Talented artists at the West Wight Arts Association

Amy Green

Amy Green - Saxophone

Amy studied at the RCM (2008-2014) & at the Paris Conservatoire (2013) graduating in 2012 with 1st Class Honours & in 2014 with Distinction in her Masters. During her studies she was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal, was the first saxophonist ever to win the Edward & Helen Hague Woodwind Prize & won the Melber Saxophone Competition. 

Amy has given recitals in London at the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Cadogan Hall, the V&A Museum, National Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, St. James’s Piccadilly and The Forge, Camden. She has also performed as a soloist in the BBC Proms Plus series broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Over the last few years she has given recitals throughout the UK as part of the Countess of Munster Trust recital scheme & was awarded the Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists. Amy made her debut at Wigmore Hall as a YCAT Finalist in 2015 & is a selected Park Lane Group Artist.

Amy is also an active chamber musician playing soprano saxophone in the Laefer Quartet, saxophonist in ANIMA and orchestral work including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera and Rambert Dance Company.


Viv McLean

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Winner of the First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Viv McLean has performed at all the major venues in the UK as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. 

Viv's concerto work includes appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Viva, Orchestra of the Swan, London Concert Orchestra, Scottish Concert Orchestra and the National Musicians' Symphony Orchestra. 

Recent concerto highlights include Mozart K. 467 with the English Chamber Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Grieg with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican, a tour of the USA with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Gershwin, Rachmaninov's 3rd Concerto with the RPO in Cambridge; Gershwin, Bernstein and de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Hallé at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; Rachmaninov's 2nd Concerto with the London Concert Orchestra at the Barbican and Beethoven's Emperor Concerto with the Philharmonia at the Royal Festival Hall.

Upcoming highlights this season include performances of the Ravel Concerto in G with the Hallé in April 2015 and Rhapsody in Blue in July.

Viv has performed chamber music with leading groups such as the Ysaye String Quartet, the Sacconi String Quartet, the Galliard Wind Ensemble and the Leopold String Trio and has collaborated with musicians such as Natalie Clein, Marianne Thorsen, Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power, Eijin Nimura, Phillip Dukes, Matthew Sharp, Kate Gould, Guy Johnston, Richard Dubugnon, David Le Page, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Warren-Green, Owain Arwell Hughes, David Charles Abell, Carl Davis and Marvin Hamlisch. 

Viv McLean has performed at festivals including the Cheltenham International Festival and Harrogate Festival in the UK, the International Beethoven Festival, the Mecklenburg Festival and the Kultur Kreis Festival in Germany, the Melle Festival and Festival de Saintes in France, the Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Norway and the Musik vid Kattegatt Festival in Sweden.

Viv studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Hamish Milne where he held the Hodgson Fellowship and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy in 2005. He made his Wigmore Hall recital debut through winning the Friends of the Royal Academy Wigmore Award. Whilst studying at the Academy, he was the piano winner at the Royal Overseas-League Music Competition and was selected as one of three winners of the National Federation of Music Societies' Young Artists Competition, leading to various recitals and concerto appearances throughout Great Britain. 

Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 since making his recital debut through the BBC Radio 3 Young Artists Forum scheme and has also recorded recitals for Classic FM, WDR Radio in Germany, Radio France, ABC Radio in Australia, NRK Radio in Norway and for the Sky Arts television channel. His commercial releases include recordings for such labels as Sony Classical Japan, Naxos and the RPO label. 


Richard Uttley

Richard Uttley

A committed exponent of new music, in 2014 Richard released a third CD - Ghosts & Mirrors, including Marvin Wolfthal’s epic Lulu Fantasy - to critical acclaim.  This year he records with Mark Simpson for NMC Recordings and Callum Smart for Orchid Classics.

During the 2014/15 season Richard performed music by Lindberg in a BBC Symphony Orchestra concert broadcast by Radio 3, appeared at Manchester International Festival featured on BBC4, and premiered new works by Rolf Hind and Matthew Kaner at the Cheltenham Festival and St. John’s Smith Square.    He also attended Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove. 

