Artists 2019

This spring, 28 outstanding musicians converge upon Beverley for the fourth New Paths spring festival.  The diverse team includes veteran international performers, rising stars, principals from leading opera houses, and players in some of the top orchestras and ensembles.  They join together in different combinations throughout the festival, making for a vibrant weekend of life-affirming music making, friendship and festivity in the heart of the East Riding.  Come and experience the energy generated by these collaborations in Beverley this April – sparks are sure to fly!  We are delighted to present our artists:

Aoife Miskelly

Soprano

Northern Irish soprano Aoife Miskelly studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Her career now takes her across Europe and Asia with appearances at major houses including Covent Garden, La Monnaie, Aix-en-Provence, Oper Köln, Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Japan, and the Royal Opera House Muscat Oman. Closer to home she has performed in operas with Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Irish National Opera and Northern Ireland Opera. Her roles include Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Gilda Rigoletto, Gretel Hänsel und Gretel, Despina Così, Servilia Clemenza di Tito, Musetta La Boheme, Clorinda La Cenerentola, Polissena Radamisto, the title role in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden, Thérèse in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Cherubino Le Nozze di Figaro, Zerlina Don Giovanni, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Eliza My Fair Lady, Helena A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Governess The Turn of the screw. Aoife is also a keen interpreter of new music: amongst her contemporary repertoire are premieres by Mark Anthony Turnage, Gerald Barry, Jonathan Dove and Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies.

Future plans include the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen for Welsh National Opera, Claire de Loone Bernstein’s On The Town in Tokyo and Osaka, and Valencienne The Merry Widow (cover) for English National Opera.

Rowan Pierce

Soprano

Yorkshire born Rowan Pierce is a Samling Artist who has performed at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall,  Sage Gateshead, Cheltenham, Ludlow, Bath and Ryedale Festivals with ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Florilegium, Scottish Chamber, City of Birmingham Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras. Opera roles include Galatea / Acis & Galatea with the Academy of Ancient Music, Susanna / The Marriage of Figaro, Miss Wordsworth / Albert Herring.  Recent and future performances include The Fairy Queen with both the Academy of Ancient Music and the Gabrieli Consort, Belinda/Dido and Aeneas with AAM, Bach B minor mass with the City of London Sinfonia, Strauss songs with the BBC Scottish Symphony and Tiny / Paul Bunyan and Papagena / The Magic Flute for English National Opera where she is a Harewood Artist.

Prizes include the Van Someren Godfery Prize, Schubert Society Singer Prize and the President’s Award at the Royal College of Music as well as winning both the song and main prizes at the Grange Festival’s inaugural singing competition.

She was generously supported by the Countess of Munster Award and Midori Nishiura at the RCM.

Katie Bray

Mezzo-soprano

Consistently earning praise for her outstanding stage presence and vocal performances, British mezzo-soprano Katie Bray has fast established herself as an artist to watch.

Recent roles for Opera North include Hansel Hansel and Gretel, Rosina Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Louis XV Chair/Female Cat/Owl L’enfant et les sortilèges, Lola Cavalleria Rusticana, and Nancy Albert Herring and she has also sung for English National Opera (Daughter Akhnaten and The Way Back Home), Scottish Opera (Lucilla La Scala di seta), Welsh National Opera (Zerlina, Don Giovanni), Garsington Opera (Zulma L’Italiana in Algeri and Zaida Il turco in Italia), Opera Holland Park (Mallika Lakmé), English Touring Opera (Minerva Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Satirino La Calisto) and at the Grimeborn Festival (Charlotte Werther). She also recently performed in a staged cabaret of ‘songs banned by the Nazis’, Effigies of Wickedness, at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill, in collaboration with English National Opera.

Equally at home on the concert platform, Katie Bray has performed in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, and the Holywell Music Room and she appears regularly in the London English Song Festival, where she directed concerts at Wilton’s Music Hall, as well as at the Oxford Lieder Festival for which she recently recorded a disc of Schumann songs with Sholto Kynoch. She is particularly noted for baroque repertoire and has appeared with Barokksolistene and Bjarte Eike, Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, La Nuova Musica, the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Ludus Baroque, and Spira Mirabilis.

