Festival 2016 Artists

Mary Bevan | Soprano

In the 2015/16 season Bevan sings the title role in Rossi Orpheus for the Royal Opera House at Shakespeare’s Globe, and Yum-Yum The Mikado at English National Opera. Recent engagements include Susanna The Marriage of Figaro at ENO, Music & Euridice in Monteverdi L’Orfeo with ROH at the Roundhouse, Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro at the ROH, Despina Così fan tutte, Papagena The Magic Flute and Second Niece Peter Grimes at ENO, and David Bruce’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter with The Opera Group, Opera North and ROH2. Previous roles for ENO also include Barbarina and Rebecca in Nico Muhly’s Two Boys.

In concert Bevan recently performed Mozart Requiem with the English Chamber Orchestra, Faure Requiem with the Philharmonia, Maxwell Davies Caroline Mathilde Suite at the BBC Proms, Mendelssohn Symphony No.2 with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Stravinsky Pulcinella with the Prague Philharmonia and Handel Messiah with the English Concert. A dedicated recitalist, she has appeared at the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Wigmore Hall.

Bevan’s recordings include Ludwig Thuille and Mendelssohn songs for Champs Hill Records, Handel The Triumph of Time and Truth and Ode for St Cecilia’s Day with Ludus Baroque, Vaughan Williams Symphony No.3 and Schubert Rosamunde with the BBC Philharmonic, and Hadley Fen and Flood with the Bournemouth Symphony.

Bevan is currently a Harewood Artist at ENO and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. In October 2014 she was awarded the UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in music.

Anna Huntley | Mezzo-soprano

Described by the Guardian as a ‘fast-rising British talent’, in 2011 Anna won the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Vocal Fellowship at the Song Competition and 3rd Prize at Das Lied Competition.

Born in Stockton-on-Tees, Anna studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Awards during her studies included 3rd Prize at the Das Lied Competition in Berlin and the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Vocal Fellowship at the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition. She was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2012.

Over the last year Anna has returned to English National Opera covering the roles of Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Pauline (Queen of Spades) and the title role in The Way Back Home. In 2016 she takes the role of a Daughter in Philip Glass’s Akhnaten in a new production at ENO.

An outstanding lieder singer, recent highlights include recitals with James Baillieu at Brighton Festival and Perth Concert Hall (broadcast by Radio 3), and with Graham Johnson at the Oxford and Leeds Lieder Festivals. Engagements this season include a recital in the Wigmore Hall Song Series, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with City of London Sinfonia and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse with Oxford Philomusica conducted by Andras Schiff.

Anna is mentored by Angelika Kirchschlager as part of the Royal Philharmonic Society/YCAT Philip Langridge Mentoring Scheme.

Anna was a Samling Artist, a Concordia Foundation and Live Music Now! artist. She is very grateful for support from the Richard Carne Trust.

David Butt-Philip | Tenor

David was born and brought up in Wells in Somerset and began his musical training as a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral.

In 2014 he made a critically acclaimed English National Opera debut as Rodolfo/La Bohème. He sang the same role in 2015 for English Touring Opera. Other recent operatic engagements include Don José/Carmen (Nevill Holt Opera), Grigory/Boris Godunov (Royal Opera House & St Endellion Festival) and Laca/Jenufa (Opera North). Plans include his role debuts at Pinkerton/Madam Butterfly (English National Opera), Luigi/Il Tabarro, Cavaradossi/Tosca and Froh/Das Rheingold, and concerts with the Hallé and the London Philharminic Orchestra.

David studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, and the National Opera Studio. He was a member of the Glyndebourne Chorus, a Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist and the winner of the prestigious John Christie Award in 2011. He made his debut later that year as Rodolfo/La Bohème for Glyndebourne on Tour.

Concert performances include Verdi Requiem with Orchestre de Picardie and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, Mahler Das Klagende Lied with Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle at the Barbican, Haydn Creation with Manchester Camerata, Britten Folk Songs with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and recitals at the Wigmore Hall with Simon Lane and the Solstice Quartet.

