Naomi Burrell (violin), Gavin Kibble (viola da gamba), David Gerrard (harpsichord)
Handel's deliciously francophone instrumental music for Alcina (1735) is illuminated by
selected chamber works of his French contemporaries Couperin, Rameau and
Handel - Alcina Overture and Ballets
Couperin - Concert Royale no. 1
Rameau - Pièces de clavecin en Concerts, Cinquième Concert
~ La Forqueray: Fugue - La Cupis - La Marais ~
Mondonville - Sonata 'Les Sons Harmoniques' op. 4 no. 1 in B minor
British-Swiss violinist Naomi Burrell enjoys a diverse career as a musician with a specialism in historical performance. She plays with early music ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Dunedin Consort, La Nuova Musica, Solomon’s Knot and will be the concert master for English Touring Opera this autumn. Her experience in movement and theatre leads her to playing in collaborative and experimental projects such as the current project ‘Purcell’s Playground’ with Barokksolistene in Norway. A dedicated creative workshop leader, she delivers workshops for Royal Opera House, Britten Sinfonia and mentors Dalcroze Eurythmics tuition for Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
David Gerrard performs on the harpsichord, clavichord and organ. A skilled choir trainer and conductor, David has held appointments as Organ Scholar at Canterbury Cathedral and Magdalen College, Oxford, and as Assistant Organist at Paisley Abbey. His solo and ensemble engagements have taken him to the London Handel Festival, Handel House, the Brighton Early Music Festival and the Three Choirs Festival, and to the International Festivals at Bath and Buxton, along with various appearances on BBC Radio 3 and 4. In demand as a continuo player, David has worked with both modern and period instrument groups including Dunedin Consort, London Mozart Players, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. David graduated with double first-class honours in Music from the University of Oxford, followed by a Master's degree in Early Keyboard Performance from the University of Edinburgh where, at present, he is undertaking doctoral research (generously funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council). A Tutor in the University's Reid School of Music, David teaches harmony and counterpoint, performance studies and music history. Having extensive access to study the harpsichords and clavichords of Oxford's Bate Collection and Edinburgh's Russell and Mirrey Collections, David has had the privilege to perform in recital on many significant historical instruments. With past experience working as a harpsichord technician and restorer, he has begun building early keyboard instruments.
Cellist and viola da gamba player Gavin Kibble studied first at Oxford with Laurence Dreyfus and then at the Royal Academy of Music with Jonathan Manson and Joseph Crouch. He now plays with many of the UK’s leading orchestras and ensembles, including the English Concert, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Gabrieli Consort, the Dunedin Consort, the Sixteen, Classical Opera, La Serenissima and the Early Opera Company. He is principal cellist of English Touring Opera and has been guest continuo cellist at the Opera del Liceu in Barcelona. Gavin is involved with several exciting young groups such as Oxford Baroque, Ars Eloquentiae and La Nuova Musica. He also plays viola da gamba with the 'Newe Vialles'.