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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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Abi started her career as a classical soprano at the Guildhall School of Music. She went on to tread the boards of the West End culminating in her reaching the final of BBC Radio 2's Voice of Musical Theatre Competition before going on to taking London's jazz and pop circuit by storm. Abi has performed at Ronnie Scott's, The Jazz Cafe and for the London Jazz Festival and with many of London's top jazz and function bands. She has performed at various glittering events, including the BAFTA's, and the 'Quantum of Solace' official Bond party. She has also sung backing vocals for many artists and stars. Abi sings for many TV and film soundtracks and can currently be heard singing the theme tune on CBeebies show 'Do You Know'.
Principal violist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and part of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Adam's wide musical interests also allows him to 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. Adam performed the Bartok viola concerto with the CBSO in Symphony Hall, conducted by Andris Nelsons and has won many competitions, including the Kiwanis Music Festivals and the International Leo Weiner Competition.
A sophisticated virtuoso on his instrument and an ambassador of Cuban culture, Ahmed has performed in prestigious venues including the Karl Marx Theatre (Cuba), Royal Albert Hall and The Philharmonic Hall (Belarus). Recent engagements include performances in Poland, France and two UK tours with guitarist/composer Eduardo Martin, recitals for the International Guitar Foundation and live performances at the Royal Opera House with ballet star Carlos Acosta. He has won prizes at the RCM Guitar Competition and the Ivor Mairant Guitar Competition. Since graduating from Guildhall Ahmed has enjoyed a busy career as a solo artist, collaborative performer and producer. Ahmed's albums have received prizes at the Cubadisco, Songline World Music Magazine, and Latin American Music UK Awards.
Alan has lead a varied musical life, starting with playing trombone in the Gilbert & Sullivan operas, piano in the West End theatres and musical direction at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and BBC TV�s Playschool. Having conducted several tours with London City Ballethe now runs the dance bands for the Tea-Dances at the Royal Opera House. Alan lectured at Drama Centre (in the new University of the Arts) and has had published a considerable amount of educational music for children. He has also arranged and orchestrated music from string quartet to symphony orchestra for such artists as Willard White, Evelyn Glennie and Elizabeth Watts.
Alexander performed solo and chamber recitals at venues from the Wigmore Hall London to the Sage Gateshead and across Europe. In 2006 he became Violoncelle Super Soliste of the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and has won multiple prizes internationally. He enjoys combining styles and expanding musical horizons whether performing with the Robertsau Buskers, in concert with Salonorkester Baden-Baden, or playing the guitar, gadulka or percussion in his spare time. Alexander made his concerto debuts in Bulgaria and Germany aged 15, when he also recorded the Tchaikovsky Rococo variations and premiered Angel Escudero's Concierto de Espana. He was awarded the Gold Medal while studying at the Guildhall School of Music, previously won by Jacqueline du Pre.
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. 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 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. 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. Alexandra was also awarded an honorary ARAM by the Royal Academy.
As a viola player Alexandra enjoys a busy and varied freelance career, performing with orchestras such as Hall� orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Orchestra of Opera North, and Mid Wales Opera to name but a few. With these orchestras Alex has played on numerous CD recordings and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, and at the BBC Proms. She has also performed on television programs for BBC4, Channel 4, E4 and SC4. Alex has also worked with many commercial artists including the Gorillaz, Pulp, Russell Watson, Katherine Jenkins, and Andrea Bocelli, performing on tours and recording at Abbey Road, Air Studios and Pinewood. She is an active chamber musician and is a member of the Rivoli Quartet.
Baritone Alistair Sutherland was trained at the Royal Academy of Music. For over a decade, he has been part of the Opera Holland Park chorus and comprimario performing roles such as Pinellino (Gianni Schicchi) or Crébillion (La rondine). This season he performed in La Traviata and Pirates of Penzance. He has with numerous companies with roles including Schaunard (La bohème), Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) for OperaUpClose, Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Silvio (Pagliacci) with Aylesbury Opera.
As well as pursuing as operatic career Alistair leads a community folk music ensemble in South London, and he can be found performing at the Black Tie Ballroom Club working his way through the American songbook with the Art Deco Orchestra.
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. As a successful chamber musician, Amanda has played in many ensembles and has recently joined the critically acclaimed Vida Guitar Quartet. She is also a member of the new music group G Plus. Amanda has sat on the jury for several International Competitions, regularly gives masterclasses and adjudicates music festivals. She is a patron of the Federation of Guitar Societies.
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 Sinf�nica de Balears. He holds a doctorate from the Guildhall School of Music and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.
Andrew has played with many of the country's top orchestras including The Royal Opera House, The Halle and the London Philharmonic. 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 and with the Gabrieli Consort. Having started playing Tuba with the Bedfordshire Music Service, Andrew trained 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 to build his freelance career.
Andrew has been singing and living at Windsor Castle as a member of the choir of St George�s Chapel for the last 5 years. In addition to his responsibilities as a Lay Clerk, he is also a member of The Queen�s Six, who will be performing in this series of Bach to Baby on November 30th. Solo appearances include Haydn�s Creation with the Silurian Choir at Pershore Abbey, Mozart�s C Minor Mass with Oxford Bach Choir at the Sheldonian, the Brahms Requiem with the New Elizabethan Singers and the Faur� Requiem with Maidenhead Choral Society.
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 and has performed with orchestras such as the 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.
Anna is a founding member of the Esposito string quartet with whom she has toured with Ireland and Northern Ireland. She is also a member of the Irish Chamber Orchestra who perform regularly with G�bor Tak�cs-Nagy and J�rg Widmann. Recent concerts have been in Brussels, Vienna and Freiberg. Anna also enjoys playing recitals with her husband, pianist Simon Watterton and teaching at Royal Holloway University. She trained at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music in London, during which time she won various prizes including the Tagore Gold Medal presented to her by the Prince of Wales.
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.
With the distinguished British tenor James Gilchrist she has made acclaimed recordings of 20th-century English song for Linn records, including Vaughan Williams�s On Wenlock Edge (a finalist in the Gramophone Awards 2008), the cycles for tenor and piano by Gerald Finzi and most recently, songs by Britten and Leighton. For Chandos, James and Anna recorded a disc of Songs by Lennox Berkeley. In 2009 they embarked on a series of recordings for Orchid records of the Schubert Song Cycles and their disc of Die Schone Mullerin received great critical acclaim and was Editor�s Choice in Gramophone, November 2009. Schubert�s Schwanengesang along with Beethoven�s An die Ferne Geliebte was released early in 2011and their recording of Winterreise was Record of the week in The Independent and was made recording of the month in the 2011 Christmas issue of BBC Music Magazine � 'It is a profoundly considered reading, considered enough for some of the songs to be as penetrating as in almost any performance I have heard.' (Michael Tanner).
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 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 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.
Annabelle has performed live Radio 3, alongside recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Southbank Centre and Kings Place. She has also 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. Having studied at Chetham's School of Music and Kings College Cambridge, Annabelle is currently Artistic Director of Chamber Music 2000, for whom she organises educational, contemporary music projects. She also teaches piano at the Royal Academy of Music and is a Main Panel Examiner for the ABRSM.
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.
South African pianist Anne Marshall has established herself as a leading accompanist. She performed with a number of distinguished artists including Sir James Galway, Karl-Heinz Schutz, Samuel Coles, Lorna McGhee, Stefan Hoskuldsson, Joanna Westers, Maxence Larrieu, Julie Stewart-Lafin and Marina Piccinini. Anne is also a regular accompanist for various flute festivals, including Trevor Wye's Flute Course in Wye, the Canadian Flute Convention in Toronto and the Whole Musician courses in both London and Toronto. Recent broadcasts include accompanying Sir James Galway in September 2016, February 2014 and August 2012 live on the BBC Radio 3 program "In Tune". Anne has a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal College of Music in Advanced Performance, with accompaniment as principal study going on to become an Accompanist Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music.
Born in Scotland, Annie Gill is known for her dramatic stage presence and versatility. She has enjoyed constant demand for a variety of repertoire since completing her studies at the RNCM and the Jeunes Voix du Rhin in Strasbourg. Highlights have included Sydney Opera House, Orch Nationale de Paris, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne, Wexford, Barbican Hall, Scottish Opera, RPO, Manchester Camerata. She has recorded frequently, including St Matthew Passion and Handel�s Messiah, the latter winning a Gramophone Award. She has recently recorded a disc of songs by Nick Drake, Richard Hawley, JS Bach and others, with pianist and arranger Harry Sever. Future plans include a uk tour with the BBC Big Band.
Anthony's long career in music encompasses work as a horn player, conductor and keyboard player. He has 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, Julian Lloyd Webber, William Bennett and many other distinguished soloists. As an accompanist he has recorded several CDs with double-bass soloist Thomas Martin, and has accompanied in recitals for horn soloists including Stephen Stirling, Frank Lloyd, Hermann Baumann, Radovan Vlatkovic, and the late Ifor James and Alan Civil.
