Marian Givens is a freelance violinist and teacher, playing with a variety of ensembles such as The Bristol Ensemble, Orchestra of the Swan and La Folia. In 2015 she spent 7 months in Valencia with the opera house Palau de les Arts, under the direction of Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel.
She also works regularly in the West End and with pop acts such as Emeli Sande.
She also teaches at The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester and Salisbury Cathedral Schools.
Gavin Wells was born in London, but studied trumpet performance in the USA at the University of Northern Colorado under William Pfund. He later received his M.Mus degree from the Florida State University, where he was also a trumpet teacher. In the USA he was a member of the Rocky Mountain Brass Quintet, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, and the Disneyland Show band.
In 1986 he won the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition held in London. Settling in Gloucestershire in 1989 he now teaches Brass and enjoys a busy freelance career, performing regularly with the Bath Philharmonia, the West of England Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bristol Ensemble, the Regency Sinfonia, and the Premiere Brass Quintet. He regularly records for BBC television and radio and has recently performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Gavin has given recitals in Gloucester Cathedral and Bath Abbey with organists David Briggs and Peter King, and as part of the Guiting Festival in 1997, and the Three Choirs Festival in 1998. As a soloist he has performed the concertos of Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Hummel, Neruda, Tomasi, Arutunian, Copland’s Quiet City, and Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings. He has recently recorded concertos by Telemann, Mudge, and Vivaldi with the Bristol Ensemble.
Imogen studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Neil Black and Gordon Hunt, where she won many of the major prizes, including the Paddy Purcell Prize for all wind instruments. She was awarded a Countess of Munster Scholarship and then a Winston Churchill Fellowship to continue her studies with the Berlin Philharmonic’s solo oboist, Lothar Koch.
Imogen Triner is one of Britain’s foremost oboe soloists and performances have included major concerti with the Tivoli Festival Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Turku Philharmonic and Kuopio Symphony Orchestras – both in Finland, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra in Norway, the Kansas Chamber Orchestra, the National Italian Symphony Orchestra, the Belgian National Radio and Television Orchestra, the Norkoping Chamber Orchestra in Sweden and many orchestras in the UK. Many of these performances have been recorded for the radio.
As a chamber musician Imogen has performed highly acclaimed recitals in major London venues and in festivals throughout the UK. She has toured all over Scandinavia, America and Japan both as a recitalist, giving masterclasses and with her Oboe Quartet.
In the UK Imogen works regularly with chamber groups which include the Bristol Ensemble with whom she has played numerous concerti and recently recorded 2 CDs which include Vivaldi’s C major oboe concerto. Imogen is the oboist in the oboe quartet ‘oboeworks’.
Joanne Green began her career in Melbourne taking a Bachelor of Arts in Music and performing with the Melbourne Symphony. Gaining the Clarke Scholarship from Melbourne University in 1993 enabled Joanne to complete a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music under Felix Andrievsky, where she also studied baroque violin with Catherine Mackintosh.
A full-time member of the Northern Sinfonia for a number of years, Joanne went freelance in order to pursue the many and varied offers of work with other ensembles and particularly to pursue her interest in period performance. On modern violin, she has been a member of The Scottish Ensemble since 2003. Joanne plays a very active part in education, writing and delivering projects for The Scottish Ensemble and The Avison Ensemble, and was for a number of years a teacher at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She is now working on a web-based, performance project for long distance learning with Aldeburgh Music.
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David Pagett studied clarinet at the Royal Northern College of Music with Sidney Fell and Janet Hilton. He has worked extensively throughout the UK with some of the countries leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. As well as working as an orchestral musician David has played in West End Productions of Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, 42nd Street and West Side Story. He is currently working in and around Bristol combining a busy teaching and performing schedule.
Juliet has played for television & West End theatre productions performing with musicians such as Pete Townsend & Adrian Utley of Portishead.
Jeremy was born and grew up in Kenya. He studied Psychology and Zoology at Bristol University and studied percussion with Diggory Seacome, Jayne Obradovic, Graham Johns and Michael Skinner. He now teaches percussion at Millfield School and plays with the Bristol Ensemble and many others including Welsh National Opera, The London Gala Orchestra, English National Ballet, Bath Philharmonia and the Brunel Ensemble. Jeremy has coached many youth orchestras and has recently enjoyed a course with the National Children’s Orchestra. He regularly records for film and television including a solo role on “Dog Soldiers”, a werewolf horror!
Mark’s interest in music began at an early age having spent his childhood in a musical household, his mother regularly playing piano at home and his father being principal horn in the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. At the age of nine Mark joined the Wessex Youth Orchestra in Poole where he continued to play until taking up a scholarship to Royal College of Music London in 1989. Mark also gained valuable musical experience by being a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. As well as performing concerts Mark also enjoys classical composition and has written several chamber pieces and orchestral works.
