Biographies

 

Paul Manley violin


Paul Manley
Highly acclaimed by the press for his imagination and lyrical style, the eminent Strad magazine reviewed Paul Manley’s playing at his 1983 Purcell Room début:

A first rate violinist and, moreover, an excellent musician; his playing was distinguished by good taste, elegance and refinement of feeling, allied to an exemplary technique.

Paul Manley’s solo career now has taken him to major festivals throughout the UK, France, Italy and Malta, and prestigious concert venues including the Barbican, St John’s Smith Square, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh and the City Hall, Glasgow. He has performed as soloist with orchestras including Bournemouth Sinfonietta and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and has appeared on both BBC Television and independent networks in addition to BBC Radio 3 broadcasts.  Paul studied in London at the Royal College of Music with Jaroslav Vanecek, and in Cologne with Igor Ozim, winning several awards and scholarships. He became a member of the Philharmonia Orchestra at the age of 21, moving to the LPO three years later and in 1983 he became associate leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. From 1984-1987, he concurrently performed with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and held the post of artistic director with Peterborough String Orchestra which gave several acclaimed performances at Wigmore Hall and St John’s Smith Square. During this period he frequently guest-led the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and London Philharmonic Orchestra. Besides five Primavera CDs, Paul has made several solo recordings, notably Vivaldi Concertos with Jaime Laredo and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Since 1986 Paul Manley has played on a violin by G B Rogeri dated 1680.

 

Martin Smith violin


Martin SmithMartin Smith studied violin with Lionel Bentley and Manoug Parikian at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the Charles Black Scholarship and later with Nicholas Roth and the renowned Russian virtuoso Grigori Zhislin. He was formerly a member of the Duke String Quartet, with whom he appeared throughout the UK and Europe. In 1992 he founded the Ellerdale Trio with cellist Melanie Woodcock and pianist Sarah Down. As a soloist, Martin has appeared throughout the UK, as well as in the USA, France, Germany, Holland and Denmark, and made his solo début at the South Bank in 1992 with the LSCO which he has led since 1996. Martin performs as soloist and leader with the Fine Arts Sinfonia and the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra. He also works frequently with many of the country’s leading chamber orchestras and is a member of the London Mozart Players and Primavera. Martin plays on a fine Venetian violin made in 1770.

 

Sophie Langdon violin


Sophie LangdonOne of Britain's leading violinists, Sophie's career encompasses concerto performances and recordings with many major orchestras, chamber music with her own Fourth Dimension String Quartet and orchestral leading and directing - she has been the concertmaster of the Bath Philharmonia for 15 years and also holds the post of leader of the Southern Pro Musica and the London Jazz Sinfonia. In the field of chamber music, Sophie has led Fourth Dimension in many notable performances including an acclaimed recording of Goldmark String Quartet and Quintet for ASV. Sophie's studies began at the Royal Academy of Music, continued in New York at the Juilliard School, then the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, finishing with advanced solo studies at the Guildhall School. Her major violinistic influences have been her studies with Ivan Galamian, György Pauk and Carmel Kaine. The first ten years of her career saw Sophie much involved with contemporary music performance, as soloist, ensemble player with the London Sinfonietta, Lontano and the Composer's Ensemble, and leader of the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, playing many new commissions. As a soloist, she also commissioned new works and performed premiers at London's Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall. Other new commissions were performed on lecture tours of the USA, notably a new work for solo violin written by Odaline de la Martínez.

 

Catherine Schofield violin


Catherine SchofieldCatherine Schofield received a Junior Exhibition to the Royal College of Music. She then pursued her training in Manchester at the University Music Faculty and then the RNCM where her teachers were Peter Cropper of the Lindsays and Richard Deakin. With the support of a Countess of Munster Award, Catherine studied with Emanuel Hurwitz and took part in masterclasses with Igor Ozim, Dong-Suk Kang and Ernst Kovacic. Catherine is a founder member of the Bridge String Quartet who in over two decades have built up an international reputation through their highly acclaimed recordings. They have performed on London’s South Bank as Kirckman Concert Award winners and at Wigmore Hall and have toured Europe, the USA and Africa acting as ambassadors of English Music in many festivals. As a freelance violinist, Catherine has developed particular associations with the English Chamber Orchestra, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and in recent years has co-led English Touring Opera. Catherine is a respected teacher and has taught at Junior Guildhall and the RNCM. She is interested in the concept of developing musicianship through movement and singing as a direct result of studying for Kodaly and Dalcroze.