Ashok has performed all over the world and currently leads a busy and varied career combining solo performances with a variety of chamber music. He made his solo Wigmore Hall debut as a result of winning the Worshipful Company of Musicians/Concordia Foundation Young Artists Fund award. Other awards and prizes include the J. & A. Beare Solo Bach Competition, the Royal College of Music Cello Competition and the Tunnell Trust concert scheme. Ashok is Founder of the Highgate International Chamber Music Festival and a member of the Artea Quartet and Cellophony.
Bartosz Glowacki is one of the leading lights amongst a new generation of accordionists. His artistic goal is to continue improving the awareness of the accordion in classical music, as well as to develop a new repertoire for his instrument. A graduate from The Royal Academy of Music, Bartosz completed his Bachelor's and Master's Degree with distinction and has been honoured with the Regency Award. Furthermore, he won the title of "Polish Young Musician of the Year" in 2009, following which he represented Poland in the final of the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna. Bartosz just recorded his debut solo album which will be released at the beginning of 2019.
Born in 1995 in Wales, Ben studied with Sharon McKinley and Alexander Baillie before attending the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2011 to study with Thomas Carroll. In 2014, he received a scholarship to The Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study with Louise Hopkins. Ben was recently awarded the 2019 Suggia Gift by Help Musicians UK, Postgraduate Awards from The Countess of Munster Trust and The David Goldman Award from The Worshipful Company of Musicians and selected to be a 2019 Concordia Foundation Artist and a 2019/20 Park Lane Group Artist. He is also Artistic Director of The Llantwit Major Chamber Music Festival.
Brigitte is one of the most versatile and exciting vocalists on the UK jazz scene. As well as performing and recording with many jazz legends, she is closely involved in the work of the new generation of jazz musicians and in particular the Loop and E17 jazz collectives. She has forged her own, very individual voice and her latest album, 'Chasing Rainbows' (Babelfish), has received rave reviews. Brigitte leads jazz workshops and teaches at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and Welsh College of Music & Drama. She has performed and led workshops in the United States and throughout Europe.
Camilla Pay has a wonderfully varied career as a harpist. She has performed with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra, but is equally at home in the studio and on the concert platform for artists as diverse as Beyonce, Barry Manilow and The Killers. Also appearing on television shows, including the Jonathan Ross Show, Later with Jools Holland and The X factor, she has given solo performances throughout the UK in venues such as St David�s Hall and Canterbury Cathedral. 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.
Cara is a founding member of the Sacconi Quartet, which has won prizes at many International competitions. The quartet 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. She graduated from the Royal College of Music with First Class Honours and continued her studies as the Amaryllis Fleming Scholar, receiving her Postgraduate Diploma and Advanced Diploma with Distinction. Cara plays a Nicolaus Gagliano cello from 1781, generously on loan to her from the Royal Society of Musicians.
As a pianist and conductor, Cat has worked for opera companies including ENO, Glyndebourne and Opera Holland Park. She was a r�p�titeur at the Royal Opera House on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, and has given recitals in the Crush Room and Linbury Studio. She acted as music staff on productions including Madama Butterfly, La Traviata, Tosca and Carmen. As an accompanist, she was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Royal Overseas League and YCAT auditions. She plays regularly in West End shows including Les Miserables and Matilda and has conducted Phantom of the Opera on national tour.
Concert harpist Cecilia has performed at prestigious venues including: The Wigmore Hall, The Barbican, St. James' Piccadilly, King's Place, Fairfield Hall, 10 Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. She has travelled to Australia, Trinidad and Malta for outreach work as part of The Commonwealth Resounds: an organisation used to promote music and musicians across the Commonwealth through collaborative events and with a particular focus on youth and the developing world. She also provided the music for BBC Radio 4's adaption of The Eustace Diamonds. Cecilia plays regularly for Royalty including various private functions for HRH Prince Charles at Clarence House and St. James� Palace and events for HRH Princess Michael of Kent at Kensington Palace.
Cecilia has recently signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical with whom she has released several singles. Cecilia is a graduate of The Purcell School of Music and the Royal College of Music where she was an ABRSM scholar.
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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. She studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music and has since won many prizes including 1st prize in the European UFAM competition. Celine has performed and premiered various works, in addition to appearing on recordings with bands such as Divine Comedy and Incognito. Celine is now principal harp of Opera North, and is also a regular guest with CBSO, RPO, Philarmonia and RLPO.
Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian�s multifaceted works ignore the boundaries between art-forms and artistic cultures. An award-winning composer and performer, her �stand-out� gig at the BBC Proms led to her description in the British media as a �21st century diva� (in the original sense of the word). Recently composer-in-residence with the London Symphony Orchestra, she works with wide-ranging ensembles, acoustic and electronic, eastern and western, leaping from one project to another. On the surface, they seem to contrast sharply � her Crewdson & Cevanne folk electronica album BRACE (Accidental), where she plays harp and DIY wearable tech, seems at once more intimate and surreal than her large-scale orchestral work for the Royal Ballet, Seasons In Our World, reviewed as a �cracking score delivering stillness one moment and romping abandon at others�. But through everything runs a strong sense of line, rhythm, narrative, and a voice that can only be hers.
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Recognised as an exceptional soloist and ensemble player, Charis 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.
Charles attended the Royal College of Music, London, and was an organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has won various awards, including first prize in the 1999 Liszt Organ Interpretation Competition in Budapest. His most recent solo recording is of Francis Routh's cycle The Well-Tempered Pianist. Recent engagements include solo performances in the UK and Spain, as well as duo recitals with saxophone, flute, recorder, violin, viola and 'cello. Charles works as piano accompanist and organ tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and also as a coach for the annual Curso Internacional Matisse in El Escorial, Spain.
Fiercely talented vocalist Cherise Adams-Burnett has been invited to perform at many of the UK's most prestigious venues and festivals ranging from the BBC Proms at The Royal Albert Hall and the Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. to the UK's Love Supreme Jazz Festival. Cherise's goal is "To celebrate and draw from all the musical styles that I love without being defined strictly by any particular Genre...to bring something fresh!" Owing much of her earlier development to the highly-regarded educational group Tomorrow�s Warriors, nowadays she is glad to be involved in developing younger musicians through the same programme as both a tutor and workshop leader.
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.
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. Her performance at the Bellapais International Festival in Cyprus was broadcast on television. Closer to home, Christina gave a recital in the inaugural season of the new Perth Concert Hall. Other recent engagements include her debut at St. George's Bristol. She also gives numerous performances for music societies all over the UK.
Christopher works extensively as a conductor, pianist, organist and repetiteur and vocal coach for leading opera companies, choirs (including the BBC Singers and Hall� Choir) and distinguished soloists. As a pianist Christopher has performed extensively throughout Europe. He has also pursued a successful career as a concert organist, giving recitals in Westminster Abbey, St. Paul�s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, Notre Dame and throughout Europe and in the USA. Christopher has broadcast on BBC TV and radio, Channel 4 TV and Radio France and he features on several CD recordings. Christopher was educated at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Chetham�s School of Music, and the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris.
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. 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 G�ttingen Handel Festivals.
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.
Claire is Principal Flute of the English National Opera Orchestra. Through this she has performed for several live worldwide cinema screenings and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, as well as performing a role on stage as part of Simon McBurney's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. Claire has performed as guest principal flute with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, English Session Orchestra and S�o Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Claire studied for her BA in music at Brasenose College, Oxford the Royal College of Music. Claire currently enjoys a diverse performing career incorporating recording, radio broadcasts, teaching, orchestral and solo playing.
Daisy studied at Clare College, Cambridge and the Eastman School of Music, New York. As cellist of the Bronte String Quartet, she performed at the Wigmore Hall and QEH, appeared on BBC Radio 3 and at festivals such as Cheltenham and Edinburgh. She is the cellist in the Musicke Companye and has appeared as a guest with the Allegri Quartet and the Chamber Players. Daisy has performed with orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Irish Chamber Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra. She has also played with period groups including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Irish Baroque Orchestra and the Kings Consort.
Dan studied 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, Love Actually and The Hobbit. He has also played with artists including Muse, Elbow, Bryan May and Sir Paul McCartney. Dan has worked in hundreds of schools promoting music and leading workshops, and has released his second book to entertain children and inspire them to pick up a musical instrument and have a go. It also comes with an accompanying CD featuring musical activities.
Dan Watts began his music study at the age of seven and won a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School at the age of fourteen. On completing his studies at Wells, Dan took a choral scholarship with the Wells Cathedral Choir before undertaking a music degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. After graduating at the RNCM, Dan became a flute professor in Palestine and founded his own chamber group The Metropolitan Ensemble with whom he has performed live on television. He now lives in London where he enjoys a busy freelance career alongside several teaching posts.