Born and raised in Cardiff, Wales, Bernard Kane, violist and composer, holds degrees from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (Doctor of Musical Arts), Yale University (Master of Music) and the Royal College of Music, London (B. Mus. Honours). He studied viola with Roger Best, Simon Rowland-Jones, Jesse Levine and David Harding.
He has worked with the orchestras of English and Welsh National Opera, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Bristol Ensemble, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Quincy Jones Orchestra. A keen chamber musician, he has played in master classes with the Tokyo, Colorado and Arditti string quartets; he has also taken part at the Academy of the Verbier Music Festival in Switzerland. He founded the Cardiff based chamber ensemble Chameleon Cymru in 2000 and is the violist in the Hillman Quartet.
In addition to performing, Bernard has enjoyed narrating with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and at the Norfolk Chamber Music festival. His performance of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales was broadcast nationwide throughout Canada on Christmas Day, 2005.
Jonathan James studied privately with John Forster, formerly head of conducting at the Royal College of Music, before being trained in Germany’s ‘Franz Liszt’ Music College. This was followed by international masterclasses in Vienna, Zurich and London and lessons with Sir Colin Davis and Grant Llewellyn.
He founded and directed the New Bristol Sinfonia for 6 years whilst freelancing in London and Europe, including conducting the City of Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia. In 2002 he had a one-year conducting fellowship with the Boston Philharmonic in the States, working not only with the BPO but also players from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory.
In 2003 he focussed on teaching, becoming Director of Music at the South West Academy of Dramatic Arts (Filton College), and later Head of Performing Arts. He now combines freelance conducting and playing jazz with speaking on classical music, leading seminars and giving pre-concert talks at the Colston Hall and elsewhere.
Roger Huckle has been the inspiration and guide for Bristol Ensemble – Bristol’s professional chamber orchestra, and a cherished musicians’ collective of exceptional standard – since its foundation in 1994.
Born in Bristol, Roger studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and with Frederick Grinke, was a member of Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic, and now performs with leading UK orchestras – including co-leading the London Concertante and Opera Box Orchestra.
Roger appreciates Bristol Ensemble players’ musical hunger and real commitment to the group’s performances. He always aims for heart-felt music making, and fondly recalls the transcendent spirituality of a 2004 Emerald Messiah.
Although his favourite journey is Bergen to Oslo by road, he loves Bristol’s Downs, and describes the tip of Worms Head at Rhossili in Gower as his favourite place in the world.
Simon Kodurand was born in Cardiff in 1980 and began playing the violin at the age of thirteen. He gave his concerto debut at the age of seventeen before going on to study at both the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, where he was awarded a scholarship.
Since leaving the Academy Simon has pursued a busy career on both the modern and baroque violin, playing and recording with a number of groups including The Avison Ensemble, La Serenissima, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Sixteen, The Kings Consort, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Johns, English Symphony Orchestra, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, and he is currently leader of The London Charity Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician Simon made his debut at the Purcell Room in 2004, recorded Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht with the RAM Soloists whilst at the Academy and has recently recorded concerti by Vivaldi and Valentini with La Serenissima.
Carl studied viola at the Guildhall School of Music with Mark Knight and Paul Silverthorne. After leaving college, he moved to Athens, and then Spain, where he was principal viola of the Real Philharmonia de Galicia. During this time he was also a member of Quartetto Matiz who performed regularly around the country. In 2000, he joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra as sub-principal viola.
Carl has performed with most of the UK’s major orchestras and is now living in Cardiff enjoying the diversity of freelancing and looking after his two little boys!
Rupert Gough leads a busy career as choral conductor, organ recitalist, teacher and reviewer. He has been Director of Choral Music and College Organist at Royal Holloway, University of London since 2005 and previously spent 11 years as Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral. At Wells he worked closely with the choir both as accompanist and choir trainer, appearing with the choir in concerts and broadcasts all over the world, and can be heard on many different recording labels including six discs for Hyperion. His overall discography of some 40 commercial recordings encompasses work as a choir director, organist and harpsichordist and conductor and includes the organ and choral works of Sir Percy Buck (Priory) and instrumental and choral works of Carson Cooman (Naxos).
Rupert is particularly renowned for his work in combination with the violin as a member of the Gough Duo. The Duo’s many American tours have taken them all over the USA from Florida to Alaska. During 2009 they performed to a capacity audience in the Svetlanov Hall in Moscow.
Born in 1971, Rupert was a chorister at the Chapels Royal, St. James’s Palace, and won a scholarship to the Purcell School of Music. He received (with distinction) a Masters degree in English Church Music from the University of East Anglia whilst Organ Scholar at Norwich Cathedral. In 2001 he won Third Prize at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition. He has performed widely and featured with many different orchestras including the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2006 Hong Kong Festival.