From 2012-14 he was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House where his roles included Abdallo/Nabucco (with Placido Domingo), First Armed Man/Die Zauberflöte, Master of Ceremonies/Gloriana, Pang/Turandot, First Knight/Parsifal, Gastone/La Traviata, Apparition of a Youth/Die Frau ohne Schatten, 1er Commissaire/Dialogues des Carmélites and Offizier/Ariadne auf Naxos.

Nick Pritchard | Tenor

Born in West Sussex, England, Nick Pritchard sang in the choir of New College, Oxford, and studied singing at The Royal College of Music International Opera School, London.

Concert appearances include the St. Matthew Passion for St. Paul’s Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota (c. Paul McCreesh), King Arthur (c. Christian Curnyn, Wigmore Hall), Mass in B minor (c. Sir John-Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir) on European tour and recorded, Messiah (c. Brian Kay, Royal Albert Hall) and with the Nieuwe Philharmonie in Utrecht, Bach Cantatas for Ensemble Pygmalion and Raphaël Pichon, the Bach Magnificat (c. Laurence Cummings, The English Concert) and Vaughan-Williams’ On Wenlock Edge for BBC Radio 3.

Recent opera roles include Aquilio in J.C. Bach’s Adriano in Siria (Classical Opera Company), Ruggiero in Caccini’s La Liberazione di Ruggierio (Brighton Early Music Festival), Prologue The Turn of the Screw for Opera Holland Park, Telemaco The Return of Ulysses for Iford Arts.

Current season/future plans: Mercurio La Calisto and Telemachus Ulysses’ Homecoming for English Touring Opera, Matthew Pleasure (Mark Simpson) for Opera North (house début/world première), the première of Through these pale cold days (Venables).

Alexander Robin Baker | Baritone

Alexander Robin Baker trained at the GSMD and at the National Opera Studio. He won 2nd prize in the 2008 Kathleen Ferrier Awards. He has appeared at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Glyndbourne Touring Opera and English National Opera amongst others in the UK. He was also a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne and was awarded the Donald A Anderson Award for Glyndebourne on Tour. For Glyndebourne he has appeared as Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd and Lovec in Rusalka. For ENO he has appeared as Samuel in Mike Leigh’s production of Pirates of Penzance, Yamadori in Madam Butterfly and Happy in The Girl of the Golden West. He has also appeared with many European Opera companies most notably with Bergen Nasjonale Opera in Norway where he performes Stareveling in Midsummer Night’s Dream.

He has also appeared with many orchestras in concert both in the UK and Europe including The Philharmonia, The LPO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and has worked with renowned conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Paul McCreesh and David Parry.

Future engagements include a return to Norway, and a debut in Japan with the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre. He will also perform the title role of Cain in Kamal Yusuf’s newly commissioned oratorio at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Marcus Farnsworth | Baritone

Marcus Farnsworth was awarded first prize in the 2009 Wigmore Hall International Song Competition and the Song Prize at the 2011 Kathleen Ferrier Competition. He was a chorister at Southwell Minster and a pupil at Chetham’s School of Music. Marcus read music at the University of Manchester, graduating with a first class honours degree. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, London where he completed his studies in 2011, and he is the founder and artistic director of the Southwell Music Festival.

In forthcoming seasons Marcus will appear at Wigmore Hall with Graham Johnson, James Baillieu and the Myrthen Ensemble, and at Musée d’Orsay, Paris with Songsmiths. Recent recital highlights include debuts at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and La Monnaie, Brussels with Mark Padmore and Julius Drake; a UK tour of Schubert Winterreise with James Baillieu; a recital for Opéra de Lille with Simon Lepper while appearances at Wigmore Hall include the Britten Festival with Malcolm Martineau and Julius Drake.

Concert plans this season and beyond include Orff Carmina Burana with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin; Berlioz L’enfance du Christ with the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon; Bach St John Passion with the Ulster Orchestra and Bach St Matthew and St John Passions on a European tour with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh.