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Daniel gives concerts all over the world as both soloist and accompanist. He has been broadcast on both BBC TV/Radio in the UK (In Tune, Proms, Young Musician of the Year) and NHK TV/Radio in Japan, most recently in recital with Yuki Ito as part of NHK's "Best of Classic" and "Classic Club" series. Daniel has recorded a number of CDs, including releases with Yuki Ito for Sony and with Anna Hashimoto on the Meridian label. As soloist Daniel's extensive concerto repertoire has led to many concerts in the UK and around Europe and he has frequently been a featured Solo Classical Artist on many Cruise lines around the world.
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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, Aled Jones, the BBC Singers, Chris Moyles, and Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood from Blue Peter. As a trumpeter, David has performed with many of Britain's leading orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra which he joined after a spell as Principal Trumpet of London City Ballet.
Dawn studied at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal College of Music, and has performed with percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and the British Sinfonietta. She regularly works with many of the UK's top orchestras both at home and on tour and joined Piano Circus, a piano ensemble performing specially commissioned works by a wide variety of composers. She has worked closely with composers such as Steve Reich and Brian Eno, as well as giving keyboard masterclasses and workshops throughout the UK. Projects have included presenting the BBC Proms Family Music Intro for Multiple Piano Day broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Keyboard Collective Project, and performances in the USA.
To this day, Diane Aidenbaum has had an international career as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. She performed in the most prestigious venues around the world and was invited to perform for Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall in Lancaster House in London and for Her Majesty The Queen in the Royal Enclosure at the Royal Ascot Races. Diane obtained the 1st prize in violin and chamber music at the Nice Conservatory and a Master of Music at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent in Belgium. She continued her studies in Maurice Hasson's class at the Royal Academy of Music in London and obtained a Master of Performance with Distinction as well as a LRAM Degree.
Pianist Dominic John has inexhaustible energy, phenomenal technique, bravura- and at least four arms. The performance is astounding'
International Piano Magazine Jan- Feb 2015 Dominic's artistry has won him several prizes, including First Prize in the 22nd Brant International Piano Competition, British Music Society Awards, R.C.M. Chappell Gold Medal, a Director's Golden Jubilee Award at the R.C.M., Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition as well as a laureate of the Corpus Christi, U.S.A. International Competition for Piano and Strings.
Polish violinist Dominika began her studies at The Purcell School was invited to perform for Pope John Paul II. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Dominika has been awarded numerous prizes including the Alfred Brendel Prize, Martin Musical Scholarship and Hattori Foundation. She has performed in major venues around the world including the South Bank Centre, Wigmore Hall, St. Johns Smiths Square, and at festivals such as Prussia Cove, Spitalfield Festival, Verbier Academy and Menuhin Festival. Dominica has led several orchestras including London Chamber Players and guest led many others across Europe. She is a member of Russian Virtuosi of Europe and regularly performs with London Schubert Players.
Dominika Anna Rosiek
A a founder member of the Amar Quartet, Dorothea won scholarships to study at the Peabody Institute, USA, and at the Guildhall School in London. She has played the baroque viola in the Kings Consort and Florilegium and has been both principal viola in the Gustav Mahler Orchestra and the World Youth Orchestra in Israel. She has appeared as a soloist with the Zurich Kammerorchester and at London's Wigmore Hall. Dorothea has played concerts all over the country and abroad with the Allegri Quartet, teaching masterclasses and leading workshops at universities. In her time apart from the quartet she plays principal for Garsington Opera, as well as continuing as principal for the Kings Consort.
Internationally renowned for their dynamism, innovation and breathtaking virtuosity the Eden Stell Guitar Duo have "breathed new life into the world of the classical guitar." - Rotterdam Dagblad.
Widely regarded as one of the world's leading guitar ensembles, the duo's chameleon-like ability to communicate in a multitude of musical styles makes them a constantly evolving entity with a unique creative voice. Likened to a "miraculous single guitarist blessed with an impossibly wonderful technique and an exceptionally delicate touch" (The Observer), the Eden Stell Guitar Duo have been invited to perform at venues and music festivals around the world; including Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Turkey, USA, China, Armenia, Canada, Mexico, South and Central America and Australia, plus numerous radio and TV appearances on ITV, BBC and European and North Americannetworks.
Mark and Chris were elected Associates of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of their outstanding musical achievements and they both currently hold teaching positions at the Royal College of Music, and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The duo are D�Addario Strings endorsed artists.
Elena Hull is a double bassist from Somerset. She is a member of the lovely chamber ensemble CHROMA, and also specialises in contemporary music. She finds musical inspiration in diverse genres including a current fascination with Nordic folk and hot Bluegrass. She is particularly interested in promoting new works, especially by composers who understand the capabilities of the double bass and bring this understanding to their compositions.
Described as "the next rising star of the classical guitar world", Elena began her career focusing on Italian and contemporary repertoire and her first album was released containing music by Dyens, Scarlatti, Giuliani, Petrassi and Davidovsky. She has been awarded numerous prizes, including twice receiving Fermo's Best Student of the Year award and has played for many of the world's finest guitarists, including David Russell, Stephan Schmidt and Pavel Steidl. Her main focus is Latin-American music, which she performs as a soloist, with Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson C�rdenas as Habana Suite Duo and with flutist Claire Overbury as Rouge Duo.
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.
She recently completed a chamber recital tour of Ireland with pianist Finghin Collins and clarinettist Carol McGonnell. Her piano trio recorded the works of Salomon Jadassohn on disc for Toccata Classics and her world premier of Alexandra Vrebalov's Spell III for violin and electronics drew critical acclaim from many sources including the Strad magazine which claimed she delivered the performance 'with infinite care'. Upcoming chamber music performances include concerts at Berlin's Mendelssohn House with tenor Nicky Spence and pianist Michael Joyce. She has recorded for BBC Radio 3, RTE Lyric FM, and was a featured soloist on RTE TV's 'Symphony Sessions' performing the Carmen Fantasy and Ravel's Tzigane.
Elizabeth 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).
Ellie Fagg was a foundation scholar at the Royal College of Music, from where she graduated with first class honours. As a soloist, Ellie has performed at the Barbican Hall, the Bridgewater Hall and St John's, Smith Square, London. She was appointed leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and later began playing with the LSO. Ellie�s Awards include the MBF �Emily English Scholarship� for the most outstanding violinist heard at audition, Associated Board Scholarship and the highest award from the Countess of Munster Trust which included a place on their prestigious recital scheme.
Emmanuella enjoys a varied and international career. An experienced orchestral player, she has performed with all the major London orchestras and has been a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She also founded the highly successful Jigsaw Players, offering concerts and educational projects in the Wimbledon area. She was appointed to the viola and chamber music faculty at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. On discovering her passion for the viola, she entered the class of Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory in Boston. There, she received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees.
A versatile orchestral player, Esther has played with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestras, and English National Opera. She performs regularly with ENO and with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House. 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. She has performed alongside well-known musicians such as Maxim Vengerov, Alisa Weilerstein,Yuri Paterson-Olenich, the Edinburgh String Quartet and many more. Her solo CD of Shostakovich's Preludes and Prokofiev's Visions Fugitives (Prometheus Editions) was released to critical acclaim.
With playing described in the press as 'unforgettable' and 'a wonder', violinist Fenella 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 to critical acclaim, and was chosen by BBC Music Magazine as October's Instrumental disc of the month. Concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammerakademie, Fenella also enjoys guest leading and directing.
Fergus Davidson has performed as guest principal with the Hall�, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera and also principal piccolo with every major orchestra in the UK and has toured extensively around the world with many of the BBC orchestras, BRB and RPO and has performed solo recitals in Japan and Scotland. His career has encompassed numerous broadcasts, studio recordings, and education projects but he also performs in many of the west end shows where in one in particular, The Lion King, he plays 18 different flutes and pipes ranging from, zampo�a to bansuri, pan pipes, apito and folk whistle. In 2009 he performed at the Wigmore Hall with the Camarilla Ensemble. Fergus studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. During this period he studied flute with David Nicholson and Richard Chester, and piccolo with Sheena Gordon and won the John McGregor flute prize and a Leche Trust award to continue his studies at the National Centre for Orchestral studies in London. Fergus has also composed a ballet based on the Polar Express which has been performed in Sydney and Hong Kong. Other works include a flute concerto and several short films.
Fiona studied at the Royal College of Music where she was the recipient of numerous awards including the Brahms Millicent, the Helen Heaven Prize and the prestigious Vlado-Perlemuter Scholarship. She furthered her studies in Paris and later won the �Medaille de la Memoire de Bordeaux� at the International Festival of Young Soloists, Bordeaux. Fiona has appeared in recital at major venues throughout the UK and abroad. She has performed the concertos of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Gershwin, and Stravinsky and has recorded for television and film. Fiona formed �Mozart Aid� bringing together some of the country's finest musicians to raise money for UNICEF.
