Artists

Katherine Broderick | soprano

Soprano Katherine Broderick is currently in the ensemble at the Badisches Staatstheater. Her roles this season include Sieglinde (Walkure), Adriana Lecouvreur, Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito) and Brünnhilde (Siegfried). Katherine wins praise for her expressive range and versatility across repertoire that spans intimate lieder recitals to orchestral songs and leading Wagner roles. In 2007, she won the Kathleen Ferrier Award, and the Gold Medal at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied before attending the National Opera Studio. She is in great demand at international opera houses, concert halls and recital stages as well as enjoying a busy recording schedule. Katherine lives in Saddleworth with her two children.

Caroline MacPhie | soprano

A committed recitalist, Caroline MacPhie has performed at Wigmore Hall, Opéra de Lyon, Musée des Tissus de Lyon, Purcell Room, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and at the Cheltenham, Oxford Lieder, Ryedale and Two Moors Festivals. Her 2014 album ‘Love said to me…’ with Joseph Middleton received critical acclaim both here and abroad. On the operatic stage, current and future roles include Glaša Katya Kabanova in Nancy and Barbara Eine Nacht in Venedig with Opéra de Lyon at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman. She has also performed First Niece Peter Grimes and Pagagena/ First Lady The Magic Flute in Lyon, Susanna The Marriage of Figaro, Pamina The Magic Flute and Norina Don Pasquale for Opera Project, Cleopatra (cover) Giulio Cesare for Opera North and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen at the Banff Centre, Canada. In 2012 she made her ROH debut in the world premiere of Max Richter’s SUM at the Linbury Studio.

Carris Jones | mezzo-soprano

Born in Surrey but largely raised in Southeast Asia, Carris Jones studied at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with a DipRam, the Academy’s highest performance award. On the operatic stage, Carris has performed and covered roles at English National Opera, Iford Arts, Garsington Opera and Bury Court Opera. Carris made her Royal Festival Hall debut as Renee in the European premiere of Shostakovich’s Orango, with Esa Pekka-Salonen and the Philharmonia. Carris’ concert highlights include Britten Phaedra with members of the Philharmonia, Bach Magnificat for Laurence Cummings and the English Concert, and performances of Elgar Sea Pictures and Mahler Kindertotenlieder. As a consort singer, Carris has sung across five continents. She was a founder member of Stile Antico, and collaborated with Sting on his Dowland project, Songs from the Labyrinth. In 2017, Carris joined the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, the first female Vicar Choral ever to be appointed.

Katarina Karnéus | soprano

Internationally renowned Katarina Karnéus won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1995. She works at the highest level throughout the world collaborating with major conductors at leading opera houses and orchestras. She is also in demand as a recital artist.

Clare McCaldin | mezzo-soprano

Clare McCaldin’s performing career spans the opera stage and concert platform, including Salzburg Easter Festival, Royal Opera, BBC Proms, Radio 3 and Edinburgh International Festival. Clare also produces new work through her company McCaldin Arts and the charity New Notes & Noises. Her own writing includes Haydn’s London Ladies and Over My Shoulder (about Elisabeth Schumann and Jessie Matthews) and in collaboration, the critically-acclaimed solo show Vivienne (about the first wife of TS Eliot). Mary’s Hand, a monodrama about Queen Mary I by Martin Bussey and Di Sherlock will premiere in 2018. The Ubiquitous Woman, a new chamber opera by Martin Ward, is in development for performances in 2019. Clare has an established career as a recitalist and a significant solo discography: her debut disc, Stephen McNeff’s Madrigali dell’Estate, her recording of Hugh Wood’s Laurie Lee Songs and her most recent disc, Notes from the Asylum, with Libby Burgess, all won four stars from BBC Music Magazine.

