CONVIVIO (performing on Saturday 21st October)
Ex-Totnes KEVICC pupil Katie Cowling is a recorder player, oboist and dulcian player, in her final year of her Masters at the RCM. Katie co-founded BLOCK4 in 2012, the first recorder quartet to win the Royal Overseas League Ensemble Competition in 65-years. She performs with baroque orchestras and the RCM Baroque Orchestra on baroque oboe, and has also performed as part of the 24 Violon du Roi at Versailles.
Cellist Florence Petit graduated from the RCM with First Class Honours and Distinction for her Bachelors and Masters degrees. She studied baroque cello with Richard Tunnicliffe, and has received coaching from Jonathan Manson and Ashley Solomon.
Florence has played at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall and London Handel Festival, and has worked with Florilegium and The English Concert.
Claire Williams studied piano and harpsichord at the RCM before completing her Masters at Trinity College of Music. She has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the City of London Sinfonia and is a member of Saltarello Ensemble. Claire has performed at Manchester and Bath Festivals, Brighton Early Music Festival and London Handel Festival; and as a guest artist at the Dartington International Summer School.
Violinist Gabriella Jones studied at Chetham’s School of Music before graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2016. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the UK and Europe, and appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Cadogan Hall. She is now studying for a masters in performance at the RCM, supported by the Yehudi Menuhin Award. Gabriella’s violin is a 1756 Jacob Kloz generously on loan by the Cherubim Trust. She replaces Anna Wozniak, due to illness.
Rosafresca with Hayley Guest
(playing on 1st December)
The members of Rosafresca share a passion for Renaissance music. They play an array of period instruments – lute, vihuela, viola da gamba, recorders, cornamuse and percussion, and appeal to both classical and world/roots music fans.
Director Steve Walter’s interest in Spanish music saw him progress from classical guitar to the vihuela, the forerunner of the guitar. As an arranger of Renaissance music, Steve has developed repertoire from fragments of ancient melodies. His fellow ensemble members are Carol Attwood, who plays recorder and other woodwind, plucked strings and a great range of percussion, and Heather Gibbard, an experienced cellist and viol player.
Hayley Guest is a young soprano who regularly performs in Bristol and the South West, with a variety of repertoire from lute song and Baroque arias to contemporary music. She is an experienced choral singer with award-winning Bath Camerata and Nova renaissance choir, and has had master classes with Emma Kirkby.
Masumi Yamamoto and Boris Bizjak (playing on Friday 19th January)
Harpsichordist Masumi Yamamoto graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium before studying at the RAM, at Trinity College of Music, and York University. She has appeared at the Purcell Room, the Albert Hall and St John’s Smith Square, and across Europe. Masumi was a prize winner at the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, 2007; and the winner of Fenton House Keyboard Ensemble Competition (2012) with The Akenside Players.
Slovenian flautist Boris Bizjak studied in Llubljana and Paris. He won 1st prize in the International Flute Competition in Picardie (France) in 2004, won three 1st prizes in the Slovenian National Flute Competitions, before undertaking postgraduate studies abroad. Boris has performed at St John’s Smith Square and St Martin in the Fields and across Europe, the USA and China.
Passamezzo (performing 10th March)
Passamezzo’s director Tamsin Lewis studied violin at the Florence Conservatoire and read Classics and Italian at Oxford. She has written, directed and played music for many theatre productions, including at the Rose Theatre site; and at The Globe Theatre. Work for TV includes Howard Goodall’s How Music Works; and Royal Deaths and Diseases (Channel 4).
Soprano Eleanor Cramer started her training at the junior department of the Royal Academy of Music. She won a choral award at Clare College Cambridge, and went on to sing with the choir of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge. In addition to several CDs with Passamezzo, her recording work includes the vocal consort Alamire and solo tracks on a CD of Weelkes with Fretwork.
Alison Kinder (viols) read music at Oxford before gaining a scholarship to Trinity College of Music. She plays with Chelys consort of viols, who are currently working on a recording of Dowland with Emma Kirkby, and plays viols, recorders, crumhorns, (and occasionally bagpipes!) with Philomel. She is a tutor on several early music courses.
Robin Jeffrey (lute, theorbo) has played with many early music ensembles including The Sixteen, The King’s Consort, and English Baroque Soloists, and with ensembles such as the English Chamber Orchestra, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the BBC Concert Orchestra. He has performed for productions at the National Theatre, English National Opera, Shakespeare’s Globe, Opera North and many others.
Actor/baritone Richard de Winter was a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, and a choral scholar at Durham Cathedral, before studying musical theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed in three musicals at the Edinburgh Fringe, toured in an adaptation of Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt; and been part of the chorus in a Britten opera production. He also performs ukulele-based stand-up……
ENSEMBLE MOLIERE (performing on Saturday 21st April)
Ensemble Molière was formed by participants of the Dartington International Summer School. They have already performed throughout the UK and Europe, and n 2015 were selected for the Early Music Live! scheme at the Brighton Early Music Festival, returning to perform again in 2016.
Flautist Flavia Hirte completed her Master’s at the RCM with distinction in 2015, and has participated on the OAE Experience Scheme, Dartington Baroque Orchestra, and the European Union Baroque Orchestra. She has played with The Bach Players, Florilegium, The Hanover Band, and Gabrieli Consort and Players.
Alice Earll studied Historical Performance at the RAM gaining her MA with distinction. She regularly works with ensembles including the Academy of Ancient Music at the BBC Proms and as part of the Lincoln Centre’s Mostly Mozart Festival, and with the OAE and Devon Baroque. Alice was a member of the 2015/16 European Union Baroque Orchestra.
Kate Conway gained an MA in Performance (baroque cello and viola da gamba) with Distinction at the RAM. She has played with Fretwork, Charivari Agréable and the Amphion Consort, and is a founder member of Musica Poetica London, who were selected for the BREMF Early Music Live! scheme. Recent projects include concerts at the Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre.
Satoko Doi-Luck studied composition in Tokyo, continued in England at the RCM and then studied harpsichord and continuo. She was awarded a Junior Fellowship in Harpsichord/Continuo at the RCM, and was selected for the Handel House Talent Scheme 2015 2016. She is also a member of Ceruleo and has performed with La Serenissima, English Chamber Orchestra, Tenebrae and at Shakespeare’s Globe.