 

Morgan Goff viola


Morgan GoffMorgan Goff is based in London he works extensively as a session, chamber and solo violist/violinist as well as a busy freelance career in the West End. He was the violist of the Kreutzer Quartet for ten years. The Quartet are the dedicatees of well over two hundred works for string quartet and have recorded cycles of quartets by Gloria Coates, Roberto Gerhard, David Matthews, Michael Tippett, Anton Reicha, Michael Finnissy, Thomas Simaku, and Jeremy Dale Roberts, among others. Morgan also has a busy performing and recording schedule with numerous chamber ensembles in London, including and with recordings, the Locrian Ensemble, the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, the Fiorini Trio, the English Piano Trio, Auroura Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.Record labels he has recorded for as soloist and chamber musician include Hyperion, Meridian, Naxos, NMC, Toccata Classics, Metier, Guild, Dutton Epoch, BMS and ABC Classics. He has been involved in a more commercial capacity in session work for many Hollywood films, video games and Pop music. He has worked closely with the late pianist Raphael Terroni, with whom he performed and recorded much of English viola repertoire. His instrument is a Daniel Parker viola, London, 1715.

 

Michael Schofield viola


Michael SchofieldMichael is a member of both the English Philharmonia and the London Handel Baroque Orchestra. He has also played regularly for the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and chamber orchestras such as the City of London Sinfonia and the English Chamber Orchestra. As violist of the Bridge String Quartet, Michael performs extensively throughout Europe and in the USA, and provides much of the research behind the quartet’s many pioneering recordings in the field of English chamber music. He completed the Joint Course at the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University and subsequently joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra.




 

Andrew Fuller cello


Andrew FullerAndrew Fuller studied with Florence Hooton and Derek Simpson at the Royal Academy of Music where he recently became an Associate. In addition to his schedule with Primavera, Andrew is principal cellist with the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. He is much in demand as guest principal cellist with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia, the Hallé Orchestra, the Orchestra of St John’s, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Hanover Band and as a session player in London. He was associate principal cello with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1991-97. His duo partnership with Michael Dussek has had great success with both concerts and recordings. Their recording of Bantock cello works being selected as Editor’s Choice in The Gramophone. Andrew is a guest player with many ensembles including the Brindisi, Sorrell and Coull Quartets and the Schubert Ensemble. He was a founder member of the York Piano Trio and a member of the Fibonacci Sequence. In March 2009 Andrew become a member of the Primrose Piano Quartet, succeeding Bernard Gregor-Smith.

 

David Burrowes cello


David BurrowesBorn in Dublin, David Burrowes started playing the cello while singing as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral. He was awarded a choral scholarship to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he read Music and studied cello with Christopher Bunting and Moray Welsh. After leaving Cambridge he was a member of the Ulster Orchestra for five years. Since then, he has been based in London and has played as guest principal with the London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, the Orchestra of St John’s, as well as performing extensively with the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. Since September 1998 he has held the post of principal cello in the London production of Phantom of the Opera, and he is also currently principal cello of Worthing Symphony Orchestra and Southern Pro Musica. David is cellist and Artistic Director of Cirrus, a chamber group drawn from top London performers. The group has recorded 6 CDs, toured and broadcasted extensively since its formation in 1992.


 

Toby Hughes double bass


Toby HughesIn 2009 at the age of sixteen, Toby was invited to study at the combined universities of Lausanne, Fribourg and Sion with Professor Božo Paradžik. In his second year he was awarded the Future Talent Coombs Scholarship by the Duchess of Kent and in May 2011 was the winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Julius Isserlis Scholarship which enabled him to continue his studies. Moving to Berlin in 2011, he studied with Matthew McDonald, principle bass of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2012, Toby returned to the UK to continue his studies with Jiri Hudec at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, graduating in 2015 from the International Artists Diploma Course. After his return to the UK, Toby won numerous competitions and awards. In 2013 the Chandos Symphony Orchestra’s Young Musician of the Year, in 2014 the string section of the Royal Overseas League Competition, and in 2018 Toby was the overall winner of the Royal Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition. Having performed with major international orchestras, all over Europe, his recital engagements have included Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, the Edinburgh Festival and at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Awarded support from the Tillet Trust, the Musicians’ Company and the Phillip and Dorothy Green Artist Award, Toby will be performing at many venues across the UK in the near future.