Johnny Herford | baritone

Johnny Herford graduated with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music Opera department in 2012, and the next year won the Song Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Competition, and later the Jean Meikle Duo Prize alongside pianist William Vann at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. In 2015, Johnny was chosen by Philip Glass to create the role of Josef K in his newest opera, The Trial. The opera was premiered at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, in a collaboration between the Royal Opera House and Music Theatre Wales. Johnny has also performed the role of Josef K for Theater Magdeburg, making his German debut in April 2015. He returned to Music Theatre Wales for Peter Eötvös’ The Golden Dragon. He made his debut at English National Opera in Mike Leigh’s production of The Pirates of Penzance. Other recent performances have included The Traveller in Britten’s Curlew River (Opéra de Dijon), Emireno in Handel’s Ottone (English Touring Opera), and a tour of operatic highlights with Scottish Opera. Johnny recently made his solo debut at the Wigmore Hall, accompanied by James Baillieu. Elsewhere, he has performed with Joe Middleton in the Leeds Lieder Festival, with William Vann at Julius Drake’s Machynlleth Festival and at the Oxford Lieder Festival, and with Gary Matthewman for Lied in London. The last few years have seen the release of various recordings, including The Trial by Philip Glass, a Ralph Vaughan Williams disc titled”Purer than Pearl”, a Fauré recording with the Orchestra of St John’s, and recordings of contemporary English songs for Navona Records and Divine Art Recordings.

Oliver Hunt | bass

Oliver studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Wales International Academy of Voice, following a degree in music from Trinity College, Cambridge. He has participated in masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Josephine Barstow, Dame Ann Murray, Richard Bonynge, Della Jones, Nelly Miricioiu, Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles. On the opera stage, he has sung roles for companies including Garsington Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Bury Court Opera and Early Opera Company, in music ranging from Handel to Wagner. Recent operatic performances include the world premières of The Iris Murder by Alasdair Nicholson and Thousand Furs by Michael Betteridge. A committed recitalist, Oliver is a member of the group The Art of Change, currently touring their inaugural programme on suffrage throughout the UK. In January, Oliver started as a Lay Clerk at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Alexandra Caldon | violin

Alexandra Caldon was born and brought up in Great Hampden before embarking on a music degree at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a first class honours degree. She then attended the Royal Academy of Music as a student of Erich Gruenberg, graduating with Distinction in 2008. Two years later she was appointed a member of Britten Sinfonia, with whom she now tours both the UK and abroad to countries such as China, Mexico and Brazil. Other Britten Sinfonia highlights have included performing Vivaldi’s Autumn from the Four Seasons in the City of London Festival, and playing with the orchestra in the BBC Proms last August. Alexandra has also worked with the London Sinfonietta, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. As a keen chamber musician she is a member of the Hampden Quartet and Goldfield Ensemble, as well as performing in a Violin Duo with her sister. Alexandra also plays frequently with the London Chamber Orchestra, with whom she was privileged to perform at the Royal Wedding in 2011. More recent highlights with LCO include tours to Hong Kong and Turkey, as well as meeting her husband Alex while working with the orchestra in 2013! Alexandra enjoys recording work for television and films, and she also loves leading CantiaQuorum: the orchestra she has founded with Alex in Canterbury.

Jamie Campbell | violin

Jamie Campbell was born in London. After reading Music at Clare College, Cambridge he continued his studies in Vienna, London and Madrid. He is now in great demand as a chamber musician and as an orchestral leader and principal. In 2004 he founded the Solstice Quartet, in which he was 1st violin, and who played together until 2013. The quartet won the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Prize in 2009 and gave their debut at the Wigmore Hall debut in the same year. Jamie has subsequently appeared as guest leader with the Allegri Quartet, with the Sacconi Quartet and with the Piatti Quartet. He is regularly invited to perform at chamber music festivals around the UK and Europe. His chamber music partners have included Steven Isserlis, Guy Johnston, Tom Poster, Ian Bostridge and Mark Padmore. In July 2016 he premiered a new concerto ‘The Fallen Elm’ written for him by Graham Ross. He has also premiered works by composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sebastian Currier, Giles Swayne, Joseph Philbbs, Richard Blackford, Kim Ashton and John Metcalf. He is Associate Artistic Director of the Southwell Music Festival which takes place annually in August. In addition to this Jamie is Principal 2nd violin in Aurora Orchestra. Highlights of 2017 have included BBC Proms performance and a subsequent tour performing Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ Symphony from memory, and a performance of Schubert Quintet in C live on BBC Radio 3 from the Wellcome Collection. Jamie also performs on period instruments and this year toured with ‘Arcangelo’, ‘Solomon’s Knot’ and the French-based orchestra ‘Cercle de l’harmonie’. Jamie plays a violin made by Stefan-Peter Greiner.

