Edgar Bailey studied at Chetham’s School of Music, Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music. Professors have included Gillian Bradley, Wen Zhou Li, Mateja Marinkovic, Madeleine Mitchell and David Takeno. He is currently taking lessons with Erich Gruenberg. Edgar won the Chandos Symphony Orchestra Young Musician and the Gloucestershire Young Musician Competitions in 2007. He gained 2nd prize in the Delius Society’s Competition awarded by Sir Charles Mackerras, the York Bowen Prize and the D M Lloyd Violin Prize by the Royal Academy. He was a prize winner at the 2010 Haverhill Sinfonia Soloists Competition. In 2012, Edgar was a string finalist at the Royal Overseas League Competition and in 2013 was a finalist in the chamber music category. 2013 saw Edgar on the Making Music Young Artist Scheme; (winner of the Philip and Dorothy Green Award). Through this scheme he performed Sibelius and Bruch concertos and given a number of recitals in the UK. As a Concordia Young Artist, Edgar has performed at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James’s Piccadilly, the Guildhall, St. Paul’s Church Covent Garden and the National Portrait Gallery. Edgar has performed concertos with Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra, Chandos Symphony Orchestra, Forest Philharmonic and Southbank Sinfonia. Edgar plays on a 19th century violin originated from Cremona.
Violeta Barrena is an award winning violinist from Spanish/Swiss heritage and has performed in many prestigious venues, including The Royal Albert Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, the Roundhouse, Bolivar Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields as well as at festivals and venues around the UK and abroad including Australia, Oman, Spain, Switzerland and Italy. Violeta made her concerto debut aged 14 and whilst studying with Chris Nicholls (Ruggiero Ricci’s assistant) she was offered a place at the Royal Academy of Music, where she pursued her studies with Professor Howard Davis and Professor Tomotada Soh. During her time at the Academy, she won the "Winifred Small" Solo Violin Competition for Bach and Paganini and was invited to perform the Mozart Concerto in G Major in Bern, Switzerland. After graduating with First Class Honors, she went on to study for a Masters degree at the Royal College of Music under Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky. As a baroque violinist she has performed at the Royal Festival Hall with Florileggium and in chamber concerts at Hatchlands and Kent early Music Festivals. Violeta is a keen chamber music player and is collaborating with guitarist Dimitris Dekavallas in “Duo Diez” to promote classical Spanish and Latin American music and is currently on trial with the Maxwell string Quartet as their first violinist performing concerts all over Scotland. She is also being promoted by the scheme Live Music Now to do outreach work together with pianist Nafis Umerkulova around the UK.
Nicole Crespo O'Donoghue, from Irish-Basque heritage, was the 1st prize winner in the Euskadi Young Musicians competition, 2009. Sponsored by theBBVA she studied a Masters and BMus degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Professor Mateja Marinkovic. She has received Master Classes from renowned violinists including Tasmin Little, Zakhar Bron and Maxim Vengerov, and has played with the most distinguished conductors of today including Sir Simon Rattle and Semyon Bichkov. She has performed at all major venues in London, such as the Royal Albert Hall, and regularly appears with The Philharmonia and The Royal Opera House Orchestra among others. Nicole has had the privilege of performing before King Philip and Queen Leticia of Spain and for HRH Princess Anne. She has been on tour as soloist with the BOS and has played with other orchestras such as the EYPO and London Concertante. Nicole is an Artist of the Concordia Foundation, and also follows a successful career in the West End as a stage violinist for Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance.
Pierre Frapier gained his final diploma (first prize) at Montpellier Conservatoire at the age of 15. He has been a pupil of Constantin Bogdanas, (first violin of Enesco quartet, professor at Paris Conservatoire). In 2008 he entered the Superior Musical Institute (IMEP) in Namur, Belgium, studying in Marc Danel’s class (first violin of Danel Quartet). In 2010 he entered the Royal College of Music in London as a RCM Foundation Scholar studying with the internationally known pedagogue, Prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky. He has attended masterclasses with Ivry Gitlis, Silvia Marcovicci, Hagai Shaham, Renato Zanettovich, Ani Schnarch and has performed in many different venues around the world. Semi-finalist of the 2013 Rodolfo Lipizer and the 2014 Henri Marteau international violin competitions, and current soloist with the London City Orchestra, he has been awarded the Leverhulme Postgraduate Studentship supported by Ms Jean Cater to pursue his master studies with Prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky. More recently he won a place and a scholarship to follow the prestigious Artist Diploma program at RCM. As a Concordia Foundation Artist, Pierre has performed at St Martin-in-the-Fields, the New North London Synagogue and at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, as part of Concordia's Healing Power of Music programme. He currently plays a Jacob Fendt violin c. 1830.
