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"Beyond the Song" Nicholas Mulroy (tenor) & Toby Carr (lute/guitar)

‘Beyond the Song’ - an imaginative collection of songs from 17th century England and 20th century Latin America

Nicholas Mulroy:

Born in Liverpool, Nicholas was a chorister at the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral before studying Modern Languages at Cambridge and voice at the RAM. He has since been in constant demand both in the UK and further afield in a wide range of concert, recital and opera engagements.

Widely known for his performances of Baroque repertoire, he has sung with some of its most noted exponents: Bach’s Evangelist with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and EBS, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort, Laurence Cummings, Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic, John Butt and the Dunedin Consort, and further afield with Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Layton and the Auckland Philharmonia and the St Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has also sung to great acclaim with groups such as the OAE, the Choir of New College, Oxford, I Fagiolini, the King’s Consort, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Brussels Philharmonic, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, le Concert d’Astrée, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Jordi Savall and La Capella Reial de Catalunya, the Britten Sinfonia, and at opera houses including Paris (Palais Garnier and Opéra Comique), Glyndebourne, Lille, and the Grand Capitole in Toulouse. Nicholas has particularly enjoyed prolonged collaborations with John Eliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, John Butt, Andrzej Kosendiak, Stephen Layton and Jordi Savall.

Away from the Baroque, he has sung Tavener’s Requiem with BBCNOW, Piazzolla’s María de Buenos Aires with Mr McFall’s Chamber, Berio Sinfonia and the world premiere of Stephen Pratt’s Uneasy Vespers with RLPO, Haydn Creation with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Britten’s Serenade with Orquesta del Principado de Asturias, Britten Nocturne and Mozart Requiem with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

A committed recitalist, he has appeared at the Wigmore Hall singing Schubert Lieder (also taken for BBC Radio 3) and the complete Britten Canticles on the occasion of the composer’s 100th birthday. He has sung Janacek’s Diary of One who Vanished for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, for the Philharmonia at the RFH and as part of the Aurora Janacek Festival, and given recitals in the Maribor Festival (Winterreise), Oxford Lieder Festival (Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo) and the Chelsea Schubert Festival (Die Schöne Müllerin) and has appeared with regular partners John Reid, Joseph Middleton, Iain Burnside and Eugene Asti.

He has recorded extensively, with credits including a Gramophone Award-winning Messiah and critical acclaim has followed for recordings of Acis and Galatea, Matthäus-Passion, Handel’s Esther and a recent Johannes-Passion where he sings both Evangelist and arias. Engagements for this season have included further recitals for the Oxford Lieder Festival, a tour of the Christmas Oratorio with the Nederlandse Bach Vereniging, Evangelist in Johannes-Passion with the OAE, Matthäus-Passion with the Gabrieli Consort for the Aix Easter Festival, and a programme of Purcell Odes at the Wigmore Hall as part of their Purcell Retrospective. Future plans include a tour of China with the Britten Sinfonia, concerts with Concerto Copenhagen, Johannes-Passion (Evangelist and arias) with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, and Purcell’s Fairy Queen at the Danish Royal Opera.


Toby Carr

Toby Carr

A versatile musician whose repertoire ranges from medieval music to new collaborative compositions, Toby Carr is a guitarist and lutenist based in London.  Having studied with the foremost exponents of these instruments at Trinity Laban Conservatoire followed by Guildhall School of Music & Drama, he works professionally as a soloist, chamber musician, continuo player and accompanist.  As well as performing Toby is an instrumental teacher and workshop leader, with particular knowledge and experience of working with young people with special needs.  Toby lives with his girlfriend in Greenwich and spends his spare time watching cricket and football.

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Austral Harmony - Jane Downer (oboe) & Warwick Cole (harpsichord)

Harmonische Freude - Music byJohann Sebastian Bach and his circle including pupils and copyists.