Future engagements include recitals at Wigmore Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre and Berlin Konzerthaus, and concertos with the Hull Philharmonic and De Havilland Philharmonic Orchestras.  He premieres new works by Francisco Coll, Michael Cutting and Naomi Pinnock at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Born in Bradford, Richard Uttley studied at Cambridge University and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.   He was selected by YCAT in 2011.

…the predominant tone was sumptuous and glittery and virtuoso. Uttley….seizing the music with amazing decisiveness….I would never have imagined a mere piano could capture that world [Lulu Fantasy], but Uttley’s tumultuous performance soon persuaded me.
— The Daily Telegraph 4 star review / The Forge Camden / October 2014
Richard Uttley offered excellent, truly thoughtful performance of works by Bach and Beethoven and the world premiere of Matthew Kaner’s Dance Suite.
— Seen and Heard International / St. John’s Smith Square / April 2015
The centrepiece of Uttley’s excellently devised and executed, symmetrical sequence of 20th and
21st century piano pieces is a splendid Lulu Fantasy (2008) by the Boston based Marvin Wolfthal.
— The Sunday Times / Ghosts & Mirrors / January 2015

Savitri Grier

Savitri Grier

Born in 1992, Savitri read Music at Christ Church, Oxford and is currently undertaking a Masters at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama studying with David Takeno. Awards include 1st Prize at the Oxford Philomusica and Tunbridge Wells Competitions.   In 2015 she was selected by YCAT.

During her studies Savitri has given recitals and taken part in festivals and masterclasses across Europe including Musique à Marsac in France, IMS Prussia Cove and the Holland International Music Sessions. 

Highlights as a soloist include performances of the Sibelius and Tchaikovsky Concertos with Oxford Philomusica, Mozart with the Barbican Young Orchestra and Mendelssohn with the English Festival Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.

Engagements this season include her debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, a performance of Chausson’s Poème with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and recitals throughout the UK.    

A committed chamber musician Savitri has collaborated with Susan Tomes, Christoph Richter, Steven Isserlis, Andrew Marriner and Alasdair Beatson, and regularly gives recitals with the Grier Trio


Matthew Hunt

Matthew Hunt

One of Britain's leading clarinettists, Matthew Hunt is a distinctive musician, renowned for the vocal quality of his playing and his ability to communicate with audiences. He holds the position of solo clarinettist with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and is a member of the Sheffield based chamber group Ensemble 360.

A very keen chamber musician, he appears regularly with Meta4, the Chiurascuro and Elias quartets, Thomas Adès, Pekka Kuusisto, Emily Beynon, Nicholas Altstaedt, Alina Ibragimova, and La Bande de La Loingtaine. He has also appeared as a guest of the Berlin Philharmonic as a soloist in their series at the Berlin Philharmonie Kammermusik Saal.

Matthew’s plans for this season include appearances at festivals including Lockenhaus (Austria), Kaposvar (Hungary), Kuhmo (Finland) and Charlottesville (United States), and concerto appearances with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Paavo Jarvi, and with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, Ingolstadt. As an orchestral musician, Matt a regular guest principal with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and has appeared as a guest principal with the Concertgebouw and BBC Symphony Orchestras and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Matthew's recording for ASV of Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with the Elias quartet was met with critical acclaim, with the BBC Music Magazine hailing it with five stars as "the Benchmark recording of this much recorded work".

“The clarinettist played so beautifully it was as though he wished to make the very air of the hall melt” .
— Tokyo Times

Christine Zerafa

Christine Zerafa

Christine Zerafa

Maltese pianist Christine Zerafa has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in various venues and festivals around the UK and overseas. She is currently based in London, where she is in high demand as a collaborative pianist, and performances have taken her to the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, and the National Gallery, amongst others. She has been recipient of various awards including the RNCM Clifton Helliwell Prize, the RAM Scott Huxley prize for piano accompaniment, the Eric Brough Prize and the John B McEwen Prize. Christine is a Park Lane Group Artist and most recently she was also an award winner on the Tunnell Trust Artist Scheme, through which she will perform across Scotland in 2016-17.

