pioneer' of the cornett, he is a founder member of His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts – the leading ensemble of its kind, now over 30 years old – and Principal Wind Player with the Gabrieli Consort and Players for their early repertoire. He has more than 60 recordings to his credit and concert performances have taken him to 34 countries across four continents. Since 1991 Jeremy has run Christopher Monk Instruments for the research, development and reconstruction of "all instruments that wiggle": members of the cornett and serpent families.
Joanne Chen, violin
Taiwan-born violinist Joanne Chen enjoys working with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Her chamber music performances has taken her to the Purcell Room in the Southbank Centre, Theatre Kosmos in Bregenz, Austria, and Recontres Musicales en Hautes-Vosges, a chamber music festival in France. She has given solo recitals and a performance of Mendelssohn's Concerto. Joanne completed her studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Conservatory of Amsterdam, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Joanne was the 1st Price Winner of the Eric Stein Young Artist Competition in USA, Hidden Glen Scholarship, and price winner of the MTNA Competitions in the USA.
John MacDomnic, trumpet
John MacDomnic graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1989 and has performed as a freelancer with many of the country's leading orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, English Touring Opera (of which he is currently the principal trumpet), and many other groups. As a soloist John has performed in the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican centre and St Paul's Cathedral, and has appeared on broadcasts on Classic FM and BBC TV and radio.
Jonathan Taylor, jazz piano
Jonathan has been a pianist, composer and educator for twenty years, primarily in the fields of jazz and tango music. He has worked with legendary funk musicians Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley and played and recorded with many great jazz musicians including Iain Ballamy, Eddie Parker, Andy Sheppard, Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead and Steve Arguelles. He studied composition at Middlesex University and has written music for large and small ensembles, contemporary dance and music education projects. He currently teaches jazz at the Guildhall School in London and is a music examiner for ABRSM.
Joseph Spooner, cello
Joseph Spooner’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has taken him across the UK, from the Baltic to the Atlantic, and from the recording studio to Continental Europe and Russia. He is a champion of repertoire whose composers have been neglected because of changes in politics or fashion. Critics have offered high praise for his recordings, and he continues to blow the dust off sheet music in second-hand shops round the country. He has had new works for cello and piano dedicated to him, and in 2012 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of his work. In his spare time he loves studying medieval stained glass.
Karen Stephenson, cello
A former Principal cello of the National and European Youth Orchestras, Karen Stephenson recently left her position of Co-Principal cello with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to take up the position of No. 2 cello with the Philharmonia in September 2008. She is regularly in demand as a Guest Principal with orchestras including the Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony and BBC Concert Orchestras, London Sinfonietta and the English Sinfonia. Karen also enjoys an active career as a chamber musician, guesting with numerous ensembles including the Allegri Quartet, Chamber Domaine, and the RPO soloists, at the Wigmore and Cadogan Halls, Buxton Festival and the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. She has broadcast as a soloist on BBC Radios 2 and 3 and has given many recitals and concerto performances. She read Music at Trinity College, Cambridge before completing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Karen is widely involved in education; she is a tutor for Pro Corda and NYO, and a visiting professor and examiner at the Royal Academy of Music. She plays a beautiful Thomas Kennedy cello dated 1819.
Kate Moore, trumpet
Principal Trumpet of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Kate has also played with the LSO, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Her work with the BBC Concert Orchestra covers all musical genres, literally from Bach to Bacharach, and sometimes in the same concert! Kate's playing is also in demand for many TV and film scores including The Blue Planet and Frozen Planet series and numerous film scores, including Nanny MacPhee, Robin Hood, Prince Caspian, Sweeney Todd, The Golden Compass, Hugo and most recently Skyfall and Into the Woods. She also appears regularly as a soloist on BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night.
Katherine Jenkinson, cello
Katherine Jenkinson has worked closely with composers including Arvo Pärt, and she performs with ensembles such as the London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and London Contemporary Music Group. Katherine was a member of the Allegri String quartet for 3 years and is a member of the Aquinas Piano Trio. They formed in 2008 after years of performing chamber music together and their second CD will be recorded later this year. Katherine has performed as soloist throughout Europe, in Africa and Asia. She gave her Wigmore Hall debut in 2004 and has since returned there three times. In the last few years Katherine has performed concerti by Dvo_ák, Saints-Saëns, Elgar, Haydn, Schumann, Shostakovich, Lalo, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and Beethoven (Triple Concerto).