J S Bach Chorale Prelude Jesu meine Freude BWV713a for oboe d’amore & hpsd

J L Krebs Praeambulum supra Jesu meine Freude keyboard solo

G A Homilius Sonata à Oboe Solo col Basso

J L Krebs Chorale prelude nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein for oboe d’amore & hpsd

J S Bach Schubler Chorale Prelude BWV 650 arr for oboe d'amore & hspd

J S Bach Courante & Gigue from Cello Suite BWV 1010 for oboe da caccia solo

J S Bach Trio BWV 527 arr for oboe & hspd

C G Tag Chorale Prelude Nun danket alle Gott for oboe & hpsd

Jane Downer - baroque oboes
Warwick Cole - harpsichord


After gaining a BA (Modern Languages) and BMus Performance (Honours) from the University of Adelaide, Jane won a Scholarship from the David Reichenberg Trust for baroque oboe tuition in the UK. She plays principal oboe with the Oxford Bach Soloists, Instruments of Time and Truth and Orchestra seventeen88, and has performed with Concerto Kőln, Oslo Barokkorkester, Academy of Ancient Music, English Baroque Soloists, State Opera of South Australia and Pinchgut Opera. Jane has appeared at the Innsbruck Early Music Festival, New England Bach Festival, Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields Festival, Adelaide Festival Fringe and Canberra International Music Festival. Jane has worked as external specialist examiner for the Royal College of Music in London and the Birmingham Conservatoire, is a regular Presenter, Recitalist and Adjudicator for the Australasian Double Reed Society, and is the official programme-note writer for the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.

Jane’s main musical focus is as Artistic Director of Austral Harmony who regularly tour Australia, promoting chamber music of the baroque era using historical instruments, and will host an inaugural Early Music Festival in Canberra in 2016. Their CD “Harmonische Freude” released on the Chandos Records label was described as “beautifully, joyously performed” by Gramophone magazine.

"The greatest joy of this disc is simply the sound of Jane Downer’s effortlessly fluid and gracefully phrased oboe playing" - Jane Shuttleworth - North East : Music Monthly

Warwick Cole - harpsichord According to his mum, Warwick Cole tries to do too many things and needs to concentrate on doing less. He read music at Brasenose College, Oxford, and subsequently wrote a Ph D on ornamentation in Bach’s keyboard and chamber music. He plays the harpsichord, cello and organ, and has performed for the CBSO, BBC NOW, and the Philharmonia. Warwick has written extensively on Bach and contributed articles to Early Music, the Musical Times and the American journal BACH. He promotes concerts and fixes orchestras and has a regular round of teaching. Additionally, he makes, repairs and sells violins, is an amateur bookbinder and brews beer in his spare time as well as building extensions on his house. He has a very patient wife and three children who think he is slightly mad. In the words of the song, he’s ‘just a bloke who can’t say “No”.

Warwick Cole - harpsichord

According to his mum, Warwick Cole tries to do too many things and needs to concentrate on doing less. He read music at Brasenose College, Oxford, and subsequently wrote a Ph D on ornamentation in Bach’s keyboard and chamber music. He plays the harpsichord, cello and organ, and has performed for the CBSO, BBC NOW, and the Philharmonia. Warwick has written extensively on Bach and contributed articles to Early Music, the Musical Times and the American journal BACH. He promotes concerts and fixes orchestras and has a regular round of teaching. Additionally, he makes, repairs and sells violins, is an amateur bookbinder and brews beer in his spare time as well as building extensions on his house. He has a very patient wife and three children who think he is slightly mad. In the words of the song, he’s ‘just a bloke who can’t say “No”.

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Emily Baines (early woodwinds & voice) & Arngeir Hauksson (lute)

Emily Baines - early woodwinds and voice

Emily Baines - early woodwinds and voice

Emily Baines

Emily Baines is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians working in the UK today. A specialist recorder player and singer (mezzo-soprano), she is also a skilled multi instrumentalist performing worldwide on shawms, bagpipes and other early reed instruments.

Emily’s work as a performer involves a myriad different roles, from concerto or vocal soloist and chamber musician to theatre band and actor/musician roles.

As a musical director Emily is in increasing demand, her main work is currently in drama from the medieval, renaissance and baroque eras using both period and more contemporary musical styles.