Lucy Curnow | violin

Lucy Curnow was born in Buckinghamshire and started violin lessons aged nine. She obtained a government scholarship to the Purcell School to study A-levels after which she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Simon Fischer, graduating with a BMus in 1998. She then pursued an orchestral career and became a member of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester between 2000 and 2003. After that she became a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a position she still holds. In the interim she has freelanced with many orchestras, including the Hallé, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras. Lucy has always enjoyed playing chamber music, and her quartet has recently collaborated with members of the Allegri Quartet to perform the Brahms string sextets.

Fenella Humphreys | violin

With playing described in the press as ‘amazing’ (The Scotsman) and ‘a wonder’ (IRR), violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work. A champion of new and unknown music, a number of eminent British composers have written for Fenella, including a set of 6 new solo violin works by composers including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Sally Beamish and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. She has been fortunate to record these over 2 critically acclaimed CDs for Champs Hill Records, both chosen by BBC Music Magazine as Instrumental disc of the month with 5 Star reviews, and the second also picked as Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine. Her teachers have included Sidney Griller CBE, Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ida Bieler and David Takeno, studying at the Purcell School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule in Düsseldorf graduating with the highest attainable marks.

Eva Thorarinsdottir | violin

Eva was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, and began playing the violin at the age of three. She is a graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Maciej Rakowski. Recently a Nordic Soloist Prize finalist, Eva is also a prize winner in numerous International violin competitions including 3rd Prize and the Audience Prize in the prestigious International Carl Nielsen Violin Competition in 2012. As a soloist, Eva has appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican performing Max Richter’s Memoryhouse. She has also performed with other acclaimed orchestras and ensembles such as the Manchester Camerata, Odense Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and recently performed with Sinfonia Cymru at the Vibrate Festival in Brașov, Romania. She also has a special collaboration with Wycombe Sinfonia where she has performed the Bruch, Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Tchaikovsky concertos. For the past three years, Eva held the Principal 2nd violin position at the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester but has since left her post to focus her career on her solo playing and chamber music collaborations. Currently, she is focusing on a project which will see her recording the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas whilst also exploring contemporary music and folk tunes from her native Iceland. Eva plays on an 1845 Joseph Rocca violin, previously owned by the great Alfredo Campoli.

Andrew Berridge | viola

Andrew Berridge was born on the Wirral and grew up in Leeds, where he began learning violin from the age of five. After further studies with Peter Mountain and Eta Cohen he read Law for a year at the University of Liverpool before transferring to Music. He won an Arts Scholarship that enabled him to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, first on violin with Ben Holland and then viola with Roger Bigley and Scott Dickinson. There he won prizes for viola and chamber music before embarking on a freelance career. He joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in 2003 – its youngest member at the time – as co-principal viola. Since then he has also appeared as principal with the RLPO, RSNO and SCO as well as performing with various chamber groups including Red Note and Hebrides Ensemble. Andrew is a member of the Scottish Ensemble, and also teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Glasgow.

Simon Tandree | viola

As an internationally recognised soloist and chamber musician Simon Tandree has performed in the world’s leading concert halls including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Konzerthaus and Library of Congress in Washington. Simon also plays regularly in festivals around the globe including Maputo, Sidney, New York and Bratislava. As a member of the world-renowned Doric String Quartet Simon won numerous prizes including 1st prize Osaka International Chamber Music competition, 2nd prize Borciani Competition in Italy as well as having two Gramophone nominations for CD’s recorded with Chandos. Simon has collaborated with some of the world’s leading artists including Alexander Melnikov, Mark Padmore, Chen Halevi, Anthony Marwood and Laurence Power. As well as being in demand as Principle Viola, appearing regularly with orchestras such as Britten Sinfonia, Aurora orchestra, ENO, Manchester Camerata and Porto Sinfonica Simon is passionate about teaching and has given master-classes in institutions and courses in Spain, India, Indonesia and Mozambique where he is part of the Xiquitsi project helping to bring classical music to young children. Simon studied at the Guildhall in London, in Detmold, Germany and in Basel,Switzerland.

