Jennifer Statham (Violinist)

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Published on: January 22, 2017

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Jennifer is currently in her second year studying Music at the University of Bristol. During her gap year she achieved distinction in both her violin and singing ABRSM Performance Diplomas and a merit in her Grade 8 Music Theory. In 2013 Jennifer won the Gloucestershire Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition on her violin and last year won the Carducci Prize in Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year. At university she is leader of the University Chamber Orchestra, a member of the University Symphony Orchestra, University Singers and the Berwick Consort and earlier this year she performed in the University Opera Society’s production of Sweeney Todd. Before coming to University Jennifer sang in the Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir, where she was given solos, and in 2015 she was asked to sing solo in the Boxing Day service at the Cathedral. Also leader of the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra for 2 years, Jennifer was asked to perform as the soloist for Vivaldi’s Summer with the orchestra on tour to the Black Forest, Germany last year.

Laura Hosford and Fiona Crawley

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Published on: June 27, 2016

 

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Laura started playing the flute at her local primary school in Coleford when she was 8. After starting to play piano a few years later, Laura has since gone on to pass grade 8 in both instruments, obtaining a distinction in her grade 8 flute. This is her third year with the orchestra, which she enjoys regularly playing in alongside other ensembles in the Forest of Dean, such as The Forest Flute Choir.

Laura joined Sir Thomas Rich’s School sixth form in Gloucester in 2014, where she is deputy school captain and principal flute in the school orchestra. She is currently studying for A Levels in Economics, Maths and Geography, and hopes to take a place up at Durham University in the autumn to study Economics.

Laura is looking forward to sharing the stage with Fiona Crawley, her teacher and musical inspiration, for her concerto debut.

Fiona is very active as a teacher and performer throughout Gloucestershire and beyond. She started playing the flute under Pete Tompkins at Wyedean School when she was 11 and quickly progressed to grade 8. Following a BA (Hons) in music and Italian from Bristol University where she specialised in performance and twentieth century repertoire she spent several years working for publishing houses before returning to music. She now teaches extensively in local schools and runs a thriving private practice.

Fiona is the founder and musical director of The Forest Flute Choir, now in its eleventh year and she is also responsible for creating the Yvonne Walkerdine Music Bursary which rewards young people for their music making and creative passion. She is delighted to be performing with Laura for this double flute concerto.

Philippa Green (Violinist)

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Published on: June 22, 2015
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Originally from Portsmouth, Philippa moved to Birmingham in 1998 to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Rimma Sushanskaya. Since graduating in 2003 with an Honours degree and Masters in Music she has worked extensively around the West Midlands and enjoys a busy and varied career as a freelance musician. She has performed on tour with artists such as Il Divo, Smokey Robinson, George Benson, Chris De Burgh, Alfie Boe, Tim Minchin and Johnny Mathis, both in the UK and Europe.

A sought-after leader for theatre orchestras, Philippa can be found most evenings sat in an orchestra pit in one of the many theatres in the region, playing both musicals and operas, and worked for one glorious summer in Austria performing with the Bad Ischl Operetta Orchestra during their 2002 summer season.

At weekends Philippa is more likely to be found performing with one of her two String Quartets. As leader of the Ramoray String Quartet she has given a number of recitals both in Birmingham and as part of a regular series in Bath. As leader of the Signature String Quartet she performs weekly at weddings and corporate functions across the country.

Her orchestral work includes performing with Midlands Sinfonia, Queen’s Park Sinfonia, English Symphony Orchestra, the City Concert Orchestra, Armonico Consort, as well as finding herself in demand as a guest-leader for various free-lance orchestras.

Philippa juggles her playing career with a busy teaching one, passing on her love of music and the violin to youngsters in local schools.

From church halls to 88,000 seater stadiums, from classrooms to concert halls, and from accompanying singers on stage to accompanying brides down the aisle, Philippa enjoys a wide and varying career in music, where no two days are ever the same!

Richard Tattam (Bassoonist)

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Published on: February 12, 2015

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Richard began learning the Bassoon at the age of 11 with Merle Calderbank through Sandwell Youth Music.  Following these studies, he gained a four year scholarship to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2003.  During his time at the Conservatoire, Richard studied under Maria Mealey, Margaret Cookhorn, Meyrick Alexander and Nick Hunka whilst undertaking masterclasses with John Orford and Gareth Newman.  Richard was a three time finalist in the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music prize and was part of several Symphony Orchestra concerts.  Whilst gaining a 2:1 BMus(Hons) degree, Richard was also part of the CBSO Youth Orchestra, and took part in the CBSO ‘Igor Fest’ in 2006.  He continued studies at the Royal Northern College of Music the following year, gaining a PgDip in Performance in 2008, studying with Laurence Perkins and Stefano Canuti,  reaching the final of the Woodwind Prize.