Christine gained a Master of Music in solo performance from the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Norma Fisher and Paul Janes, after which she moved on to study with Andrea Lucchesini at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Florence. Having a great passion for collaboration with singers and instrumentalists, she then read for a Master of Music degree in piano accompaniment, which she recently completed at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Michael Dussek, Malcolm Martineau and Ian Brown. Her studies were kindly supported by the Malta Arts Scholarship, the Gilling Family Scholarship, the Janatha Stubbs Foundation and the Royal Academy of Music.


Matthew Trusler

Matthew Trusler

Matthew Trusler has developed a reputation as one of Britain's leading violinists. Performing on a bow once owned by Heifetz, Trusler has been invited to perform as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, Australia, the USA, Japan and South Africa. In the UK he has performed with major orchestras, including the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham, Halle and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and has appeared further afield with the Minnesota Orchestra, NDR Hanover, Helsinki Philharmonic, Deutsche Symphony Berlin, Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Johannesburg Philharmonic. 

Alongside his concerto performances, Matthew has collaborated with outstanding musicians for chamber work, including Piotr Anderszewski, Lang Lang, Wayne Marshall, Martin Roscoe, Peter Donohoe, Imogen Cooper, Leonidas Kavakos, Lynn Harrell, and Joseph Silverstein. Matthew has performed recitals in leading venues around the world including the Wigmore Hall in London, the
Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.

Matthew is the founder of the Orchid Classics label, which has attracted some of the most important artists of today, and the Lenny Trusler Children's Foundation, which raises money for desperately ill babies. 


Thomas Carroll

Thomas Carroll 

Described by The Strad as a player of 'authority, passion with an unerring sense of direction, full of colour and underpinned by a clear musical intelligence', Welsh cellist Thomas Carroll launched his career when he won both Young Concert Artists Trust and Young Concert Artists, New York, which led to performing in many major venues across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and America.  He has appeared as concerto soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Orchestras and London Philharmonic as well as orchestras such as the Vienna Chamber, Melbourne Symphony and Bayerischer Rundfunk.  Much in demand as a chamber musician, Thomas has worked with the Belcea Quartet, Endellion Quartet, Yehudi Menuhin, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Michael Collins, at Wigmore Hall, the Edinburgh and Cheltenham International Festivals, among many others. His recordings include Michael Berkeley’s String Quintet with the Chilingirian Quartet for Chandos and a critically acclaimed recital disc with pianist, Llyr Willliams on the Orchid Classic Label.

Engagements include concerts at the Louvre in Paris, Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Dubrovnik Festival, Mecklenburg Festival and The International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht. Thomas is also in demand as a conductor, and was recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Orpheus Sinfonia.

Thomas is currently a Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and the Yehudi Menuhin School


Ashley Wass

Ashley Wass

Ashley Wass is firmly established as one of the leading performers of his generation. Described by Gramophone Magazine as a ‘thoroughbred who possesses the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays into pure gold', he is the only British winner of the London International Piano Competition, prizewinner at the Leeds Piano Competition, and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Increasingly in demand on the international stage, he has performed as soloist with numerous leading ensembles, including the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, RLPO, and under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle and Osmo Vanska.

Ashley is also much in demand as a chamber musician – performing regularly at many of the major European festivals, and at the Marlboro Music Festival, playing chamber music with musicians such as Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode and members of the Guarneri Quartet and Beaux Arts Trio.  He has performed at many of the world's finest venues including Wigmore Hall, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Carnegie Hall in New York. 

Ashley Wass is the Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival. The Festival has grown from strength to strength during his tenure, with sold-out performances of challenging repertoire and broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Ashley is currently a Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, London, and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.


Florian Mitrea

Florian Mitrea

Florian Mitrea

Born in Bucharest, Romania, Florian Mitrea’s early passion for the piano led him to a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Recently he was a finalist (fourth prize and chamber music award) at the Hamamatsu Piano Competition and earlier in 2015was awarded second prizes at both the Santa Cecilia Competition in Porto, and the Premio Città di Imola at the Imola Academy. In 2014 Florian won third prize and the Classical Concerto Prize at the ARD International Competition in Munich, and first prize at Lagny-sur-Marne. Previous prizes include first prizes at the Panmusica 2010 Vienna International Piano Competition, the Beethoven 2010, and Sheepdrove 2011Intercollegiate Competitions in the United Kingdom. Earlier prizes include several first prizes in the Romanian Music Olympics, Ada Ulubeanu Piano Competition and third prize in the Jeunesses Musicales International Competition. 

