Learn more about some of the 2018 singers, orchestras, special appearances and musicians...
OKSANA KING is a Russian born pianist and piano teacher who lives here in Brixworth. Oksana was educated at St. Petersburg Conservatoire, where she completed her Performance Diploma with Distinction. She has performed as a soloist throughout Russia and the Czech Republic. In the UK, Oksana has played solo recitals at Stowe Music School (as part of the Chung Steinway concerts) and at All Saints Church in Brixworth. Oksana is engaged as a pianist with the Market Harborough Choral Society where she plays solo pieces during their concerts, as well as providing accompaniment for the choir.
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE COUNTY YOUTH BRASS BAND is the senior brass band of the Music and Performing Arts Trust. They were the first countywide ensemble to be established in Northamptonshire and as such represent the beginnings of the entire Music and Performing Arts Service. From their humble beginnings the band has grown to become one of the best County Youth Brass Bands in the Country, appearing regularly at the National Youth Brass Band Championships and the National Festival of Music for Youth. Throughout their history they have only had seven conductors, with John Berryman having been the director for 22 years. The current conductor, Brad Turnbull, took over the leadership of the band in 2006. Recent tours have taken them to Hungary, Poland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Founded in 1984, Fiori are one of the UK’s principal providers of classical and early music concerts outside London. Fiori’s passion is to bring to life the music of the past, making it accessible to all. The Choir comprises 20-25 singers and is renowned for clarity and purity of voice. Director, Penelope Rapson enjoys pursuing an unusual repertoire and the Fiori Choir sings everything from mainstream Haydn and Schubert to risqué madrigals by Gesualdo.
AN EVENING OF POETRY AND SONG - Fast becoming one of the most enjoyable evenings of the Festival, we are so lucky to have these gifted performers and composers living locally:
Chloe Willson-Thomas– Soprano graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and has sung recitals all over the country both as a soloist and with her husband Gwion Thomas. Chloe is now Rector of Brixworth and Holcot and is a co-founder of the Festival. Chloe is the Festival's Artistic Adviser and Event Co-ordinator.
Gwion Thomas - Baritone has been an opera and concert soloist for many years after graduating with distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music. He has sung principal roles for Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and many others companies and has made a particular name in the field of contemporary music theatre. Gwion is a co-founder and Joint Artistic Director of the Festival.
Juliet Lawson is a singer/songwriter and artist. A prolific song writer for the last forty years, Juliet's repertoire ranges from free-wheeling ballads, to love songs, comic songs, and jazzy numbers. The three songs Juliet will be singing, have been taken from a larger cycle of 12, all settings of poems by John Clare composed by Stuart Cooper,. The songs cover love, life and near death experiences. The songs use melodies John Clare would recognise as tunes he himself might have sung or heard, although the songs are modern in style and not pastiches of traditional folk tunes.
Kay Soteriou– Mezzo-Soprano studied opera at the Guildhall School of music and has played leading roles in London based opera companies and in West End musicals. She has recorded for the BBC and given many concerts and oratorio performances here and abroad.
David Saint Born in Daventry, David trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and was eventually ordained into the priesthood. He has worked in all branches of entertainment including theatre, film, TV and radio. His first job was with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s international production of The Tempest directed by the legendary Peter Brook and Jean-Louis Barrault. Since then he has worked in musicals, thrillers and farce, and has toured extensively at home and abroad. He spent nineteen years working as presenter, script-writer and producer for the BBC and has been the “voice” on many TV trails and commercials David is Patron of the Northampton Festival of Music and Drama and in 1997 he was elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
The John Clare Wind Quintet's members all hail from Northamptonshire where they formed whilst working for Northamptonshire Music Trust. The ensemble has given concerts to great acclaim across the UK and has taken part in the Brixworth Music Festival since its inception. Their music ranges across the whole spectrum of the wind quintet repertoire from easy listening to the more avant garde. The players are; Graham Tear (flute), Kathy Roberts (oboe), Peter Dunkley (clarinet), Lyndon Hilling (bassoon) and Ruth Allen (horn). Peter Dunkley was the head of the Music Trust (NMPAT) and the architect of its current success until his retirement, Lyndon Hilling was the head of the woodwind department and Graham Tear the deputy head. Ruth Allen ran the very successful Wellingborough Music Centre until her recent retirement and Kathy Roberts with her husband ran the Corby Music Centre for many years.
Vivienne Olive is a composer and Professor of Music Theory at the Hochschule für Music in Nuremberg, Germany. She has already written a number of works for the Brixworth Festival, including the Brixworth Bell Anthem, a duet for Gwion Thomas and Chloe Willson-Thomas ("Madonna of the Evening Flowers") and a work for the John Clare Wind Quintet ("Les oiseaux fous"). She is Joint Artistic Director of the Festival.
Stuart Cooper is a Northamptonshire based composer whose compositions (some professional commissions) include pieces for a variety of chamber ensembles: string quartet, wind quintet, piano, and works for small orchestra. Stuart is also an artist. He studied Art History at Birkbeck College in London and is a member of the Fellowship of Professional and Amateur Artists. Stuart lives with his husband in Brixworth.
This is a rare opportunity to see this Midlands based String Quartet. The Tedesca Quartet began rehearsing in January 2011 and gave its first concerts later that year, at Benslow Summer Music Festival and in the beautiful St. Thomas' church in Stourbridge. The four members, Clare Bhabra (Violin), Richard Muncey (Viola) and Jenny Curtis (Cello) were brought together by violinist and conductor Nic Fallowfield. Together they share many years experience of music-making at the highest level.
Brixworth Songsters were founded in 2012 and perform regular concerts throughout the year. The choir loves to sing stirring, contemporary songs and favourites include, 'You Raise Me Up' and 'Rhythm of Life'. They have performed at a number of local venues including Hunsbury Abbey Centre, St Giles Church and the Brixworth Music Festival and Nativity.
Sarah grew up in Brixworth before moving to London to study recorder and viola da gamba at the Royal College of Music in London. Since graduating she has moved to Bremen, Germany to further her studies. For the Festival, Sarah is returning to perform an exciting programme celebrating the music of Shakespeare's time. Joining her are Felix Heuser (tenor), Morag Johnston (baroque violin) and Gabor Juhasz (lute).
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