In the 2015/16 season he will make his debut with Welsh National Opera in the world premiere of In Parenthesis by Iain Bell, sing Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Bergen National Opera and Guglielmo Così fan tutte on tour in Belgium with Baart Van Reyn and The Ministry of Operatic Affairs. Recent highlights include Kelvin in Fujikura Solaris in Paris, Lille and Lausanne; Guglielmo, English Clerk in Britten Death in Venice and Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd for ENO; Eddy in Turnage Greek for Music Theatre Wales on a UK tour including at ROH Linbury Studio.

Jamie Campbell | Violin

Jamie Campbell was born in London in 1982. After reading music at Clare College, Cambridge he continued his studies in Vienna, London and Madrid. He is the violinist of the Werther Ensemble and is Principal 2nd violin of Aurora Orchestra. He founded and was 1st violin of the Solstice Quartet from 2005-2013 with whom he appeared in several major international competitions and at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Lincoln Center New York and the Musée d’Orsay Paris. In addition, Jamie has appeared as guest leader and principal with the London Sinfonietta, the City of London Sinfonia, the English Chamber Orchestra, and London Contemporary Orchestra with the Scottish Ensemble and with the St. Endellion Festival Orchestra. Jamie has premiered works by composers including Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Nico Muhly, Joseph Phibbs and Giles Swayne, and he has recorded for EMI, Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Warner, Signum Classics and Naxos.

Plans for 2015 include appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Globe Theatre and the BBC Proms with Aurora Orchestra, leading the City of London Sinfonia in a first production of Jonathan Dove’s opera ‘Flight’ at Opera Holland Park and performances at various chamber music festivals including Cervo in Italy, Whittington Festival and the Southwell Music Festival of which he is Associate Artistic Director.

Jamie lives in South London and, when not playing the violin, loves watching sport, particularly rugby, escaping to the countryside and cooking.

Jamie plays a violin by Wiltrud Fauler, made in New York in 2005.

Alexandra Reid | Violin

Alexandra Reid graduated in June 2008 with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music where she completed her Postgraduate Diploma under Erich Gruenberg. Whilst at the Academy she led the Concert Orchestra, was a member of the Academy Soloists, received the Bache Fund Prize, and in her final year was Project Manager of the Leverhulme Orchestral Mentoring Scheme. As a member of the Pirani Horn Trio she won the Academy’s piano trio prize, and was invited by the British Horn Society to give a performance of the Berkeley Horn Trio, op. 44 at a Memorial Concert for Dennis Brain.

In 2006 Alexandra completed her undergraduate degree in Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, graduating with first class honours. Whilst at Cambridge she received a University Instrumental Award, led the University Chamber Orchestra, and appeared as soloist in Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A major, K219. She was also awarded the Williamson Prize for Performance from Selwyn College. From 2007 – 2008 she was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra, with whom she toured Europe and Asia.

Alexandra has also studied with Peter Hanson and Sophie Langdon, and is now working in London. In 2010 she was appointed No. 3 Second Violin with Britten Sinfonia, with whom she has toured the UK and abroad. She is also very active in our Creative Learning work particularly the Britten Sinfonia Academy. Alexandra has also worked with the London Sinfonietta (including a performance at last year’s BBC Proms) and plays frequently with the London Chamber Orchestra.

Meghan Cassidy | Viola

“Violist Meghan Cassidy stands out…with a fine tone, a good feeling for chamber music and a real personality” (Tully Potter, The Strad). Meghan studied the viola with Garfield Jackson at the Royal Academy of Music, where she graduated in 2010. During her time at the Academy she won the Sydney Griller Award and Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Prize. In 2007 Meghan joined the Solstice Quartet who went on to win the Tillett Trust and Park Lane Group in 2008 and then the Royal Overseas League in 2009. With the Solstice Quartet Meghan has performed at the Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as live on BBC Radio 3. She continued her studies with Tatjana Masurenko (Leipzig), Nabuko Imai (Hamburg) and Hartmut Rohde at IMS Prussia Cove.