Cara Berridge | cello

Cara is a founder member of the Sacconi Quartet, formed in 2001, who have won prizes at many International competitions and have performed at all the major London venues including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Conway Hall. They have travelled extensively throughout the rest of the UK and Europe to venues including Bridgewater Hall, Musikverein, Muziekgebouw, L’Auditori in Barcelona and Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid. In addition to playing with the Sacconi Quartet, Cara enjoys playing with various chamber groups and recording music for films and TV programmes. Cara graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2002 with First Class Honours and continued her studies at RCM studying with Melissa Phelps. Cara plays a Nicolaus Gagliano cello from 1781, generously on loan to her from the Royal Society of Musicians, a charity which helps musicians in need.

Torun Stavseng | cello

Torun Stavseng is a Norwegian cellist interested in a wide span of music and active as a soloist, chamber musician, and since 2016 has been principal cellist of Aurora Orchestra. In 2010 she was awarded the Swedish Royal Academy of Music honorary prize performing Britten ́s Cello Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year she was awarded the Young Swedish soloist prize and offered the principal cellist position of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra where she worked until 2012. Other soloist appearances include Oslo Philharmonic orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and Oslo Camerata. Together with violinist Liv Hilde Klokk and violist Ida Bryhn they form TrioTaus, and in 2018 they release their debut album with music by Mozart and Schubert on 2L Lyd. In 2008 Torun established her duo partnership with Swedish pianist Anna Christensson and in 2012, alongside London-based cellists/composers Gregor Riddell and Colin Alexander, Torun formed Tre Voci, which explores music ranging from transcriptions of renaissance choral works to new commissions. Torun is founder and creative director of Krantz, a new chamber music series in Oslo taking place at Nynorskens Hus. It’s co-founded with pianist Mathias Halvorsen. With Krantz they aim to create an arena for audience and artists to come together and enjoy great music, in an intimate and informal setting, creating a unique musical experiences both for the performers and the audience. They are currently building up a strong social program, consisting of school workshops and sponsored tickets to reach new audience. Torun currently plays on a cello by Matteo Goffriller (1725) on generous loan from Dextra Musica Sparebankstiftelsen.

Marianne Schofield | double bass

Marianne read Music at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, before undertaking a postgraduate degree in double bass performance at The Royal Academy of Music. She then gained a place on the Hallé/RNCM String Leadership Scheme, a year-long orchestral programme involving lessons, mentoring and working regularly with the Hallé. Marianne currently enjoys a varied freelance career performing with multiple orchestras around the UK including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the CBSO, and the BBC Philharmonic. Marianne is committed to presenting new music in an engaging way and is a founder member of The Hermes Experiment, a contemporary quartet comprising harp, clarinet, soprano and double bass, whose performances include new commissions, improvisation and innovative cross-arts collaborations. Marianne has also enjoyed performing contemporary music on a larger scale with Aurora Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and London Sinfonietta. As a keen chamber musician and a Beverley enthusiast, Marianne is especially excited to be part of New Paths Music for the first time.

Eleanor Turner | harp

Eleanor Turner is a passionate ambassador for the harp and has been performing internationally since 2008 when she won a Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists. Eleanor made her concerto debut aged fifteen, with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Daniel Harding and broadcast live on Classic Fm. Other highlights of Eleanor’s early career are performing chamber music at the Berlin Philharmonie’s Kammermusiksaal, solo at the Wigmore Hall and concertos in New Orleans and Sydney. Eleanor has won various awards including Second Prize in the 2011 Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam and First Prize in the Cardiff European Harp Competition 2007. Eleanor’s principal tutors were Daphne Boden and Alison Nicholls, whilst the American jazz harpist, composer and conductor, Deborah Henson-Conant, is an ongoing source of inspiration. Eleanor enjoys a diverse career, including as harpist with folk/rock band Ranagrí, song-writing and composing, as well as improvising East-meets-West fusion music with tabla player Mendi Singh. She is Head of Harp at Birmingham Conservatoire, where she enjoys collaborating with the Integra Lab, creating electronic music using gesture controlled software.