Maltese violinist Nadine Galea started playing the violin aged 9. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Music London, where she is now studying for a Master of Performance, having studied with Dona Lee Croft and Radu Blidar, and Jazz violin with Christian Garrick. Nadine has won First Prize in several competitions in London, Italy and Malta, such as London’s Richmond Competition. Prior to her studies at the RCM, she was one of only five musicians on a full two-year (high school) scholarship studying chamber music with the legendary Trio di Trieste and Trio di Parma. Nadine was then awarded bursaries by the Janatha Stubbs, R.D Ltd, Seary, ACM, Mack., WTH and Farsons Foundations to support her studies in London. She has performed as a professional orchestral musician since the age of 16, when she joined Malta’s National Orchestra. Nadine is a very passionate chamber musician and has been coached by many international musicians including the Chillingarian and Sacconi Quartets, and the Florilegium Ensemble. Apart from the standard combinations, she also played with winds and percussion, rare string combinations and early music and jazz groups. She is also a member of the Maltese five-piece folk ensemble NAFRA and the contemporary Crossbreed Ensemble, performing internationally in major festivals and broadcast on international TV networks. Nadine enjoys collaborating with different artists. Recent performances include Ruben Zahra’s Pan the Goat God at the Hagar Qim Temple Complex, where she played in a trio together with visuals and acting. She also collaborated with the “Blam! Jazz quartet” in a concert at St James’s Church Piccadilly, for which they received a standing ovation. Leading Maltese composers dedicated pieces to her such as Crimson Sunrise by Ruben Zahra. Nadine also enjoys recording for film composers and has done a number at the RCM including a number of violin solos. Nadine plays on a violin on loan from the Royal College of Music.
Rose Hinton started the violin at the age of six. She began to learn the Suzuki method locally with Jennifer Gray and then Roger Owen in Ipswich. At the age of eleven she joined the Junior Guildhall School of Music, where she studied the violin and piano for five years. Rosemary was a member of Suffolk Youth Music, a member of the National Children's Orchestra from 2003-2007 and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain from 2007-2011 with which she played in venues such as Birmingham Symphony Hall, Barbican Hall and the Roundhouse. She held the position of Co-Leader for two years, as well as leading performances at the Royal Albert Hall in the BBC Proms in 2010 and 2011. Rosemary studied at Chetham’s School of Music from 2009–2011. With the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, she performed at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Festival Hall. Rosemary has taken part in various orchestral projects during her time at the Academy, leading the Musical theatre show ‘The Pyjama Game’ and co-leading the Academy String Orchestra. Through the Academy Manson ensemble Rosemary has collaborated with the London Sinfonietta. Outside the Royal Academy, Rosemary is a member of the Britten Pears Orchestra and took part in the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, touring Munich and Amsterdam, performing in world class venues such as the Concertgebouw and the Royal Albert Hall. Rose has performed at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre for Concordia's Healing Power of Music programme.
See Rose at St James's Church Piccadilly on Wednesday 16th November 2016
Charlotte Maclet began studying the violin and piano at age 3. Initial studies at the Conservatoire in Paris were followed by further studies in Geneva and Rotterdam with Gordan Nikolic, Goran Gribajevic, Gábor Takács-Nagy and György Kurtág. She has made many performances as soloist in her native France and abroad, including a critically acclaimed London début at Cadogan Hall in 2012. Highly sought after as an orchestral performer, Charlotte is a regular guest co-leader of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, as well as Britten Sinfonia, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields. An ardent chamber musician, Charlotte has performed in numerous ensembles, including the Fantasia Quartet, which she led for ﬁve years, and the Ducasse Trio, with clarinettist William Slingsby-Duncombe and pianist Fiachra Garvey. She is now the first violinist of the Brodowski Quartet. In 2009, she founded Camerata Alma Viva, a 16- player string ensemble which she leads from the violin. The group’s ﬁrst recording was widely broadcast and was selected as 'Album of the Week' on the French national radio station, France Musique. The Camerata has played at St John's Smith Square, on BBC In Tune and will also appear at Kings Place in 2016. Charlotte is training as a Shiatsu practitioner and teaches Qi Gong and meditation. Charlotte has performed at UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre as part of Concordia's Healing Power of Music programme.