As a sought after chamber musician she has performed at Jack Liebeck’s Festival in Grindelwald, Switzerland, Priya Mitchell’s Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Hugo Ticciati’s Chamber Music Festival in Verona, Jamie Walton’s North Yorkshire Moors Chamber Music Festival and the Monte Piano Trio’s Chamber Music Festival in Sylt. Meghan has collaborated with the London Conchord Ensemble, Ensemble Midvest, Monte Piano Trio and Fidelio Piano Trio performing in London, Dublin, Frankfurt and Denmark.

Alongside a chamber music career Meghan appears as Guest Principal Viola with orchestras such as BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Highlights this year include performances of Mozart Concertante with Orion Symphony Orchestra in London and at the Aberystwyth Music Festival. Meghan is founder and Artistic Director of the Marylebone Music Festival, June 24th-26th 2016.

Simon Tandree | Viola

Simon Tandree studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Tim Boulton and subsequently at the Saarbruecken and Detmold Musik Hochschulen in Germany with Diemut Poppen and Corrine Contardo. Simon performs regularly as a soloist and chamber musician in festivals across Europe and has given Masterclasses in countries around the globe including India, Sri Lanka, Japan, Indonesia, the United States, Israel and many countries in Europe.

Between 2007 and 2013 Simon played in the world-renowned Doric String Quartet with whom he played regularly in some of the greatest halls in the world including the Wigmore Hall in the UK, the Concertgebouw in Holland and the Vienna Konzerhaus in Austria. During his time with the Dorics the quartet won 1st prize in the Osaka International string quartet competition and second prize in the Borciani Competition in Italy as well as having two Gramophone nominations for CDs recorded with Chandos.

Simon now spends much of his time as guest-principal in orchestras around the UK and Europe as well as teaching, both in masterclasses and private students. Simon also plays with the Sacred dancer Paramjyoti in Switzerland with whom he will tour in 2015.

Cara Berridge | Cello

Cara is a founder member of the Sacconi Quartet who have won prizes at many International competitions and have performed at all the major London venues and extensively throughout the UK and Europe. The Sacconi Quartet was formed in 2001 and has their own Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone which includes collaborations with many outstanding musicians, commissions of new music and outreach projects.

In addition to playing with the Sacconi Quartet, Cara enjoys performing duo repertoire and with other chamber music groups. Cara also performs with London Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Britten Sinfonia.

Cara graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2002 with First Class Honours where she studied with Melissa Phelps and Baroque cello with Jennifer Ward Clarke and continued her studies as the Amaryllis Fleming Scholar, receiving her Postgraduate Diploma and Advanced Diploma with Distinction in 2003 and 2004.

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.

Ian Denley | Flute

Described as ‘a gifted player and teacher’ in Norman Staveley’s Two Centuries of Music in Hull,’ Ian trained primarily as a flautist and pianist at the Royal Northern College of Music, later undertaking postgraduate study in London and Berlin. His wide-ranging career has encompassed performing, teaching, examining, writing and adjudicating. Many of his students have enjoyed success in national competitions and have pursued professional careers in both performance and teaching at the highest level. He is currently visiting tutor in flute at Hull University.

Ian plays principal flute in the Hull Philharmonic & Cleveland Chamber Orchestras as well as having appeared as a soloist and chamber musician on many occasions, including on BBC Radio and at the Wigmore Hall. An experienced recitalist in addition to numerous concerto appearances, he has also freelanced with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Philharmonic orchestras, and appeared as a soloist with the Allegri Quartet. He is a member of the Chanterlands Players with oboist Helena Bidder and pianist Robert Markham.

In 1986, Ian was appointed an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), which has taken him all over the world. He is also one of the ABRSM’s editors and syllabus consultants, and alongside the twenty-five educational volumes from ABRSM, his two-part tutor for Oxford University Press Flute Time was published a few years ago, followed by associated books of repertoire arrangements, Flute Time Pieces.

Ian is also a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (on the real Engelbert Humperdinck). In his time, he has formed and directed several fine orchestras, and was elected Musical Director of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra in January, 2001, a post he held for several years.

