Paulo Lopes

Paulo Lopes

pianist

 

Paulo Lopes was born in Lisbon, Portugal, where he started playing the piano at the age of 6. At the age of 9 he was awarded a scholarship to the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and joined the Conservatorio Nacional de Lisboa at the age of 11 where he had piano tuition from the pianist Leonor Leitão-Cadete. He then came to London to continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music with Norman Beedie. In 1997 Paulo was admitted as Licentiate, Trinity College London. He has given numerous piano recitals in East Anglia including several in aid of Amnesty International, and at various venues in Europe including the south of France and Holland. He has won various piano competitions in regional music festivals, he also teaches the piano and was the founder of Stoke Music in 2010.

Peter Wild

Peter Wild

pianist

 

Peter Wild was born in Sydney, Australia. From an early age he showed a great aptitude for the piano and after his family returned to England he began to develop a serious relationship with the instrument, leading to his enrolment at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Music in London. An interest in teaching emerged quite early on and he combined his work teaching in the Junior Department at the Royal Academy with the development of his own teaching practice. In later years he became very much involved with the work of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and having served for a number of years on the national committee for the Private Teachers’ Section he was subsequently appointed Warden of the Section, serving his one year tenure in 2008 – 2009.  His work as an accompanist played an important part in his early career and performances include recitals for BBC Radio, Granada Television and on the South Bank in London.

He is now based in Cheshire where he is a much sought-after teacher and consultant in piano teaching.  He tours in this country and abroad as an examiner and adjudicator.  His examining experience extends over twenty five years during which time he has worked as examiner and moderator for the WJEC examination board and as a senior examiner and piano consultant for the faculty of the London College of Music at the University of West London. Currently he is an Associate Chief Examiner at Trinity College, London. In 2014 he was awarded honorary membership of Trinity College. Peter can be heard performing on a variety of Trinity CD recordings and has had a number of educational piano pieces published. His repertoire ranges from the early baroque to 20th century composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Darius Milhaud. Peter is the most recent addition to Stoke Music’s garland of musicians of excellence.

Danielle Perrett

Danielle Perrett

harpist

 

Danielle Perrett is widely recognized as one of the UK’s finest harpists whose performances and recordings have been critically acclaimed. She enjoys an extremely varied career which, in addition to performing, involves teaching, examining, adjudicating, giving master classes in the UK and in many countries around the world.

Danielle has performed for some of the highest profile events and people. She has played on many private occasions for the Royal family at Buckingham Palace and at the Palace of Versailles, Paris. As a concerto soloist she has performed at major international concert halls, such as the Musikverein in Vienna and the Wigmore Hall in London. Danielle’s solo recital and orchestral career spans the globe, from Britain to the USA, Australasia, SE Asia, Africa and all over Europe. She gives masterclasses and workshops to   harpists around the world. She composes, edits and arranges harp music, and has researched the instrument and its 18th & 19th Century repertoire, specialising in solo and chamber music on both period and modern harps.

Her many recordings have been highly acclaimed, most notably her recording of music by 20th Century English composer, Edmund Rubbra.  Danielle has broadcast  internationally as well as appearing in several films,     including BBC’s TV film of Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion and Simon Schama’s documentary Rough Crossings.

In addition she is a qualified Pilates teacher which she teaches to harpists and other musicians as well as to the local community.

Margarete Bateson

Margarete Bateson

pianist

 

Margaret Bateson was born in Cumbria and now lives in London. A gifted child, she started playing the piano at the age of five. By the time she was six she had already passed her first exam with honours. Her piano studies continued with private lessons until she was awarded the Charles Vincent scholarship to train at the Trinity College of Music, London. After several years study at this college she was awarded a further scholarship, this time from the British Council, to study at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, and at the Kodaly Pedagogical Institute. She has had a fruitful and varied career giving concerts at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and Conway Hall, as well as broadcasts for the BBC and coaching for the Cologne Opera in Germany. Her music making has taken her all through Europe and North America, she also toured India extensively.

She became established in London as a teacher and following a period at the Newham Academy of Music she now works as a professor of piano at the City Literary Institute in London.

