British cellist and conductor Jonathan Bloxham has given acclaimed concerts across, Europe, USA and Asia and is establishing himself as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation. He is the winner of international competitions as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor.
Jonathan started his musical training at the age of 8 with a local teacher at his primary school in Gateshead. He then studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll and finally at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Louise Hopkins. Jonathan has taken further studies with Eberhard Feltz in Berlin.
Eboracum Baroque are a group of young professional singers and instrumentalists that perform across the UK and Europe. They specialise in the performance of Baroque music in a historically informed style and on period instruments. The ensemble are particularly renowned for their performances of 17th and 18th Century English music. They are passionate about ensuring Baroque music is accessible to all ages and have an active education programme.
“(Alicja Fiderkiewicz) …demonstrated the truth of the great Rubinstein’s saying – that ‘only Poles can play Chopin properly’. In the three pieces: Fantasie in F minor, Nocturne in E flat major and the Scherzo in E major, her playing was brilliant, with changes of tone and tempo that vividly interpreted and illuminated this endlessly fascinating and intriguing music”.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, the young Alicja Fiderkiewicz’s outstanding musical talent was recognised at the tender age of three by her elder sister’s piano teacher, who, upon hearing her play, immediately spotted Alicja’s tremendous potential. She saw in Alicja a passion for music, and recognised her perfect pitch and astonishing sense of rhythm, whereupon Alicja began studying the piano in earnest and entered Karol Szymanowski’s School of Music in Warsaw at the age of seven, attending the classes of Professor Krystyna Bocianowska.
Matthew Forbes, cellist
Matthew Forbes has built a reputation thought the UK as a versatile and much sought-after cellist and musician. He has performed, toured and recorded with many of the country's finest ensembles including the London and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, the English and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, the Royal, English National and Scottish Opera Orchestras, the Philharmonia, the CBSO, the Hallé and the BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras among many others. His orchestral work has taken him through Europe, North and South America, the Arab states and the Far East.
As a chamber musician and soloist he has given many concerts including at the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room, and has been part of resident quartets at festivals and at Middlesex University. He has been guest performer on BBC's In Tune and has had several works written for him and his chamber music colleagues, most notably the accordionist Ian Watson, with whom he formed the highly successful Czardas Duo.
A new label’s first release sets down important markers, and with these impressive accounts of the 13 Nocturnes of Gabriel Fauré, written between 1875 and 1921, Edition Peters establishes the highest standards. Grimwood relishes the liquid harmonic movement and rich textural elaborations of Fauré’s ruminative, often dark pieces with poise and refinement; even when things get busy, the sound colours are beautiful.
Daniel Grimwood is one of the most original musicians of his generation. With a repertoire ranging from Elizabethan Virginal music to composers of the modern day, he is a pianist of rare versatility, whose exceptional talent is internationally renowned.
Then back to Kirkwall Cathedral for a late night solo violin performance by the amazing Fenella Humphreys. Around one of the great stalwarts of the repertoire, Bach’s epic Chaconne, her programme was an eye-opener to the versatility of the instrument. She gave airy, sensitive response to Sally Beamish’s Norwegian-inspired Intrada e Fuga, imbued Adrian Sutton’s mercurial Arpeggiare Variations with an amazing lightness of touch, and in Peter Maxwell Davies’ Sonatina for Violin Alone, found a lyrical expressiveness that echoed its compelling narrative quality, rather like a song without words. All three pieces were world premieres....
Ken Walton, The Scotsman
Five Star Review of Bach to the Future premieres at St. Magnus International Festival
With playing described in the press as ‘alluring’, ‘unforgettable’ and ‘a wonder’, violinist Fenella Humphreys enjoys a busy career combining chamber music and solo work. Performances have taken her around the world to venues including the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, and the new Helsinki Music Centre. She has broadcast for the BBC, Classic FM, DeutschlandRadio Berlin, West-Deutsche-Rundfunk, ABC Classic FM (Australia) and Korean radio, and performed the Walton Concerto at the composer’s home at the invitation of the Walton Trust in a performance that was recorded by Canadian TV.