Matt Wadsworth | lute/theorbo

Matthew Wadsworth studied lute at London’s Royal Academy of Music with Nigel North, after which he spent a year at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. Working in the UK, Europe and North America as a soloist and chamber musician, Wadsworth has appeared at most major concert halls and festivals, and can often be heard on radio, both in live performance and recordings. His 8 CD recordings for Channel Classics, Linn Records, Deux-Elles and Wigmore Live have all received international critical acclaim, and have been featured as Gramophone Editors Choice on 3 occasions. Matthew’s collaborations with singers include Sopranos Carolyn Sampson, Julia Doyle and Emma Kirkby, counter-tenor Christopher Ainslie, tenor James Gilchrist and baritone Peter Harvey. In 2017, Matthew gave the world premier at the Wigmore Hall of ‘The Miller’s Tale’, a solo theorbo piece written for him by composer Stephen Goss, and commissioned by guitarist John Williams. In 2018, he will give the first performances of a theorbo concerto being written for him by Stephen Goss. This includes the premier in Hong Kong, and then a tour with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Matthew has given concerts at the Bruges festival, the Klara festival, the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, and The Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Ian Wilson | recorder

Ian Wilson is the principal recorder professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Head of Woodwind at Eton College and is the visiting recorder specialist at the North East of Scotland Music School in his hometown of Aberdeen. He is a founding member of the recorder quartet The Flautadors, with whom he has recorded five highly acclaimed albums of repertoire spanning over 500 years. In 2017 they released a new album to celebrate their 20th anniversary, performed a special retrospective concert at Milton Court and appeared at Chris Evans’ CarFest, playing to a crowd of over 30,000. Ian also performs regularly with The Sixteen, ENO, Early Opera Company and was recently appointed as the conductor of the Scottish Recorder Orchestra. In addition to his performing and teaching work Ian has worked as an adjudicator and examiner in the UK, France, Ireland and Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2016 had the title of Professor conferred upon him by the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in recognition of his work within the institution.

Dan Watts | flute

Dan attended Wells Cathedral School and the Aspen Music School before studying at the RNCM. After graduating Dan was appointed Professor of Flute at the National Conservatory of Music in Ramallah, Palestine. He has performed concertos at Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square and has appeared with the Manchester Camerata, Faros Soloists (Cyprus) and Orquesta di Algarve. He has also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and numerous West End productions including “Phantom of the Opera”, “Mary Poppins” and “Wicked”. Dan has performed Mozart’s flute quartets as a guest soloist with the Aubrey String Trio at numerous music festivals around the UK and is principal flute of the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra. Dan is one of the founding members of the Metropolitan Ensemble, a flute and string ensemble, with which he has performed live on national television. Dan’s most recent credits include a collaboration with Carlos Acosta at the Coliseum, numerous appearances at the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival and the premiere of Edward Gregson’s new flute concerto at St Martin-in-the-Fields.

James Turnbull | oboe

Described by The Independent as “a worthy champion” of contemporary oboe music, James has dedicated much of his performing life to promoting and extending the oboe repertoire. James has performed frequently throughout the UK and Europe including a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2010. He has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and appeared as a soloist  in numerous UK festivals. James has released solo recordings for Champs Hill Records, Quartz Music and the ABRSM as well as featuring on a disc of Thea Musgrave’s works for Harmonia Mundi USA. James is deeply committed to expanding the oboe repertoire. He worked closely with Michael Berkeley, John Casken, Jonathan Dove, John Woolrich, Thea Musgrave and Tansy Davies on their compositions for oboe. Composers including Patrick Hawes, Thomas Hewitt Jones and Norbert Froehlich have also written for him. James has a keen interest in researching lost repertoire and bringing to new audiences works which have been rarely performed. In 2011 he worked closely with Christopher Hogwood on preparation for a new edition of Thomas Attwood Walmisley’s Sonatinas for oboe and piano. Aside from his performing interests, James is dedicated to broadening the appeal of the oboe and encouraging young people to learn the instrument. To this end, he has launched the website LearnToPlayTheOboe.com which now receives over a thousand new visitors every month from across the world. James also teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and gives masterclasses across the UK.