Lyrit Milgram is a Canadian violinist and Purcell School alumna, recently graduated from the Royal College of Music in London. Lyrit has achieved numerous successes at competitions and festivals in Canada, having won awards for her playing at the Kiwanis and Peele Music Festivals, as well as being a national finalist at the Canadian Music Competition. Her notable awards in the UK include the Soirée d’Or and Dasha Shenkman Scholarships from the Royal College of Music and a Hattori Foundation Scholarship. As winner of the Purcell School Concerto Competition, Lyrit was invited to perform as guest soloist with the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Lyrit has given performances in Canada, USA, England, France, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Malta and Israel. Her solo/chamber recitals in London include appearances at the Wigmore Hall, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Outside of London she has performed in such prominent venues as the Assembly Rooms in Bath, the Ra’anana Civic Centre and the Tel Aviv Opera House in Israel, the Studzinsky Theatre in Maine (USA), the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and the Conservatoire de Toulouse.
Eunsley Park currently studies with Itzhak Rashkovsky, as a full ABRSM postgraduate student at the RCM where she also recently graduated first class degree. She was an RCM Foundation scholar, in receipt of Henry Wood Awards, the Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award and was awarded the BMus1 award. Eunsley was selected as 'RCM Rising Star 2013', and her awards include: the MBF Postgraduate Performance Award 2013 and the Counter of Munster Award. As soloist, Eunsley has performed concerti with the Guildford Symphony Orchestra at the Polesdon Lacey festival and at the Mostly Mozart Festival with the Romanian Radio Orchestra in Istanbul. She has performed as a soloist at the Wigmore Hall and has also performed as a soloist with the London Chamber Orchestra in St. John's Smith Square. In summer 2006 she gave several performances of 'Spring' from Vivaldi's Four Seasons while on tour with the Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra. She was also invited to perform by the Korean Embassy at Stockholm’s Konserthuset.
Emily Sun Australian violinist is rapidly gaining international recognition as a rising soloist. She is the winner of all major Australian violin competitions, including the coveted Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Strings Award. She has won all available prizes at the Royal College of Music including the Violin Competition 2012 and Concerto Competition 2015, and is a prizewinner in many international competitions including the 2013 Brahms International Violin Competition Austria, 2014 Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition Italy and Gold Medal in the 2016 Royal-Overseas-League Competition UK. She was recently selected for The Tillett Trust Young Artists Platform and Worshipful Musicians Company Maisie Lewis Award. She made her concerto debut with the East-West Philharmonic Orchestra at age 10, and has since been a regular soloist with the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmanian, Queensland, Canberra Symphony Orchestras and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Internationally, she has performed with US orchestras Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Garland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Arlington; China’s Shanghai Youth Orchestra, Romania’s Mihail Jora Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Moscovia Chamber Orchestra Russia. Her performances have been broadcast on Australian radio stations, ABC Classic FM and 2MBS Fine Music Station, Israeli Classical Music Station ‘Kol Hamusica’, New York’s ‘WXQR’ Classical music station and UK’s BBC Radio 3. She has performed as soloist in international venues such as the Sydney Opera House, Jersey Opera House, Tel Aviv Israeli Opera House, Moscow Tchaikovsky Great Hall, Auditorium du Louvre Paris and London’s Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall and Elgar Room of the Royal Albert Hall. Emily has participated in international masterclasses and festivals, such as Keshet Eilon International Mastercourse in Israel, and the Young Artists Program in Canada, and is mentored by world-class musicians such as Haim Taub, Ivry Gitlis and Pinchas Zukerman. She graduated Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the Royal College of Music London and is continuing her postgraduate studies with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky as a Dasha Shenkman Scholar supported by a Big Give Award. She is a Talent Unlimited Artist, and is supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Ars Musica Australis, Hattori Foundation, Australian Music Foundation and the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship. Emily gave her first performance for Concordia in June 2016 at St James's Church Piccadilly.