John Humphreys was born in Liverpool and studied with Henryk Mierowski and later with Harold Rubens at the Royal Academy of Music.
In 1967 he was awarded one of four scholarships by the Austrian Government to study in Vienna and on his return to this country made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1972 with Busoni's rarely heard 'Fantasia Contrappuntistica' ...
This is not a conventional biography, but Andy Jackson has not really had a conventional musical career. It started in a fairly standard way with classical training (piano lessons, choirboy, youth orchestras, music degree from York University), but then he became interested in world music and travelled to India on a Commonwealth Scholarship to study Hindusthani music.
Back in England he became a folk musician, farmer and village postman before postgraduate study in Ethnomusicology which led to the publication of a school textbook by Cambridge University Press "Instruments around the World" which has sold over 10,000 copies. Further studies into the music of other cultures took him to Portugal with Arts Council and Gulbenkian Foundation funding to learn to play the guitarra portuguesa. He also worked with African choir directors and scratched a living as a performer with ceilidh and jazz bands and as a composer of guitar music under the pseudonym of Gabriel Coorf.
Leif Kaner-Lidström, pianist
Leif was born and raised in London, beginning studying the piano at the age of 7 with professor Graeme Humphrey of the Royal Academy of Music. From 2008 he studied percussion at the Centre for Young Musicians (CYM) on a full Music and Dance Scholarship, and in 2011 transferred as pianist to the Royal College of Music Junior Department. He was a finalist in CYM’s Louis Watt competition in 2011, and in 2012 the winner of the same competition for which he received a scholarship for a musical project of his choice.
He began his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2013 under Professor Dina Parakhina where he was a finalist in the 2015 Concerto Competition. After the earthquakes in Nepal, Leif was commissioned to write a piece of music for Cello and Piano which he performed with cellist Abel Selaocoe on the 31st May 2015 in a charity concert in aid of the victims of the earthquakes.
Mats Lidström, cellist
As an international soloist and chamber musician, Mats Lidström has gained a reputation for performances of great insight and virtuosity.
He has been a member of the Royal Academy of Music since 1993, currently attached to Oxford University through his solo cello position with the Oxford Philharmonic and Soloists. During the season of 2016-17, he will join the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra as principal cellist, while preparing for his next solo recording which will include his Rigoletto Fantasy for cello and orchestra.
Mats has recorded, as a soloist or chamber musician, for EMI, DECCA, BIS, Deutsche Grammophon and Hyperion. His compositions include Suite Tintin for cello and piano (music added to nine scenes from the Tintin adventures), My Heart Is In The East for solo cello (dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg) and Marche triomphale for two pianos and percussion.
His works, including his educational material and recital pieces for young cellists, are available through CelloLid.com,his publishing company which was established. in 2009.
Victor Lim, pianist
South Korean pianist Victor Lim began learning the piano at the age of six. Victor was a prizewinner in the 2011 Moray Piano Competition and reached the Keyboard Finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012. Victor recently gained his BMus Degree with first class honours at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under the tutelage of Graham Scott, where he was the recipient of the RNCM Schubert Prize, Beethoven Prize and the Gordon Green Award.
Victor has recorded for BBC Radio 3 and has performed in many prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Wells Cathedral, Hereford Cathedral, Royal Welsh College of Music, Colston Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields. Outside the UK, Victor has performed in Singapore, Malaysia, China, South Korea and France.
Callum, Matthew & Rose McLachlan, the children of internationally renowned pianists Murray McLachlan and Kathryn Page, are emerging talents in their own right and are already winning prizes and playing at major venues. For details of Callum, Mattew and Rose ...
“My warmest wishes are for Corinne and her art, as I have unlimited confidence in her”
Described as ‘a triumphant assertion’ by Classical Music Magazine, Corinne Morris’s relaunch album ‘Macedonian Sessions’ recorded with the Macedonian Radio Symphony Orchestra, marks the British/French cellist’s return to the platform after a debilitating shoulder injury brought her career to a halt for over 5 years.