Katie Bray graduated as a Karaviotis Scholar from the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music, and was awarded the Principal’s Prize and won First Prize in the Richard Lewis Singing Competition.

Highlights of 2018/19 include Zenobia Radamisto and a semi-staged production of the St Matthew Passion for English Touring Opera, and a return to Opera North for Varvara Katya Kabanova. Concert highlights include Messiah with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and debuts with the Orchestre Chambre de Paris and the Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra.

Helen Charlston

Mezzo-soprano

Acclaimed for her musical interpretation, presence and “warmly distinctive tone” (The Telegraph), Helen Charlston won first prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition. She is a Rising Star of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a City Music Foundation Artist.

Much in demand for her Oratorio and Concert work in the UK and internationally, Helen works regularly with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort and Players (Paul McCreesh), Britten Sinfonia, London Handel Players, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the English Concert. Highlights include Telemann Ihr Völker hört with Florilegium at Wigmore Hall; Schoenberg’s Lied der Waldtaube at Cadogan Hall; Elgar Sea Pictures; Bach Matthew Passion in Aix-en-Provence Festival de Pâques; Mozart Requiem at the Three Choirs Festival; and a worldwide tour of Handel Messiah with the Seattle Symphony, the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Operatic roles include First Witch (Purcell Dido and Aeneas) at Wigmore Hall, Messaggera and Proserpine (Monteverdi L’Orfeo) for BREMF, Olga (Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin) and Ino (Handel Semele). Helen created the roles of Anna (Tom Smail Blue Electric) for Tête à tête Opera and Dido (Rhiannon Randle Dido is Dead).

Born in Hertfordshire, Helen began singing as a chorister of St Albans Abbey Girls Choir before taking up a choral scholarship at Trinity College Cambridge, where she read music and was a scholar on the Pembroke College Lieder Scheme.

Robin Bailey

Tenor

International award winning Tenor, Robin Bailey, has recently received the 2nd Prize in the 17th Annual Lotte Lenya Competition hosted by the Kurt Weill Foundation in New York.  He trained at the Royal Academy of Music and is currently completing the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He premiered the Olivier Award winning production of La Boheme at the Soho theatre, and proudly helped put on a prisoner lead production of West Side Story with Pimlico Opera at Erlestoke prison, in which he played Tony.  Robin has also performed with many of the UK’s top consort groups including The BBC Singers, The Gabrieli Consort and Polyphony.  He has also sung at the opening of the RBS VI nations match between England and France live, to an audience of 82,000 at Twickenham stadium.

He has also been featured on Radio 1 and Blue Peter with The Vocal Orchestra, and was a founding member of the internationally acclaimed A Cappella group Voces8.  Robin’s voice can also be heard on a number of film soundtracks including How To Train Your Dragon 2, Prometheus, Puss’ in Boots and The Great Gatsby with Metro Voices. He was also a featured soloist on a Sacla advert involving opera singers Flash-mobbing a Waitrose store, which currently has 5.7 million views on Youtube and counting.

Nicholas Mulroy

Tenor

Born in Liverpool, Nicholas studied Modern Languages at Cambridge and complete postgraduate studies at the RAM. Recent engagements have included Monteverdi Vespers in New York’s Carnegie Hall and at the Salzburg Festival, Bach Weihnachts-Oratorium in the Sydney Opera House, Britten Serenade in Shanghai, Bach Johannes-Passion in Boston, Matthäus Passion in Bach’s Thomaskirche, and Rameau at the Opéra de Paris. He has especially enjoyed prolonged collaborations with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, Jordi Savall, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort, Laurence Cummings, Andrzej Kosendiak, and Emmanuelle Haïm. He is committed to recitals, and performances include Wigmore Hall, St Magnus, Bath, Edinburgh and Glyndebourne Festivals, with regular partners Joseph Middleton, John Reid and Alistair Hogarth, as well as many appearances with lutenists Elizabeth Kenny and William Carter. Recordings include a Gramophone Award-winning Messiah, Bach cantatas for SDG, several recordings of the Monteverdi Vespers and Piazzolla’s amazing María de Buenos Aires. Future plans include concerts in the USA, Spain, Italy, and with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. He was recently elected an ARAM, was Distinguished Artist in Residence at ANU (Canberra), and is a Musician in Residence of Girton College, Cambridge.

