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Adam Walker

Flute

Born in 1987, Adam Walker studied at Chethams School of Music and later at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2002 Adam became the youngest ever winner of the British Flute Society Competition and in 2003 won the Royal Overseas League prize for the woodwind section. 

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Alasdair Beatson

Piano

This young Scottish pianist is well established as one of the most thoughtful musicians of his generation, always pushing musical boundaries and never allowing himself to be categorised. This fresh approach to music-making is greatly helped by the fact he works with an ever-changing group of musicians in his chamber music performances. 

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Alexander Ullman

Piano

Alexander Ullman shot to international recognition after winning First Prize at the 2011 Franz Liszt Competition in Budapest. He studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and later at the Royal College of Music where his teacher was Dmitri Alexeev. 

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Amaia Azona

Soprano

Amaiza Azona, soprano, studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Navarra with one of the leading Spanish sopranos of the day, Maria Bayo. 

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Benjamin Appl

Baritone

Benjamin Appl is regarded as one of the leading baritones of his generation. In 2017 he appeared at the Edinburgh International Festival, Wigmore Hall, Oxford Lieder Festival, the Festspielhaus, Baden-Baden and the Frauenkirche, Dresden.

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Benjamin Nabarro

Violin

Described by Musical Opinion magazine as "an outstanding artist" Benjamin is increasingly in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. Performances have taken him throughout Europe, North America, Africa, and the Far and Middle East. Born in Nottingham, he attended Chetham's School of Music in Manchester before studying at the Royal Academy of Music, and later in Chicago with Shmuel Ashkenasi. 

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Carducci String Quartet

Quartet

Matthew Denton & Michelle Fleming, violins, Eoin Schmidt-Martin, viola Emma Denton, cello. The Carducci Quartet is one of the leading quartets of its generation, performing at venues thought the UK and America. They have their own recording label, Carducci Classics and present their own series of concerts each year in May at Highnam in Gloucestershire. 

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Carole Presland

Piano

Carole Presland, piano, has performed all over the world with many distinguished colleagues. She teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and is Artist in Residence at the Lake District Summer Festival.

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Doric String Quartet

String Quartet

Alex Redington, violin; Jonathan Stone, violin; Helene Clement, viola; John Myerscough, cello. The Doric String Quartet was introduced to Kirker audiences back in 2005. Since then they have performed on many of our exclusive Festivals both on land and at sea. They memorably played Walton’s String Quartet at the Kirker Ischia Music Festival at La Mortella in Ischia with Susana Walton being visibly moved sitting in the front row. 

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Ensemble 360

Ensemble

Ensemble 360 is a group of 11 chamber musicians, each of whom has their own parallel solo careers as soloists or member of leading orchestras. Formed in 2005 by the late Peter Cropper of Music in the Round, the ensemble is based at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield where they have their own annual festival each spring. 

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Fretwork

Consort of Viols

Fretwork, Consort of Viols, celebrated their 30th anniversary with a gala concert at King’s Place London in June 2017. They have performed works from the first music printed in 1501 in Venice, right up to the present day.

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Gary Matthewman

Piano & Tour Leader

The pianist Gary Matthewman is one of the foremost accompanists of his generation working regular with the world's leading singers including Aiylyn Perez, Adam Plachetka, John Mark Ainsley, Andrei Bondarenko and many more. 

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Gary Ryan

Classical guitar

Classical guitarist Gary Ryan studied at the Guildhall School of Music from the age of eight, and now enjoys a busy performing schedule alongside a career at the Royal College of Music where he was made an Honorary Associate in 1997. 

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Huw Watkins

Piano

Huw is one of the country's best-known composers and chamber musicians.

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Iain Burnside

Piano

The Scottish pianist and award-winning broadcaster Iain Burnside has worked with the world’s leading singers for more than 40 years. He teaches at the National Opera Studio, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and with young singers at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

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Ilona Domnich

Soprano

Ilona Domnich, soprano, was born in St. Petersburg and has lived in London for many years. She studied at the Royal College of Music with the great Vera Rosza and has sung many leading roles including Magda in La rondine, Gilda in Rigoletta and Tatiana in Eugene Onegin. 

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Janis Kelly

Soprano

Janis Kelly is regarded as one of the finest singing-actors of her generation. Born in Glasgow she studied at the city’s conservatoire and later at the Royal College of Music and with Elisabeth Grummer in Paris. She has a close association with Opera North where she has sung many major roles including Violetta, Magda in La rondine and the Marschallin. She sang Lady Billows for the Los Angeles Opera and Pat Nixon at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

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Joshua Ellicott

Tenor

Joshua Ellicott was born in Manchester and read music at York University. Later, he studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He entered the prestigious ‘S-Hertogenbosch competition in which he won First Prize, an achievement shared with singers such as Nelly Miricioiu, Ileana Cotrubas, Adrianne Pieczonka and Thomas Hampson. 

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Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective

Chamber Music Collective

Kaleidoscope is an ever-changing group of musicians and friends who perform together. It was created by the pianist Tom Poster and for this Festival he has brought together six more musicians from across the musical spectrum.

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Katherine Broderick

Soprano

Katherine Broderick, soprano, was born in Oldham. During 2007 she won two major prizes, the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the Gold Medal at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Career highlights include Donna Anna at ENO, Elsa in Montpelier and Brünnhilde for Opera North.

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Lisa Milne

Soprano

Lisa Milne comes from Aberdeen and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she now teaches. She was one of the first musicians to be invited to take part in the BBC New Generation Artists series in 2000. 

