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Vivienne Olive (more info)

Composer and joint artistic director of Brixworth Music Festival, Vivienne Olive studied piano, organ and harpsichord at Trinity College of Music, London, then music and composition at the University of York.  Vivienne recently retired as Professor of Music Theory at the Hochschule für Musik, Nuremberg, Germany and divides her time between Brixworth and Nuremberg. Vivienne directed the music Festival "Contempo Fest 94" in Townsville, Australia and co-founded the Brixworth Music Festival, for which she has written a number of works.     Vivienne was recently interviewed about her career by the ARCHIVE OF WOMEN IN MUSIC INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CENTER IN FRANKFURT/MAIN, GERMANY.  You can view that interview here

Sarah Small began playing the Viola da gamba whilst studying Recorder at the Royal College of Music, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) on both instruments. She was awarded the Deutschland Stipendium to study gamba with Hille Perl in Bremen, Germany, and has returned to the RCM to complete her Master of Performance degree with Reiko Ichise. Sarah is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician around the UK and Europe, performing in venues such as Scuola Grande di San Rocco (Venice), Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, St Jakobi (Hamburg), Buckingham Palace and St George’s Chapel.

Sarah is supported by Help Musicians UK and is an RCM Scholar, holding the Robert McFadzean Whyte Award.  She is a founder member of Ensemble Grand Siècle and joint artistic director of the Festival.



Peter Dunkley (more info)

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 Brixworth Music Festival.

Gwion Thomas (webpage)

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 teaches singing privately and at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and at Rugby School.  Gwion is a co-founder and former Artistic Director of the Brixworth Music Festival 


Chloe Willson-Thomas 

Chloe was until recently the Rector in charge of Brixworth and Holcot.  She was ordained in 2009 and served her curacy in Knighton, Leicester.  Chloe studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music and  was a freelance classical singer, and singing teacher. She taught privately in Leicester for many years, and at Northampton High School for Girls, and Northampton Music Service. Chloe is a co-founder and former Artistic Adviser of the Festival.  Chloe is now Rector of the United Benefice of Farnham Royal with Hedgerley, near Slough.

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