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 has appeared in recital at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, La Monnaie, Brussels with Julius Drake; on a UK tour of Schubert Winterreise with James Baillieu; for Leeds Lieder with Graham Johnson and at Opéra de Lille with Simon Lepper. He has appeared many times at the Wigmore Hall with Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake and Graham Johnson, the Myrthen Ensemble and Joseph Middleton and with the Carducci Quartet.

The 2018-19 Season sees Marcus return to the BBCSO for performances of Turnage’s The Silver Tassie and the World Premiere of Cheryl Hoad’s Last Man Standing. Other highlights include London Symphony Orchestra Candide, with Marin Alsop and a return invitation to Bergen National Opera also for Candide. He will work with the Aurora Orchestra for performances of Gruber’s Frankenstein in London and Cologne and will return to the Gabrieli Consort for a tour of Australia for Purcell’s King Arthur, conducted by Paul McCreesh.

Recent highlights have included a performance and recording of Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony conducted by Martyn Brabbins, and a performance of John Adams The Wound Dresser, both with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Other concerts featured a staged performance of the Messiah (English Concert) and a European tour with the Gabrieli Consort King Arthur. He appeared in the acclaimed new ENO production of Iolanthe, directed by Cal McCrystal and made his debut at Teatro Real Madrid in Kurt Weill Street Scene.

Other notable roles have included Demetrius A Midsummer Night’s Dream on tour with the Aix en Provence Festival and Bergen National Opera; Eddy in Turnage Greek for Boston Lyric Opera. He has performed Guglielmo Cosi fan Tutte, English Clerk Death in Venice and Novice’s Friend in Billy Budd, all for ENO; Lance Corporal Lewis in the world premiere of In Parenthesis by Ian Bell for Welsh National Opera and Sid in Britten Albert Herring in concert with the BBC SO. In concert, he performed Hubbard in Doctor Atomic conducted by John Adams, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Ned Keene Peter Grimes at Edinburgh International Festival with Edward Gardner.
Marcus has performed Britten War Requiem; Elgar The Apostles; Orff Carmina Burana; Berlioz L’enfance du Christ; Brahms and Faure Requiems with orchestras including Adelaide Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras; RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin; BBC Symphony, Philharmonic and Scottish Symphony Orchestras conducted by François-Xavier Roth, Paul McCreesh, Bernard Labadie. He has also sung Bach St John Passion (bass arias) with the Ulster Orchestra; Bach St Matthew and St John Passions (bass arias and Christus) with the Gabrieli Consort and Paul McCreesh and Monteverdi Vespers on tour with Emmanuelle Haïm.

A strong supporter of contemporary composers, he has sung works by John Tavener, Sally Beamish, Thomas Larcher, Peter Maxwell Davies and David Sawer. For the 2017 BBC Proms, Marcus performed Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, conducted by Sian Edwards.
Marcus is the founder and artistic director of the Southwell Music Festival.

Edward Grint

Bass-baritone

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).

Jonathan Lemalu

Bass

Jonathan Lemalu, a New Zealand born Samoan, graduated from a Postgraduate Diploma Course in Advanced Performance on the London Royal Schools Opera Course at the Royal College of Music and was awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal. He is a joint winner of the 2002 Kathleen Ferrier award and the recipient of the 2002 Royal Philharmonic Society’s Award for Young Artist of the Year. He has performed at the Munich, Edinburgh, Ravinia and Tanglewood Festivals and at the BBC Proms. He is in great demand from the major opera houses, orchestras and recital venues of the world. He released a debut recital disc on EMI with Roger Vignoles to great critical acclaim and which won a Gramophone Debut Disc of the Year award. Other recordings include an operatic arias disc with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and a disc of English and American songs with Malcolm Martineau.