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Martin Cousin

Piano

Martin Cousin, piano, is one the country’s best known pianists of his generation. In addition to working together with the Aquinas Trio and his many individual recitals, he has been a soloist with the LPO and the Philharmonia Orchestra and has recorded several CDs.

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Monika-Evelin Liiv

Mezzo Soprano

Monika-Evelin Liiv comes from Estonia where she began her music studies at the age of five. She attended the Estonian Academy of Music and later the Lithuanian Academy of Music. She won a place on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and during her time there between 2007 – 2009 sang a wide variety of roles.

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Morgan Szymanski

Classical Guitar

Morgan Szymanski, classical guitar, was born in Mexico City and studied with Carlos Bonnell and Gary Ryan at the Royal College of Music.

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Oliver Condy

Organ

Oliver Condy, organ, is best known to the music-loving public as Editor of BBC Music Magazine but enjoys giving recitals too.

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Olivier Stankiewicz

Oboe

Still in his mid-twenties, French oboist Olivier Stankiewicz was appointed Principal Oboe with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse at the age of 18 and has been the Principal Oboist with the London Symphony Orchestra since 2015. He is Professor of Oboe at The Royal College of Music.
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Rafael Aguirre

classical guitar

Rafael Aguirre, classical guitar, continues the line of his native country’s rich musical heritage from Andrés Segovia and Narciso Yepes. Born in 1984, he made his debut as soloist in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez in a series of concerts throughout Spain and Morocco.

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Robert Plane

Clarinet

Robert Plane won the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition in London in 1992 and has since enjoyed a career encompassing solo and chamber work, as well as holding the principal clarinet positions of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. His recording of Messiaen’s ‘Quartet for the End of Time’ with the Gould Trio was praised by BBC Music Magazine as the ‘best modern account’ of this monumental work.

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Rosa Feola

Soprano

Soprano Rosa Feola comes from San Nicola la Strada in Caserta and studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Martucci in Salerno. Winning the 2010 Placido Domingo World Opera Prize in 2010 launched her career. Since then she has sung major roles in important theatres throughout Europe.

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Sean Shibe

classical guitar

Born in Edinburgh, Sean Shibe studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He won the Gold Medal at the 2011 Royal Over-Seas League Competition and was a BBC New Generation Artist, the first guitarist to be selected.

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Simon Rowland-Jones

Viola, Composer & Kirker Music Director

"Performer, editor, composer and teacher, Simon Rowland-Jones has always led a very busy, all-embracing musical life. He was founder violist of the Chilingirian Quartet, in which he played for a total of ten years, and subsequently performed with many other leading chamber groups. 

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The Aquinas Piano Trio

Trio

Martin Cousin, piano Ruth Rogers, violin Katherine Jenkinson, cello. Each member of this trio, which was formed in 2009, has their own distinguished solo careers.

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The Castalian String Quartet

Quartet

With a British violinist and cellist, a Finnish violinist and a French viola player, the Castalian String Quartet is well placed for an international career after being accepted by the Young Concert Artist Trust in May 2016 and selected to take part in the Banff International Chamber Music Competition. They have an impressive number of engagements throughout the UK and Europe.

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The Chiaroscuro Quartet

String Quartet

The Chiaroscuro Quartet is a truly international group. The violinists are Alina Ibragimova from Russia and Pablo Hernán Benedí from Spain. The violist, Emilie Hörnlund, is Swedish and the cellist, Claire Thirion, from France.

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The Ferio Saxophone Quartet

Saxophone Quartet

Huw Wiggin, soprano, Ellie McMurray, alto, Jose Bañuls, tenor Shevaughan Beere, baritone. The Ferio Saxophone Quartet won the Ensemble Prize in the 2015 Royal Over-Seas League Competition and took part in the Park Lane Group’s 2016 season at St John’s, Smith Square, thus launching their careers. 

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The Gould Piano Trio

Piano Trio

The Gould Piano Trio has been at the very forefront of chamber music life in this country and overseas for the past twenty years since winning the prestigious Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. 

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The Leonore Piano Trio

Piano Trio

Violinist Benjamin Nabarro, cellist Gemma Rosefield and pianist Tim Horton are all members of the chamber group Ensemble 360 and a few years ago decided to form their own piano trio. They perform at all the major UK venues and will open their 2016/17 season with a performance at Wigmore Hall.

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The Marmen Quartet

String Quartet

The Marmen Quartet are the current holders of the Music in the Round Bridge Scheme, a project initiated by the late Peter Cropper. 

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The Navarra String Quartet

Quartet

Magnus Johnston, Simone van der Giessen, Marije Johnston & Brian O’Kane. The Navarra String Quartet were formed at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2002 and are today one of the best-established quartets of their generation. 

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The Piatti Quartet

Quartet

The career of the Piatti Quartet goes from strength to strength and they are now one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. They won second prize at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. Their busy career takes them to all the major chamber music festivals around the country.

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The Sacconi Quartet

String Quartet

The name Sacconi Quartet comes from the outstanding 20th century Italian luthier and restorer Simone Sacconi, whose book The Secrets of Stradivari is considered an indispensable reference for violin makers. Since its formation at the Royal College of Music in 2001, the Quartet has established a secure and substantial reputation. They have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and in radio broadcasts. The Sacconi is ‘Quartet in Association’ at the Royal College of Music and Associate Artist at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre.

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Tim Horton

Piano

Tim Horton studied at Chetham's School of Music with Charles Hopkins, Ryszard Bakst and Heather Slade-Lipkin. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1995. In the same year he replaced Alfred Brendel at short notice in two performances of Schoenberg's Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Royal Festival Hall, London.

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