As a researcher Emily is predominantly interested in the performance of historical music. Her current research is investigating the style of playing found in eighteenth-century mechanical musical instruments and how that might influence contemporary attitudes to playing eighteenth century music. However research plays an important role in all avenues of Emily’s professional life from leading foot-tapping ensembles to scoring bloodthirsty Jacobean theatre.


Arngeir Hauksson - lute

Arngeir Hauksson - lute

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Naomi Okuda (recorder) & Mie Hayashi (harpsichord)

Handel and his friends
Music by Telemann, Stanley, Babell and others

Naomi Okuda (recorder) & Mie Hayashi (harpsichord)

Naomi Okuda performs extensively as a solo recitalist and as an ensemble player,  including appearances with orchestras such as Bach Collegium Japan and recordings for NHK and a number of record labels in Japan. She has been the 'Recommendation Artist' of her home city of Osaka and collaborates regularly with the Musical Instrument Museum, Hamamatsu. Since  moving to the UK in 2010 she continues to develop her performing career and teaches actively in both UK and Japan. She teaches the recorder at the Wellington College, has taught the Advanced Baroque Recorder Course at Benslow Music Trust, Morley College and has recently begun regular teaching at the Blackheath Conservatoire, teaching recorder and Baroque Ensemble. www.emclute.com/okuda/

Naomi Okuda Wooderson - recorders

Naomi Okuda Wooderson - recorders

Mie Hayashi was born in Kyoto, Japan, and studied at Kobe College, graduating summa cum laude. In London she studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Laurence Cummings and the late John Toll, and then at the Royal College of Music with Robert Woolley. She was awarded the Lincoln Scholarship (RAM) and Century Fund (RCM). During her studies she also won the Croft Sherry Ensemble Prize with the chamber ensemble Abendmusik, as well as the Ruth Dyson Keyboard Prize and Amadeus Fortepiano Prize.

With the ensemble La Sfera Musicale, she won top prize at the Yamanashi Early Music Competition 2005 and honourable mention at the Bruges International Early Music Competition 2006. With Abendmusik, and her husband, the flautist/recorder player Graham O'Sullivan, she has performed throughout the UK and overseas, including concerts for the Countess of Munster Recital scheme, and recitals for the Cheltenham International Music Festival, the Barcelona Early Music Festival, the National Trust recital series at Fenton House and the Lake District Summer Festival. With La Sfera Musicale she has performed recitals across Europe and in Japan.

As an orchestral musician, Mie has received invitations to perform with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the London Handel Orchestra.   In Japan, she was for several years principal harpsichordist with the Kyoto Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra with whom she appeared frequently as a concerto soloist. As a duo recitalist and orchestral musician, Mie has shared the concert platform with many renowned musicians, including the harpsichordists Laurence Cummings and Masaaki Suzuki, the cellist Anner Bylsma and the flautists Rachel Brown and Masahiro Arita, giving acclaimed performances and radio broadcasts both in the UK, in continental Europe and the Far East.

Mie Hayashi - harpsichord

Mie Hayashi - harpsichord



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Albach Duo: Rebecca Baulch (guitar) & David Black (guitar)

Albach Duo: Rebecca Baulch and David Black

Albach Duo: Rebecca Baulch and David Black

The Albach Duo is comprised of Rebecca Baulch and David Black, both international prize-winning graduates of the Royal College of Music. The Duo have played at the Houses of Parliament, the Long Room at the Oval, the Orangery at Kew Gardens, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery amongst other venues. Their repertoire spans the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and twentieth/ twenty-first-century periods and includes an extensive collection of South American and Spanish music.