Peter O'Connor

Peter O'Connor

flautist

 

Peter O’Connor was born in Liverpool where he studied flute with Judy Fenton as a  winner of a City of Liverpool Scholarship, before gaining a place at the Royal Northern College of Music. Peter has worked with most of the major orchestras in England and Scotland and along with Mary Morley formed Rubato, a flute and harp duo to great critical acclaim. He has recorded both for radio and television and can frequently be heard playing the flute in TV series and films. Peter collaborated with Sir George Martin and Gordon Giltrap on his album Candles for BBC TV. He has played in many West End shows, including Aspects of Love, Brigadoon and The Sound of Music. He has worked extensively with the London Concert Orchestra, London Pops Orchestra, and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Peter is an experienced and committed flute teacher, teaching at Oundle School, Kings College School, Cambridge, and Linton Village College.

Yvonne Howard

Yvonne Howard

mezzo-soprano

 

Recently hailed by the press as ‘surely the finest singing actress this country has produced’, Yvonne Howard began singing with the Staffordshire County Youth Choir and her busy international career began immediately after she graduated with distinction from Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Joseph Ward. She is much in demand in all areas of stage and theatre work and due to her extreme versatility, vocal and dramatic flexibility and her extended vocal range. Yvonne is equally at home in recital, oratorio and opera and from Handel via Rossini to Verdi, Elgar, Richard Strauss and Wagner. Her career to date has included regular appearances with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Opera North, all of Britain’s major orchestras and in major concert halls and Opera houses of the U.K. Europe, Japan, Brazil, Israel, and more recently the U.S.A. Conductors with whom she has worked include Haitink, Groves, Menuhin, Andrew Davies, Thieleman, Edo de Waart, Sir Colin Davies. She has also sung Strauss’ Four Last Songs, the role of Amneris in‘Aida’ at the Royal Albert Hall and on tour, followed by returning to New York to sing Edwige in Handel’s Rodelinda , the role of Assunta in Menotti’s Saint of Bleecker Street at the Spoleto Festival in Italy,’ The Bartered Bride’ ,‘Die Zauberflote’ with the ROH and ‘Barber of Seville’ ENO, as well as singing the Angel in the ‘Dream of Gerontius ‘ in New York and Boston U.S.A.

Maria Garzón

Maria Garzón

pianist

 

Maria Garzón was born into a medical family.  She studied music in Spain, Austria, Germany and UK.  Her international career took off in 1984 when she was chosen by the RTVE to represent her country at the music year in Amsterdam.  She has performed in many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Barbican, she has taken part in several international festivals including Salzburg, Carthage and Thessaloniki.  When she’s not travelling Maria lives in the UK and Greece.

She has recorded for the major radio stations (BBC, classic FM, WDR, RAI, RTVE, NBRC) and has been instrumental in the rediscovery of the works of the composer J. L. Dussek.  She has recorded his piano concertos with the Neues Renisches Kammerorchester for WDR-KOCH, and the first complete cycle of his piano sonatas (six CDs).

Her recording of the piano works of Elgar was made with the support of the Elgar Society in the UK and features the first ever recording of the piano version of the Enigma Variations.

Other recordings include Ullmann’s Piano Sonatas 4, 5, 6 and 7, the piano works of Rodrigo, an album of piano variations and an album of Spanish music for piano which won the British retailers association prize for best CD of the year.

Maria is an honorary member of ILAMS and a Fellow of the RSA.

Charlotte de Rothschild

Charlotte de Rothschild

soprano

 

Charlotte de Rothschild’s career has taken her all over the world. With her wide knowledge of the song repertoire, from different eras, countries and genres, she has created some wonderful themed programmes; the best known being the “Family Connections” programme which traces the musical history of her forebears with music by, and anecdotes about, the composers who were friends, teachers or ancestors of the Rothschild family during the 19th and 20th Centuries. Other themes presented in major concert halls or Festivals include “A Bouquet of Flower Songs” (arranged by the season) with which Charlotte toured Japan and India in the Spring of 2012 and did so again in Japan in July 2014 and “A Magical Evening”, a collection of British songs released on the Nimbus label as “Fairy Songs” with the harpist Danielle Perrett. Recently, Charlotte’s concert schedule took her to Taiwan, Japan, India and the U.S.A.