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, playing with the orchestra in the BBC Proms, and performing in the Sistine Chapel last year.

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 performs 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, and continues to live in south-east London. After reading Music at Clare College, Cambridge he continued his studies in Vienna, London and Madrid. He divides his time evenly between his work as Principal 2nd Violin of Aurora Orchestra, as a guest leader and principal of other orchestras, and as a chamber musician. Between 2005-2013 he was the 1st violin of the Solstice Quartet.  Jamie has appeared as guest leader with the London Sinfonietta, City of London Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra and St Endellion Festival Orchestra.  Recent highlights have included BBC Proms performances with Aurora, with Cercle de l’Harmonie and with Multi-Story Orchestra, tours to Switzerland, France and Germany and a return to Southwell Music Festival where he is Associate Artistic Director. Recently he premiered a new concerto ‘The Fallen Elm’ written for him by Graham Ross. He also enjoys playing on period instruments and has toured the Bach B Minor Mass with Solomon’s Knot.

Hannah Dawson

Violin

Hannah studied violin at the Royal College of Music with Ani Schnarch where she met the other members of the Sacconi Quartet. They have now been playing together for 17 years. Its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. The Quartet have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music and resident at the Bristol Old Vic. 

Outside quartet, Hannah enjoys playing with other ensembles, such as O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, 12 Ensemble and The John Wilson Orchestra and The Donald Grant String Quartet. She regularly plays Chamber music in various festivals including Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Southwell Music Festival, Marylebone Music Festival, Festival O/Modernt and IMS Prussia Cove. 

Hannah plays on a 1927 Sacconi violin which is generously on loan to her by The Royal Society of Musicians.

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. She graduated from the college in 2010 with an International Artist Diploma in Solo Performance.

Recently a Nordic Soloist Prize finalist, Eva is also a prize winner in numerous International Violin Competitions including winning the 3rd prize as well as 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.

Lena Eckels

Viola

Lena Eckels, Viola

Lena Eckels was born in Detmold / Germany and began to play the viola in the age of ten. She studied with Prof. Barbara Westphal and Prof. Lars-Anders Tomter.

As a soloist she has won the GWK Förderpreis 2004 and 1st prize at the Brahms Competition (Pörtschach/Asutria) 2005. Lena attended master classes with Kim Kashkashian, Yuri Bashmet and Nobuko Imai among others.
She has been a member of the Swiss-German Amaryllis Quartet for 10 years The quartet has won the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition in 2011 and appeared regulary in concert series and festivals including the Lucerne Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, The Chelsea Music Festival NYC, The Huntington Estate Music Festival Australia, Schwetzinger Festspiele and has performed in Viennas Musikverein, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Wigmore Hall and the Melbourne Reciatal Centre.
The group was winner of the Jürgen Ponto Kammermusikpreis 2012, the highest endowed award for chamber music in Germany and was awarded with an ECHO Klassik for the recording „White“.

She is a member of the German-Israeli „Else Ensemble“ – a young ensemble that collaborates regulay with diplomatic and multi-cultural institutions and initiates innovative, cross-disciplinary concerts.

In 2018 Lena was appointed professor of viola at the Musikhochschule Lübeck /Germany and is regulary performing in festivals and concerts all over Europe.

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 Principal 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 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 as well as many venues in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Finland, Norway and the Czech Republic.

In addition to playing with the Sacconi Quartet, Cara enjoys playing with various chamber orchestras,  Ensemble Perpetuo 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 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.

Tim Lowe

Cello

Tim enjoys a busy and varied career and is quickly emerging as one of the new generation of outstanding young British cellists. He is established as a recitalist and chamber musician appearing regularly in festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He has played as a soloist in all the main concert venues in the UK and in London many times at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square. Tim is Guest Principal Cello of the English Chamber Orchestra and tours around the UK and internationally with the ECO and the ECO Ensemble. He has also been Guest Principal at other major orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia.