Irish flautist Fiona Kelly has been hailed by the New York Times as a player with "impressive technique and elegant musicianship". Her orchestral experiences range from being offered the post of principal flute with the RT� Concert Orchestra of Ireland at the age of 22, to performances as a guest flautist with the New York Philharmonic. She held the position of principal flute of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra from 2012 to 2016 and performs as guest principal flute with orchestras such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Fiona began her studies at the Cork School of Music and completed her Bachelor of Music studies at Trinity College of Music, London. While in London she won numerous awards including 1st Prize in the British Flute Society International Competition, the Royal Overseas League Sussex Prize and the Royal Philharmonic Society�s Julius Isserlis Scholarship. She completed her Master�s degree at The Juilliard School, New York, studying with principal flute of the New York Philharmonic, Robert Langevin.
Tel Aviv-born Florie Namir is a classically trained singer, pianist, composer, and a songwriter. She sung in opera productions, Eastern-European folk group, and music theatre productions. Her accolades include residencies in Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Acad�mie musicale de Villecroze, The Paul Hindemith Composition Competition, and publications in the Akropolis Collection.
voice and piano
Hungarian Folk Duo
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.
Gabi is also the proud mum of Milo and Bam Bam.
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!
Multi award-winning jazz vocalist, lyricist and producer, Georgia Mancio, is a supreme storyteller and committed communicator for our times, creating work of beauty, bite, authenticity and adventure. Her copious industry acknowledgements include: consecutive wins at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards: Best Vocalist (2021) and Best Album (Finding Home, 2020), and several nominations at the Jazz FM, British Jazz and Urban Music Awards.
Her revered partnership with Grammy-winning pianist/composer, Alan Broadbent, has yielded two albums (Quiet Is The Star, Songbook), a book (The Songs of Alan Broadbent and Georgia Mancio) and performances across Europe and the US, including Ronnie Scott�s and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Other credits include: BBC Proms, Kate Williams, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Pat Metheny (lyric approval), Bobby McFerrin and her own festivals ReVoice! and Hang. Georgia has also lectured on the music of the Jazz Age and is a vocal tutor at City University.
Grace Mo is internationally acclaimed and in demand as both soloist and chamber musician. She studied 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. In addition to her solo career, Grace is an active chamber musician frequently collaborating with members of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and other eminent soloists. She was recently awarded the title of 'The Best Concertmaster' at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in St. Petersburg for her chamber music work and musical interpretations.
Gwendolyn is a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra. 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. 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.
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. She is a passionate chamber musician and with her ensemble 4 Girls 4 Harps, she has performed live for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and in concerts across the UK and beyond. Harriet is also a composer specialising in works for harp. Her critically acclaimed composition, Sun, Moon and Stars for harp quartet, was selected for performance at the 9th World Harp Congress, and her Elemental for harp quartet, was performed live on BBC Radio 3's In Tune program.
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 is Co-Principal Double bass of The Orchestra of English National Opera, and performs with UK orchestras such as London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Halle, BBC Scottish Syphony Orchestra, as well as guest principal of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. He has performed on numerous film scores and worked with artists including Sir Paul McCartney and Jeff Beck. Hugh is the Double bass Teacher at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM). He loves living in Kent with his wife Sally and children William and Honor, they enjoy strolling through the surrounding orchards!
Huw Watkins is regularly heard on Radio Three, both as a soloist and chamber musician, 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. His recordings include Oliver Knudsen's Ophelia's Last Danceand Alexander Goehr'sSymmetry Disorders Reach. Huw was Featured Composer at the Presteigne Festival of Music and the Arts, and Composer in Residence at both the Heimbach Festival and N�rnberg Festival. His most recent orchestral work was a Violin Concerto for Alina Ibragimova, premiered at the BBC Proms by the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner. He now teaches composition at the Royal Academy of Music.
Ian Wilson is the Head of Woodwind at Eton College, the principal recorder professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is a member of the recorder quartet The Flautadors and regularly performs with The Sixteen, English National Opera and Archangelo. Outside classical music, Ian can be heard on the latest albums by Vashti Bunyan and by the band Paris Motel. In 2008 his career was the subject of a documentary for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service and in 2010, Ian had the pleasure of teaching Janet Street-Porter for the Sky Arts programme First Love.
Ilid is a graduate of the Royal College of Music. During her studies she received many awards and prizes, including an Associated Board Scholarship, an exhibition for performance and the Joy Boughton Oboe Prize. She was also awarded the prestigious Royal College of Music Tagore Gold Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the College. Ilid has given solo recitals at St. Martin in the Fields and St. David's Hall, Cardiff, and recently she performed the Strauss Oboe Concerto at Cadogan Hall. She regularly plays for most of the leading British orchestras, including the London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra.
Iosif Purits has become one of the best known accordion musicians of his generation. He has travelled around the world performing at the most prestigious concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. He won the ABRSM International Postgraduate Award from the Royal Academy of Music. Iosif is a prize-winner of more than 30 International competitions, including 1st prize winner of Competition of Accordionists in Castelfidardo, Arrasate Hiria, Trophee Mondial, and Competition of Accordionists in Klingenthal. His extensive repertoire ranges from Russian to Japanese works and from classical to contemporary. As well as solo-performer he is an enthusiastic collaborator.
Irene is a freelance trumpet player based in London. She has performed throughout the UK, continental Europe and the USA with groups including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the English National Ballet. She is a former member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia. Irene grew up in Chicago where she began studying the trumpet at the age of 9. She holds a BA from Yale University, as well as a Master's of Music degree from Northwestern University and a Post-graduate diploma from the Royal Academy of Music.
Irene Haberli Mahon
Featured in Classical Music Magazine as one of the "front runners taking to the chamber music stage", the Jacquin Trio are rapidly making waves in the UK music scene. Winners of the Royal Overseas League and the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competitions, the trio have performed extensively across the UK as Making Music artists and in some of the most prestigious venues in the country. They have been recognised with awards from the Park Lane Group, 19th International Chamber Music Competition in Thessaloniki, Greece, the RCM's Douglas Whittaker Prize, and the Tunnell Trust, the latter seeing them complete a critically acclaimed tour of Scotland in 2014.
After studying at the Royal Academy of Music and Moscow Conservatoire, James has gone on to establish a career as a pianist primarily in the fields of Chamber music and Lieder. He has performed in recital with artists such as Ian Bostridge, Joan Rodgers, Elizabeth Watts, Lawrence Power and next year will appear in recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Christian Gerhaher.
James has led a varied performing career of chamber and duo performances both at venues across London and at UK festivals. As a composer James has received commissions from Stratford-on-Avon Festival, Phoenix Piano Trio, Park Lane Group and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. As a musical director he works at T�te � T�te: The Opera Festival, where he has conducted the first performances of over 50 new works. Previous theatre credits include musical director of Charles Court Opera's legendary pantomime at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, culminating in his co-writing of the "masterful and original boutique riot," Beowulf. Third Hand produced his first opera, Njoge, with libretto by Neil Georgeson.
Described as, 'wonderfully supple, propulsive and alive' by the Guardian, Jamie studied lute and early guitars at the Royal College of Music and 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, 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.
lute, cittern & guitar
A recent graduate of the prestigious Masters in Jazz programme at Trinity College of Music, Jean de Talhouet has had a keen interest in Gypsy Jazz ever since he heard, the Belgian virtuoso Tcha Limberger in concert. Jean went on to take several lessons with him. He leads the Gypsy Jazz/early Jazz band Kamao Quartet, who are regulars on the UK scene. They play each second Sunday of the month at the Jamboree in Limehouse. Kamao Quartet recently performed with Tcha Limberger as a guest at the Vortex Jazz Club and they plan to record their debut album this year. Jean performs in and around London as a sideman in a variety of other projects, not all Jazz.
Jean de Talhouet
vocals & jazz guitar
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 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, 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.
Since her critically acclaimed solo debut at Purcell Room, Southbank Centre (London), Jennifer continues to perform extensively at major venues in the UK and abroad as a recitalist and chamber musician. She was successful in winning prizes at the 8th Scottish International Piano Competition, Royal Overseas League Competition, 2011 Dudley International Piano Competition, 2010 Academie Internationale de Musique Maurice Ravel, Myra Hess Award (MBF), Making Music Awards and First Prize at the Eastbourne Symphony Young Soloists Competition among others. She has recently completed her doctorate degree sponsored by Creative New Zealand at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and City University London. Also a keen teacher, Jennifer has given lectures and masterclasses in the UK and New Zealand.