 

Philippa Davies flute


Philippa DaviesSince her celebrated performance of Mozart’s Concerto in D major at the BBC Proms in 1988, Philippa Davies has established an international reputation as one of the finest flautists currently performing. She gives recitals and broadcasts throughout the world and has performed concertos in the UK, Europe and North and South America. Chamber music has always been her passion; she is a member of the Nash Ensemble and London Winds and earlier in her career was flautist with the Fires of London, Albion Ensemble, and principal flute with the London Mozart Players. Now she is a regular guest principal flute with the main London orchestras. Her current schedule includes many world premieres and numerous distinguished composers have dedicated works to her. Philippa’s numerous recordings include Mozart’s entire original concertos and quartets, Bach flute sonatas with Maggie Cole, Poulenc’s Flute Sonata (described as ‘beguiling and beautiful’ in CD Review) and William Alwyn’s flute music. Philippa became involved with improvisation over the last three years working with David Dolan at the Guildhall, Karst de Jong and Bert Mooiman in The Hague and performing in improvisation projects in Estonia, Finland and the Netherlands. She is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and each summer runs her own International flute course at Benslow, UK and in Cubertou, France.

 

John Anderson oboe


John AndersonJohn Anderson studied oboe with Derek Wickens and Terence MacDonagh and composition at the Royal College of Music with Anthony Milner. He joined the Suisse Romande Orchestra aged 20 and is currently principal oboe with the Royal Philharmonic and English Chamber Orchestras. John’s discography includes two versions of the Mozart concerto with the RPO and ECO, and two of the Strauss concerto with the BBC SO and the Philharmonia. He has also recorded concertos by Martinu and Françaix and a collection of Venetian baroque concertos. Other recordings include recitals with piano and guitar and numerous chamber music recordings from classical to the contemporary. Future plans include recording Sahara, a concerto for oboe and chamber orchestra by David Heath which was written for him and the ECO. John’s playing has featured on scores for television and film for over 25 years; recent projects have included A Short Stay in Switzerland, Up and Lewis. John is professor of oboe at the Royal College of Music and has given masterclasses at all the music colleges in the UK as well as in Germany, Japan, China, Canada and Singapore. He is a graduate of the Open University in social science and is a passionate cricket supporter.

 

David Campbell clarinet


David CampbellAfter winning many prizes and awards, including a Mozart Memorial Prize, the first decade of his professional life was spent performing as a member of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s group, The Fires of London, as well as giving regular concerts with the London Sinfonietta, London Mozart Players and various London Orchestras. David Campbell is now recognised internationally as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician and he performs with leading orchestras and ensembles in major festivals in many parts of the world. David Campbell’s extensive repertoire includes new works, many of which have been written for him, but is equally renowned for his interpretation of the standard masterpieces. His discography of over 20 recordings ranges from Mozart to Maxwell Davies and Messiaen, and he has made countless radio and television broadcasts, both here and abroad. He devised and presented a series of chamber music masterclasses on BBC Radio 3 called, The Finishing Touch and has appeared on Radio 4’s Today and Science Now programmes. David particularly enjoys chamber music and has played with many leading ensembles and has also been a guest soloist with many eminent foreign quartets including: the Fine Arts (USA), Danubius (Hungary) Copenhagen Quartet (Denmark) Szymanowski (Poland), as well as many leading British string quartets, including the Maggini Quartet, with whom he recorded the Bliss Clarinet Quintet. David Campbell is artistic director of MusicFest-Aberystwyth, an international festival and summer school held each July; visiting professor and Artist-in-Residence at Canterbury Christ Church University College; woodwind consultant at Wells Cathedral School; clarinet consultant to Besson Musical Instruments and UK chair of the International Clarinet Association.