David Black - guitar

David Black - guitar

David Black was born in 1978 in Bangor, North Wales and began playing the guitar at the age of 10. In 2000 he graduated with first Class Honours from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music where he studied with Allan Neave. In 2004 he completed an MMus at the Royal College of Music, London studying guitar with Gary Ryan and lute with Jakob Lindberg. Since college, David has been busy performing a wide range of music on guitar, lute and electric guitar. Performances include the Vivaldi double guitar concerto, with Slava Grigoryan and the Orchestra of St John Smith’s Square in Edinburgh; the Concierto des Aranjuez at the Ulster Hall, Belfast; a featured concert at the Dundee Guitar Festival and 2nd prize at the International Guitar Competition there. David regularly performs solo, as one half of the ‘Albach Guitar Duo’ and is a member of the contemporary music group ‘Rarescale’

Rebecca Blauch - guitar

Rebecca Blauch - guitar

Rebecca Baulch was born in 1978 in London and began playing the guitar when she was 6, taught by her parents. Rebecca studied at the Purcell School of Music where she was a scholar under the Music and Ballet Schools Scheme and at the Royal College of Music where she was a Foundation Scholar. Rebecca’s career has taken her to concert halls and festivals all over the world, including the Wigmore Hall, London’s South Bank Centre, St George’s Bristol, festivals in New York, Italy, France and Hungary, and she has appeared on BBC 1, BBC 3, BBC Radio 3, and Classic FM. Rebecca is a member of the Appassionata trio with Hayley Savage and Amanda Cook and has recorded two CDs with the trio: Let Go (BGS 111) and Watersmeet (Cadenza Music CACD 0603) 




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'The notebooks of Anna Magdalena Bach': Kate Semmens (soprano) & Steven Devine (harpsichord)

Kate Semmens is a soloist with many leading groups and opera companies, and has sung with some of the UK's finest choirs with conductors including Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Paul McCreesh, John Butt and Eric Whitacre.  Her opera performances have included Cupid (Venus and Adonis), Mycene (Isis), Suzanna (Le Nozze de Cherubino), and Mrs P (The Man who mistook his wife for a hat). Kate is a regular performer for New Chamber Opera, with whom performances include Galatea (Acis and Galatea), Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas), Orgando (Amadigi), Atalanta (Xerxes), Semira (Artaxerxes). She was the title role in Mozart's 'Il Re Pastore' and most recently played Asteria in Handel's 'Tamerlano'. She created the role of Euridice in Caldwells' The Story of Orpheus.  Of her Ciro, in their production of Stradella's Il Trespolo Tutore, Opera Magazine wrote " the clarity and charm of Kate Semmens' soprano was dissarming". 

Kate has been particularly involved in historic performances, singing the title role in the first modern performance of John Stanley's Teraminta for Opera Restor'd and recently completed performances of Cavalli's Erismena, from the original English edition bought by the Bodleian Library in 2009. 

Kate particularly enjoys singing with instrumentalists, and has been enjoying recent performances of Bach Cantatas with violinist Margaret Faultless, Jacobean programmes with lutenist Lynda Sayce, and viol programmes with Jacob Heringman and Susanna Pell. 

Kate has been particularly enjoying performing recitals of music from the pleasure gardens, and the recent anniversaries of Thomas Arne and William Boyce have given opportunities to explore the wealth of this music even further. Her latest solo CD Delicatessen performed with harpsichordist Steven Devine and recorded at the Sendesaal in Bremen gave opportunity to record some of this repertoire.


Steven Devine enjoys a busy career as a music director and keyboard player working with some of the finest musicians.

Since 2007 Steven has been the harpsichordist with London Baroque in addition to his position as Co-Principal keyboard player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is also the principal keyboard player for The Gonzaga Band, Apollo and Pan, The Classical Opera Company and performs regularly with many other groups around Europe. He has recorded over thirty discs with other artists and ensembles and made six solo recordings. His recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations (Chandos Records) has been received critical acclaim - including Gramophone magazine describing it as "among the best". Volumes 1 and 2 of the complete harpsichord works of Rameau (Resonus) have both received five-star reviews from BBC Music Magazine and Steven's new recording of Bach's Italian Concerto has been voted Classic FM's Connoisseur's choice.

He made his London conducting debut in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall and is now a regular performer there - including making his Proms directing debut in August 2007 with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has conducted the Mozart Festival Orchestra in every major concert hall in the UK and also across Switzerland. Steven is Music Director for New Chamber Opera in Oxford and with them has performanced repertoire from Cavalli to Rossini. For the Dartington Festival Opera he has conducted Handel's Orlando and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas.

