Contraband artists

New Paths is honoured to host the very first ever performances given by exceptional new baroque group Contraband. Under the direction of harpsichordist Christopher Bucknall they will give three performances during the festival and also lead a masterclass for talented local string players.

Christopher Bucknall | harpsichord & director

Conductor and harpsichordist, Christopher Bucknall, is a rising star both on the concert platform and in the opera house, sharing his passion for bringing music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries alive.

Christopher made his conducting debut in 2012 with Handel, Apollo e Dafne at the Wigmore Hall and has since gone on to conduct critically acclaimed productions of Handel, Agrippina (Iford Arts), Haydn, Il Mondo della Luna (English Touring Opera), Monteverdi, L’Orfeo (Silent Opera), Handel, The Choice of Hercules (Bampton Classical Opera), Pergolesi, La Serva Padrona (Vestfolds International Festival, Norway) and Purcell, Dido and Aeneas (Silent Opera). In January 2014, Christopher made his Scandinavian debut conducting Handel, Alcina for Den Norske Opera.

On the concert platform, Christopher has appeared conducting B’Rock (Belgian Baroque Orchestra Ghent), Real Filharmonie de Galicia, Norwegian Wind Ensemble, International Baroque Players in varied repertoire ranging from Monteverdi through to Mozart. He also regularly collaborates with the UK’s finest vocal ensembles including performances of Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium with the BBC Singers, and highly praised preparation of the Glyndebourne and English National Opera choruses in works by Purcell and Rameau.

Christopher frequents many of Europe’s top concert halls and festivals as harpsichordist and continuo player appearing with groups including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Kings Consort, Brecon Baroque, Academy of Ancient Music, Early Opera Company, and The Classical Opera Company.

Christopher studied at Lincoln College, Oxford and the Royal Academy of Music, studying harpsichord and fortepiano.

Hear Christopher in: Introduction to the Baroque, Late-night Bach Cantatas, Promised Land: Italian Hour, For the love of coffee, Gourmet baroque

Lucy Russell | baroque violin

Lucy Russell was born in Germany of Scottish/Norwegian origin, but has lived mainly in London. She was a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music, going on to take music degrees at the University of York, where she gave the first British performance of the Norwegian composer Alfred Janson’s violin concerto Forspil, based on Hardanger violin traditions. While still a student she was invited to play with London Baroque and the English Baroque Soloists, and by the City of London Festival as a solo violinist in their production/recording of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea.

She has been a member of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet since 1988, becoming its leader in 1995; with them she has played all over Europe, North America, the Middle East, and South Africa, as well as making recordings for Linn Records, Divine Art, the BBC, and various foreign radio stations. She has recorded for Channel Classics, Hyperion, DG, and Decca with other ensembles, having been leader of Florilegium, Concerto Caledonia, Classical Opera Company, Retrospect Ensemble, the Finchcocks Quartet, The King’s Consort, Dunedin Consort and the New Chamber Opera Band of Players, as well as a director of the Scottish Early Music Consort and a solo violinist in the New London Consort. She has been leader of The Yorkshire Baroque Soloists for approaching 30 years and has also toured and recorded with them. She is also a regular visitor with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. With her ‘modern’ hat on she has been guest leader for the City of London Sinfonia playing under the late Richard Hickox.

She has taught and given masterclasses all over the world – including the Czech Republic, the United States, South Africa, and Russia. Closer to home, she has worked at the Royal Academy of Music with the Modern Instrument Baroque Orchestra, and at Trinity College of Music, Royal Holloway College London, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, Birmingham Conservatoire, York University, the Royal Northern College of Music, St Mary’s Music School Edinburgh, and Pro Corda. She is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music and visiting Professor of violin at St Andrews.

Her recent recording of Bach’s Obbligato violin sonatas with John Butt has received very positive reviews across the board: “Russell’s beautifully polished playing reveals an affecting relish for the music’s searching expressivity…” (Sunday Times).

Lucy likes to divide her time between performing on period instruments and their “modern” counterparts, exploring music from Purcell to the present day. She plays on a violin by Ferdinando Gagliano, made in Naples, Italy, in c1789. Her baroque violin is by Charles Harris of Adderbury. She is increasingly in demand as a teacher and director, with a special interest in the use of Mindfulness around performance.

Hear Lucy in: Introduction to the Baroque, Late-night Bach Cantatas, For the love of coffee, Gourmet baroque

Magdalena Loth-Hill | baroque violin

British-Polish violinist Magdalena Loth-Hill studied at Chetham’s School of Music with Jan Repko and at RCM with Itzhak Rashkovsky, Lucy Russell, Adrian Butterfield and Laura Samuel, graduating both Bachelor and Master’s with Distinction. She was awarded the 2015/16 Mills Williams Junior Fellowship at the RCM, a post she held alongside studying for an Artist Diploma in baroque violin. In March 2016, Magdalena was presented with the Mills Williams Medal.