He has performed recitals and concertos across Romania, and in Austria, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and South Korea. In the UK Florian has performed at venues including St John’s Smith Square, King’s Place, St. Martin-in-the Fields, St. James’ Piccadilly, Steinway Hall, Draper’s Hall, Colston Hall and Bath Abbey. He has benefited from participation in master-classes given by Leif Ove Andsnes, Angela Brownridge, ImogenCooper, Pascal Devoyon, Akiko Ebi, Stephen Hough, Stephen Kovacevich, John Lill, Joanna MacGregor, Boris Petrushansky and Michael Roll. After studying with Boris Berman at the International Holland Music Sessions in summer 2013, Florian was granted a fellowship at Yale University – Norfolk Music Festival for summer 2014, and enjoyed intensive coaching from Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Wey-Yi Yang and Melvin Chen. 

Florian’s piano studies started in Bucharest as a student of Flavia Moldovan and Gabriela Enăşescu, ultimately at George Enescu Music High School. 
While studying at RAM with Diana Ketler he obtained his BMus with First Class Honours and the Regency Award for notable achievement. In the summer of 2014, he obtained his Master of Arts degree with Distinction and a DipRAM for his final recital, and received the Alumni Development Award for distinguished studentship. He held the Hodgson Memorial post-studentship Fellowship at RAM in 2014-2015 and continues to teach there within the piano department. Florian is currently studying with Boris Petrushansky at the Accademia Pianistica Internazionale "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola, Italy. 

Florian remains an active chamber musician. His duo with cellist Alex Rolton won the Brahms RAM Competition and they were invited to perform at Colston Hall, Bristol and Academy Festivals. His Trio Cardinale won the Cavatina Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition in 2013. As a Sonoro Chamber Music Festival scholar, Florian has performed alongside Alexander Sitkovetsky, David Cohen, Jan- Erik Gustaffson and Nabil Shehata, among others.

Florian has been generously supported by the Rațiu Family Foundation and held the 2010/2011 Enescu Scholarship awarded by the Romanian Cultural Institute in London and the 2012/2013 Roy King Scholarship at the Academy. His postgraduate studies were supported by the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Tillett Trust and he was awarded the Silver Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. 
Performances by Florian have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Romanian radio and television (SRR and TVR), and Südwestrundfunk (SWR2) and Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR-Klassik) in Germany. In March 2015 Nimbus Records released a CD of chamber and organ works by Sir Nicholas Jackson: Florian accompanies soprano Mary Bevan in recordings of Three Hymns and the song cycle Six Elizabethan Songs (Mary and Florian gave the world premiere of this song cycle in London in 2011)


Sacconi Quartet

Sacconi Quartet

The award-winning Sacconi Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Performing with style and commitment, the Quartet is known throughout the world for its creativity and integrity of interpretation. Formed in 2001, its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. The Quartet have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music and Associate Artist at the Bristol Old Vic.

To date, the Quartet has given twenty-one world premières and four British premières, including works by György Kurtág, Paul Patterson, John McCabe, Simon Rowland-Jones, Robin Holloway, John Metcalf and Alun Hoddinott, and they performed as the solo string quartet on Paul McCartney’s hit song Come Home. The Sacconi Quartet has been joined on stage by many artists including Mark Padmore, Melvyn Tan, Andrew Marriner, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Guy Johnston, Alasdair Beatson, Tom Poster, Matthew Rose, Bellowhead’s Jon Boden and actor Timothy West.
In 2008, the Quartet held the inaugural Sacconi Chamber Music Festival in Folkestone, Kent. Now in its ninth year, the festival is an established event in the cultural calendar and is expanding year on year with challenging programming and exciting collaborations. The most recent festival, entitled “Intimate Voices”, focused on the idea of music as an intimate voice through which we can all communicate, featuring performances with Charles Owen and Chi-Chi Nwanoku, and a performance of The Juliet Letters with frontman of folk band Bellowhead Jon Boden.
The Sacconi Quartet has performed at all the major London venues and has travelled extensively throughout the rest of the UK and Europe. The Quartet toured to the Middle East in 2009, where they were invited by the British Council to give concerts and workshops in Jordan’s capital city, Amman.