From 2016 Steven will be Curator of Early Music for the Norwegian Wind Ensemble and will complete his complete Rameau solo recording for Resonus Classics.


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In Voice and Verse - Shakespeare in Song

A captivating programme of glorious song settings from across the centuries which illuminate Shakespeare's own words.

Belinda Yates (soprano)
Lance Pierson (actor)
and Heather Chamberlain (piano)

The Trio present a 1 hour musical journey through some of the finest vocal settings, interspersed with spoken excerpts, all using Shakespeare's original texts. Composers include the 17th & 18th century masters Pelham Humfrey and Thomas Arne; the great Arthur Sullivan, Rossini and Ivor Gurney. From our own era we offer illuminating pieces by Madeleine Dring and Richard Stoker.


Belinda Yates GRSM ARCM (Soprano)


Belinda studied at the Royal College of Music and since then has given many performances as a soloist, in recital, opera and with chamber choir. She was awarded a Young Artists Platform BBC recital and has performed abroad for the British Council. Belinda appears as a soloist on a number of classical CDs with music ranging from Purcell to Poulenc. 

As a regular member of the Monteverdi Choir, her opera experience includes a memorable production of “The Trojans” by Berlioz in Paris conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She toured the Far East performing Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” and in has sung in New York & California. Recent projects include work with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, with concerts in France and at the BBC Proms planned for this year. 

She performs regularly with her accompanist Heather Chamberlain in recital, and together with Lance Pierson, they are enjoying increasing success with their “In Voice and Verse” performances. 

You can find more information and contact details at www.bellavoce.me.uk

Lance Pierson MA. Dip Theol (Actor)


Lance is an actor and professional poetry performer who has been entertaining audiences across the country for the last 14 years. As a lifelong poetry-lover Lance aims to take published poetry off the page and bring it to life. He has performed light-hearted entertainments and biographies of famous poets at venues from the Victoria and Albert Museum and St Paul’s Cathedral to the Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

His biographical shows cover the lives and work of George Herbert, William Cowper, Gerald Manley Hopkins and John Betjeman. He also regularly leads guided walks around poetry sites in London. 

Poetry is only one of the “worlds” in which Lance is involved. He also offers one-man shows of sketches, stories and poems to churches and a variety of groups as an alternative to a speaker. 

You can find more information and contact details at www.lancepierson.org

Heather Chamberlain LRAM ARCM LTCL (Pianist)


Heather studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly (piano), Georgina Dobree (clarinet) and Wilfrid Parry (chamber music). She has enjoyed a varied career as accompanist, instrumental and class music teacher, chamber music coach, amateur singer, conductor, freelance organist and director of music at several North London churches. 

She has collaborated with soprano, Belinda Yates, in several recitals and interesting projects such as the launch of the Shakespeare Collection, the 400th anniversaries of the poets Edmund Waller and John Milton, verse and music entertainments at dinners and parties, as well as recording a number of CDs. Other innovative ideas for “anniversary” programmes with Belinda and Lance are being planned and developed. 

Heather works regularly with violinist, Miranda Walton, and pianist, Luisa Valmori-Sen, with whom she has enjoyed exploring a wide and varied repertoire. 

You can find more information and contact details at www.bellavoce.me.uk



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ARPARLA - Maria Cleary (harp) and Davide Monti (violin)



The ARPARLA ensemble, Davide Monti on violin and Maria Christina Cleary on harp, takes inspiration from a desire to speak through music - parla in Italian means ‘speak’. Using the soft and refined sonorities of the harp and the expressive range of colours of the violin, both Davide and Maria stay true to historical ways of playing.

The Monti and Cleary duo give concerts with energy and enthusiasm, receiving excellent reviews from all over the world, bringing a musical message that goes beyond language, culture, and social class.

Their repertoire focuses on two specific musical periods in which their instruments perfectly express the synthesis of the Baroque period (17th century), and the transition period between Classicism and Romanticism (end of the 18th, beginning of the 19th century).

Formed in 2005, Arparla has performed many concerts - not only in Italy, their inspiration and home, but around the world. The duo’s first tour was in Japan, where they also gave master classes in Early Music and Historical Performance Practice.