Kathryn Mosley, piano
Kathryn Mosley was born in New Zealand and has now made London her home. She has worked as a soloist, appearing with orchestras in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, and is much in demand as a recitalist, duo pianist, and organist, performing at venues in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Russia, Poland, France, and the USA.The award of a scholarship by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music brought Kathryn to the United Kingdom to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, after completion of a degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Kathryn fulfils a number of teacher commitments, and works as an examiner for ABRSM.
Katie Cowling, recorder
Katie Cowling is a recorder player, baroque oboist and medieval wind player. Having recently graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from the Royal College of Music, Katie is now studying a Masters in Performance. Katie is a member of BLOCK4, the first recorder quartet to win the Royal Overseas League Competition. A three-month worldwide tour in 2014 took Katie around the world as part of the band for 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
Katie Stillman, violin
Canadian violinist Katie Stillman is a multi-prize winner on the international stage. She has performed at the Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group ‘Young Artists’ series, St. John’s Smith Square, and Wigmore Hall. Katie was a founding member of the Barbirolli Quartet, which has performed at the major concert halls and Festivals across Europe and released a CD on the Nimbus Label.
Laura Vallejo, viola
Four times recipient of a scholarship from the Spanish government, Laura Vallejo studied at Yale University (USA) and The Cleveland Institute of Music. An active chamber musician, Ms. Vallejo has performed extensively throughout Spain, UK and United States. She made her solo debut in 1999 with the Amalur chamber orchestra and has been invited to participate in numerous festivals including Tanglewood, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and Spoleto.
Libby Burgess, piano
Libby Burgess is a pianist dedicated to the fields of song and chamber music, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. She enjoys a diverse song recital schedule, ranging from the Wigmore Hall and Oxford Lieder Festival to music societies around the country and broadcasts on Radio 3. A committed chamber musician, Libby relishes partnerships with a range of string and wind players, collaborates regularly with The Berkeley Ensemble, and has performed in The Sacconi Quartet's festival. Born in Sussex, Libby read music at Oxford, as organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, before specializing in piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music. She gives masterclasses at schools and universities across the UK, and is Head of Keyboard at Eton College.
Lucy Jeal, violin
Lucy Jeal enjoys a diverse chamber music and orchestral career in the UK and abroad. She is a member of several chamber groups including the Somov Piano Trio, Pentagon String Ensemble and the eight-piece Salonorchester Baden-Baden. She has guest-led the Brodsky Quartet and toured with Alfred Brendel to venues including Carnegie Hall New York, Musikverein Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Suntori Hall Tokyo. She is currently a member of the English Chamber Orchestra with whom she has toured since 2001 as far afield as Korea, South Africa, Azerbaijan and Bermuda.
Lucy Wakeford, harp
The delicacy and exquisite beauty of tone of the harp playing of Lucy Wakeford. The Times
Marcus Barcham-Stevens, violin
Marcus is a member of the Fitzwilliam Quartet and co-leader of the Britten Sinfonia. He has broadcast as a soloist and chamber musician on BBC Radio 3 and live in recital on Classic FM. Recent BBC Radio 3 broadcasts comprised Kodaly's Duo for violin and cello, Bartok's trio Contrasts and Dohnanyi's Sextet with the ensemble Chroma. He has performed chamber music with Peter Donohoe, Paul Lewis, Peter Hill, Emmanuelle Haim, Alina Ibragimova, Leon McCawley, Paul Watkins and with Thomas Adès in music by Ades at Carnegie Hall. Marcus has performed at venues including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham, the International Musicians' Seminar Prussia Cove, and the Library of Congress in Washington.
Marianne Olyver, violin
Violinist Marianne Olyver leads an exciting career consisting of solo and chamber engagements. She is guest principal with The Philharmonia Orchestra, teacher at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, examiner for the ABRSM and Co-Director of Pro Corda/Academy YSE. She was also the first girl to be invited to lead the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Marianne has broadcast and performed at festivals and major concert halls both in the UK and abroad. Her guest appearance on Woman's Hour, where she performed live, was voted BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Week.
Martin Lawrence, horn
Martin Lawrence is 2nd horn in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and also plays for all the other London-based period instrument orchestras. Abroad he performs with Giardino Armonico, Concerto Köln, Concerto Copenhagen and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. With these ensembles he plays a variety of instruments from the most primitive hunting horns to the hand-horn of Mozart's time, to the sophisticated valve-horns of a century ago. He also plays the modern horn with such groups as the Royal Opera House and BBC Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he has developed 'Free Your Playing' an approach that looks at physical, mental and creative issues for musicians.