Educated at the University of Durham and Guildhall School of Music, Jeremy 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 � 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.
renaissance cornett / horn
Upon graduating with an MMus from the Royal College of Music, Irish clarinettist Jessie Grimes was awarded the 2011 Worshipful Company of Musicians' Silver Medal for outstanding musical achievement. Other solo achievements include the RCM Senior Woodwind Prize and the Camerata Ireland Ireland Fund of France Award and 2nd prize at the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year 2011. She was a Clandeboye Resident Artist 2016 which saw her give masterclasses, and solo and chamber performances at Barry Douglas' prestigious Clandeboye Festival. As an orchestral musician, Jessie is Principal Clarinet of the Wexford Festival Opera Orchestra and has worked with ensembles such as the Ulster Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, and the European Union Youth Orchestra. Jessie also loves working as an educator and animateur. She is a clarinet teacher at the RCM Junior Department, has presented a BBC Ten Pieces programme live, and is a workshop facilitator and mentor for Live Music Now and students of the Royal College of Music.
Performing for the award winning chamber ensembles Bella Tromba, Britten Sinfonia and London Mozart Players, Jo's repertoire spans from Bach to Birtwistle. Her work in the studio includes recordings at Abbey Road, CD's for Hyperion, films for Universal Studios and live broadcasts for BBC TV and Radio. Jo has been invited to perform internationally, appeared as a Guest Performer at the International Women's Brass Conference, as a Denis Wick Artist on the Main Stage at Musikmesse, Germany, and at The Music School in Poland. She is a winner of the Park Lane Group Award and a Selected Artist for Making Music. Jo is delighted to be involved with Bach to Baby concerts, bringing smiles to faces in communities across the UK.
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 studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has performed as a freelancer with many of the country's leading orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia and English Touring Opera (of which he is currently the principal trumpet). 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 TVand radio. He is a peripatetic brass teacher at Harrow School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department. He lives in Watford with his wife, daughter and 12 trumpets. John is also a member of the Albion Brass Consort.
John Reid's career to date has shown him to be a pianist of notable versatility and range, with wide experience as an outstanding chamber musician, song accompanist, soloist and exponent of new music. Increasingly in demand as a teacher, he is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. John made his concerto debut in Germany with the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck and he continues his collaboration with Aurora Orchestra, both as principal pianist and as a soloist in a series of the complete Mozart concertos at Kings Place in London. Much in demand as a guest pianist with a number of other leading ensembles, he has performed with London Conchord Ensemble, Archangelo, London Haydn Project and The Sixteen.
Jonathan 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 and Steve Arguelles. He studied composition at Middlesex University and has written music for large and small ensembles, contemporary dance and music education projects. Outside of jazz Jonathan is a founder member of the UK�s leading tango ensemble Tango Siempre and most recently he co-created the successful West-End show 'Midnight Tango� featuring dancers Vincent & Flavia. Theatre work includes Edward Scissorhands by choreographer Matthew Bourne and Blues Brother Soul Sister with soul singer Ruby Turner.
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 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.
Julia Morneweg enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player that regularly sees her perform at leading venues including the Southbank Centre, St David's Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Martinu Hall Prague and Shanghai's Daning Theatre. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with distinguished players such as Kathron Sturrock, Oleg Poliansky, Roger Chase, Madeleine Mitchell, Emanuel Abb�hl and Anna Kandinskaya. After 12 years as cellist of the highly acclaimed Erato Piano Trio, she is now Artistic Director of 'ChamberMusicBox', an innovative concert series in London. She has been a guest with many of the UK's finest orchestras, performed on BBC and ITV television and toured with rock legends such as Rod Stewart.
Julie McKee is a superb vocalist specialising in jazz, blues and swing. She trained in jazz voice at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has performed in many musical guises with top musicians at venues and festivals across the UK, including the National Theatre, LSO St Luke's, 606 Club, the Vortex, Greenbelt Festival, National Portrait Gallery, Brighton Festival, Edinburgh Festival, the Drill Hall and the Troubadour, to name a few, as well as shows in New York and Chicago. Her singing has also been featured on BBC1 and SmoothFM. Soulful interpretations and a passionate delivery are her hallmarks.
Justin and the Argonauts are a four-piece ensemble based in the south east of England. Comprised of violin, accordion, guitar, tuba and vocals, they play a dazzling array of fast paced tango, classical and klezmer with an eclectic blend of contemporary classics as you�ve never heard them before. They have been astounding audiences with their musical virtuosity and impeccable manners for the past two years and are the only band performing music from Shostakovich to Britney Spears on the same set!
Justin and the Argonauts
violin, guitar, accordion and tuba
A former Principal cello of the National and European Youth Orchestras, Karen Stephenson has been Co-Principal cello with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and is now No. 2 cello with the Philharmonia. She is regularly in demand as a Guest Principal with orchestras including the Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestras, London Sinfonietta and the English Sinfonia. Karen also enjoys an active career as a chamber musician, guesting with ensembles including the Allegri Quartet, Chamber Domaine, and the RPO soloists. She has broadcast as a soloist on BBC Radios 2 and 3. She is a tutor for Pro Corda and NYO, and a visiting professor and examiner at the Royal Academy of Music.
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.
Kate studied at the Royal College of Music with Melissa Phelps before spending time in Amsterdam with Dmitri Ferschtman and then moving to Duesseldorf to study with Johannes Goritzki. She settled in Nordrhein-Westfalen and took up chamber orchestra positions with the Folkwang Kammerorchester Essen and Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, while regularly returning to the UK to play with the Bowen Quartet. Cara and Kate met as undergraduates at the RCM and as two of the only northern cellists at the College, immediately clicked! They enjoyed playing together as principals of the RCM orchestras and formed the Digby Cello duo. They are delighted to be playing together again for the Bach to Baby audience!
Kate is a soprano widely experienced on the concert platform. She has sung and recorded with world renowned groups including the Monteverdi Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Dunedin Consort, Brabant Consort and the Eric Whitacre Singers. She was soloist on the latest recording from Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Consort which won the Gramophone award for Early Music. Solo recordings have included a Early English Songs, 'Delicatessen' and 'The Notebooks of Anna Magdalena Bach'. In opera, Kate has played roles ranging from Asteria in Handel's Tamerlano to Mrs P in Michael Nyman's Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat. She sang the title role in the first modern performance of John Stanley's Teraminta for Opera Restor'd.
Katherine Jenkinson has worked closely with composers including Arvo P�rt, 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.
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 is a multi-prize winner on the international stage. She has performed at the Purcell Room, St. John's Smith Square, and Wigmore Hall and is a founding member of the Barbirolli Quartet. She also regularly guest leads many of the UK orchestras including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, London Concertante and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (BCMG). Highlights of this season include performances of Bach's Violin Concerto for two violins and directing a performance of Bartok's Divertimento for Strings in the Roman River Festival. Katie teaches at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, and is a tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Keziah has appeared in major venues and festivals throughout the world, including a solo tour of Japan for Aoyama Harps, and performances at the World Harp Congresses in Geneva, Dublin and Amsterdam. Keziah has been the winner of the London Harp Competition, the Camac Harp Competition and the Contemporary Record Society Performing Artists Competition. Born in London, Keziah earned an ARCM performance diploma and solo debuts at the Royal Albert Hall and the Wigmore Hall whilst still at school. Keziah gained a Bachelor's degree from the Royal College of Music in London where she studied with Daphne Boden and was awarded the Douglas Whittaker, Jack Morrison and Marie Goossens Harp Prizes.
Four times recipient of a scholarship from the Spanish government, Laura Vallejo studied at Yale University (USA) and The Cleveland Institute of Music. She has performed extensively throughout Spain, UK and United States. She made her solo debut 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. Laura is a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra performing with internationally acclaimed conductors, and has been guest principal violist in the English National Ballet, Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra and Aarhus Symfoniorkester (Denmark). She is a teacher at the CIM Tarazona (Spain), and the Matisse International Music Course in Madrid.
Originally from Shropshire, Liam began his musical training as a treble chorister in Hereford Cathedral Choir and later choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. He studied jazz piano at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has since performed at all of London's major jazz and commercial venues including Ronnie Scott's, Pizza Express Dean St, Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury Festival's Pyramid Stage, Wembley Arena, The Savoy and The Palladium among many more.
Liam has worked as Musical Director for the acclaimed 2015-16 UK No. 1 Tour of "Hairspray" the musical, Associate Musical Director for the London production of Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical "In The Heights", Assistant Musical Director of Baz Luhrmann's "Strictly Ballroom" the musical in 2018, and Associate Musical Director of "Songs for Nobodies" in the West End in 2019. As an accompanist and session pianist he has worked in a wide variety of contexts, including BBC2�s series �The Choir� with Gareth Malone and is featured as both a pianist and arranger on the 2015 UK Official Charts Christmas No.1 Single with the NHS Choir.