In recent seasons Tim has performed the Elgar, Walton, Schumann and Dvorak concertos and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Rococo Variations’. He has built a reputation as an outstanding teacher and was by some distance the youngest Professor of Cello in London when he was appointed at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2012.
Tim’s playing has inspired a number of composers to write new pieces for him and has given many world and UK premieres for solo cello as well as some chamber works. Tim is Artistic Director of York Chamber Music Festival (patron Steven Isserlis), an exciting new venture started in February 2014 which is bringing to York some of the finest chamber musicians in the country.

Tim was a chorister at York Minster before wining a major music scholarship to Eton College. He played in the National Youth Orchestra for 5 years and was Principal Cello in 2004. He was awarded a silver medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians for his ‘outstanding musical contribution’ to the NYO. He won many prizes for his playing including from the Countess of Munster Trust, the Leverhulme Trust (‘Jacqueline du Pre scholarship’), Musicians’ Benevolent Fund, Craxton Memorial Trust and in 2011was winner of the Kirckman Concert Society prize and the Tillett Trust ‘Young Artists’ Platform’. Tim studied with Louise Hopkins at GSMD. He plays on a cello made by Carlos Tononi in Venice in 1716.

John Tattersdill

Double bass

John was born and grew up in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

John started the Piano at the age of five and went on to study with Dame Fanny Waterman in Leeds before entering the Royal Manchester College of Music.  He started the Double Bass at school aged around twelve and did a joint first study of Piano and Double Bass at college, graduating in 1972. Interestingly he doesn’t ever remember doing any sort of examination on the bass. Whilst at college he did a lot of double bass free-lance work and the playing continued as he did a year of music teaching at Duncombe Park Girls School in North Yorkshire.  He joined the CBSO directly after that in 1973 becoming Section Leader in 1977.

John’s time in the CBSO covered all the Sir Simon Rattle, Sakari Oramo and Andris Nelson years. Consequently, highlights in the orchestra are far too numerous to list.  All the Prokofiev piano concertos with Andras Schiff in Cologne, Mahler 10 with Sir Simon Rattle and The Four Last Songs with Jessye Norman and again with Maria Ewing…. the list seems endless.  He feels very lucky to have worked with so many wonderful musicians both from within and outside the C.B.S.O.

John was a founder member of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and feels honoured to still be a member. He plays occasionally with the Maggini Quartet (http://maggini.net/) and other chamber music ensembles such as ICE (http://iceorg.org/).  In his spare time he teaches flying, usually at Gloucester Airfield – mostly aerobatic and air experience flights. He and his wife are keen walkers, do a little sailing every now and then and of course, cooking is a major passion.

Ian Wilson

Recorder

Ian Wilson is the principal recorder teacher at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and the Head of Woodwind at Eton College. He is also the visiting recorder and clarinet specialist at the North East of Scotland Music School in his hometown of Aberdeen. 

Ian has performed as a soloist with orchestras including The Korean Symphony Orchestra, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra and The Irish Baroque Orchestra and he performs regularly with The Sixteen, English National Opera, Arcangelo and the Early Opera Company. 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.

As a chamber musician, he has performed in many great European festivals including the Bruges and Innsbruck Early Music Festivals, the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms. Outside classical music, Ian can be heard on the latest albums by the band Paris Motel and the singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan. His album of music by Purcell for counter-tenor and recorders, recorded with Iestyn Davies, will be released later this year.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2016 had the title of Professor conferred upon him by the Guildhall School in recognition of his work within the institution.

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 (clarinet) 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.

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 has 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 recently performed for the Queen when she attended a Service there. 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 & Artistic Director

Libby Burgess is a prize-winning 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 the founding Artistic Director of New Paths, a major festival of concerts and outreach events in Yorkshire, and is Co-Artistic Director with pianist Martin Roscoe of the Beverley Chamber Music Festival.

Born in Sussex, Libby took a first in music at Christ Church, Oxford – where she was the first female organ scholar at any all-male Oxbridge choral foundation – before specializing in piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music.