At RCM, Magdalena was soloist in Bach’s E major concerto, Brandenburg’s 4 and 5 and the Bach Double Violin Concerto. She led the RCM Baroque and Classical Orchestras and performed live on BBC Radio 3 In Tune. Magdalena has performed with the OAE, AAM and Florilegium and has toured in Europe, the United States and Bolivia, where her two solo recitals as ‘Artist of the Festival’ officially opened the 2016 Misiones de Chiquitos Baroque Festival. Magdalena performed the Mendelssohn and Bruch concerti with the City of Carlisle Orchestra, recorded for the British Library ‘Georgians Revealed’ exhibition and for the most recent ABRSM syllabus. With her quartet, Consone, she won the 2016 ROSL Ensemble Prize, Century Fund Prize at RCM, EUBO Prize and a place on the EEEmerging programme at the 2015 York Competition.

Magdalena was Orpheus Scholar at the RCM, supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award and the Countess of Munster Trust.

Hear Magdalena in: Late-night Bach Cantatas, For the love of coffee, Gourmet Baroque

Aliye Cornish | baroque viola

Aliye Cornish is much in demand as a period viola player, and enjoys a full touring and recording schedule with many of the leading directors and ensembles of the early music world.

Aliye studied the viola at the Royal College of Music with Ivo Van Der Werff and Jonathan Barritt from 2004-2008, where she played a principal role in the RCM’s Symphony, Opera and Baroque Orchestras. She began Baroque Viola lessons with Annette Isserlis in her second year of study and subsequently participated in the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra for several years, and the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2007, returning as Principal Viola in 2008. She was also invited to be a member of the World Youth Orchestra in 2008.

She was awarded a scholarship to study the Baroque Viola at the Royal Academy of Music in 2008-2009 where she was taught by Jane Rogers. This year of study formed a springboard into the profession, playing to many established and respected musicians.

Since graduating she has appeared regularly with the English Baroque Soloists (John Eliot Gardiner), the Dunedin Consort (John Butt), Arcangelo (Jonathan Cohen) and Cercle de l’Harmonie (Jérèmie Rhorer). Future plans include two performances at the BBC Proms 2017, under John Butt and John Eliot Gardiner and an extensive Monteverdi opera tour with the English Baroque Soloists across Europe and the USA.

Hear Aliye in: Introduction to the Baroque, Late-night Bach Cantatas, For the love of coffee, Gourmet Baroque

Kate Bennett Wadsworth | baroque cello

Kate Bennett Wadsworth (formerly Kate Bennett Haynes) studied modern cello with Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory and baroque cello with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Dutch Conservatory in the Hague, after completing a bachelor’s degree in Scandinavian studies at Harvard College. She has appeared at festivals throughout North America and Europe with baroque ensembles such as Arion, Tafelmusik, B’Rock, Apollo’s Fire, Aradia, Masques, and the Theatre of Early Music, and her continuo playing can be heard on the Naxos, ATMA, Artemis/Vanguard,and labels. As a soloist, she has appeared with Arion Baroque Orchestra, Les Bostonades, and Norwich Baroque, and her recording of the CPE Bach A minor concerto with Les Bostonades was released in 2015.

Kate is currently pursuing a practice-led PhD under Clive Brown at the University of Leeds, looking at the notoriously marked-up editions of the cellist Friedrich Grützmacher as a window onto 19th-century performance practice. Drawing on similarly marked-up editions, as well as treatises, memoirs, early recordings, and other historical sources, she has also prepared annotated editions of the Brahms cello sonatas, in collaboration with Clive Brown and Neal Peres da Costa and published by Bärenreiter.

Hear Kate in: Introduction to the Baroque, Late-night Bach Cantatas, For the love of coffee, Gourmet Baroque

William Hunt | violone

Starting his professional career as a viol player, William Hunt was a founder member of the viol consort Fretwork and for many years a member of the chamber ensemble London Baroque, in which he developed his interest in violones. He is now principal violone with the Dunedin Consort and has frequently made guest appearances as a specialist violone player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Taverner Consort and many other period instrument orchestras and ensembles.

Over the years he has held teaching posts at several music conservatories. In 1989 he launched Fretwork Editions, a specialist publisher of viol-related music, of which he is director and general editor, with a particular interest in researching the history and performance practice of the English verse anthem. In recent years he has directed residential courses and workshops both in the UK and in Europe and in 2016 he devised and organised Fretwork’s 30th anniversary project to record the complete Gibbons consort anthems.

