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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.
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. More details may be found at Gwion's website.
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 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.
CHARLES MATTHEWS studied at the Royal College of Music, London, and was an organ scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. Charles has won numerous awards, perhaps most notably first prize in the 1999 Franz Liszt Organ Interpretation Competition in Budapest. His most recent solo recording is of Francis Routh's cycle The Well-Tempered Pianist; some tracks from this CD can be heard free of charge at the composer's website. Recent engagements have included solo performances in the UK and Spain, duo recitals with flute, recorder, violin, 'cello and voice, work for BBC Radio 3, and numerous performances with ensembles and with choirs.
TIMELESS D'ACCORD accordion ensemble was founded in 2014 by Prof. Irene Urbach. The aim was to complement the solo and educational studies of accordion students by giving them the opportunity to play together with their accordion professor in an ensemble. Their repertoire includes arrangements of music from the past as well as original classical and folk compositions written for accordion ensemble. Close collaboration with new composers has resulted in a number of very interesting contemporary works being written especially for ‘Timeless d'accord’.
The group has performed Vivienne Olive's chamber opera, ‘Caroline Chisholm’ as an arrangement for accordion ensemble and singers, in three different venues in Nuremberg, to critical acclaim. Players: Irene Urbach, Oksana Martyniuk, Martin Sigl, Yevgen Gavryliuk, Sonja Wagner, Paul Weilert
Vivienne Olive is a composer and recently retired 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.
The Tedesca Quartet - violinists Nic Fallowfield and Clare Bhabra, violist Richard Muncey and cellist Jenny Curtis - gave their first concerts in 2011 and rapidly gained a reputation for performances of maturity and integrity. The four members bring together a wealth of experience in a wide range of musical activities. The quartet plays for music societies throughout the country.
They have received great praise for their coaching activities at Knuston Hall, Northants and at Benslow Music in Hitchin. They also give a regular concert series at both venues. For more details please visit tedesca.co.uk
BRIXWORTH U3A SONGSTERS
Brixworth U3A 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. For more details please click here.
Sarah, who grew up in Brixworth, began playing the Viola da Gamba during her undergraduate studies on Recorder at the Royal College of Music, performing in masterclasses with artists including Vittorio Ghielmi, Christoph Coin and Ton Koopman. Since graduating, Sarah has been based in northern Germany with a scholarship to study with Hille Perl in Bremen, before returning to the RCM to complete her Masters with Reiko Ichise as a recipient of the Robert Mcfadzean Whyte scholarship. She performs and records with various ensembles across the UK and Europe on viola da gamba and violone.