Matt Bacon, guitar and caval
Matt Bacon has been a working musician since the age of twenty, starting out playing jazz and pop styles on guitar and keyboard and gigging all over the UK. Later at university Matt focused on composition and arrangement, but afterwards turned to world music traditions for inspiration, joining She’Koyokh klezemer ensemble in 2002. He has found this a rich seam indeed and traveled extensively in the Balkans, Greece, Turkey and India, working with a wide variety of musical cultures. Performing all over Europe from Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw to Istanbul nightclubs and on BBC radio 3, Matt’s unique guitar style fusing Balkan rhythms with gypsy jazz and his love of traditional folk instruments keeps him in demand on London’s rich world music scene.
Matthew Fletcher, piano
Award winning pianist Matthew Fletcher is increasingly in demand as a recitalist, particularly of song repertoire. He has performed at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Purcell Room, National Concert Hall Dublin, St Martin-in-the-fields, St John’s Smith Square, Royal Albert Hall, Sage Gateshead, and Linbury Studio (ROH). He has appeared at Oxford Lieder Festival, Winchester Festival and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, and is director of music at Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel. Matthew also works as a repetiteur and coach. He has been on the music staff at Glyndebourne since 2012, and has worked as a vocal coach at the Royal Academy of Music. Matthew studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music.
Matthew Jones, violin
Matthew enjoys a diverse career, equally at home as soloist or chamber musician. Recent performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and masterclasses in in the USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Japan and throughout Europe. He is the violinist of Ensemble MidtVest, violist of The Bridge Duo, the Debussy Ensemble and the Instrumental Quintet of London, and was a member of the Badke String Quartet when they won the 2007 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Matthew has recorded thirteen CDs, including three Naxos discs of Prokofiev, York Bowen and other English composers. He is Senior Tutor of String Chamber Music and Professor of Viola at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Matthew Lowe, cello
Matt leads a busy and diverse musical life, performing as a soloist and chamber musician at major venues and festivals across the UK and abroad. He plays regularly with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, recently performing in Last night of the Proms and has been on trial for Principal Cello (no2) at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia.
Matthew Truscott, violin
One of the leaders of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Matthew Truscott is a versatile violinist who shares his time between period instrument and 'modern' performance, appearing with some of the finest musicians in both fields. In demand as a guest leader, engagements in this capacity have included projects with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, The English Concert, Le Concert d'Astrée, The King's Consort, Arcangelo, Budapest Festival Orchestra, English National Opera, Dutch National Opera and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He is also leader of St James' Baroque, Classical Opera and the Magdalena Consort.
Meg Hamilton, violin
Millennium Award winning, classically trained violinist and violist, Meg has studied Lautareasca music with Romanian and Moldovan Gypsies, traditional Bulgarian music and the Gadulka in Gabrovo, and Ottoman Art Music in Istanbul. She is the violinist in She’Koyokh Klezmer and Balkan band and violist in the Kosmos Ensemble. She has played the fiddler’s music for the Fiddler On The Roof, performed and recorded Jewish pop with Oi Va Voi, Greek and Turkish songs with Cigdem Aslan, Arabic vocal music with Abdul Salam Khier and Merit Ariane Stephanos, Romanian folk and Gypsy music with Monooka’s Caravan, Turkish Tango with Eylem Korkmaz, and also performed with La Tipica Contemporary Flamenco Company, Nitin Sawnhey and Talvin Singh.
Miloš Milivojević, classical accordion
Serbian born accordionist Milos Milivojevic is a first prize winner at International Competitions in Germany, France, Italy and Denmark. In Serbia he studied with Vojin Vasovic and with Owen Murray at the Royal Academy of Music where he graduated and was awarded with Dip RAM. In 2007 he became the first accordionist ever to win the RAM Club Prize at the Academy open to all instrumentalists and in 2008 was the winner of the prestigious Derek Butler London Prize at the Wigmore Hall - contested by students from all four of the London conservatories.