James Turnbull | Oboe

James Turnbull, described by The Independent as “a worthy champion” of contemporary oboe music, 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. Gramophone Magazine described his debut recital disc, Fierce Tears, as a “notable debut” and it was selected as the Editor’s Choice Recording by Classical Music Magazine.

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. James also teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and gives masterclasses across the UK.

John Slack | Clarinet

British clarinettist 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. John now divides his time between Glasgow and London and has built a portfolio career as a performer, educator and arts administrator.

As a freelance orchestral musician playing both clarinet and bass clarinet, John has worked with several of the UK’s leading orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Britten 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. 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.

In addition to his playing and teaching work, John is currently general manager of the London-based Berkeley Ensemble and concerts and administration manager of the Hebrides Ensemble in Scotland.

Libby Burgess | Piano & Artistic Director

Libby Burgess is a pianist dedicated to the fields of song and chamber music, working with some of the finest singers and instrumentalists of her generation. She enjoys a diverse song recital schedule, ranging from the Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square to the Aldeburgh, Buxton and Oxford Lieder Festivals; from music societies around the country to broadcasts on Radio 3. A committed chamber musician, Libby relishes partnerships with a range of string and woodwind players, collaborates regularly with The Berkeley Ensemble, and has performed in The Sacconi Quartet’s 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 a forthcoming disc featuring songs of madwomen with mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin.

Born in Sussex, Libby read music at Oxford, where she was the first female organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, before specializing in piano accompaniment with a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music. Here she was awarded numerous accompanist prizes and graduated with the DipRAM for an outstandingly high final recital mark, subsequently being awarded both the Shinn and Lucille Graham fellowships.

Libby’s passion for working with singers extends beyond the piano: she has conducted Britten and Mendelssohn operas for Ryedale Festival Opera, and is highly regarded as a chorusmaster, in which role she collaborated with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in the premiere of his Kommilitonen!. She is regularly asked to give choral workshops and be a guest conductor for choirs throughout the country, and is in demand as a vocal coach. Libby is resident accompanist on courses ranging from Dartington International Summer School to the annual Cello Gathering, gives masterclasses at schools and universities across the UK, and since 2014 has been Head of Keyboard at Eton College.

Richard Pinel | Organ

International award-winning organist Richard Pinel is the Assistant Director of Music of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where he accompanies the famous choir in some eight services a week. Prior to his appointment in 2009, he held similar posts at Magdalen College, Oxford and Perth Cathedral, Australia and the organ scholarships of St Albans Cathedral and Magdalen College, Oxford.

Beginning his musical life as a chorister at All Saints’ Church, Northampton, Richard was awarded the prestigious organ scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford in 2002. Whilst reading music there, Richard worked under the direction of the composer and former King’s Singer, Bill Ives. During this time, the Grammy-nominated college choir undertook several recording projects on the Harmonia Mundi USA label, on which Richard’s playing was hailed as ‘a force of nature’.

More recently, Richard has undertaken further study with Henry Fairs as a Junior Fellow at Birmingham Conservatoire. Since then he has enjoyed competition success on an international level, culminating in the First Prize, Ad Wammes Prize and Naji Hakim Prize at the Breda International Organ Competition in The Netherlands.

As a teacher, Richard is a visiting music tutor at Eton College, has led masterclasses for the Royal College of Organists and tutored on the Oundle for Organists summer course. Recital engagements have taken him across the UK, to Europe and the United States of America and he has broadcast, as both organist and pianist, on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Classic FM and Radio France Culture. His first recording for Resonus Classics, of Symphonie French music, is now available to buy.

Simon Johnson | Organ

Simon Johnson has a remarkable and multifaceted international career as a virtuoso organist, conductor and composer.He has been involved in all of the national occasions that have taken place at St Paul’s since his appointment in 2008, including the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher and the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen.

Recitals have taken him all over Europe and the USA, as well as to many of the premier venues in the UK. He has performed with groups such as the LSO, RPO, and The Sixteen and worked with Wes Anderson on the Oscar, Bafta and Grammy award-winning soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Queen’s Six | Vocal ensemble

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. Most significantly however, it is the familiarity of living and singing together in Chapel every day that lends this group its distinctive closeness and blend, as well as an irresistible informality and charm.