Libby’s passion for working with singers extends beyond the piano: she is also in demand as a vocal coach and chorusmaster. She holds the position of In-House Accompanist at Eton College, where she was previously Head of Keyboard, and gives masterclasses at schools and universities across the UK. Libby has been made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of her contribution to the music industry.

Martin Roscoe

Piano

With an extraordinary career spanning over four decades, Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. Renowned for his versatility at the keyboard, Martin is equally at home in concerto, recital and chamber performances. In an ever more distinguished career, his enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.

With a repertoire of over 100 concertos performed or recorded Martin works regularly with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, having especially close links with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hallé, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has given over ninety performances. Martin has also performed with orchestras and festivals across Europe, Canada, Australia and the Far East, and shared the concert platform with eminent conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Christoph von Dohnányi. 

A prolific recitalist and chamber musician, Martin tours the UK extensively every season, including regular appearances at Wigmore Hall and Kings Place. He has long-standing associations with Peter Donohoe, Kathryn Stott, Tasmin Little and the Endellion and Maggini Quartets as well as more recent collaborations with Jennifer Pike, Ashley Wass, Matthew Trusler, Liza Ferschtman and the Brodsky, Escher and Vertavo Quartets. One of his most important ensembles, the Cropper Welsh Roscoe Trio, performed many times across the UK, most notably at Wigmore Hall.

Recent highlights include BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, whilst future plans include engagements with the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Northern Chamber Orchestra.

Martin is Artistic Director of Ribble Valley International Piano Week, Beverley Chamber Music Festival and the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society.

Having made over 500 broadcasts, including seven BBC Prom appearances, Martin is one of the most regularly played pianists on BBC Radio 3. Martin has also made many commercial recordings for labels such as Hyperion, Chandos and Naxos. He has recorded the complete piano music of Nielsen and Szymanowski, as well as four discs in the Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto series. For the Deux-Elles label, Martin has recorded the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, the first four discs of which have been released to unanimous critical acclaim. Martin’s most recent disc is Volume 3 of the complete piano music of Dohnányi, released on Hyperion in 2015; the disc has been yet another success with reviews such as “commanding and warm-hearted… a delectable disc” (Gramophone) and “exuberant and expressive…brilliant technical precision” (BBC Music Magazine, 5 stars).

Teaching has always been an important part of Martin’s life and the development of young talent helps him to constantly re-examine and re-evaluate his own playing. He is currently a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music in London and has been awarded his Fellowship there.

Martin lives in the beautiful English Lake District which provides inspiration and relaxation, and also enables him to indulge his passions for the countryside and hill-walking.

Ashley Grote

Organ

Ashley Grote has held the post of Master of the Music at Norwich Cathedral since September 2012. He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Cathedral music department, directing the boys’ and girls’ choirs in their busy programme of choral services, concerts, broadcasts, tours and recordings. He also directs the Cathedral Chamber Choir, who perform frequent concerts alongside period instrument ensemble Norwich Baroque.

Ashley was 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). Ashley has also been involved in the Edington Music Festival of Music within the Liturgy, first as Organist (2007-09) and then Festival Director (2010-12).

Ashley studied the organ with David Goode and Nicolas Kynaston. Much in demand as a recitalist, he has performed throughout the UK, USA and Europe with recent concerts in Italy, Germany, Finland and Sweden. His first solo disc, of organ symphonies by Louis Vierne, was described by Gramophone magazine as a ‘top-notch recording’, and his more recent recording of popular organ works from Norwich Cathedral has been heard frequently on BBC Radio 2 and Classic FM. As a composer and arranger of organ and choral works, he has been published by Oxford University Press, Stainer & Bell, and Encore publications.

Away from music, Ashley has raised in excess of £75,000 by running four consecutive London Marathons for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, following his daughter’s treatment there. He is also a keen cook, having appeared on the 2018 series of BBC MasterChef.

Richard Pinel

Organ

Richard Pinel is a Fellow and the Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge, Director of the Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy. Prior to this he was, for seven years, Assistant Director of Music at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

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. During his time there, 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 enjoyed competition success on an international level, culminating in winning the First Prize and both special prizes at the Breda International Organ Competition in The Netherlands.