Jamal Aliyev made his debut with BBC Concert Orchestra live broadcast on Radio 3 at the Yehudi Menuhin Hall in 2012. Jamal is the winner of three international competitions, Trakya International Competition, Muriel Taylor Cello Competition and V. Antonio Janigro International Competition as well as the winner of Royal College of Music "RCM Concerto Competition 2014" and "RCM Violoncello Competition 2014". As well as performing with BBC Concert Orchestra, Aliyev has collaborated as soloist on several occasions with orchestras such as; Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey, RCM Classical and Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra. Jamal began his musical studies at age five in Turkey before moving to the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2008, with a full scholarship. Jamal has performed in venues such as: Wıgmore Hall, Windsor Castle, The Menhuim Hall in London, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, Reims Cathedral in France, The Arts Parliament House in Singapore, The Presenidential Concert Hall of Turket and Rachmaninov Concert Hall in Moscow. Jamal has also performed live as part of Sean Rafferty’s programme; “In Tune” on Radio 3, in 2012. Jamal presented a recital for Concordia's series at St James's Church Piccadilly in February 2015.
Rebecca Herman, British cellist, has built an exciting and varied performing career since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2012, . As a soloist and chamber musician, Rebecca has performed at major UK venues including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Kings Place, and the Cheltenham and Edinburgh Festivals. Recent concerto engagements include the Kingston Chamber Orchestra (Dvorak), the Orchestra of St. Giles (Schumann) and the Watford Symphony Orchestra (Brahms’ Double, with violinist Sadie Fields). As an orchestral freelancer, Rebecca works with symphony orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera and BBC Concert Orchestra, and chamber orchestras including the Irish Chamber Orchestra (currently on trial for Principal), the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Britten Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta. A passionate advocate of everyone’s right to live classical music, Rebecca recently co-founded the Street Orchestra of London. Rebecca would like to thank the Concordia Foundation, the Park Lane Group, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Help Musicians UK for their generous support. Thanks also to the Royal Academy of Music for the loan of the 1692 ‘Segelman’ Stradivarius (2012-13). For more information please visit: www.rebeccaherman.com
Hermione Jones is a cellist and workshop leader, passionate about working creatively with diverse groups in a variety of settings, spanning from toddlers to elderly people living with dementia. She combines a busy freelance career with her role as Personal Development Manager for the Irene Taylor Trust. The Trust runs music projects for prisoners, ex-prisoners and young people in the local community. As a musician with Live Music Now and the Concordia Foundation, she takes interactive concerts to audiences who may not have access to live music. Recent engagements as a workshop leader include sessions for Wigmore Hall Learning and ENO Baylis. Hermione trained at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was the recipient of many awards and prizes. As a chamber musician, she has performed in venues across the world including Carnegie Hall, St Martin in the Fields and St John’s Smith Square. As an improviser, Hermione is a member of Waiting for the Call, the UK’s original long-form musical improvisation team. They perform regularly in London venues and will be taking their production Notflix to the Edinburgh Fringe.
Catherine Lee has performed in venues including the Wigmore Hall, St.Martin-in-the-Fields and the Purcell Room. She regularly participates and performs in many international music festivals and academies. She is a recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships from many organisations; among them the Moncalieri European Music Competition, Young International Janigro Competition, Richard Wagner Foundation, Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, Hanggi Foundation and Meindl Society. Her eclectic performing style, has been crafted by studying with many of today's leading cellists. Her teachers include Gustav Rivinius, Ivan Monighetti and Leonid Gorokhov. She also took masterclasses with cellists including David Geringas, Thomas Demenga, Ralph Kirshbaum, Frans Helmerson & Trols Svane. Catherine was born in South Korea, and spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. She began learning cello at the age of ten and attended the Purcell School. A scholarship from the St.Albanstift supported her studies at the Basel Music Academy, Switzerland where she gained a BMus. She later achieved a MMus from the University of Music Stuttgart in Germany, graduating with the highest honours for both degrees. Catherine received the Trinity London Scholarship from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and support from the Zetland Foundation for her study at Trinity where she is undertaking the Artist Diploma programme. She studies with the British conductor and cellist, Richard Markson. Catherine auditioned successfully for the Concordia Foundation in 2014 and performed a concert at St. James's Church Piccadilly supported by the Foundation.