John Slack | clarinet

John Slack studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Julian Farrell and Joy Farrall, and with Israeli virtuoso Chen Halevi at the Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany. Returning to the U.K in 2011, John has built a portfolio career as a performer, educator and administrator. As a freelance orchestral musician John has worked with several of the UK’s leading orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. However, John’s real love is chamber music and as a founding member of the Berkeley Ensemble has performed at festivals and music clubs throughout the UK and abroad, live on BBC Radio 3 and has featured on several recordings released on the Delphian and Resonus Classics labels. He is also a dedicated teacher and has given masterclasses at schools across the UK, in Macau and Hong Kong. He has coached chamber music at the University of York and Dartington International Summer School and has worked with organisations including Southbank Sinfonia, Live Music Now and the Berkeley Ensemble to deliver imaginative and engaging education projects.

Francesca Moore-Bridger | horn

Francesca progressed through the National Children’s Orchestra and National Youth Orchestras of Great Britain, before reading Music at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she held an instrumental award scholarship. Following her undergraduate studies, she won a full scholarship (awarded by the ABRSM) to study at the Royal Academy of Music where she was Principal horn of all the Academy Orchestras and winner of numerous awards, including the prestigious Dennis Brain Memorial Horn Prize. Graduating with distinction, she went on to spend two seasons as the Principal Horn of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago in Chile before returning to London to continue a freelancing career. Francesca is the Principal Horn of the Orchestra of the Swan, with whom she also works as a soloist. She performs concertos with the orchestra and in 2014 played the World Premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s ‘The Generation of Love’. Francesca is an established soloist and performed Britten’s ‘Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal’ at the memorial service for the late John Amis. She gives regular recitals around the UK both as a soloist, and chamber musician. Francesca has also worked with many of the top London Orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London Chamber Orchestra. Upon returning to the UK she spent a season working with the Welsh National Opera and now works regularly with the Longborough Festival Opera. She also works as a film session musician with the London Metropolitan Orchestra and with theatre companies, including the Royal Shakespeare Company. Francesca is also a horn teacher at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and is a firm believer in the importance of music education.

Connie Tanner | bassoon

Connie returned to the UK in April 2013, after 5 years in Dublin, where she held the post as Associate Principal Bassoon with RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. As an active freelancer since her return, she has performed with London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Chamber music is her passion, performing at Wigmore Hall and Purcell Rooms, along with many of the UK’s major music festivals. Her education work includes coaching the bassoon section for The National Children’s Orchestra and she holds the post of bassoon teacher at the Junior Department, Royal Academy of Music, London. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with John Orford and Gareth Newman and plays on a pre-war Heckel bassoon (1929).

Alex Caldon | trumpet

Alex Caldon is a freelance trumpeter who works extensively in London. Since graduating from the Royal College of Music, where he won the prestigious Queen Mother Scholarship, Alex has both performed and recorded with various ensembles, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Ballet Orchestra and Chroma. He works regularly with the London Chamber Orchestra with whom he recently toured Hong Kong and Turkey, as well as performing in their London series at Cadogan Hall. In addition to his orchestral work Alex plays regularly in London musicals, including most recently the hit West End show ‘Matilda’. Past productions include performing in War Horse, A Soldier’s Tale at the Old Vic, and he was also deputy musical director for Carousel at the Savoy Theatre. Alex enjoys performing regularly at Canterbury Cathedral: he always plays for the Christmas and Easter Services, and most recently performed for the Queen when she attended a Service at the Cathedral last year. He is also excited to have founded a professional orchestra in Canterbury: ‘CantiaQuorum’. Resident at the Colyer-Fergusson Hall, the group enjoys quirky concert presentation and audacious programming: highlights of the orchestra’s work so far include several collaborations with the Turner Contemporary in Margate, performing with soprano soloists Katherine Crompton and Susanna Hurrell, and playing Shostakovich’s thrilling Concerto for piano and trumpet with Libby Burgess.