Morgan Szymanski, classical guitar
A featured artist on the cover of Classical Guitar Magazine, and hailed as “a player destined for future glories” by Gramophone Magazine, guitarist Morgan is a graduate of Royal College of Music in London and recipient of numerous scholarships including the Tillet Trust and Countess of Munster Trust. He was the first solo guitarist selected by the Young Classical Artist Trust, and also the first guitarist to be awarded a Junior Fellowship at the RCM. Performances have taken Morgan to concert halls and festivals across North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Morgan is heard in recital in all major UK venues and festivals such as Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, King’s Place, The Sage Gateshead, Royal Opera House, and London International Guitar Festival. Orchestral appearances include the Royal Philharmonic, Hallé, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Regularly broadcast live on TV and radio worldwide, Morgan has produced multiple CDS -his latest project ‘Sketches of Mexico’ is hailed by Gramophone Magazine as a “gorgeous and original tribute to Szymanki’s homeland. This Season sees Morgan performing across the UK, Mexico, Chile, China and Spain.
Natalie Klouda, violin
Natalie Klouda is a British violinist and composer.
Norbert Meyn, tenor
It is his passion for Song and Poetry that has led German tenor Norbert Meyn to start his Lieder Theatre Company. After studies in Dresden, Riga and Weimar, he came to London in 1997. He has performed and toured internationally with ensembles such as the New London Consort, European Voices, Le Concert d’Astree, the Choir of the Enlightenment, London Voices and Trinity Baroque. As a soloist he has appeared at the Barbican Hall, the South Bank Centre, St. John’s Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall in London, also at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, the Halle International Handel Festival, the Utrecht Festival of Early Music and in the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra. Operatic roles include Podesta (Mozart, La Finta Giardiniera), Monostatos (Mozart, Die Zauberflöte), Magnus (Maxwell-Davies, The Martyrdom of St. Magnus) and Almaviva (Rossini, Il Barbiere di Sevilla). Since 2001 Norbert Meyn has been a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and since 2005 also at the Royal College of Music, where he teaches German Lieder classes. With his LIEDER THEATRE company he has produced many concerts, CDs, educational DVDs and most recently a feature film.
Oliver Weston, saxophone
Ollie studied at Leeds College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has since worked in numerous ensembles across the contemporary music spectrum. His jazz credits include the London Jazz Orchestra, Back to Basie Band, Combustible Alarms, Sax Appeal, Enigma Orchestra, and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, alongside writing and arranging for his own quartet. He is much sought after in live and studio sessions for Island Records, Jamie Cullum, Amy Winehouse, Tim Minchin, The Hackney Colliery Band, and Andy Yorke. Ollie is also no stranger to the West End, having played in productions including Chicago, Hairspray, The Rat Pack, Dancing in the Street, and Blood Brothers. Ollie is committed to jazz education, co-running the junior jazz course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His Exploring Jazz books are available worldwide.
Olivia Jeremias, cello
Olivia is one of the outstanding young cellists of her generation. By the age of 20 her concert experience included a performance of the Dvorak Cello Concerto with Sir Colin Davis, and a concert broadcast by the German MDR-Kultur radio. First prize-winner in the International Heran Competition in the Czech Republic, and a laureate at several others, her talent has gained international recognition at the highest level. She was taught by the international renowned cellist Peter Bruns in Germany, and Colin Carr and Josephine Knight at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her awards at the RAM include the Montefiore Prize and the Prize of the Royal Academy of Music. In addition to the German National Merit Foundation and the Study Foundation of the German Nation awards, she received the Eduard Söring prize of the Hamburg Opera Foundation for outstanding abilities in 2008. Increasingly in demand as a soloist, she commands virtually the whole of the standard cello repertoire and a good number of contemporary works. Recent performances include the Dvorak and Haydn Cello Concertos with the Philharmonic orchestra Zagreb, the C.P.E Bach Cello Concerto in A major accompanied by the Royal Academy Soloists directed by Clio Gould and an appearance at the 'Music at Menlo' Festival in San Francisco, America. Olivia is an enthusiastic chamber musician who has given concerts throughout Europe. She is currently principal cellist of the Philharmonic Orchestra Hamburg.
Paul Archibald, trumpet
Paul has been a principal player in the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London Sinfonietta, BBC National Orchestra Wales and is currently principal trumpet and Chairman of the London Mozart Players and principal trumpet of the Britten Sinfonia and Orchestra of St John's. As a chamber musician he was a member of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and is artistic director of English Brass and English Brass Academy. He is also a member of the innovative chamber ensemble, Fibonacci Sequence. His performing career spans many genres: classical, commercial, film, pop, folk, contemporary and he is currently musical director of Regent Brass, one of the UK's finest brass bands. His arrangements and compositions are published by Brass Wind Publications and he is artistic director of his own label, Brass Classics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
Peter Foggitt, piano
Peter made his concerto debut at fourteen, and his Radio 3 debut at twenty-one. As a soloist, he has appeared with orchestras across the UK, including the Covent Garden and English Chamber Orchestras. He is renowned as a conductor and has worked as Chorus Master for the National Theatre, the Danish Royal Opera, and the Polish National opera to name a few. He directs the award-winning vocal octet Cries of London which has performed at many venues including Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls; and he works regularly with British Youth Opera. Peter's compositions have been commissioned widely and a recording of his song-cycles is due for release in 2016; current projects include an opera of The Selfish Giant.