Individually, members of The Queen’s Six appear regularly in many of the most prestigious vocal ensembles on the circuit, including The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars and Tenebrae. Their repertoire extends far beyond the reach of the choir stalls: between austere early chant, florid Renaissance polyphony, lewd madrigals, haunting folk songs and upbeat Jazz and Pop arrangements, The Queen’s Six can provide anything from private party or wedding reception entertainment to full concert programmes.

In March 2015, on the Resonus Classics label, The Queen’s Six released their debut CD – Music of the Realm: Tudor Music for Men’s Voices, and are the featured artists on the 2015 BBC Music Magazine Christmas disc.

Richard Avery | Actor

Richard, originally from Staffordshire, was London based for 25 years. He moved to Beverley in 1996.

Richard is a former RSC, Young Vic, Bristol Old Vic and West End actor. TV appearances include Emmerdale, Coronation Street, The Bill and A Touch of Frost. Film credits include The Return of the Native and The Golden Falcon. Richard has directed The Crucible, Arles, Mak the Thief, The Winter’s Tale and two short films Destiny and The Product. Richard formed the local professional theatre company Other Lives Productions in 1996. In 2011, he directed Waiting For Godot at Hull Truck Theatre.

He also wrote and directed A Foreign Country in April 2012 and the 2013 workshop production of Entanglement. Richard played Jacob Marley in the East Riding Theatre’s first in-house production A Christmas Carol and directed I Am Will – No Holds Bard an ‘Other Lives’ production in association with the East Riding Theatre.

Katy Hamilton | Speaker

Dr. Katy Hamilton is a freelance researcher, writer and presenter on music. Her area of specialism is the music of Johannes Brahms and his contemporaries, and she has also been involved in projects covering subjects as diverse as the history of the Edinburgh Festival, the role of émigré musicians in post-1945 British musical life, and variety shows at the Wigmore Hall in the early twentieth century. Katy has taught at the Royal College of Music, the University of Nottingham, Middlesex University and City Lit, and published and assisted on projects focussing on nineteenth-century vocal music. She has provided concert introductions and programme notes for a host of venues, including the Edinburgh International Festival, Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal College of Music, Wigmore Hall, University of Nottingham, Ryedale Festival and St George’s, Bristol. She has also made several appearances on BBC Radio 3, as a Brahms specialist and as part of the CD Review team.

Katy is also an active chamber accompanist and repetiteur, having worked with instrumentalists, singers and choirs in England, Ireland, Spain and Germany. She and soprano Zoë Bonner regularly work together, and run their own duo, Bonner and Hamilton. You can find out more about Katy’s work at www.katyhamilton.co.uk.

Christopher Wilson | Speaker

Professor Christopher R Wilson has established an international reputation as a leading Shakespeare music scholar. His latest book, Shakespeare’s Musical Imagery (2011) investigates categories and thematics in musical metaphor and contextual reference throughout the plays and poems. His Music in Shakespeare (London and New York, 2005), is the most comprehensive study of all the musical terms found in Shakespeare’s complete works and is acknowledged as an indispensable reference work for scholars and practitioners. His Music in Shakespeare database cites every reference to music in its original location in a play or poem. In addition to articles, reviews, etc. in various publications world-wide, Christopher wrote the Shakespeare entries in the New Grove Dictionary of Music (2001) and the Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992); he was the music consultant for the permanent exhibition at the Globe Theatre in London; and he was the UK research associate for the vast Shakespeare Music Catalogue project based in Canada and published by Oxford University Press in 1991.

Professor Wilson is an internationally recognised scholar of early modern English music/words and early modern English music theory with research specialisms in Campion, Dowland, Rosseter, Danyel, Coprario, Byrd and other composers and poets of the English Renaissance. Further research activity includes 19th-century British music/poetry, 20th-century English lyric romanticism, music analysis, and baroque performance practice. He has served on the Council of the Royal Musical Association, has lectured in France, Germany, Sweden, Cyprus, USA and Canada and has broadcast on various topics on BBC Radio 3 and Swedish National Radio. As a practitioner, he is an oboist, keyboard player and conductor.