Libby Burgess is a pianist dedicated to the fields of song and chamber music, collaborating regularly with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. Her passion for working with singers additionally sees her working as a vocal coach, chorusmaster, repetiteur and conductor. Libby�s diverse schedule ranges from song recitals in the UK�s major concert halls and festivals, to chamber music in obscure venues around the country or appearances on Radio 3. She is Artistic Director of New Paths, a major new festival of concerts and outreach events. Libby was the first female organ scholar at Christ Church Oxford, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music.
Lise Vandersmissen is a Belgain harpist living on a canal boat in London. She is a multi-prize winner at international competitions across the globe, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Hong Kong and England. She recently won the First Prize in the 5th International Harp Competition in Slovenia, and was awarded the Guildhall Harp Prize 2019, and was a Fellow at the Guildhall. Her CD 'Transformed' features her own compositions alongside her creations of transcriptions of well loved symphonic works.
Lucy 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, Musikverein Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Suntori Hall Tokyo. She is currently a member of the English Chamber Orchestra. She won LPO's international 'Young Soloist of the Year' competition which led to performances of the Tchaikovsky violin concerto in the QEH and RFH. She has played all the major violin concertos with various UK orchestras and more recently the Beethoven Triple concerto with the Philharmonie de Strasbourg and Brahms Double concerto with the Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Now principal harp with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Lucy is one of the most outstanding harpists of her generation. She has performed at major venues and festivals throughout Europe, appearing as guest artist with musicians including Roger Vignoles, James Galway and the Belcea Quartet. She is principal harp of the Britten Sinfonia and harpist of the Nash Ensemble. As a soloist, Lucy has appeared at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, and played with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others.
Maiko Mori came to prominence after winning first prize at the 23rd Robert William and Florence Amy Brant International Piano Competition in 2002. Maiko made her concerto debut in the UK with the RCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vasily Petrenko and went on to debut internationally with the Bombay Chamber Orchestra in Mumbai, India. Most recently, she has performed Rachmaninov�s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Ritsumeikan University Orchestra in Japan. Maiko has enjoyed acclaim at prestigious venues and festivals such as the Purcell Room, the Bridgewater Hall, West Road Hall, Kings Place, and the Cheltenham Festival. Maiko Mori is currently piano professor at the University of Chichester. She is also an official accompanist at Goldsmiths University, London.
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 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, Leon McCawley, Paul Watkins and with Thomas Ad�s 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 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 violin and piano duo, Postcards from Europe, specialising in virtuoso gypsy music and works by composers who were affected by the Rise of the Third Reich have performed in Kings Place London, the British Embassy Budapest, and the Roman Forum Thessaloniki, Greece.
Mark Ashford is an internationally renowned performer and teacher. A former scholarship student at both Chetham�s School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, London, Mark graduated with first class honours and completed his studies with the eminent guitarist David Russell in Vigo, Spain. He is a prize winner at many national and international competitions including the Guitar Foundation of America, Alessandria International Guitar Competition (Italy), Scandinavian International Guitar Competition, Julian Bream Prize, and BBC Radio 2 Young Musician. Mark enjoyed a number of years on Lord Menhuin�s scheme Live Music Now! giving numerous community and educational concerts throughout the UK.He is currently music director of NYGE-Birmingham and Head of Guitar at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Martin Cousin won 1st Prize at the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (Seregno, Italy) and Gold Medal at the ROSL Music Competition (London). Martin appears regularly at the Barbican, RFH, Symphony, Bridgewater and Wigmore Halls and has been soloist with the Philharmonia, LPO, Halle, RPO and BBC Concert Orchestras. His recording of Rachmaninov's Sonata No.1 and Morceaux de Salon was selected as CD of the Week by The Daily Telegraph and his recording of Rachmaninov�s �tudes-Tableaux received a 5-star review in The Observer. Martin is also a member of the Aquinas Piano Trio and his hands featured in the Oscar-winning film "Shine", playing Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto.
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 K�ln, 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.
Mary studied the flute at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music and the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. She is a freelance orchestral, solo and chamber musician, playing with many of the country's leading orchestras such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Philharmonia, Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the English National Ballet. She was twice a semi-finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition and took part in BBC Young Musician masterclass series with Michael Collins and Courtney Pine. Being a mother of three, Mary especially enjoys the prolific musical educational work and the many children's concerts she does.
Pianist and composer Mateusz Rettner enjoys a career as successful as it is diverse. His recentachievements include receiving the Mercers' Arts Award, 1st prize in the Brooks-van der PumpCompetition in London as well as releasing a multi-award winning CD on the DUX label.
Mateusz Rettner's performance has taken him to some of the most prestigious venues in the UK as well as abroad, such as: Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, the Royal Over-Seas League, WarsawPhilharmonic, Ambika P3, Lodz Philharmonic, Victoria and Albert Museum, Gdansk Philharmonic, ChopinMuseum in Warsaw, Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall in London and others. In 2016 he made his concertodebut with the Lodz Philharmonic. The artist has obtained a Master's Degree (with distinction) from the Royal College of Music, Londonwhere he studied with prof. Dina Parakhina and prof. Leon McCawley and he also receives mentorshipfrom the renowned pianist Leslie Howard.
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 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 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.
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. As well as performing Matt enjoys teaching �Cello and Chamber music at Eton and Junior Guildhall. He regularly gives masterclasses and is co-director of the International Cello Gathering.
Pianist Matthew McCombie engages in a wide range of activities including performing as a soloist and accompanist, collaborating with composers, and educational work. A graduate of the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Matthew has performed with leading conductors such as Barry Wordsworth, James Judd, and Ronald Corp. As well as frequent performances in the United Kingdom, Matthew regularly travels internationally to perform for the Cunard Line and P&O Cruises. Matthew also has an interest in jazz and previously shared the piano residency at the Savoy Hotel, London.
One of the leaders of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Matthew is a versatile violinist who shares his time between period instrument and 'modern' performance. He has performed with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, The English Concert, Le Concert d'Astr�e, The King's Consort, Arcangelo, English National Opera, Dutch National Opera and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. Matthew is also leader of St James' Baroque, Classical Opera and the Magdalena Consort. Matthew's recordings have included a set of Purcell Trio Sonatas with Retrospect Trio, a disc of Bach chamber music with Trevor Pinnock, and one of Haydn Piano Trios with Richard Lester and Simon Crawford-Phillips. Matthew teaches baroque violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
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.
Mihai Ritivoiu is a London-based Romanian pianist, prize-winner of the George Enescu International Competition. He has performed in England, Romania, Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany and Japan. His performances have been broadcast by Radio Romania Muzical, RTS-Espace 2 and BBC Radio 3, and his debut CD, "Transcendence", with works by Franck, Enescu and Liszt, has been recently released on the Genuin label. Mihai has studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest with Professor Viniciu Moroianu and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, where he obtained the Masters and Artist Diploma degrees with Distinction, studying with Senior Professor Joan Havill. Mihai is a Yeoman of the Musicians' Company and a City Music Foundation Artist.
Morwenna Del Mar enjoys a busy and varied career as a soloist and chamber musician and is increasingly in demand as an orchestral principal player. She is a member of the cello section of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with many orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra of Opera North. She also plays regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra, with whom she has travelled around the world. Morwenna read Music at Cambridge, before continuing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Eastman School of Music.
Morwenna Del Mar
Naadia is a performer, educator, musical director and mum to two boys. All this keeps her busy and creative! She is an established performer on the British jazz scene working both in London and internationally with many different performers. Naadia is also Pianist and Musical Director for singer Kate Dimbleby with whom she has performed and recorded to wide acclaim. With Kate, Naadia has made several radio appearances including 'Jools Holland', 'Woman's Hour', 'In Tune' and Gaby Roslin's BBC London show. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied Classical and Jazz piano, Naadia also teaches piano at St Paul's Girls School and Junior Guildhall, and is an ABRSM examiner.
British violinist and composer Natalie Klouda received her early training at the Yehudi Menuhin School. A project to write compositions for Yehudi Menuhin's 80th Birthday engaged her passion for composition and chamber music performance. As a chamber musician Natalie has performed in major venues across Europe including the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Sony Auditorium Madrid and Queen Elizabeth Hall and has recorded for the Resonus Classics label. International performance prizes include the Austrian �Wiener Klassik Prize� for interpretations of Joseph Haydn, 1st Prize in the 2010 Royal Over-Seas League Competition and a Swiss Global Artistic Foundation Award.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, British pianist Nicola Eimer has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Europe and US, and has given concerto performances and recitals at major UK venues. As a chamber musician, she regularly performs with musicians such as Richard Harwood, Fenella Humphreys and Christoph Richter. She is a regular class pianist for the IMS masterclasses in Prussia Cove. Nicola studied with Danielle Salamon and later with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music where she received generous support from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. She won a Fulbright Scholarship to study in New York with Joseph Kalichstein. She is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she teaches piano and chamber music.