Firm believers in the importance of bringing chamber music to the next generation, the Sacconi Quartet dedicates much passion, time and energy to education work. They regularly lead workshops and give school and family concerts as part of the Sacconi Chamber Music Festival outreach programme and the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust. Their latest project, an educational show entitled The String Thing, with script by Matthew Sharp, went down a storm wherever it was performed.

The Sacconi won First Prize at the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition and Second Prize, the Sidney Griller Award and the Esterhazy Prize at the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. They also won the Kurtág Prize at the 2005 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition and First Prize in the Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition. In 2006 they were selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT), awarded an Angel Award by The Herald newspaper for outstanding performances in the Edinburgh Festival and nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award.

The Sacconi Quartet has its own, highly successful, record label. Its most recent release, a disc of Czech quartets, was received with widespread critical acclaim, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and tipped as a classical chart 'Hot Shot' by Classic FM. The Quartet’s debut recording of Haydn’s opus 54 quartets was praised in the press and both their Ravel and Haydn CDs were featured in The Full Works programme on Classic FM. Their 2006 recording of Finzi’s song cycle By Footpath and Stile with baritone Roderick Williams for Naxos was well received in all the national broadsheets and BBC Music Magazine.

The name Sacconi Quartet comes from the outstanding twentieth-century Italian luthier and restorer Simone Sacconi, whose book The Secrets of Stradivari is considered an indispensable reference for violin makers. Ben Hancox plays a 1932 Sacconi violin, and Hannah Dawson an unknown Italian from 1750. Robin Ashwell plays a large Sacconi viola made in New York in 1934, for which he is indebted to Ellen Solomon, and Cara Berridge a Nicolaus Gagliano cello from 1781. Cara and Ben wish to thank the Royal Society of Musicians, a charity which helps musicians in need, for the use of their instruments.


Pop Up Opera

Amy Harman

Pop-up Opera is an innovative touring opera company dedicated to making opera enjoyable and inviting, without losing the quality of musical performance. We aim to broaden the appeal of opera and to challenge the way opera is performed, by taking it into unusual spaces and making it fun, fresh and intimate.

Our productions are fully staged, then adapted to each new space we go into, making every performance unique. Performances showcase exciting new operatic talent, professional opera singers in the first stage of promising careers. We aim to bring pleasure to those who are hesitant about opera, as well as to dedicated opera lovers; to open the hidden door to this art form and make even more seasoned opera goers feel like they have been given a secret backstage pass.

Our venues are an important part of what we create. We take our productions beyond just the traditional theatres and informal pubs: a boat made of scrap metal, a restored Victorian poorhouse, a cylindrical shaft beneath the Thames, a cider barn, a winery and even 100 ft underground in candlelit caverns. In these extraordinary venues, the music, storytelling and the electrifying performances of the singers have our audiences enthralled.

A two-hour explosion of beautiful music, top-class singing, and exceptional acting... I honestly cannot imagine anyone, of any age or class or tastes, who would have been bored or unmoved
— The Times
If any group can make opera converts, this one can
— Broadway Baby
Whether you love opera, or you’ve never been to one, be sure to catch this
— Time Out
There can be no better introduction than a Pop-up Opera production
— Daily Express
Discard any preconceptions you have of opera as Pop-up Opera is putting the fun back into the art form
— West End Wilma
a serious commitment to musical standards... along with a personality of its own that reminds you that opera, inter alia, can actually be quite fun
— Opera Now Magazine
Basically, book tickets now
— The Public Reviews
Guts, energy and initiative
— The Telegraph
They’re serious about opera but know opera isn’t always serious
— Performance Reviewed