 

Roger Montgomery horn


Roger MontgomeryRoger studied at the University of York and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Anthony Halstead. Interested in contemporary music and period instrument performance, he plays horn with and directs many of the leading groups in both fields and is Principal Horn of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He regularly plays guest principal with many of the London orchestras. As a soloist he has regularly performed the standard solo repertoire by Mozart, Haydn and Britten in the UK, Europe and Australia, also performing Weber’s Concertino on natural horn live on Finnish Radio and giving the first solo part in Schumann’s Konzertstück in the Barbican, Paris and the Lincoln Center, as well as recording the work for Deutsche Grammophon. Other recordings include solos by Telemann, Bach and Handel and a Baroque horn solo on the album Ultra by German rock band The Inchtabokatables. As a founder member and conductor of Jane's Minstrels, Roger has given many premieres and performed at leading festivals in the UK and in the USA and Europe, directing four CDs for the NMC label among others and frequently broadcasting for the BBC. He has also directed Avanti!, BBC Singers, Endymion, Capricorn, Esbjerg Ensemble, Park Lane Group Ensemble and Ondine. With New Music Players he has directed many performances including Ligeti’s Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures, two film scores by Ed Hughes to Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin and Strike and the premiere and recording of James Wood's Crying Bird, Echoing Star. Roger is currently serving as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the British Horn Society and professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

 

Wendy Phillips bassoon


Wendy PhillipsWendy studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Roger Birnstingl, then principal bassoonist with the London Symphony Orchestra. As a student she was also greatly influenced by other great bassoonists, notably Cecil James and Enzo Muccetti, principal bassoonist at La Scala, Milan. She has played as a guest principal bassoonist with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, English Chamber and BBC Symphony Orchestras, as well as many regional orchestras. For several years she was a member of the London Sinfonietta, a founding member of the Koenig Ensemble and appears with other chamber groups. She has performed concertos on the South Bank at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and at the Sheldonion Theatre, Oxford, where she is a member of the City of Oxford Orchestra. During the summer Wendy enjoys coaching at a chamber music week at Keele University and in Ireland at Music on the Shannon, a children’s summer music course.

 

Lucy Wakeford harp


Lucy WakefordAppointed principal of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2002, Lucy Wakeford is one of the most outstanding harpists of her generation. Lucy studied with Daphne Boden and Marisa Robles at the Royal College of Music and with Gérard Devos in Paris and Skaila Kanga in London and was selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust in 1998. During her studies she won top prizes at numerous national and international competitions including First Prize at the 1996 Charpentier Competition held in Paris, First Prize at the 1991 World Harp Festival Competition held in Cardiff and Second Prize at the 1988 Tenth International Harp Competition in Israel. Much in demand as a soloist, recitalist and ensemble player Lucy has performed at major venues and festivals throughout Europe, appearing as guest artist with musicians including Roger Vignoles, John Mark Ainsley, Michael Chance, James Galway and the Belcea Quartet. She is principal harp of the Britten Sinfonia and harpist of the Nash Ensemble. Lucy’s engagements have included visits to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, both as soloist and in performances of works by Britten with Roger Vignoles and John Mark Ainsley. As a concerto soloist, Lucy has appeared with many of the UK's leading orchestras. She has appeared at the City of London and Cheltenham International Festivals and gave several performances of Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with the London Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christopher Warren-Green. Lucy also undertook an Arts Council England Around the Country tour with the Wakeford Ensemble and gave recitals in Tunisia. She has recorded the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with the Britten Sinfonia and Dohnányi’s Concertino with the English Sinfonia on the BMG and ASV labels respectively.

 

Michael Dussek piano


Michael DussekRecently described by BBC Music Magazine as ‘an outstanding artist’, Michael Dussek leads a varied career as solo recitalist, chamber musician and singer’s accompanist. He has partnered some of today’s finest instrumental soloists in many of the world’s major concert venues: Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall, Seoul Arts Centre, Taipei’s National Concert Hall and Beijing Concert Hall. He has given more than eighty recitals in Japan alone. British festivals at which he has appeared include Aldeburgh, Bath, Cheltenham, City of London, Harrogate, King’s Lynn, Newbury, Spitalfields and the Three Choirs. His recordings include Britten’s solo piano music, which is highly recommended in the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and was described by Fanfare magazine as ‘one of the most magical discs of Britten yet made’; a disc of cello sonatas by Prokofiev and Schubert with Ofra Harnoy which won a Canadian Juno Award; and trios by Arensky, Brahms, Bridge and Haydn with the Dussek Piano Trio. He is involved in an ongoing series of recordings for the Dutton Epoch label which have included works for cello and piano by Bantock, Hurlstone, Leighton and Parry with cellist Andrew Fuller. Other discs in this series have included Rubbra’s violin sonatas with Krysia Osostowicz, which was nominated for a Gramophone Award, and Rubbra’s complete works for piano solo. He is a Professor and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

 

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