Abel Selaocoe is embarking on a 2-year Masters degree at the RNCM, having recently graduated with First Class Post-Gradguate Diploma and Bachelor of Music degrees. Both courses obtained with a full scholarship studying under world-renowned cellist Hannah Roberts. As a concerto soloist Abel has worked with numerous orchestras throughout South Africa, including the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic, Cape Town Philharmoinc and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras, and the Gauteng Camerata. Abel has been a recipient of various awards, including first prize of the Phillip H Moor Competition (South Africa), second prize in the Yamaha National Competition (South Africa) and is the winner of the 2012 Sir John Barbarolli (UK) and RNCM Concerto Prizes, performing with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall. As an orchestral musician Abel has worked with the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, including projects such as the World Orchestra. He has worked with renowned conductors such as Oliver Knussen, Sir Mark Elder and Antonello Manacorda. Abel is a keen chamber musician: he formed the Torré String Quartet, performing in the RNCM Chamber Music Festival and making his Wigmore Hall debut working with Colin Matthews. He has played with the Lighthouse Jazz Trio collaborating and improvising with Tim Garland. He has also worked with Chris Garrick - a jazz violin pioneer, and recently begun playing with the Manchester Jazz Collective. Abel is grateful to be the recipient of the Suggia Gift from Help Musicians UK.
Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas (Concordia Ambassador) is one of the finest performers of the Cuban Classical Guitar School. He is a sophisticated virtuoso on his instrument and an ambassador of Cuban culture. Born in Havana, Dickinson Cardenas graduated from the Superior Institute of Art (ISA Havana) in Guitar for which he was awarded a first-class honours degree, and also graduated a year early. During his years in Cuba, he took part in masterclasses with Leo Brouwer, John Williams, Costas Cotsiolis, and Eduardo Martín. In 2005 Dickinson Cardenas went to England to study with Carlos Bonell and Chris Stell at the Royal College of Music immediately winning prizes at the Royal College of Music Guitar Competition and the Ivor Mairant Guitar Competition. In 2006, supported by The Kramer-Chappell Scholarship and the Mad Hatters Club, he undertook further studies with Robert Brightmore at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Dickinson has performed in prestigious venues such as Marx Theatre (Cuba), Royal Albert Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Union Chapel, Queen Elizabeth Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall (UK), the Royal Opera House and The Philharmonic Hall (Belarus). In 2011 Ahmed launched his fifth release, appearing with the Santiago Quartet on their debut album Latin Perspective with music by Leo Brouwer, Javier Alvarez and Miguel del Aguila. Recent collaborations include concerts and masterclasses with guitarist and composer Eduardo Martín, recitals for the International Guitar Foundation and live performances at the Royal Opera House with ballet star Carlos Acosta. Dickinson Cardenas has been creating considerable media interest in recent times with interviews, reviews and profiles in many publications including Gramophone, The Strad, Classical Guitar Magazine and Classic FM Magazine.
Laura Snowden is a winner of numerous national and international awards. Recently selected for the Tillett Trust, St John's Smith Square and International Guitar Foundation’s Young Artists Programmes, she also won First Prize at the 2014 Ivor Mairants Guitar Award. Following studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where guitar tuition was made possible by the Rolling Stones, Laura went on to the Royal College of Music, winning the Guitar Prize in her first year. She is now a Postgraduate RCM Scholar. Laura has performed at some of the UK’s leading music and guitar festivals, and has appeared as a soloist at Cadogan Hall, The Sage Gateshead and Kings Place. Last year, she gave a series of solo and duo recitals for the International Guitar Foundation’s North East and London Guitar Festivals, which included the performance of newly commissioned works. Laura is also an established composer - her music has been played on BBC Radio 3 and premiered at Sadlers Wells, Deal Festival and Handel House. Her commissions have subsequently been performed at the Wigmore Hall and in Italy, Romania and Japan. She has collaborated as a composer both with the Royal Ballet School and with the London Film School. Her song Live Free, composed for the charity Voices For Hospices, was performed at over 300 simultaneous concerts in 60 countries, spanning Europe, USA and Asia. Laura writes and performs for folk group Tir Eolas, recipients of a City Music Foundation Award, whose debut album Stories Sung, Truths Told was released in February 2015.
Fontane Liang is one of the most exciting pioneer young harpists from her country of Singapore,. She was awarded the Singapore National Arts Council Overseas Merit Bursary to further her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating with a First. With the support of the Leverhulme Trust and D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Fontane received her Masters in Music Therapy at the Guildhall and held a Fellowship there from 2011-2012. She has garnered various accolades including winning a place on the London Sinfonietta Academy, Pacific Music Festival and a prizewinner in the 2009 Franz Josef Reinl Competition. She was also a recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Sir Barbirolli Memorial Foundation Award. Her ability to engage the masses across a variety of styles makes her unique as a solo artist, performing for the Concordia Foundation and award-winning concert series Bach to Baby. She is an alumni of Live Music Now. In demand as a chamber and orchestral musician, she is principal harpist of the highly acclaimed Octandre Ensemble, which recently performed on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’. Fontane was recently on trial with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and has played with London Sinfonietta, LSO Chamber Ensemble, Southbank Sinfonia Germany’s MusikFabrik.