Arparla has performed all over Europe including festivals like Aqua Music Amsterdam, Itinéraire Baroque Perigord, the Early Music Festival in Brugges, Rethymno Renaissance Festival, the International Mozart Festival Rovereto, Mazovie Goes Baroque Warsaw and Muzyka w Raju Paradyz. They have also performed at the Montreal Early Music Festival. They toured Australia and Singapore in 2011, including a performance at the launch of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival in Victoria.

In 2009 they premiered Spohr's Double Concerto on original instruments.

Arparla has also given series of concerts and lessons in Kampala, Uganda, to sustain the NGO COOPI, performing for the Italian and Irish Embassies, Makerere University, The International University of Kampala, and the Africa Institute of Music.

Besides performing, Arparla has taught at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Guildhall School of Music in London, the Conservatories of Padova and Vicenza, NUS Singapore, RMIT and Monash UNI in Melbourne, the Griffith Conservatory in Brisbane, the Kraków Music Academy, the Conservatory in Vienna, and also collaborated with the Menuhin Foundation MUS-E project.

Arparla has recorded two duos CDs under the Stradivarius label. The first, So mach' die Augen zu is of the Chamber works and harp solos of Louis Spohr, the premiere recording of this composer using original instruments. Their second CD, Le Grazie del Violino, is a collection of Italian instrumental music of the 17th century including Marini, Pandolfi-Mealli, Selma, Uccellini, Frescobaldi, Merula and Fontana. This recording culminates many years of research into performance expressiveness, effects and musical rhetoric. These CDs has received rave reviews from international music journals.


Maria Christina Cleary

The extraordinary harpist Maria Christina Cleary from Ireland, “a pioneer of period harp practice” has been described as “a true virtuoso”, and a “brilliant player”. She is noted for her improvisatory skills and ingenious continuo playing, combined with a particular care to creating a beautiful sound on a perilous instrument.

Specialising in historical harps, Maria is part of a rare breed of harpist who performs on medieval harps, the Italian arpa doppia, the Spanish arpa de dos ordenes and the 18th century harpe organisée. She promotes a pedal technique that was exclusively used on harps with a single-action pedal mechanism. She has developed several innovative tunings for performing medieval and renaissance music, which can heard on recordings with Ensemble Tetraktys.

She has performed as soloist with, among others, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, Bayerische Staatsoper, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Arion Ensemble Montreal and the RTE Concert Orchestra. In 2014, Maria was invited to perform a Concerto by J. B. Krumpholtz with the Orchestra of the Antipodes at the The World Harp Congress in Sydney. This was the first time the harpe organisée was featured at the Congress. Maria performs regularly with Davide Monti under the name Arparla, a violin and harp duo specialising in repertoire from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
Her recordings include So mach’ die Augen zu, the first ever CD of Louis Spohr’s music using original instruments and historical performing practices. Other solo recordings of works by Frescobaldi, Merula, Uccellini and Rossi can be found in Arparla's CDs: Le Grazie del Violino, Uccellini Op 5, Uccellini Op 4. Le Grazie del Violino is the first ever CD using the harp exclusively as an accompanying and solo instrument.
She has been prizewinner at the following competitions as soloist: Utrecht Early Music Competition (First Prize ex-aequo, 1997), Nippon International Harp Competition (sixth prize, 1996), Dutch National Harp Competition (second prize, 1997). As an orchestral player she has worked as Principal Harpist in the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam and further held the position of harpist of the RTE Concert Orchestra Dublin. Maria has worked for years in the area of contemporary music, with MusikFabrik Köln and Remix Ensemble Porto. She has premièred over fifty pieces for solo harp and harp in ensemble, including Arc Song by T. Hosakawa at the Darmstadt Festival in 2002 with Peter Veale (oboe).