After performing in Japan for over twenty years, she recorded a CD of classical Japanese songs called “A Japanese Journey”.  She was the first foreigner to have recorded this music in the native tongue and as such was hailed as a pioneer and she has promoted the beauty of these songs all over the world.  Her newest Japanese song CD “Hana wa saku” , is a collaboration with the City of London Sinfonia conducted by Michael Collins.

Eugénie Degan

Eugénie Degan

cellist

 

Eugénie Degan was born in southern France and studied music from an early age.  She graduated as a Baroque cellist from the Paris Schola Cantorum in 1999 having studied with the renowned cellist Erwan Faure and became a Bachelor of Music at the Paris Conservatoire in 2000.  After some years playing in symphony and chamber orchestras as well as teaching the cello, Eugénie changed direction and enrolled in a course to become a violin maker at the London Metropolitan University, where she graduated in 2005 with Distinction.  She continued her training in different well known London workshops such as those of J.P.Guivier and F. Leonhard, then she continued her repair and restoration apprenticeship for a further 3 years with Peter Ratcliff in his Brighton workshop.

Thanks to her work and experience in Brighton, she was able to become a Queen Elizabeth Trust Scholar in July 2007 following a full restoration project on a 1670 violin from Thomas Urquhart of  London. Eugenie continues her work as a violin maker, and when time allows, still enjoys playing freelance in some of the London Orchestras and as a soloist as she is in the presentation today.

Rosie Lowdell

Rosie Lowdell

violinist

 

Rosie Lowdell was born in London and started playing the violin aged seven, having already started piano lessons at the age of five. Rosie studied at the Royal Academy of Music in the junior department and then entered the Royal Northern College of Music. She has obtained a B.A hons. degree in Violin from the RNCM as well as a Masters degree in performance from Huddersfield University.

She has had a varied career spanning from chamber music and solo performances to tours with the experimental collective group “Homelife”. As an orchestral musician she has played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra amongst others. When Rosie is not performing or teaching the violin or piano, she looks after her three year old son, and likes to relax by growing vegetables and making cheese at the farming community where she lives.

Florence Obote

Florence Obote

violinist

 

Florence has been playing the violin since the age of seven. She joined a chamber group when she was in year 12 and played in various ensembles, and also participated in music festivals and competitions.

Whilst still at school, she joined several music groups externally. Florence was part of the Finchley Music strings for a couple of years and joined a jazz strings group. She has played with the Barbican Youth Orchestra where she got to play in several orchestral works, including the famous Romeo and Juliet overture by Tchaikovsky, and works by Glinka and Mozart.

Next she went to Thailand where she joined the Thammasat University Symphony Orchestra (TUSO). She met many fellow musicians there and had the opportunity to play in concerts all around Thailand, and travelled to Laos to play at the university there.

Subsequently she studied Bioscience at the University of Kent where the music opportunities were numerous. She joined the university’s symphony orchestra and the String Sinfonia. In addition to her violin work, Florence is a full-time scientist.

Joe Reynolds

Joe Reynolds

cellist

 

Joe studied cello, piano, composition, improvisation and music theory at the Royal College of Music Junior Department with the support of a Tsukanov Scholarship and the Wolfson Music Award. He then studied music at the University of Oxford, where he won the Fitzgerald Prize and an academic scholarship and graduated with a Double First.

He has given concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, Blenheim Palace, the Stauffer Academy. In 2018, he played a cello solo for Felicity Jones’ wedding. He has featured in masterclasses with Yo-Yo Ma, Dave Holland, Mario Brunello, Natalie Klein, Mäts Lidstrom, Bojan Cicic, and Laurence Cummings.

Joe has been teaching for over a decade and is passionate about passing on his knowledge to the next generation in an effective, accessible way. His teachers include Hannah Roberts, Jonathan Manson, Guy Johnston, Alexander Boyarsky, (cello); Yoko Ono, Charlotte Tomlinson, Marie Noelle-Kendall (piano); Robert Saxton, David Sutton-Anderson.