Nicola's great love of the cello led her to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, from where she graduated with first-class honours before a scholarship took her studies to Germany and Brussels. At the age of 24, she gave her first solo broadcast for Radio 3 and joined The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, whilst also touring regularly with the Philharmonia and the LSO. From 2001 to 2005 she was cellist of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, with whom she performed and gave masterclasses throughout Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa. Nicola's repertoire includes most of the major cello concertos, and she has performed all six solo suites by Bach in festivals in Scotland, England and Germany.
Nicola Tait Baxter
Nigel Foster studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson and Iain Burnside. Early work with conductors including John Eliot Gardiner and Georg Solti led to work with Renee Fleming, Roberto Alagna and Angela Gheorghiu, and he now plays for singers including Roderick Williams, Paul Whelan, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Ailish Tynan, James Newby and Nicky Spence. Nigel founded and directs the London Song Festival, which marked its tenth anniversary in 2017. He has given masterclasses and led workshops in the Song Repertoire in the UK, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg and the USA. His latest CD of songs by Betty Roe, with Robin Tritschler, Madeleine Mitchell and others has received five star reviews. He has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has appeared on television in several European countries. Nigel has performed all over Europe and in Asia, New Zealand and the Americas and in 2015 he was appointed a Steinway Artist.
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 Zauberfl�te), 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.
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 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 S�ring 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 is currently principal trumpet and Chairman of the London Mozart Players, as well as the Britten Sinfonia and the Orchestra of St John's. Furthermore, he is the musical director of one of the UK's finest brass bands, Regent Brass. Paul performs throughout many musical genres and is a member of the innovative chamber ensemble 'Fibonacci Sequence'. 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 made his concerto debut at 14, followed by his Radio 3 debut at 21. 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 but 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 the 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.
Wide-ranging and versatile in his experience, Philip Mountford has established a distinguished career as a collaborative pianist. Recent engagements include appearances at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall as well as appearances at Buxton, Newbury and Ludlow Festivals. Philip has been privileged to work with many distinguished artists, notably mezzo soprano Rosalind Plowright, Sergei Leiferkus, Nelly Miricioiu and Marianne Cornetti. In recent years, Philip has been involved in performing anthology programmes of poetry, prose and music with leading actors including Dame Sian Phillips, Edward Fox, Virginia McKenna, Dame Dorothy Tutin and Sir John Mortimer. Recordings include the world premiere of Walter Leigh's 'Music For Three Pianos' (Tremula Records) and a song recital disc, 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' with Rosalind Plowright (Rom�o Records). Philip studied with Marlene Fleet and later at Trinity College of Music with Christine Croshaw.
One time zoologist and National Otter Surveyor of England, Philip hung up his waders to study singing at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the RNCM. He has developed a thriving operatic and recital career performing for some of the world's most respected opera companies and concert venues including The Royal Opera House London, Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen, Maggio Musicale Florence, the Wigmore Hall and The Sage Gateshead. In recital he has performed with many respected pianists including Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Joseph Middleton and James Cheung. He has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and appears on a number of recordings. Philip enjoys introducing opera and song to new audiences of all ages in a variety of workshops and classes.
When Andy Kershaw happened upon an 1850s Michaud bass saxhorn in a French brocante, he was hooked. He decided he must create an ensemble using Victorian brass gems, celebrating great music from the period. And so began Queen Victoria's Consort! Its members include pioneers of the period instrument scene, performing with the OAE, His Majesty's Sagbutt and Cornetts, the Globe, and many well-known ensembles.
Queen Victoria's Consort
historic instrument brass group
Rakhi's success started at a young age after winning the Audi Junior Musician of Great Britain at the age of 14. 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 studied at 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, including 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. She is a regular film session musician and can be heard on soundtracks including The Hobbit, Les Miserables, and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Having gained a scholarship to attend the Junior department of the Royal Academy of Music, Rebecca went on to study at the Guildhall with Louise Hopkins, where she was awarded the Gregory Salzman award for postgraduate study and gained a place on the LSO's string scheme. Since 2007 she is cellist of the Lawson Trio and a seasoned chamber musician, having performed 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 numerous chamber ensembles and appeared as section principal with the 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.
Cellist Rebecca studied at the Royal Academy of Music as well as the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and has won various 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. Rebecca 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.
storyteller and cellist
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 is currently a member of Disney's "Aladdin" orchestra. Previously she was a chairholder on shows including "The Sound of Music" and "Oliver". Rebecca was a Woodwind finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
Richard enjoys a varied musical career encompassing historical performance, orchestral music, chamber music & musical theatre. He 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 founding member of the Galliard Ensemble Wind Quintet, Richard has performed regularly for Radio 3.
Richard studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He now enjoys a varied career, combining recitals and chamber music with orchestral playing. Richard has performed chamber music at Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and around the U.K. through awards from Tunnell Trust, Martin Musical Scholarship and Making Music. Solo recitals include St Martin-in-the-Fields, Crush Room (Royal Opera House) and for various Music societies through Making Music Young Artist Award. Richard has appeared as Guest Principal of Royal Northern Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia & Opera North. He regularly plays with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Opera House.
Richard studied at the Royal College of Music and has worked with most of the top London orchestras, including playing guest principal horn with the Royal Opera House, Philharmonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, English National Ballet and Britten Sinfonia. As a soloist, he has premiered works at the British Horn Society and Hoxton Festivals and has performed Mozart's Horn Concerto No.4 with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Although Richard is proud of these achievements, his most memorable moment was when he opened Live8 in Hyde Park, playing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with Sir Paul McCartney and U2, dressed as John Lennon. Richard is currently a member of the orchestra of "Phantom of the Opera", Principal horn of the National Symphony Orchestra, solo horn in the contemporary ensemble "Lontano" and horn and brass tutor at Bromley Youth Music Trust.
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Robin 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, M�tier 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.
Described as "the finest of the younger generation of violinists" (Musical Opinion) and hailed by the Guardian as "superb", Ruth 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 and has played to orphans and refugees on the Thailand-Burma border.
Spanish flautist Saleta is part 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 M�laga 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.
Saleta Suarez Ogando
Praised for her 'deft musicality', Sally is much in demand as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. She is principal harp with the Aurora Orchestra and guests regularly with orchestras including the RPO, BBC Symphony and Concert orchestras, Britten Sinfonia and at the Royal Opera House. Her concerto work has included performances with the Northern Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia, the Royal Philharmonic and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Other highlights include numerous concerts at the Wigmore Hall with various groups including with the Nash Ensemble and world premieres at the Presteigne festival and BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of performances from the Cheltenham Festival.
Sam 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.
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. In 2005 Samantha joined the Orchestra of the English national Opera and last year she was awarded Associate of the Royal Academy of music recognising her musical career.
Sarah 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.
Originally from Canada, Soprano Sarah Parkin now lives and works from Northwest London and is quickly gaining a reputation as a keen and expressive performer. Recent roles include Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) for Aspect Opera and the Royal Northern College of Music; Sidonie (Armide) for Woodhouse Opera; Minerva (Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria) and Frasquita (Carmen) for the RNCM; Diane (Act�on) and Dido (Dido and Aeneas), both for the Dartington International Summer School. Sarah is a regular collaborator with contemporary music theatre company Hanbury & Groves, and has participated in masterclasses with Rosalind Plowright, Malcolm Martineau, Daniel Taylor and Michael Schade. This season, Sarah appeared with Opera Holland Park, and will be singing the title role in Monteverdi's l'Incoronazione di Poppea with Barefoot Opera.
Sarah 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.
Known for exceptional technique and musicality on both cello and piano, Taiwanese-British musician Shu-Wei Tseng has performed 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. Shu-Wei holds a Doctorate from University of Colorado at Boulder. Shu-Wei enjoys a busy teaching and lecturing schedule. Recent positions include lectureships at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and CU Boulder, and Chamber Music course leadership at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Simon trained at the University of Surrey before professional work took him in to the world of shows and musicals. Since 2001, Simon has played piano/keyboards and been either Assistant Musical Director or cover conductor on the following West End productions: Saturday Night Fever (Apollo Victoria), Dirty Dancing (Aldwych Theatre), Sister Act (London Palladium), Shrek the Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), A Chorus Line (London Palladium), and The Commitments (Palace Theatre). He currently plays piano and conducts the orchestra for Disney's "Aladdin" at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. Simon regularly performs in a jazz/pop capacity as well, and also plays in a 9-piece wedding/function band. He has also performed with The BBC Concert Orchestra, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Chi-Lites, Boney M, and The Bootleg Beatles.
Simon 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.
"There is no doubting the quality of Simon Wallfisch's artistry... his ceaseless shifts in tone create characterisations of quite exceptional vividness..." - Gramophone.
"A multi-talented musician of incredible versatility" (BBC Radio 3), Simon Wallfisch is one of Britain's most sought after Baritones, at home on the opera and concert stage.