Rachel Harwood-White, oboe
Rachel is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music through which she won a scholarship to study after College at Stuttgart Hochschule Für Musik with Ingo Goritzki. Rachel has played with many orchestras in the UK and abroad as an oboist and cor anglais player including BBC Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Welsh National Opera, and the Malaysian Philharmonic. She is currently on trial with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Rakhi Singh, violin
Rakhi Singh was born in wales into a musical family and has a diverse career as a violinist. Her success started at a young age after winning the Audi Junior Musician of Great Britain in 1996, aged 14; the final of which she performed the Bruch Violin concerto with the LPO in the QEH, live on radio. Shortly after she won the Texaco Young Musician of Wales and Bryn Terfel Scholarship. Since then she has played many concertos and recitals all over Europe As leader of the Barbiolli Quartet she performed in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Quartet won an ECHO award which resulted in performances in Vienna,Paris, Luxembourg, Cologne, Stockolm, Barcelona, Hamburg and Amsterdam. Rakhi also guest leads the RLPO, CBSO and Manchester Camerata.
Rebecca Austen-Brown, recorders, early flutes and fiddles
Rebecca studied in the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, specialising in recorders and early fiddles. As a performer, Rebecca has recorded and toured with many ensembles; most recently The Sixteen, Dufay Collective, I Fagiolini and La Nuova Musica and is a founding member of the Fontanella Recorder Quintet and Bardos Band, with whom she has recorded for BBC Radio 3 and 4. In 2014 she toured with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. She is a regular film session musician and can be heard on soundtracks including The Hobbit, Les Miserables, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Rebecca teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, and has given classes in Oxford University, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Birmingham Conservatoire, and Birmingham University.
Rebecca Knight, cello
Cellist of the Lawson Trio since 2007, Rebecca Knight is a seasoned chamber musician, having performed with a variety of ensembles at major venues including London's Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, LSO St Luke's and the BBC Chamber Proms, and for live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Rebecca has worked with chamber ensembles including the Endymion Ensemble, Presteigne Festival Soloists, London Chamber Orchestra, and has appeared as section principal with City of London Sinfonia and Independent Opera. As concerto soloist, she has performed with orchestras including the Haydn Chamber Orchestra, and she has recorded chamber work for Chandos and Oboe Classics. A keen champion of new music, Rebecca has given premiere performances of chamber works for live radio broadcast, including a Composer Portrait of Chen Yi for the BBC Proms.
Rebecca Truscott, storyteller and cellist
Cellist Rebecca Truscott has performed with numerous orchestras and ensembles in London and abroad, including The Gabrieli Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Classical Opera Company, St James Baroque, The Hanover Band, London Handel Orchestra, the Dunedin Consort and the Irish Baroque Orchestra. She was guest principal for Jordi Savall with Le Concert des Nations in concert venues across Spain and Northern Europe, and for the Moscow Easter Festival 2010. Rebecca loves to perform chamber music and has enjoyed recent performances and touring recital programmes with The Bach Players, Finchcocks Baroque and Musica Domestica with her husband Matthew. Rebecca studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. She won prizes for her chamber music playing including the Early Music Prize in 2001, and the John B McEwen string quartet award with a scholarship to study at IMS Prussia Cove. Since having her two children Iris and May, Rebecca also combines cello playing with storytelling for children, performing in a specially tailored programme for the Roman Rivers festival this year, and regularly appearing at Rye Books in East Dulwich in sessions for under 5s. Most recently she assisted primary school children in central London in writing their own opera as part of an outreach programme for Classical Opera Company.
Rebecca Wood, oboe
London based oboist Rebecca Wood enjoys a varied career, regularly playing with leading orchestras such as the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and English National Opera Orchestra. She also plays in the West End in shows such as “Wicked” and “Les Miserables” and was a chairholder on several shows including “The Sound of Music” and “Oliver”.