Ashley Grote | Conductor – Come & Sing

Ashley Grote has held the post of Master of the Music at Norwich Cathedral since September 2012. He is responsible for the management of the Cathedral music department, directing the boys’ and girls’ choirs in their busy programme of choral services, concerts, broadcasts and recordings, and is also conductor of Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir.

Ashley began his musical life as a chorister at King’s College, Cambridge 1990-95 and returned there as organ scholar 2001-04. As organ scholar at King’s, he performed internationally with the world-famous choir and accompanied numerous recordings, radio and television broadcasts including the annual ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’. Ashley has subsequently held posts as Organist-in-residence at Tonbridge School (2004-05), Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey (2005-08) and Assistant Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral (2008-2012). During his time at Gloucester, he performed in the Three Choirs Festival, the Cheltenham Music Festival, with Gloucester and Bristol Choral Societies, the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras. Ashley was also involved in the Edington Music Festival of Music within the Liturgy, first as Organist (2007-09) and then Festival Director (2010-12).

Ashley is in demand as an organ soloist, having studied with Nicolas Kynaston in London since 2002. He has performed throughout the UK, USA and Europe with recent concerts in Italy, Germany and Sweden. His first solo disc, of organ symphonies by Louis Vierne, was released in June 2012 and described by Gramophone magazine as a ‘top-notch recording’, A new recording of organ favourites from Norwich Cathedral was released in the autumn of 2015 by Priory Records. Forthcoming recital engagements include performances at King’s College, Cambridge, Winchester and Gloucester Cathedrals, Edington Priory and Helsinki Cathedral. As a composer and arranger, Ashley’s work is published by Oxford University Press, Stainer & Bell and Encore publications.

Plans for 2016 include Bach Mass in B minor and Handel Messiah with Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir and Norwich Baroque, Bach St John Passion with Norwich Cathedral Choir, a new disc of English anthems with Norwich Cathedral Choir, and tours to Germany and Italy with the boy and girl choristers respectively.

Away from music, Ashley ran the London marathon in April 2015, raising just under £21,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, following his daughter’s successful treatment there for a brain tumour. He will be running the marathon for them again in 2016: www.justgiving.com/ashleymarathon2016. Please give generously if you are able!

Tim Harper | Organ – Come & Sing

Tim Harper moved to Ripon Cathedral as Assistant Director of Music in September 2014. He trained as organ scholar successively at St Barnabas Church, Dulwich, Clare College, Cambridge, Canterbury Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral. During this period he toured the USA and Austria, assisted at the services for the 2008 Lambeth Conference, accompanied several CDs, performed live on BBC TV and appeared with the City of London Sinfonia. Then also a pupil of David Sanger, he gained the major prizes at ARCO and FRCO, including the RCO Coventry Cathedral award; he was subsequently awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

In 2010 he was appointed Assistant Director of Music at Birmingham Cathedral, playing the first of several broadcasts in his first term there. He also appeared with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Ex Cathedra and the Birmingham Bach Choir. During this time he studied organ with Andrew Fletcher
and singing with Matthew Venner.

A frequent recitalist, particularly in London and the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales, he also enjoys continuo work, and is accompanist to the early music course NORVIS. An interest in jazz keeps his improvisational muscles flexed, while also finding employment in settings as diverse as boat, restaurant, funeral, Spain, organ recitals, and jazz Eucharists at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Katherine Crompton | Soprano – Come & Sing

British Soprano Katherine Crompton recently finished her training at the National Opera Studio, having previously graduated from the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she studied with Rosa Mannion. Katherine has been the recipient of a Tutton Award and the winner of the Harriet Cohen Memorial Prize, the McCullough Prize for Opera, the Independent Opera Scholarship and the Miriam Licette Prize.