Hear William in: Late-night Bach Cantatas, Gourmet Baroque

Matthew Wadsworth | theorbo

Matthew Wadsworth has earned a reputation as one of the worlds finest lutenists. Working in the UK, Europe and North America as a soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared at most major concert halls and festivals, and can often be heard on radio, both in live performance and recordings. Matthew was born in 1974 and 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.

Matthew has recorded for Avie, Deux-Elles, Linn, EMI, Channel Classics and Wigmore Live. His CD recordings have all received international critical acclaim, and have been featured as Gramophone Editors Choice on several occasions. His forthcoming CD ‘Late Night Lute’ will be released in June 2017.

Matthew has given concerts at the Bruges festival, the Klara festival, the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, The Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeares Globe, the Georgian Concert Society (Edinburgh), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and the Lufthansa, York, Beverley, Warwick, Spitalfields, Holt, North York Moores, Budapest, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal Baroque, Mitte-Europa and Innsbruck festivals.

Matthew is passionate about working with singers. Collaborations include Sopranos Carolyn Sampson, Julia Doyle and Emma Kirkby, counter-tenor Christopher Ainslie, tenor James Gilchrist and baritone Peter Harvey. He has also worked with The Academy of Ancient Music, English Touring Opera, Birmingham Opera Company, Independent Opera, The Netherlands Bach Society, I Fagiolini, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, The Musicians of the Globe, Arion, Constantinople, The Theatre of Early Music and Les Violons du Roy.

Hear Matthew in: Gourmet Baroque

Georgia Browne | baroque flute

Flautist Georgia Browne began her musical life in Perth, Western Australia where she was given the opportunity to try replica historical flutes. Smitten with the sound and history of these instruments she decided to make the pilgrimage to The Netherlands, to specialise with flute teachers Kate Clark and Barthold Kuijken.

After graduating with distinction from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, Georgia was launched onto the European concert scene in style, with an exciting performance of a Vivaldi flute concerto for live radio broadcast at the Palazzo Quirinale in Rome.

Since that momentous debut in 2004, Georgia has been in demand as a soloist, orchestral musician and guest tutor across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. She has performed with most of the established UK period instrument ensembles and is regularly invited to play principal flute with the more recently formed Ensemble Pygmalion in France and Capella Cracoviensis in Poland. She is also a member of progressive Icelandic chamber ensemble Nordic Affect with whom she released a recording of flute music by Carl Friedrich Abel.

An enthusiastic educator, Georgia has taught at the University of Southampton, Birmingham University and Birmingham Conservatoire alongside a successful private teaching studio. Each year she hosts a residential Baroque Flute Summer School.

Hear Georgia in: For the love of coffee, Gourmet Baroque

Rachel Chaplin | baroque oboe

Rachel Chaplin works with many of the leading period instrument ensembles in the UK, including the English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, King’s Consort, Classical Opera and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. With these and other groups she has performed and recorded numerous works on French and German oboes from the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Her academic specialism is eighteenth century German music, particularly the instrumental music of Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, which was the subject of her doctoral research. Formerly a lecturer and tutor at the Royal Academy of music, Rachel continues to be involved with music education, lecturing at public events and participating in orchestral projects with schools and community groups. She lives in London with her husband, Sam and their three young daughters.

Hear Rachel in: Late-night Bach Cantatas, Gourmet Baroque

Zoe Shevlin | baroque bassoon

Zoe Shevlin studied modern and historical bassoons at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She now enjoys a busy and varied career as a London-based freelancer, playing regularly with English Concert, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort, the Sixteen, the Academy of Ancient Music, Early Opera Company, Arcangelo, English Baroque Soloists, Kings Consort, Florilegium, Classical Opera and Music For Awhile, among others. She has toured extensively in the U.K., Europe, America and South East Asia, recorded for a variety of record labels, broadcast on TV and radio and makes occasional appearances as a concerto soloist, most recently with English Concert.

Zoe gave the world premiere of Graham Sheen’s piece for Baroque Bassoon and Harpsichord, “Goodbye Mr Galliard”, which was written for her, has taught historical bassoon classes at the Royal College of Music, is a specialist external examiner at the Royal Academy of Music, and works extensively in education and outreach for Classical Opera and OAE (most memorable highlight: recording in Brighton Sewer as part of a homelessness project). She also enjoys swimming outdoors in all seasons and recently completed the Dart 10k swim in aid of WaterAid, as part of the OAE’s Watercycle project.

Hear Zoe in: Late-night Bach Cantatas, Gourmet Baroque