Libby Burgess | piano

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 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. Libby is Artistic Director of New Paths, and joint Artistic Director with Martin Roscoe of the Beverley Chamber Music Festival. In 2013 she established Konstellation, which presents programmes exploring the intersection of song and chamber music; this combined interest is reflected in her discography, which ranges from The English Oboe: Rediscovered with James Turnbull, released in 2013 to excellent reviews, to her most recent disc featuring songs of madwomen with mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin. Libby is also in demand as a vocal coach, conductor and chorusmaster. She gives masterclasses at schools and universities across the UK, and until 2015 was Head of Keyboard at Eton College.

Gunnar Idenstam | organ

Gunnar Idenstam is a concert organist, composer and folk musician. He comes from a background of classical music, but has a “distant love relationship” with the folk and symphonic rock of the 1970s. Today he has brought these influences into the context of organ music when he builds bridges between French cathedral tradition, symphonic rock and Swedish folk music. To develop the wide-ranging music he creates and performs today he studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and then studied the virtuouso French tradition in Paris, under Marie-Claire Alain and Jacques Taddei. He achieved the highest honours in both countries. In 1984 he was the first – and to date, the only – musician from northern Europe to win the prestigious international competition in improvisation, the “Grand Prix de Chartres”. Since 1986 he has pursued an international career as a concert organist. His arrangements of orchestral works by Ravel (Bolero, La Valse) and Debussy (La Mer) are greatly admired at recitals at home and abroad. Those works are included in his latest solo CD on BIS Records. In 2012 he was awarded the “Interprete of the year” prize by the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. The Prize was presented to him by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden. In June 2013 he received the Litteris et Artibus – a royal medal for recognition of eminent skills in the artistic field. Idenstam is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music since May 2013.

Nicholas Wearne | organ

Nicholas Wearne is a prize-winning organ recitalist who has performed in venues which include Suntory Hall, Tokyo; St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York; and at Cathedrals in Canterbury, Washington and Berlin. He combines his playing career with a teaching position at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he enjoys working with very inspiring pupils. Previously he was Organ Scholar, and later Assistant Organist, at New College, Oxford, and Organist at the University Church. This was followed by positions at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London. In addition to his work as a soloist, Nicholas is an experienced accompanist and continuo player who has performed with the Academy of Ancient Music, the European Union Baroque Orchestra and the Dunedin Consort in venues which include the Barbican and the Concertgebouw. A sought-after educator, he has taught at New College, Oxford; at Trinity Laban; on many specialist courses, and at schools in Edinburgh and London. Nicholas has many critically-acclaimed recordings to his credit.

Richard Pinel | conductor

Richard Pinel is a Fellow and the Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge, and director of the Edington Festival. Prior to this he was Assistant Director of Music at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, playing for the eight weekly choral services and larger occasions of Royal and national significance. Richard was awarded the prestigious organ scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford in 2002. More recently, Richard has undertaken further study with Henry Fairs as a Junior Fellow at Birmingham Conservatoire. Since winning all of the prizes at the Breda International Organ Competition in 2012, Richard has enjoyed an increasingly busy concert schedule, including recent performances at St John’s College, Cambridge and St John’s, Smith Square. Hailed for its ‘electrifying impact’ and ‘truly tremendous verve’, Richard’s CD L’Orgue Symphonique is available on Resonus Classics. Recital engagements have taken him across the UK, to Europe and the USA, and he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4, Classic FM and Radio France Culture.

