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.

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Important Dates
  • Saturday Dec 8th 3pm: Christmas Children’s Concert at Coleford Baptist Church
  • Saturday March 21st 7.30pm: Spring Concert at Newnham Church
  • Saturday July 4th 7.30pm: Summer Concert at Newland Church
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