Richard Bayliss, horn
Richard enjoys a varied musical career encompassing historical performance, orchestral music, chamber music & musical theatre. Richard performs regularly with many of the UK's symphony and chamber orchestras, and he has a passion for early music, working with Gabrieli Consort, Academy of Ancient Music & English Baroque Soloists among others. As a founder member of the Galliard Ensemble Wind Quintet, Richard has performed regularly for Radio 3.
Robin Michael, cello
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Robin Michael is currently principal cellist in Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, English Baroque Soloists, and Solo cellist with Orchestre Les Siecles (Paris). He is a regular guest principal cellist with many of the world's major orchestras including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, English National Opera and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Robin was the cellist in the Fidelio trio for over a decade with whom he toured across four continents. His discography include many major labels including NMC, Resonus, Naxos, Métier and Delphian records. Robin enjoys an international career as a soloist which recently took him to France and London, South Korea and South Africa. He is heard regularly at festivals in Buenos Aires, Library of Congress, Washington, Cheltenham and Aldeburg. He is also very much looking forward to the first Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival in Scotland where he is co-artistic director with Daniel Tong.
Ruth Rogers, violin
Described as "the finest of the younger generation of violinists" (Musical Opinion) and hailed by the Guardian as "superb", Ruth Rogers is in demand as soloist, leader, and chamber musician. In 2001 she was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal – the Royal College of Music’s highest accolade. She has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, the Acropolis in Athens, the Pyramids in Cairo and many other places as a soloist with Andrea Bocelli. Ruth was Co-Leader of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 2008 until 2012, is now Leader of the London Mozart Players and plays regularly with the Aquinas Piano Trio. Ruth appears at the BBC Proms on television with the John Wilson Orchestra. She has played to orphans and refugees on the Thailand-Burma border.
Saleta Suarez Ogando, flute
Spanish flautist Saleta Suarez Ogando is the flautist of the dynamic wind quintet, Quinteto Ethos. A passionate chamber musician, she has performed widely across Europe’s concert halls. As a devoted pedagogue, she currently holds the prestigious position of Professor of Flute at the Cordoba Superior Conservatory in Spain. Previously, Saleta was the principal flautist of the Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra. Supported by full scholarships, Saleta studied at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague and the Royal Academy of Music in London, under the tutelage of Emily Beynon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and William Bennett, former principal of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Sally Pryce, harp
Praised for her 'deft musicality' and 'truly astonishing abilities', Sally is much in demand as both soloist and chamber musician, as well as working with orchestras including BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and Philharmonia. Her concerto work includes performances with the Northern Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia and Orchestra of the Swan. With Adam Walker she has performed Mozart's Flute and Harp Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic and Bournemouth Orchestras and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
Sam Haywood, piano
Sam Haywood has performed to critical acclaim in many of the world’s major concert halls. The Washington Post hailed his 'dazzling, evocative playing' and 'lyrical sensitivity’ and the New York Times his ‘passionate flair and sparkling clarity’. As a chamber musician he regularly performs with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis. Recent recordings have included the piano works of Julius Isserlis for Hyperion, a recording on Chopin’s own Pleyel piano and an appearance on Joshua Bell’s 'Musical Gifts' for Sony Masterworks.
Samantha Hutchins, viola
Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music, Irish viola player Samantha Hutchins has enjoyed a varied and international career of opera, symphony, baroque and musical theatre. Ensembles including The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Opera House Orchestra, London Mozart Players, The Halle, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and La Serenissima. Samantha was a founder member of the Callino String Quartet, touring extensively and performed with musicians including the Vanburgh String Quartet, Bruno Giuranna and Rivka Golani.
Sarah Humphrys, recorder and shawm
Sarah Humphrys studied recorder, baroque oboe and shawm at the Royal College of Music and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Switzerland. She now enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. Sarah has two chamber groups- Ensemble Meridiana and Fontanella, recorder quintet, with whom she performs throughout Europe. She also plays regularly with baroque orchestras such as the Gabrieli Consort, I Fagiolini, the Sixteen, La Nuova Musica and the English Concert. She has performed in many prestigious concert halls and festivals and on soundtracks such as Shrek 3 and Wolf Hall. Sarah has played in seasons at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre since 2003. She teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department.
Sarah Thurlow, clarinet
Sarah Thurlow studied at the Royal College of Music, where she held the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship, and at the Aspen Music School in Colorado, thanks to an English Speaking Union Scholarship. She made her concerto debut with the Philharmonia whilst still a student and also appeared as a soloist at London's Purcell Room, St John's Smith Square, and Manchester's Bridgewater Hall. As an orchestral musician she has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, as well as with various opera orchestras, including the orchestras of Garsington Festival opera, Glyndebourne on Tour, ENO and the Royal Opera House.