Joanna Tomlinson | conductor

Joanna is the Music Director of the Whitehall Choir, and Constanza Chorus in London and of the internationally renowned Farnham Youth Choir. She is Associate Director of East London Chorus and is on the tutor panel for the Association of British Choral Directors. Joanna has also worked with BBC Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Chorus, National Youth Choir of Great Britain, National Youth Choir of Wales, Joyful Company of Singers, Royal College of Music Chorus and Manchester Chamber Choir. In demand as a workshop leader, recent workshops include sessions for ABCD, UK Choir Festival, London Choral Conducting Masterclasses, and the Gabrieli Consort “Roar” and Philharmonia Orchestra education schemes. Joanna trained first as a singer at the Royal College of Music before turning to conducting and continues to work as a soloist and with choirs including BBC Singers, Philharmonia Voices, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Gabrieli Consort, London Voices and Sonoro.

The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge

Jesus College has a rich tradition of church music dating back to its foundation in 1496. It maintains two choirs: the centuries-old Chapel Choir, which is made up of boy choristers and adult male singers; and the College Choir, formed in 1982, which has female undergraduates for its top line and shares its ‘back row’ with the Chapel Choir. Singing two of the four choral services each week, the College Choir has given concerts across the UK and internationally, and broadcast on BBC TV, Radios 2, 3 and 4. Praised by The Times for their “energy, verve, immaculate tuning and beguiling tone”, Jesus Choral Scholars enjoy regular international travel: in recent years touring to the USA, China, Ireland, Italy and Malta. The choir has also undertaken pioneering charitable work, leading workshops with children in Mumbai, and in various cities in Sri Lanka. New commissions include works by Richard Rodney-Bennett, Nico Muhly and John Rutter. The Choirs regularly record with Signum Classics, and a number of releases have entered the classical charts in the top ten.

Triple Scotch Ceilidh Band

Triple Scotch are a professional ceilidh band based in the North West of England. A talented trio comprised of award-winning folk musicians who have performed with the likes of Lady Gaga and Il Divo, they have taken traditional Scottish music as far afield as Russia and New Zealand, and have been booked for hundreds of functions since forming.

Malcolm Tomlinson | actor

Malcolm was born and raised in Beverley. He gained a degree in drama at Huddersfield, before training at the Mountview Theatre School in London. Theatre work includes ‘A State of Affairs’ in London’s West End, several National Tours, plus many repertory and summer seasons. He was award nominated for his role as Angel in Trevor Miller’s ‘The Heart of Saturday Night’ at the London New Play Festival. On television he has had spells in several soap operas, including ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Eastenders’ and ‘Hollyoaks’, together with featured roles in ‘Elizabeth’, ‘Six Queens’, ‘The Chase’, ‘Casualty’, ‘The Royal’, ‘The Bill’, ‘Grange Hill’, ‘Byker Grove’, ‘Witch Hunt’, ‘Heartbeat’ ‘Bernard’s Watch’, ‘Cold Feet’, ‘Boon’,’ Perfect Scoundrels’,’ The Upper Hand’, ‘Blue Murder’, ‘Kiss Me Kate’ and ‘Six Wives’. He can currently be seen as David in the web series ‘Different for Girls’. Film roles include Avery in ‘Delicacy’ and Terrence in ‘Hackney’s Finest’. Malcolm has two children, Eleanor and Ross, both of whom are in the acting business.

Diana Burrell | composer

Diana Burrell was born in Norwich in 1948. She studied at Cambridge University, afterwards moving to London and now lives in Essex. After several years as a teacher, she became a free-lance viola player, before devoting her time to composition. Diana Burrell’s first piece to receive critical acclaim was ‘Missa Sancte Endeliente’, a 50 minute work for large forces, commissioned by the St Endellion Festival. Her body of work ranges from pieces for many differing ensembles, a good deal of choral music for liturgical use, an opera (‘The Albatross’), Concertos for flute, clarinet, violin and viola and her vibrant and colourful ‘Symphonies of Flocks, Herds and Shoals’, commissioned by the BBC. More recent works include ‘The Hours’ – a major cycle of pieces for organ (or associated instruments such as accordion and harmonium) and differing ensembles, the whole being structured around the ancient liturgical ‘Hours of the Church’ ; ‘Blaze’ for brass ensemble (commissioned for the BBC Proms) and ‘Concerto for brass and orchestra, premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in December 2016.