Maria holds Bachelor and Master's degrees from Dublin, London, Den Haag and Bruxelles, where she studied with Susanna Mildonian. She is currently completing an artistic Ph.D. at Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Maria teaches historical styles, improvisation and chamber music to both modern and historical harpists. She has taught at the Guildhall School of Music London, Conservatories of Singapore, Brisbane, Venice, Padova (2005-2008), Krakow Academy of Music, Sibelius Academy Helsinki and the Haute École de Musique de Genève. She holds the position of historical harp professor in Verona Conservatory, Italy. In 2016 she will join the renowned team of teachers at Urbino Summer Music course and will give a masterclass at the Juilliard School of Music New York.


Davide Monti

Davide Monti is a violinist who combines his infectious energy with an exceptional talent of being a completely natural performer. A much sought-after director, soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician, his playing has been described as “phenomenal”, a “top solo violinist” with “incredible freshness” where “all appears extraordinarily spontaneous and organic”. His prize-winning recordings include his version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons which has been reviewed as “definitely one of the best versions of the decade”.

After the degrees from the Conservatories of Parma and Verona, Davide’s playing has evolved and developed thanks to his ongoing research on historical practices, and many collaborations with great musicians of our time, each noteworthy for their own individual approach to music: from Ton Koopman to Michael Radulescu and Gabriel Garrido, from Alberto Rasi, Stefano Veggetti and Susie Napper to Enrico Gatti, Enrico Parizzi and Stanley Richie (his violin teachers), from Emma Kirkby to Roberta Invernizzi and Gemma Bertagnolli, from Sergio Vartolo to Lars Ulrik Mortensen and John O'Donnell.

Davide is known all over the world for his passion and charisma, and for creating a special sound. He has been leader/soloist with The European Baroque Orchestra (EUBO), Il Tempio Armonico (recording the complete orchestral works of F.E. Dall’Abaco), Accademia Arcadia Australia, Ensemble Elyma, Athestis e Accademia de li Musici, Verdi Baroque Orchestra, il Complesso Barocco, Cordia. He was guest director and soloist with Tafelmusik Toronto in 2014. Due of the depth of research and syntony achieved, he is also noted for his work with small chamber groups including Accademia Strumentale Italiana, Ensemble il Falcone, and Arparla with his wife the harpist Maria Christina Cleary.

Davide focuses on the art of improvising, where the experience of extemporaneous communication parallels other art-forms such as jazz, theatre, traditional music, dance and fencing. He considers the score to be a canvas in which each performance and interpretation is different and vital.

Davide has taught on many occasions, giving master-classes in Conservatories and Universities in Italy, France, Ireland, Norway, Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Canada, and Uganda, always emphasising the role of improvisation in historical informed practices. He has also taught historical improvisation at the Conservatory of Vicenza. In 2015 he founded The International School of Improvisation which dynamically embraces a multidisciplinary approach.

The recordings of Arparla, with harpist Maria Christina Cleary, include So mach’ die Augen zu, the first ever CD of Louis Spohr’s music using original instruments and historical performing practices. Their second prizewinning CD, Le Grazie del Violino, is a journey through some of the most beautiful Italian sonatas of the 17th century. Arparla is specialising in the complete works by Marco Uccellini, and after releasing Canzoni over Sonate Op 5, the very first book of solo sonatas for violin and basso continuo, they have just finished recording his most famous sonatas for violin, basso and basso continuo from Op 4.

Davide likes to speak with his violin, a Guadagnini dated 1766.

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Boxwood and Brass

Plumstead stalwarts Boxwood & Brass perform music for winds and strings.

Emily Worthington - clarinet
Anneke Scott - natural horn
Robert Percival - bassoon
Rachel Stroud - violin
Ben Sansom - violin and viola
Alexandria Lawrence - viola
Gavin Kibble - cello

A concert of virtuosic works for solo winds and strings - designed to herald in the inaugural Plumstravaganza! Repertoire to include the modern premier of a long forgotten Franz Tausch (1762–1817) Clarinet Quartet, a Franz Krommer (1759–1831) Bassoon Quartet and a masterful arrangement of the Carl Maria von Weber (1786–1826) Concertino for Horn by Robert Percival.


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Masumi Yamamoto

Masumi Yamamoto will be coming to Plumstead and bringing with her her harpsichord! She'll be performing a selection of baroque favourites but is eager to hear from local young pianists and invites "special requests" of repertoire for this recital.

