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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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Adrian Chandler

Adrian Chandler

Born on Merseyside in 1974, Adrian Chandler is recognised internationally as a leading interpreter of Italian baroque music with an ‘avant-garde approach that would have awed Hendrix’ (The Guardian). Adrian was introduced to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons at the age of ten via a recording by Iona Brown and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields: the experience resulted in a lifetime’s dedication to Italian baroque music. Adrian founded La Serenissima in 1994 whilst still a student at the Royal College of Music.

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Ariel Lanyi

Piano

Ariel Lanyi was born in Jerusalem and studied there before moving to London where he continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music. He took part in the prestigious 2021 Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont and was selected by the Young Classical Artists Trust in New York and London.

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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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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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Doric String Quartet

String Quartet

Alex Redington, violin; Ying Xue, 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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Echea Quartet

Quartet

Formed at the Royal College of Music, where they are currently Chamber Music Fellows, the Echea Quartet has won a string of awards and prizes, most recently taking the First Prize in the prestigious Royal Over-Seas League competition. They were awarded a residency in Banff and have a busy performing career. Concerts in Conway Hall, London, in the Royal College of Music Chamber Music Festival are included in their plans.

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Elisabeth Perry

Violinist

Elisabeth Perry studied with the first class of pupils at the Yehudi Menuhin School. At the age of fourteen, Perry shared center stage with Lord Menuhin in a memorable Royal Albert Hall concert and subsequently recorded the Bach Double Violin Concerto for Teldec. Perry has been a welcome guest soloist with Britain’s leading orchestras including the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Gary Matthewman

Piano

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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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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James Atkinson

Baritone

James Atkinson has just completed the two year opera course at the Royal College of Music, studying with Alison Wells. During this time, he sang several important roles there, including Ramiro in L’heure espagnole by Ravel. He has also sung in productions with English Touring Opera and British Youth Opera. He was a semi-finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2019.

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John Myerscough

Cello

John Myerscough enjoys an international career with The Doric String Quartet and Simon Rowland-Jones is a well-known chamber musician, teacher and composer. His choral work was given its first performance in London in November.

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La Serenissima

Ensemble

La Serenissima is a UK period-instrument ensemble presenting ground-breaking programmes for varying forces – from works written for 2 musicians, to a complete opera cast. The group is acclaimed for its commitment to unearthing the musical gems of 18th century Venice and connected composers. 

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Martin Roscoe

piano

Martin Roscoe, piano, is one of the best-known and most popular British musicians and has performed in every major venue and with all the leading orchestras over his long career. He is the director of both the Ribble Valley Piano Week and the Beverley Chamber Music Festival and is a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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Melvyn Tan

Piano

Melvyn Tan was born in Singapore. and came to England at a young age to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal College of Music. He has appeared as a soloist with every leading orchestra, throughout Europe and the USA. The works of Chopin have always been central to his repertoire.

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Niall Brown

Cello

Niall Brown was born in Aberdeen and began his cello studies at the age of 6. Yehudi Menuhin invited him to join his new school in Surrey where he now teaches. He also teaches at the Conservatoire du Norf in Luxembourg where he now lives. He has performed as leader and as soloist with many orchestras as well playing with distinguished chamber musicians throughout his career. He was a member of the acclaimed Australian String Quartet with whom he toured for many years.

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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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Sergio Vitale

Baritone

Sergio Vitaleis one of Italy’s leading young baritones. He comes from Caserta and studied at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. His teachers included Renata Scotto and Renato Bruson. He has sung in almost every Italian opera house including at the Teatro Regio, Parma where he appeared with Mariella Devia in Roberto Devereux.

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Simon Lepper

Piano

Simon Lepper was educated at King’s College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music. He is Professor of Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College Of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is an official accompanist at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. 

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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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Stephan Loges

Bass-baritone

Stephan Loges was born in Dresden and was the winner of the first Wigmore Hall Song Competition which led to the start of his international career as a recitalist and soloist.

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The Aquinas Piano Trio

Trio

The Aquinas Piano Trio is made up of three of the country's leading chamber musicians: Martin Cousin, piano; Ruth Rogers, violin; Katherine Jenkinson, cello. They made their debut at Wigmore Hall in a sold-out concert in 2015 and will be returning there twice in the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

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The Balthasar Piano Trio

Piano Trio

The Balthasar Piano Trio is made up of three leading well know British musicians each with their own important careers. It was formed in 2021 by the pianist Iain Burnside, the violinist Michael Foyle and cellist Tim Hugh.

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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. They have an impressive number of engagements throughout the UK and Europe.

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The Heath Quartet

String Quartet

The Heath Quartet was founded at the Royal Northern College of Music twenty years ago by four students who were studying there. They have been one of the most popular and best-established quartets ever since, performing all over the world at major venues.

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The Karski Quartet

String Quartet

The Karski Quartet is rapidly gaining recognition on the international music scene for its passionate interpretations of works ranging from Haydn to 21st century repertoire, the Karski Quartet was formed in Belgium in 2018 and performs in a wide range of venues througout Europe.

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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

Members of the Marmen Quartet come from the four corners of the globe; the violinists Johannes Marmen from Sweden and Ricky Gore from Japan, cellist Sinéad O’Halloran, from Ireland and from New Zealand, the violist Bryony Gibson-Cornish.

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The Navarra String Quartet

Quartet

Benjamin Marquise Gilmore, first violin; Laia Valentin Braun, second violin; Sascha Bota, viola & Brian O'Kane, cello. Since its formation in 2002, the Navarra Quartet has built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. 

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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. 

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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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