In 2017, Simon Wallfisch performed as soloist at London's Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble live for BBC Radio 3, sang leading roles at the N�rnberg Staatsoper and recorded his third Song CD for Nimbus Records entitled: "Ges�nge des Orients" to be released in July 2018.
baritone and cello
Simon has given recitals as soloist and chamber musician all across the world. Recently he has performed in China, Canada, Sweden and Italy as well as extensively in the UK. He made his concerto debut at London's Cadogan Hall and was featured as a Rising Star in International Piano Magazine during a cycle he gave of Beethoven's piano sonatas. He has worked with a number of artists including his wife, Irish violinist Anna Cashell, cellist Raphael Wallfisch and the London International Players, with whom he appeared live on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune' and recently at Cadogan Hall. Simon studied at the Purcell School of Music with Patsy Toh and the Royal College of Music with Yonty Solomon, where he won a range of prizes and awards, including the Hopkinson Silver Medal.
Sophia 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, and Naxos. She has acted as an official accompanist for IMS/Prussia Cove, the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition and the 2013/14 inaugural Australian Cello Awards. Sophia studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, took a first-class honours degree in English from King's College, London, and completed her studies at the Royal Academy of Music. She won the Royal Overseas League's Accompanist Award and the Liza Fuchsova Memorial Prize in consecutive years.
Stephanie has appeared in major roles with Scottish Opera, Opera North, Glyndebourne Festival, Buxton Festival, Opera Holland Park and Graham Vicks Birmingham Opera Company. Foreign engagements have included principal roles at Nederlandse Reisopera and Teatro Massimo di Palermo. Stephanie also maintains a busy concert diary in repertoire encompassing Britten, Verdi, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Handel, Haydn and Rossini. Stephanie studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio.
Stephen 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. Equally at home in standard operatic repertoire, Stephen has conducted 'Magic Flute' for ENO, 'L'Elisir d'amore' for Opera Holland Park, Don Giovanni for the Porto festival, amongst others. He has worked with Stephen Sondheim, and conducted in London's West End. Away from the theatre, he has conducted concerts with the RPO,RPO concert orchestra, LPO and Philharmonia orchestras. Current and future plans include another world premiere, Tansy Davies' 'Between Worlds' at the Barbican in April, 'Crazy for you' by Gershwin for Gothenburg opera, 'Madama Butterfly' in Bergen and Trondheim, Norway and working as musical adviser at Theatre La Cri�e in Marseille.
Stephen is a renowned horn soloist. Since studying at the Royal Northern College of Music, he has worked mostly in the rather rarefied world of chamber music. He enjoys an enormously varied career travelling all over the world, particularly relishing playing in unusual and far-flung places. He has broadcast concertos on BBCTV and Radio 3, and appeared with orchestras such as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Orchestra of St John's, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Stephen has a world-wide reputation as a chamber musician being in constant demand at festivals in the UK and abroad. He is a member of Endymion Ensemble, The Fibonacci Sequence, Capricorn, Arpege and the New London Chamber Ensemble.
Steven Devine enjoys a busy career as a music director and keyboard player. Since 2007 he 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). He made his London conducting debut in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall and is now a regular performer there - including making his Proms directing debut in August 2007 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Since the start 2016 Steven has been Curator of Early Music for the Norwegian Wind Ensemble and guest director for Arion in Montreal.
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 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.
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. Individually, members of The Queen's Six have appeared in many of the most prestigious vocal ensembles, including The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars and Tenebrae. Their repertoire extends far beyond the reach of the choir stalls: from austere early chant, florid Renaissance polyphony, lewd madrigals and haunting folk songs, to upbeat Jazz and Pop arrangements.
The Queen's Six
a cappella group
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. Engagements have included recitals for St. George's, Brandon Hill, Leeds International Concert Series, and Bryn Terfel's "Faenol Festival" alongside Jamie Cullum and Jools Holland. They are also dedicated to their education and community work, giving demonstrations, workshops and concerts to people of all ages throughout the UK.
The Thorne Trio
Olivia Ray studied at the Royal Northern, the English National Opera's�The Knack, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, receiving a fellowship to Aspen, Colorado, to study with Susanne Mentzer. Highlights in recent seasons include Lady Spencer in Georgiana at the Buxton International Festival; Emilia Otello, Anna Polikovskaya in the world premiere of The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko; Gertrude Rom�o et Juliette, Flora La traviata, Enrichetta di Francia I puritani, and Soeur Mathilde Dialogues des carm�lites for Grange Park Opera; Elgar The Apostles at Gloucester Cathedral; and Mahler Symphony No. 8 at the Cheltenham Music Festival.
Highlights in recent seasons include�Lady Spencer�in�Georgiana�at the Buxton International Festival;�Emilia�Otello,�Anna Polikovskaya�in the world premiere of�The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko;�Gertrude�Rom�o et Juliette,�Flora�La traviata,�Enrichetta di Francia�I puritani, and�Soeur Mathilde�Dialogues des carm�lites�for Grange Park Opera; Elgar�The Apostles�at Gloucester Cathedral; and Mahler�Symphony No. 8�at the Cheltenham Music Festival.
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. Tom studied at Chetham�s School of Music, and Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where his teachers were Gillian Sansom, David Takeno and Jack Glickman. He also attended masterclasses at Prussia Cove with Lorand Fenyves. After a winter residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, Tom was invited to join the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as Principal 2nd Violin, performing as soloist with the orchestra, and giving concerts on national radio.
Victoria's playing has been described as 'beautifully sensitive and composed� by The Times and she enjoys a varied musical life that incorporates solo, chamber music, orchestral concerts and teaching. Her performances have been broadcast on radio and TV in the UK, Germany and New Zealand and concerts have included Wigmore Hall, King�s Place and the Purcell Room. She records for Resonus Classics as a member of the Rautio Piano Trio and teaches at the RNCM. Victoria was Principal Cellist with Opera North followed by a decade with the Philharmonia Orchestra. She regularly appears as Guest Principal with many of the UK�s major orchestras. Victoria was born in New Zealand and now lives in London with her husband and young son.
Viv won first prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition and has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, USA, Japan and Australia. He has performed concertos with orchestras such as the RPO, LPO, Philharmonia, Halle, ECO and BBC CO. As a keen chamber musician, he has collaborated with groups such as the Leopold String Trio, the Ysaye Quartet, the Sacconi String Quartet and the Galliard Ensemble. Viv has also recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 as well as radio stations in France, Germany, Poland, Norway and Australia.
Selected as the classical music bright young star for 2007 by the Independent Newspaper, at 15 Wu Qian performed at 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. 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 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.
Japanese pianist Yukiko studied at Tokyo Metropolitan Senior High School for Fine Arts and Music before moving to London. She received her BMus from Goldsmith�s College (University of London) and studied at Trinity College of Music later where she received a MMus degree and Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Performance with Distinction. As well as receiving numerous prizes in her hometown of Ibaraki, Yukiko appeared in major venues in London such as South Bank Centre, St. John's Smith Square and Kings Place performing both solo and chamber music. Yukiko also championed contemporary composers performing in festivals such as Darmstadt and Aldeburgh. She is a member of faculty of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Zaynab performs throughout UK & Europe as a freelance double bassist and violone player, specialised in historically informed performance practice. Experienced as both a chamber and orchestral musician in the field of early music, Zaynab has performed with orchestras such as Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ex Cathedra, Music for Awhile and The Mozartists. She has performed with conductors such as William Christie, Sir Simon Rattle, James Gaffigan, Richard Egarr and Maggie Faultless. Zaynab is principal double bassist of Amsterdam Corelli Collective. As a teacher Zaynab has extensive experience working in the education sector with non�profit organisations, schools and privately, with students of all ages. After seven years living in Amsterdam, Zaynab now resides in Birmingham, UK.
double bass and violone
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.
Associate Leader of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Zoë Beyers made her first professional debut at the age of 11 with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Hailing from South Africa, she won the pretigeous Associated Board International Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music. Zoë has given recitals at the Linbury Theatre, the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London. She has appeared as a soloist in St John�s Smith Square, and performs and records as a chamber musician with many renowned ensembles.
Hungarian flautist Zsuzsa V�mosi-Nagy makes regular appearances as a renowned solo artist and chamber music performer across Europe and the US. She graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest and subsequently attended the postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music, London (studying under Prof. William Bennett), achieving her diploma with distinction. Whilst at the Academy, she won the highly prestigious Queen's Commendation for Excellence prize (awarded to the best all round student at the Royal Academy of Music). Zsuzsa was a winner of the International Flute Competition in Bucharest and took first prize in the 11th International Flute Competition in Timisoara, Romania. In 2009 she was awarded the Junior Prima prize, the highest award in Hungary given every year to outstanding young artists.
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