Elizabeth McNulty is Principal Harpist with The Kantanti Ensemble and is currently on trial with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She also freelances with many orchestras, including The English National Ballet, The RTE Concert Orchestra, Glyndebourne Youth Opera and Southbank Sinfonia. In December 2012, she performed center stage at Glyndebourne the premiere of Russell Hepplewhite’s song cycle It Was Born of The Stars for harp and children’s choir with the youth opera and in November 2013, Into The Harbour: Carry Me Home, an arrangement of Britten’s operas by Lee Reynolds for the Britten centenary. She has performed recitals as part of the 2011 New London Orchestra Young concert artists’ platform and also at St Martin-in-the-Fields with Ronald Corp and Apsara, performing works for harp and voices, and harp solo. In 2010 she featured as soloist in the Rose Bruford College Summer Festival, performing alongside tango dancers. Elizabeth enjoys teaching and outreach work: she is the harp teacher at Hill House International Prep School and Queens College, Harley Street and participates in many educational projects in schools and children’s concerts with The LPO Education department. She also plays in residential homes and hospitals, such as Great Ormond Street Hospital. Elizabeth studied for her Masters in Performance at Trinity College of Music, where she was awarded a Leverhulme Scholarship, having previously graduated in music from Royal Holloway, University of London. At Trinity, she studied with Gabriella Dall’Olio and former teachers include Janice Beven and Karen Vaughan. She has also received tuition from Letizia Belmondo, Sylvain Blassel, Fabrice Pierre and Rachel Masters.
Mary Reid has a varied musical appetite, having recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music. As well as regular solo recitals, Mary has been concerto soloist with the St Cecilia Orchestra in Yorkshire and the Vacation Chamber Orchestra and is featured on several CDs (Paul Patterson’s harp music, German chamber works conducted by Trevor Pinnock). Mary loves performing to those who might otherwise never hear classical music. In 2015 Mary joined the Concordia Foundation, her first performances taking place at UCH’s Macmillan Cancer Centre and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. In other contexts, Zamira Duo (with violinist Tansy Garrod) have been accepted onto the Wigmore Hall’s Chamber Tots Series for workshops with early years and from 2016, Mary will perform as a soloist for children with special education needs through Live Music Now. Freelance orchestral work has recently included projects with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the London Mozart Players and at the BBC Proms under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Mary toured to Moscow with the London Sinfonietta under Vladimir Jurowski. Mary gained her MA in Performance with Distinction and her Bachelor of Music (1st Class Hons) from the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Professor Emerita Skaila Kanga.
Tomos Xerri was born in Cardiff in 1991 and attended the Junior course of the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and was awarded a Major Music Scholarship to Eton College. He studied with Gabriella Dall'Olio and Frances Kelly at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance where he graduated with First Class Honours in 2014, and completed his Master of Music course with distinction in 2015, winning the John Marson prize for harp. He is in high demand as a soloist, with regular performances at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Southwark Cathedral and Windsor Castle, has given solo performances for HM the Queen, and has won national and international competitions such as the UFAM International Harp Competition in Paris and the National Eisteddfod in Wales, as well as prestigious awards such as the Hattori Foundation Senior Award and the Philharmonia Orchestra's Martin Music Scholarship Award. He is an experienced chamber musician, having given sell-out performances with the Camilli string quartet and performed Ravel's Introduction & Allegro live on prime-time BBC News at the opening night of the Cutty Sark concert space in Greenwich. Tomos currently enjoys a busy freelance career and regularly plays with orchestras in London and across the UK under the batons of conductors such as Levon Parikian, Jonathan Stockhammer. Orlando Jopling, James Blair and Adrian Brown. He has also played with wind bands, choirs, chamber orchestras and in the pits of musicals. He is principal harp of the Siegfried Camerata, was awarded a reserve place in the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and has performed in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Millenium Centre in Cardiff as well as venues in Spain, the Czech Republic, Italy and Japan. Tomos gave his first performance for Concordia at UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre in June 2016, as part of the Healing Power of Music programme.