David Owen Norris

David Owen Norris, the first winner of the Gilmore Artist Award, has played concertos all over North America and Australia, and in the BBC Proms (four times). A programme entirely devoted to his work on the Elgar Piano Concerto, ending with a spectacular live performance of the whole work, has been shown several times on BBC2. His other twentieth-century concerto recordings include works by Lambert, Phillips, Horowitz & Arnell. Solo recitals, all over the world, have particularly featured the music of Brahms, Schubert, Poulenc, Bax & Elgar. Norris began his career by accompanying such artists as Dame Janet Baker, Sir Peter Pears & Jean-Pierre Rampal, and has enjoyed long-standing partnerships with Ernst Kovacic (especially notable is their broadcast of the Schumann violin sonatas on Clara Schumann’s own piano), Sir John Tomlinson, and the late Philip Langridge. In April this year he embarks on an ambitious Sullivan song project for Chandos, working with Mary Bevan, Ben Johnson & Ashley Riches.
Besides this work on the modern piano, David Owen Norris is an acknowledged expert on early pianos. His discovery that the World’s First Piano Concertos were written around 1770 in London for the tiny square piano led to a complete reconsideration of that instrument, with an epoch-making recording, and concerto tours of Britain, Europe and America. His current early-piano recording projects range from Mozart to Mendelssohn, Sterndale Bennett and Brahms.

Norris is a familiar face on music television. His analysis of Jerusalem in the Prince of Wales’s programme on Sir Hubert Parry sent critics into raptures, and his Chord of the Week and Inside the Score features have helped make BBC2’s PromsExtra one of the most watched classical music programmes in the world. His popular Radio 4 Playlist series is often repeated, and on Radio 3 his contributions to Building a Library are keenly relished, to judge by the flurries on Twitter. Norris has a long history with Radio 3, which discovered him as a young artist: in his first few years as a solo performer he made over two hundred broadcasts. For several years round 1990 he had his own weekly show, The Works, still fondly remembered, and through the middle years of that decade he was one of the presenters of In Tune.
David Owen Norris’s rise as a composer is more recent. Audiences have been discovering his music through a series of major works: the oratorio Prayerbook, the Piano Concerto in C, both recorded commercially, and the Symphony; as well as smaller works, already much loved, like the song-cycles Think only this and Tomorrow nor Yesterday, the cantata STERNE, was THE MAN and the much-toured and frequently broadcast radio-opera The Jolly Roger, or Pugwash Walks the Plank, the last-named a BBC commission. Two large-scale works appeared in the autumn of 2015: Turning Points, a celebration of democracy supported financially by the Agincourt600 Committee, and HengeMusic, a multi-media piece for organ and saxophone quartet with film and poetry, supported by Arts Council England.

David Owen Norris is Professor of Musical Performance at the University of Southampton, Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford. His unusually varied career has also seen him as a repetiteur at the Royal Opera House, harpist at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Artistic Director of the Petworth Festival & the Cardiff International Festival, Gresham Professor of Music, and Chairman of the Steans Institute for Singers at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. The Beethoven 9 app for which Norris wrote the book and the analyses won the Best Music App Award in April 2014. His regular monthly columns in the BBC Music Magazine give rise to a steady flow of thoughtful correspondence.

Heavenly sounds – diabolical virtuosity. Don’t miss him.
— CD Compact, Spain
A famous thinker/philosopher of the keyboard
— Seattle Times
One of the most iconic personalities in English music of any period
— Revue Musicale
Quite possibly the most interesting pianist in the world
— Globe & Mail, Toronto

Joseph Spooner

Joseph Spooner came to the cello indirectly, via a degree in Classics at Cambridge, and a doctorate in Greek papyrology at London and Florence universities. During subsequent postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music, he embraced traditional repertoire and developed a taste for contemporary and non-standard works. Since then, he has pursued a diverse career, principally as a soloist and chamber musician, and this work has taken him across the UK, from the Baltic to the Atlantic, and from the recording studio to France, Austria, the Netherlands, New York and Russia. As a soloist, there have been performances of familiar and less familiar concertos (including Dvořák, Leighton, Korngold, Shostakovitch and Moeran); broadcasts from his recordings on BBC Radio 3 and Radio New Zealand; and recital series featuring the complete works for the cello by Bach, Beethoven, Bloch, and the Mighty Handful.