Benjamin Graves (Composer)

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Published on: June 6, 2013

Having achieved his Masters in Composition, with distinction, from the Guildhall School – with generous support from The Worshipful Company of Tobacco Pipe Makers, The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers, the Guildhall Trust and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust – Benjamin’s works have been performed widely, either by himself, as clarinettist, or others in venues and festivals across the UK and abroad including Darmstadt, Germany and Aldeburgh; Birmingham; Durham; Oxford and London’s Air Studios, Barbican, City of London Festival, LSO St. Luke’s, the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios, The Place, Southbank, and the Wigmore Hall and has recently gained places on the Britten-Pears Young Artists programme and the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Young Composer Scheme. He is co-founder of the critically acclaimed dance and music company Sounding Motion who perform extensively across the UK in theatres, studios and education projects, with generous support from the musicians’ benevolent fund.

Chris Andrews (Pianist)

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Published on: June 6, 2013
Chris Andrews is a Cardiff-based pianist and graduated with a masters degree in music from Cardiff University in 2011. He performs on piano and organ with choirs and orchestras around the capital (including Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra and WNO) and has performed on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Night Waves.’ Some of his favourite performances include Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Judith Weir’s little-know Piano Concerto with string orchestra. He is delighted to be playing Shostakovich’s 2nd Piano Concerto with RFDO.
When not performing, Chris works as the Director of Music at St. John’s-on-the-Hill, an independent preparatory school in Chepstow. In his spare time he also skates for the South Wales Silures roller derby team.

Robert Kurnatowski (Cellist)

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Published on: February 21, 2013

 

As a member of the Bantock Quartet, Robert is currently a Junior Fellow at Birmingham Conservatoire. Initially training as a physicist, Robert was a Music Scholar at the University of Birmingham and graduated in

2010 with a first class honours degree in Physics. He continued his cello studies with Lionel Handy at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating in 2012 with distinction on the Master’s programme.

 

During his studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, Robert won places on both the Birmingham Royal Ballet and C.B.S.O. training schemes, and was winner of the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Prize and Derek Young Memorial Award. He was also winner of the strings category of the Symphony Hall Prize, and finalist in the Conservatoire’s Strings Prize, the Delius Prize and the Ambache Prize. In 2012, Robert was invited to perform in the final of the prestigious Muriel Taylor Scholarship competition, and is looking to forward to performing in this year’s final at the end of March 2013. Robert is continuing to study with Lionel Handy and Richard Lester.

Kwesi Edman (Cellist)

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Published on: January 7, 2013

Kwesi Edman graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied with David Strange and Philip Sheppard.
Since leaving the Academy his career has branched out to include other art forms such as the spoken word, dance and artists.
He performs regularly across the world as a soloist, chamber musician, pop musician and conductor and has collaborated with players from the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-fields, Southbank Sinfonia, the Royal Opera Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has worked alongside artists such as Shirley Bassey, Damon Albarn and Elton John and even appeared next to David Beckham at the Beijing Olympics.
Kwesi founded Chamber Academy Orchestra in 2007 of which he is the principal conductor. He is head of the Performance, Advanced and Alpine courses at Oxford Cello School and teaches privately in London.

Edward Carpenter (Trumpeter)

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Published on: November 21, 2012

Brought up in Somerset, Edward came to Birmingham to study at the Conservatoire in 2007. During his studies he had many opportunities with the major ensembles, playing a wide range of repertoire. In 2009 he was awarded a place to study in Italy with Giancarlo Parodi. During the term spent there Edward played both the Vivaldi double trumpet concerto with Sergio Luchetta and also the Torelli Trumpet concerto, accompanied by the Baroque Orchestra of Ferrara. He was a finalist in several competitions at the college, including the Corfield Trumpet Prize and the Brass Prize, he was also awarded the Post graduate certificate course prize for 2011/12.  During his postgraduate studies Edward was awarded a place on the CBSO orchestral training scheme in which he took part in a number of orchestral rehearsals.

Away from his studies, Edward was a founder member of the Thumb contemporary music ensemble, with whom he plays regularly. Edward has also played with several other ensembles in the Birmingham area, including the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, the CBSO Youth Orchestra and the Sinfonia of Birmingham.

Elin White (Violinist)

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Published on: May 22, 2012

Elin grew up in Gloucestershire where she was actively involved in the music service, playing with many ensembles and leading the county and South West youth orchestras.  She has performed with many orchestras including the English Symphony Orchestra, Dartington Festival Orchestra, the Croft Orchestra and the Clic Sargent Symphony Orchestra in prestigious venues such as Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, St John’s, Smith Square, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Sage at Gateshead.  Her quartet has taken part in many national and international chamber music courses, and has played in concerts alongside the Carducci Quartet.  As a soloist she has appeared with the Thornbury Orchestra, the Asklepios Orchestra, Gloucester Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Concert Orchestra and the Gloucestershire Symphony Orchestra.  This is her debut with the Royal Forest of Dean Orchestra.  She is currently in her third year at the Royal College of Music, studying with Dona Lee Croft and Kathron Sturrock.  She remains grateful for the ongoing support of the North Nibley Arts Bursary.

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