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Gwion Thomas

Gwion has been an opera and concert baritone soloist for many years and has sung principal roles for Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and many others companies He is Co-Artistic Director of the Brixworth Music Festival

Vivienne Olive
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.

Rev. Chloe Willson-Thomas

Chloe is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and has performed as a soprano soloist all over the country. She was ordained in 2009 and is now Rector of All Saints, Brixworth. Chloe is the Festival's Artistic Adviser and Event Co-ordinator

Peter Dunkley

Peter Dunkley is a formidable clarinettist and for more than 20 years was head of the award-winning Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Trust. . Peter conducts two local orchestras, teaches clarinet and saxophone and performs professionally as a clarinet and bass clarinettist. He is also a member of the John Clare Wind Quintet and Patron of the Brixworth Music Festival.

Graham Tear

Graham plays flute and bassoon and is well known in Northamptonshire as a gifted teacher and leader of many local music ensembles. Twenty seven years ago he founded and still directs the Northampton Chamber Orchestra who will be performing at the Festival.  Now semi-retired, Graham remains an active teacher and musical director as well as playing with the John Clare Wind Quintet. He is Artistic Adviser to the Festival.

Previous Festival Performers

Composer and Master of the Queen's Music

A local youth band that competes in major competitions and travels all over the world to perform. Their accolades include BBC Radio 2 Youth Band of the Year; British Open Youth Champions; National Youth Champions; and European Champion Runners up.
Ensemble Marquise presents early music concerts in full 17th century Rococo costume performing on period instruments.

Northampton Musical Theatre Company, perform large scale productions and several concerts each year​​
This group has built up an enviable reputation as one of the finest small choirs in this part of the country.

Flute-based chamber ensemble formed in 2003
Andra Sparks is a solo singer/pianist, She's also the band leader of quintet, formed by top British jazz musicians and occasional Big Band singers.