Richard has led masterclasses for the Royal College of Organists and tutored on courses for Oundle for Organists. His CD,  L’Orgue Symphonique, is released on Resonus Classics and has been praised for its ‘electrifying impact’ and ‘truly tremendous verve’. Recital engagements have taken him across the UK, to Europe and the USA and most recently to Kings College, Cambridge and St John’s, Smith Square. Broadcasts have included BBC Radio 3 and 4, Classic FM and Radio France Culture.

Jonathan Clinch

Speaker

Jonathan Clinch read music at Oxford University where he was Organ Scholar of Keble College and studied with Nicolas Kynaston, David Sanger and Nigel Allcoat. Upon graduating he took up the position of Assistant Organist at Perth Cathedral, Western Australia, where he also broadcast from the Perth International Festival and taught students at the University of Western Australia. Returning to England, he took up the position of College Organist and Music Teacher at Bradfield College and continued performance studies with Dame Gillian Weir, graduating with an MA in Organ Performance (Distinction) from Durham University in 2009. In 2015 he completed a PhD in Historical Musicology and Analysis on the music of Herbert Howells under the supervision of Professor Jeremy Dibble, whilst also working for the university on the development of its extra-curricular music programme and as organist of Durham School.

Jonathan held postdoctoral positions at Cambridge University, Birmingham University and the Royal College of Music, working predominantly on English music (including Elgar, Parry, Stanford, Britten, Howells, Dyson, Rubbra and Bridge). In 2015, his completed edition of Herbert Howells’ unfinished Cello Concerto was premiered at the Cheltenham Festival by Guy Johnston and released on CD with Alice Neary and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He is currently writing a biography of Howells, editing a volume of essays on Frank Bridge and preparing a volume of unpublished Howells piano music for Musica Britannica.

Richard Stokes

Speaker

Richard Stokes is Professor of Lieder at the Royal Academy of Music, has given many lectures and masterclasses on Lieder and art song in the UK and abroad, and is a regular juror at international Song Competitions. For the operatic stage he has translated Wozzeck and La voix humaine (Opera North), and Parsifal, Lulu, L’Amour de loin and Jakob Lenz (ENO). His books include The Spanish Song Companion (with Jacqueline Cockburn), J.S. Bach – The Complete Cantatas (Scarecrow Press), A French Song Companion (with Graham Johnson) (OUP) and The Book of Lieder (Faber). With Alfred Brendel he collaborated on the latter’s Collected Poems: Playing the Human Game (Phaidon). His translations of Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Trial have been published by Hesperus Press, and Alma Books published his translation (with Hannah Stokes) of Kafka’s Letter to his Father. Penguin Classics published The Penguin Book of English Song – Seven Centuries of Poetry from Chaucer to Auden in the Spring of 2016 (now available in paperback), and Alma Classics have recently released his translation of Jules Renard’s complete Histoires Naturelles in a dual-language edition (2017). Richard Stokes was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2012.

Stephen McNeff

Composer

Irish born composer Stephen McNeff has worked extensively in many areas of music, particularly specialising in opera and music theatre.  His award winning works have been commissioned by Welsh National Opera, the Royal Opera House as well as notable festivals, and are frequently performed on the international stage. He also writes for orchestra and has been Composer in Residence with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra  – where he wrote for a variety of ensembles and choral groups as well as the orchestra itself.  Other major commissions have come from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra, while his works for wind orchestra are played worldwide.  His music is widely available on CD (and streaming) with two CDs on the Champs Hill label featuring Libby Burgess with mezzo soprano, Clare McCaldin.  As well as the new work for Libby Burgess and James Turnbull, 2019 sees the Irish premiere of the his opera Banished in Dublin and a return of The Burning Boy (originally written for the BSO) to UK festivals such as the Presteigne Festival.  A new CD of his music for instrumental ensemble written for Kokoro, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary ensemble, is released in the spring.