Joseph has worked extensively as a chamber musician, currently with the Summerhayes Piano Trio, and was a founder member of the mixed ensemble Camarada. His work with contemporary-music ensembles (notably Continuum and New Music Players) has included performances at major festivals (among them Huddersfield), broadcasts (BBC Radio 3, Channel 4), several premieres, and recordings of works by Errollyn Wallen and Roger Smalley. Joseph’s deep delving into the cello repertoire has led to the rediscovery of unjustly neglected works. Audiences have greatly appreciated hearing this music, and critics have offered high praise for Joseph’s recordings, noting the initiative entailed and agreeing that these works – by composers as diverse as Alan Bush, Alexander Krein, Michael Balfe, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Edgar Bainton, Aaron Copland, George Dyson, and Percy Sherwood – were indeed worth rehabilitating.
Other cellists, please copy! (International Record Review)

Joseph was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2012, and in 2013 was made an honorary member of the International Felix Draeseke Society. He is proud to be the dedicatee of Alwynne Pritchard’s Danaides, Errollyn Wallen’s Spirit Symphony: Speed Dating for Two Orchestras, and Martin Read’s Troper Fragment. His instrument was made by Nicholas Vuillaume in c.1865

arresting in his commitment, his technical facility and in the rich tone he
produces from his cello … could not be better
— International Record Review
all the expressive power needed
— Gramophone

Mark Wilde

Born in Scotland, Mark Wilde was a chorister at Dundee Cathedral before studying at the University of East Anglia and the Royal College of Music.

His operatic engagements have included the title role in Candide, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Idamante Idomeneo and Alfredo La traviata for Birmingham Opera Company, Snout A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Teatro Municipale Reggio Emilia and the Teatro Petruzzelli, Bari, Snout A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Albafiorita Mirandolina, Pedrillo Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Comte Miguel La Périchole, Giannetto La gazza ladra and M. Triquet Eugene Onegin for Garsington Opera, Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia for the European Opera Centre, Cat The Adventures of Pinocchio and Jonathan Saul for Opera North, Second Soldier The Coronation of Poppea and Frederic The Pirates of Penzance for English National Opera, Ferrando Così fan tutte for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Ferrando Così fan tutte and The Seven Deadly Sings for Welsh National Opera, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni for the Mostly Mozart Festival, the title role in Idomeneo for Blackheath Halls Opera, Count Almaviva The Barber of Seville for Savoy Opera and Rudolf Euryanthe for the Netherlands Opera. 

He has established a particularly close relationship with English Touring Opera, for whom he has sung the title role in Albert Herring, Flute A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Johnny Inkslinger Paul Bunyan, Ugone Flavio, Tito La clemenza di Tito, Tamino The Magic Flute, Don Basilio The Marriage of Figaro, Farmer Bunce The Fantastic Mr Fox and The Fairy Queen.

Mark Wilde sings regularly in concert, his engagements including performances with the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Britten Sinfonia, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, the Hanover Band, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Ural Philharmonic. His repertoire ranges from Bach and Handel through Haydn and Mozart to Britten and Elgar.

His recordings include Britten Complete Scottish Songs, Corp Country Matters and Handel Ode for St Cecilia’s Day (Naxos), Pia de’Tolomei, Alesandro nell’Indie, Corrado d’Altamura, Adelaide di Borgogna, La donna del lago and Rossini Songs (Opera Rara), The Adventures of Pinocchio (Opus Arte Blu Ray / DVD), Elgar Songs (Avie), Sullivan The Golden Legend and The Prodigal Son (Hyperion), Ancient Melodies (Docker Records) and Fame’s Great Trumpet – Songs by Britten and Norris (EM Records).


