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Vivienne Olive (more info)

Composer and joint 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

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.  He is Co-Artistic Director of the Brixworth Music 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 the Brixworth Music Festival.



Chloe Willson-Thomas (more info)

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 Artistic Adviser and Event Coordinator to the Festival.  Chloe is now Rector of the United Benefice of Farnham Royal with Hedgerley, near Slough.



Graham Tear (more info)

Graham plays flute and bassoon and is well known in Northamptonshire as a gifted teacher and leader of many local music ensembles. He has been Musical Director of Northampton Concert Band since 2015 and is Musical Director of Northampton Musical Theatre Company.  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. 

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