Harpsichordist Masumi Yamamoto was born in Osaka Japan, grew up on Australia's Gold Coast and has been based in the UK since 2001. She has appeared with orchestras including St. James’s Baroque, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and the International Baroque Players, and at venues such as the Purcell Room, the Royal Albert Hall, St. John's Smith Square and Cadogan Hall. Recent concerts have taken her to France, Germany, Norway and Italy, and she has also performed as far afield as Malaysia, Japan and Australia. Masumi was a prize winner at the prestigious International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges in 2007 and became the first Japanese harpsichordist to reach the finals in 21 years. She was also a semi-finalist in the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig (2006), and the winner of 2012 Fenton House Keyboard Ensemble Competition with ensemble Akenside Players. A solo recital in London was also given a four-star rating in The Independent in 2012: "her tempi follow the pulse of the heart, and her ornamentation is as natural as breathing".

Masumi graduated with a University Medal from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane Australia. In the UK, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music, then at Trinity College of Music as a pupil of harpsichordist James Johnstone and was later "The English Concert" Junior Fellow with ensemble Melopoetica.

Masumi is also passionate about the repertoire for two harpsichords and has appeared in concerts across the UK with her duo partner Takako Minami. They will make their debut in Japan later in 2015. Masumi is also active as a soloist, and during the 2014-2015 season, she made concerto appearances with Paulus Barokk in Norway, and London Concertante, Solisti Divini and the Keld Ensemble in the UK.

Now also a keen teacher, Masumi has given lessons and Masterclasses at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore and Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Australia, and is Teacher of Harpsichord at St. Paul's Girls' School.


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Ibrahim Aziz and Sam Stadlen (baroque cellos) with James Akers (theorbo)

We're delighted to welcome another local musician - Ibrahim Aziz who will be joined by his colleague Sam Stadlen. The duo of baroque cellists will perform works by Boismortier, Barrier, Vivaldi and more.

Ibrahim Aziz

Ibrahim Aziz

Ibrahim Aziz studied the viola da gamba with Alison Crum at Trinity College of Music London where he won several awards including the Ricordi Prize in conducting in 2003 and the college’s Gold Medal in 2005. A member of the Rose Consort of Viols and several other ensembles in Europe, he has collaborated with many distinguished artists such as singers Emma Kirkby and Clare Wilkinson, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, recorder players Emma Murphy and Pamela Thorby, gamba player Charles medlam, jazz musicians Liam Noble and David Wickins, the contemporary music company Sound Affairs with composer Charlie Barber and the Oxford-based baroque ensemble Charivari Agréable.

He has appeared on the BBC and Dutch radio stations as well as on various recordings on the Signum, Delphian and Deux-Elles labels. Ibrahim has performed in many festivals worldwide for all kinds of audiences ranging from the BBC Proms to Christmas shoppers on Oxford Street to Highgrove House for HRH The Prince of Wales. He leads the Historical Performance Practice course at Morley College, London.


Sam Stadlen

Sam Stadlen

Sam Stadlen is a cellist, viola da gamba player, lecturer, musicologist, and teacher.  Based in York, he is active as a musician in London and the North of England, performing as a soloist and with various period music ensembles. Taught baroque cello by Rachel Gray and viol by Susanna Pell, Sam has performed as a baroque cellist and viol player with Fretwork, Sestina Consort, Chelys, and with members of the Rose Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He has also benefitted from masterclasses and tuition from players such as Christophe Coin, Wieland Kuijken, Jonathan Manson, Alison McGillivray, Alison Crum, Richard Boothby and Ibi Aziz.

Sam has just finished a PhD at the University of York investigating the influences of poetry and declamation on the pièces de viole in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century France. This research aimed to bring together a detailed understanding of the language, culture, and politics of French society in order to better understand both the composition and performance of music by the great French violists, most notably Marin Marais. It resulted in a series of recordings of both pièces de viole and vocal airs arranged for viol which demonstrated the poetic nature of this music. Other research interests include the history and construction of string instruments and French Baroque rehearsal and practice techniques.



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