Trio Apaches

Trio Apaches, comprising three of the UK's most respected soloists, was officially formed in 2012 as the consequence of a shared desire to focus on innovative projects and challenging cross-genre collaborations, as well as to present masterworks of the trio repertoire in unfamiliar contexts.
 
Trio Apaches’ first album, released on Orchid Classics in autumn 2014, is very much representative of the group's intention to create projects outside the traditional realm of the piano trio. The disc features a newly commissioned transcription of Debussy's La Mer by Sally Beamish alongside one of Beamish's original works; her powerful setting of the Anglo Saxon poem The Seafarer, in which the Trio are joined by Sir Willard White in the role of narrator.
 
Built on a foundation of great friendship between three colleagues who have collaborated in various forms over many years, Trio Apaches have quickly been embraced on the international concert scene and are unanimously praised for the infectious joy and virtuosity of their performances and the innovative nature of their programmes. They have made numerous appearances on BBC Radio 3, and performances at festivals including Lincoln International Music Festival and Swaledale Festival.


Matthew Trusler has developed a reputation as one of Britain's leading violinists. Performing on a bow once owned by Heifetz, Trusler has been invited to perform as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, Australia, the USA, Japan and South Africa. In the UK he has performed with major orchestras, including the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham, Halle and Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and has appeared further afield with the Minnesota Orchestra, NDR Hanover, Helsinki Philharmonic, Deutsche Symphony Berlin, Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Johannesburg Philharmonic. 

Alongside his concerto performances, Matthew has collaborated with outstanding musicians for chamber work, including Piotr Anderszewski, Lang Lang, Wayne Marshall, Martin Roscoe, Peter Donohoe, Imogen Cooper, Leonidas Kavakos, Lynn Harrell, and Joseph Silverstein. Matthew has performed recitals in leading venues around the world including the Wigmore Hall in London, the
Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.

Matthew is the founder of the Orchid Classics label, which has attracted some of the most important artists of today, and the Lenny Trusler Children's Foundation, which raises money for desperately ill babies.  

Described by The Strad as a player of 'authority, passion with an unerring sense of direction, full of colour and underpinned by a clear musical intelligence', Welsh cellist Thomas Carroll launched his career when he won both Young Concert Artists Trust and Young Concert Artists, New York, which led to performing in many major venues across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and America.  He has appeared as concerto soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Orchestras and London Philharmonic as well as orchestras such as the Vienna Chamber, Melbourne Symphony and Bayerischer Rundfunk.  Much in demand as a chamber musician, Thomas has worked with the Belcea Quartet, Endellion Quartet, Yehudi Menuhin, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Michael Collins, at Wigmore Hall, the Edinburgh and Cheltenham International Festivals, among many others. His recordings include Michael Berkeley’s String Quintet with the Chilingirian Quartet for Chandos and a critically acclaimed recital disc with pianist, Llyr Willliams on the Orchid Classic Label.

Engagements include concerts at the Louvre in Paris, Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Dubrovnik Festival, Mecklenburg Festival and The International Chamber Music Festival in Utrecht. Thomas is also in demand as a conductor, and was recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Orpheus Sinfonia.

Thomas is currently a Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Ashley Wass is firmly established as one of the leading performers of his generation. Described by Gramophone Magazine as a ‘thoroughbred who possesses the enviable gift to turn almost anything he plays into pure gold', he is the only British winner of the London International Piano Competition, prizewinner at the Leeds Piano Competition, and a former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. Increasingly in demand on the international stage, he has performed as soloist with numerous leading ensembles, including the BBC orchestras, the Philharmonia, Orchestre National de Lille, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, RLPO, and under the baton of conductors such as Simon Rattle and Osmo Vanska.

Ashley is also much in demand as a chamber musician – performing regularly at many of the major European festivals, and at the Marlboro Music Festival, playing chamber music with musicians such as Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode and members of the Guarneri Quartet and Beaux Arts Trio.  He has performed at many of the world's finest venues including Wigmore Hall, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Carnegie Hall in New York. 

Ashley Wass is the Artistic Director of the Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival. The Festival has grown from strength to strength during his tenure, with sold-out performances of challenging repertoire and broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Ashley is currently a Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, London, and is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.