Shelagh Sutherland, piano
Shelagh Sutherland is established as one of Britain’s leading and most versatile pianists. She has performed in all major British festivals including the Proms, and has toured Europe, USA, Canada and South America. Specialising in working with composers of today while also being in demand for chamber music both in Britain and Europe, Shelagh enjoys a varied schedule. She has recorded the solo works of many prominent living composers, and regularly records for the BBC. She freelances with the major London orchestras, in particular the Philharmonia, the London Sinfonietta and the Nash Ensemble.
Shu-Wei Tseng, cello & piano
Known for exceptional technique and musicality on both cello and piano, London based Taiwanese-British musician Shu-Wei Tseng has given concerts across the UK, Europe, Russia, USA, and the Far East in major concert halls such as London‘s Wigmore Hall and the Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Simon Smith, violin
Simon Smith has performed worldwide as a soloist, including an extensive tour of recitals and concertos in Russia with pianist Olga Domnina, and his Moscow debut. He is also a committed chamber musician, and was a member of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Octet, performing in concert halls and broadcasts worldwide. Simon has recorded many CD’s and appeared on Radio and TV Broadcasts as a soloist and with various artists and ensembles. He has been a professor at the Birmingham Conservatoire for 11 years and has given masterclasses throughout the UK and internationally.
Sophia Rahman, piano
Sophia Rahman has recorded concertos with the Scottish Ensemble, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and has made twenty-five chamber discs for companies including Linn records, cpo, Guild, Naxos, ASV, Dutton/Epoch, Meridian and Resonus.
Stephanie Dyer, trombone
Trombonist Stephanie Dyer is establishing an international reputation as an outstanding, versatile instrumentalist in the fields of contemporary, classical and historical performance. Born and raised in Cardiff, South Wales, Stephanie read music at King’s College, Cambridge. Upon discovering her passion for early music at Dartington International Summer School, she became the first ever principal study historical trombonist at the Royal Academy of Music. Stephanie frequently works with the pre-eminent period brass ensemble His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts, and enjoys a varied career performing across the UK and internationally.
Stephen Carleston, organ
Stephen Carleston was a boy chorister at St. John’s College, Cambridge, a music scholar at Clifton College, Bristol, Assistant Organist at Ely Cathedral for a year, and then Organ Scholar of St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
Stephen Higgins, piano
Stephen Higgins has worked on a wide variety of repertoire. Recent highlights include conducting three world premieres: 'The Way Back Home', at the Young Vic, 'Dr Dee' by Damon Albarn, and 'The Duchess of Malfi' by German composer Torsten Rasch.
Stephen Stirling, horn
Stephen Stirling is a renowned horn player who has performed as soloist with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestra of St John's, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic. His recordings of Mozart Horn Concertos with the City of London Sinfonia are frequently broadcast on Classic FM.
Steven Devine, piano
Steven Devine enjoys a busy career as a music director and keyboard player working with some of the finest musicians. Since 2007 Steven has been the harpsichordist with London Baroque in addition to his position as Co-Principal keyboard player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has recorded over thirty discs with other artists and ensembles and made six solo recordings, including Bach's Goldberg Variations (Chandos) and the complete harpsichord works of Rameau (Resonus).
Sue Addison, Trombone
Sue is recognised as one of the world's leading Baroque trombone players.She currently plays principal trombone with The Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Academy of Ancient Music, The Sixteen and the Gabrieli Consort.Her experience ranges from being a full time member of the City of Birmingham Orchestra under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle, to recording for the BBC Comedy 'The Two Ronnies'.She is a founder member of His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and The Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment.She is currently Professor of Baroque trombone Royal College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Northern College, and Trinity laban. She is also the education project manager for The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble.
Susi Evans, clarinet
Susi Evans is a founder member of the London Klezmer Quartet and She’Koyokh, “the UK’s best klezmer and Balkan music band” (Evening Standard). From 2007-2014 she played in the National Theatre’s smash-hit production of War Horse and performs regularly with composer Jocelyn Pook and the Mahogany Opera Group. Susi graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a first class degree in 2004 and having studied in Istanbul with Selim Sesler, at the Plovdiv Academy of Music with Nikola Iliev and with leaders of the klezmer revival, is now in demand as a teacher herself and was a faculty member for Klezfest London 2015.