Katherine made her professional opera debut as Chocholka The Cunning Little Vixen for Garsington Opera and since then has also performed Galatea Acis and Galatea for Opera Avignon/Le Banquet Celeste/Damien Guillon and Merab Saul (cover) for both Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Glyndebourne Tour. For the London Handel Festival she has performed the roles of Clomiri Imeneo and Costanza Riccardo Primo conducted by Laurence Cummings and as a Britten-Pears scholar she performed the role of Fortuna L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Aldeburgh Festival conducted by Richard Egarr. Other roles include Pamina Die Zauberflöte Co-Opera, Majenka The Bartered Bride British Youth Opera, Metella La Vie Parisienne and Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea Royal College of Music Opera School. During her training she has had the opportunity to work at Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and with esteemed directors such as Keith Warner, Paul Curran, Elaine Kidd, Jo Davies and Alessandro Talevi.

Concert appearances include Brahms Requiem with the Thames Philharmonia at Cadogan Hall, Handel Messiah and Bach St Matthew Passion Norwich Cathedral, Beethoven Ninth Symphony Winchester Cathedral, Mendelssohn Elijah St. Albans Abbey and Vaughan-Williams A Sea Symphony Northampton Bach Choir and Symphony Orchestra. Katherine has performed Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder several times, most recently with the Oxford Sinfonia.

Katherine has given solo recitals at the Oxford Lieder Festival, London Handel Festival and at St.Martin-in-the-Field working with orchestras such as La Nuova Musica and accompanists Iain Burnside and Graham Johnson. She has worked with Harrison Birtwistle and performed his Niedecker Songs with Cellist Adrian Brendel, and has also worked with Jonathan Dove on his mini-opera Seven Angels.

Her plans include Galatea Acis and Galatea with Le Banquet Celeste/Damien Guillon in Clermont-Ferrand, Rennes and Chaise-Dieu and Babette/Anna (cover) Biedermann and the Arsonists Independent Opera at Sadlers Wells, as well as concert performances of Handel Messiah La Verdi, Milan, Vaughan-Williams Dona Nobis Pacem Worcester Cathedral and Mozart Solemn Vespers Southwark Cathedral.

Edward Grint | Bass Baritone – Come & Sing

British Bass Baritone Edward Grint is a recent graduate of the International Opera School at The Royal College of Music (RCM) and a former choral scholar of King’s College, Cambridge. Edward was awarded the top prize at the 24e Concours Lyrique in Clermont Ferrand in 2015, Second Prize at the 3rd International Singing Competition Pietro Antonio Cesti in Innsbruck and was a finalist in the 2014 London Handel Competition. He currently studies with Peter Savidge and is generously supported by the TF Willetts foundation.

Recent operatic engagements have taken Edward to South Korea (Eddy in Mark Anthony Turnage’s Greek), France (Polyphemus in Handel’s Acis and Galatea), Amsterdam (Achilla in Handel’s Giulio Cesare), Luxembourg (Pere Akita in Catherine Kontz’ Neige), Germany (Teobaldo in Handel’s Faramondo), Aix-en-Provence (Brother in Vasco Mendonça’s The House Taken Over), Vienna (Arcas in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Aulide), Innsbruck (Aeneas Dido and Aeneas and Adonis Venus and Adonis).

On the concert platform, Edward has performed in many of the UK’s major concert halls including Hereford Cathedral (Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Philharmonia for the Three Choirs Festival), Wigmore Hall (Bach and Kuhnau Cantatas with The King’s Consort), St. Paul’s Cathedral (Messiah and St. John Passion), Huddersfield Town Hall (Britten’s War Requiem) as well as abroad in Malta (Bach’s Magnificat with the OAE) and Spain (St. Matthew Passion with TKC).

This season, plans include further performances of Polyphemus in France, Gelone in Cesti’s Orontea at the Wigmore Hall with La Nuova Musica, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Reading Town Hall, recitals in Mexico of contemporary songs by Vasco Mendonça, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at Southwark Cathedral and Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem in Worcester Cathedral.