Corinne has a long list of professional accomplishments, including being a prizewinner of the Maria Canals International Cello Competition in Spain, and the International French Music Competition in France. Corinne was chosen by Rostropovich to perform at his festival in Evian (where he affectionately nicknamed her Corinotchka). She was also invited to perform and take part in the world-famous Verbier Academy in Switzerland, as well as the international Cello festival in Kronberg in Germany. Corinne has performed throughout Europe and beyond, including chamber music performances with Schlomo Mintz at the Jerusalem Conservatory. She has made several recordings for France Musique, Bayerischer Rundfunk (Germany) and ORF (Austria). Her BBC debut recital was broadcast on Radio 3, and she is on the list of solo artists for Radio 3 programmes.
The New World String Trio are Andrew Long (violin), Katie Stables (viola) and Zoe Long (cello) and are the principle players from the New World Ensemble.
They have performed at many music festivals and major venues with their amiable manner and ability to breathe new life into the standard repertory.
They have elicited reviews such as ‘’dazzling with their virtuosity’’, and ‘’playing of clarity and precision with an alluring warmth of tone.’’
Northern Camerata is a String Orchestra based in North East England, formed in 2015.
Although we're a new orchestra, our musicians are all very experienced players who have decided to get together and fill the void for this specific type of orchestra in our area.
We are looking forward to exploring the string orchestra repertoire and hope to see you at our concerts along our journey.
the ideal Mozart pianist (Guardian)
Allan Schiller is widely regarded as one of the UK's finest pianists. Born in Leeds he studied initially with Fanny Waterman making his debut at the age of ten in a Mozart concerto with the Halle Orchestra under Sir John Barbirolli ...
“...a fine composer and guitarist with a chameleon like talent...”
Fanfare Magazine USA (2014)
London born musician Matthew Sear is a guitarist and composer noted for performances and compositions that borrow from a variety of musical traditions.
He gave his London classical guitar debut on Valentine’s Day 2006, at St Paul’s church, Covent Garden and has since performed concert venues; including St James’ Piccadilly, St Martin In The Fields and St John’s Smith Square. Matthew is also a proud member of ‘music in hospitals’ - a charity that provides live music for all ages, in a hospital environment.
In addition to performances in his native country, over the decade, he has toured extensively, giving recitals throughout North America and Europe - and was recently featured in the magazines, ‘Classical Guitar’ and ‘Fanfare’ - the later singling out his composition ‘The America Suite’ for it’s fusing of bluegrass, jazz and flamenco, in a classical idiom.
“An arresting musical talent, every note clearly heard and beautifully tuned. Marie Vassiliou is prized for her technique in challenging contemporary repertoire, but also delightful in the classics, whether soulful or virtuosic.”
Stephen Dodgson, Composer & Reviewer
MARIE VASSILIOU is an internationally acclaimed soprano, who has graced prestigious operatic stages and concert platforms throughout Europe, North America and the Far East in major venues and with some of the best known conductors and orchestras.
She has performed at major music festivals, including the BBC Proms and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Her performances have been broadcast live by BBC Radio 3 and 4, Classic FM, and Radio France. She has made several commercial recordings of Baroque & contemporary works.
Marie is a passionate supporter of contemporary music, performing in a number of premieres.
South African-born pianist Nico de Villiers is an accompanist, teacher and coach, based in London. He holds degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the University of Michigan, as well as the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he is currently undertaking his doctoral study.
In his formative years in South Africa Nico studied with Johan Cromhout and was a prize winner at various national music competitions. In 1999 he made his debut with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. The following year he performed with the Odeion Sinfonietta and the Odeion String Quartet, both ensembles resident at the University of the Free State, South Africa.
Theresa Yu, pianist
Theresa Yu is a 20-year-old pianist from Sydney, Australia, currently undertaking undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, as an RCM Scholar.
Theresa has performed at venues such as the Southbank Centre, Sydney Opera House, Princess Alexandra Hall, Dartmouth House, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre. She was invited to perform at the Lucas Parklands Young Musicians’ Festival on the Sunshine Coast in 2014 and 2015, and was a guest artist at the 2015 Chongqing Youth Piano Competition.
Theresa is immensely passionate about outreach work, and has worked as a pianist on the Memory Lane programme at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and collaborated on Music for Social Action, a project running music workshops for refugees.