The Queen's Six, a cappella group
Based at Windsor Castle, the members of The Queen's Six make up half of the Lay Clerks of St George's Chapel, whose homes lie within the Castle walls. This rare privilege demands the highest musical standards, as they sing regularly for the Royal family at both private and state occasions.
The Thorne Trio, woodwinds
During their 15 years together, The Thorne Trio have performed for a vast spectrum of audiences. From guests at Buckingham Palace to 5 year olds at Wigmore Hall, and from Music Club audiences to adults and children with profound special needs, all aspects of their work together have been hugely enjoyable and rewarding.
Tim Carleston, countertenor
Tim Carleston studied singing with Charles Brett and Timothy Penrose, and trumpet with David Mason and Mark Bennett, all at the Royal College of Music. He is a countertenor lay clerk in the choir of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. He continues his vocal studies with Nick Powell.
Tim Lowe, cello
Tim Lowe enjoys a busy and varied career and is quickly emerging as one of the new generation of outstanding young British cellists. He is established as a recitalist and chamber musician appearing regularly in festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He has played as a soloist in all the main UK concert venues including Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square. Tim is Guest Principal Cello of the English Chamber Orchestra and tours around the UK and internationally with the ECO and the ECO Ensemble. He has also been Guest Principal at other major orchestras including the BBCSSO and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.Tim has established himself as an outstanding teacher and in 2012 was appointed a Professor of cello at the Guildhall.
Tom Norris, violin
Tom Norris has been a member of the LSO since 1997, and is Co-Principal 2nd Violin. His chamber music collaborations include the LSO Chamber Ensemble, The Schubert Ensemble, Living Room In London and Chamber Domaine. He was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Bordeaux International Chamber Music Competition with the Puertas Quartet, who have just released their second CD on Atoll records, and who have recently completed their third tour of New Zealand.
Viv McLean, piano
Viv McLean won First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition and has performed in all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. He has performed concertos with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, and the Scottish Concert Orchestra. As a keen chamber musician he has collaborated with many groups including the Leopold String Trio and the Sacconi String Quartet as well as with artists such as Natalie Clein, Daniel Hope, Guy Johnston and Lawrence Power. Viv has appeared at festivals including the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Festival des Saintes in France, Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Norway and the Cheltenham International Festival in the UK, and has recorded for Sony Classical Japan, Naxos and the RPO label. Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 as well as for radio in Germany, France, Australia, Norway and Poland.
Wu Qian, piano
Selected as the classical music bright young star for 2007 by the Independent Newspaper, at fifteen Wu Qian performed in the Queen Elizabeth Hall and at the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland. Qian has given recitals throughout Europe and the US and in many of the UK’s major venues including the Wigmore, Royal Festival and Bridgewater Halls. Her debut recording was released on the Dal Segno label to unanimous critical acclaim. This season she has performed at the Concertgebouw and in Washington DC, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Berlin. Qian represented China at the Europalia Festival in Belgium performing Chopin's 2nd Piano Concerto on tour with the Brussels Philharmonic and future dates include debuts with the "I Virtuosi Italiani" Chamber Orchestra, the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin and performances in Italy, UK and Germany.
Yi Yao, classical accordion
Yi graduated with a First Class Honours Bachelor of Music degree from the Royal Academy of Music,has won numerous prizes at International competitions including First Prize at the Anglo-Czech accordion competition,and the prize for the Best Performance of the Test Piece at the Arrasate Hiria International Accordion Competition. Her recording was released on the Naxos label and nominated twice for a Grammy award. More recently, Yi has performed with the London Sinfonetta, the Royal College of Music at the Cadogan Hall, in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, and in July 2014 she was part of the Henley Festival where she gave a live performance of her own composition. She is a visiting professor of Guang Zhou Zhao Qing University.
Zivorad Nikolic, classical accordion
Zivorad began his musical journey at the age of seven in his home country Serbia. His studies took him to France and then England where he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed in UK's most prestigious concert halls including St. John's Smith Square, Royal Festival Hall, and Royal Albert Hall. Zivorad's eclectic taste has seen him involved in diverse projects spanning several genres such as folk, tango, klezmer, as well as classical, and keeps a busy schedule with guest appearances at major festivals such as Glastonbury, WOMAD, and Edinburgh Fringe. Most recently, he gave live performances of Kurt Weill's "Threepenny Opera" conducted by Ilyich Rivas. Zivorad is a member of AccordDuo, Fugata Quintet and She'koyokh, the award winning Klezmer ensemble.