As a conductor he has worked with a variety of professional choirs and orchestras and as well as many distinguished soloists. At Royal Holloway he has been responsible for the development of a choir of choral scholars now regarded as one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in the country. The choir undertakes a busy schedule of concerts, tours and records for Hyperion Records.
Following a music degree from the University of East Anglia, Rachel Gough studied with Frances Mason at the Royal College of Music for an MMus Degree in Advanced Performance. Rachel is regularly in demand, both as a soloist, and as an orchestral and chamber musician in the South West.
She has a highly successful violin and organ duo with her husband Rupert. The Gough Duo has made many recordings and tour regularly across the United States and in Europe. Their latest disc of the complete works for violin and organ of Rheinberger is due to be released on the Molltertz label in April 2010, and they have a new recording of works composed for them by the American composer Carson Cooman recently released on the Naxos label. In 2009, the Duo performed to a capacity audience at the Svetlanov Hall for the Moscow International Organ Festival, and at venues including Birmingham Symphony Hall and Westminster Cathedral.
William composes, orchestrates and conducts music for film, television and concert performance. As a composer he specialises in Wildlife and History documentary. Recently broadcast wildlife commissions include ‘Wild Japan’ (National Geographic, 2010), ‘Wild Russia’ (National Geographic, 2009), and ‘Lobo – the Wolf that Changed America’ (BBC Natural World, 2008). ‘Lobo’ won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2009 and the Jury’s Special Prize at the Wildscreen International Film Festival 2008. History features have included specials for Channel 4 such as ‘Athens – the Truth about Democracy’ (2007), and ‘When the Moors Ruled in Europe’ (2006).
As orchestrator and conductor William works with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Metropolitan Orchestra. He has undertaken numerous projects for the BBC with composers Barnaby Taylor, Ben Salisbury and David Poore including several major natural history series. ‘Great Rift’ has just been aired on BBC2, and ‘Nature’s Great Events’, broadcast last year on BBC1, is being performed as a touring concert in the UK and abroad. ‘Wild China’ (2008) composed by Barnaby Taylor and orchestrated and conducted by William won an Emmy in 2009 for Music and Sound. William has collaborated on stage and in the recording studio with a wide variety of international soloists including John Williams, Andy Sheppard, Tom Jones and most recently Roni Size & Reprazent. A number of William’s recordings are available on Sony Classical, Universal Classical and Jazz, and CBS Records.
Having been a Junior Exhibitioner in violin and piano at the Royal College of Music and a Music Scholar at St. Paul’s School, William studied music at the University of East Anglia and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His conducting teachers included Richard Hickox, John Lubbock and George Hurst. He studied piano with Sidney Harrison and John York.
Alison Gillies began the cello at the age of eight, receiving free lessons through Wiltshire County Music service. After receiving several school prizes for musical achievement, she went to study privately with Bruno Schrecker of the Allegri String Quartet. She read for a BMus at Cardiff University, where she received a three-year string scholarship and was awarded the John Morgan Lloyd prize for meritorious achievement in her final year.
Whilst at Cardiff, Alison performed both the Vivaldi double cello concerto and the Saint Saens concerto. She continued her studies at Trinity College of Music, where she read for an MMus in performance studies, studying with Richard Markson. During this time she became a founder member of Quattro String Quartet and in 2003, performed the Elgar cello concerto with the Rhondda Symphony Orchestra.
Alison moved to Bristol in 2004 where she is reading for an MPhil in British music at Bristol University. She continues to follow a career as a freelance cellist and has worked with RTE Concert Orchestra, Guilford Philharmonic Orchestra, New London Sinfonia, Bath Philharmonia, West of England Philharmonic Orchestra, Co-Opera Ireland, British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra among others. She has recorded for Radio 4 and had TV appearances on HTV Wales and S4C.
In 2005 Alison toured Japan with pianist Masachi Nishiyama and in 2006 was invited to be principal cellist of the Seychelles International Festival Orchestra. In 2007 she took part in the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium playing with Kanye West. Alison plays a 2003 copy of a Ruggeri cello by John Dilworth.
Jub’s career has covered a wide range of musical styles. He’s worked in avant-garde theatre with Station House Opera, been a member the Indie pop group The Band of Holy Joy, as well as working with more conventional groups like English National Opera, London Contemporary Dance Theatre and the London Chamber Orchestra. He also co-founded the prize winning Kreisler String Orchestra which went on to win the 1986 Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade. Jub has been a longstanding member of the well known Carnival Band whose un-intentional aim has been to subvert the notion of authentic performance when it comes to their repertoire of Medieval, Renaissance, folk/world music, music hall, bluegrass, cajun and soul music. He can often be seen playing and singing with them and their long-time collaborator Maddy Prior. Over the years he has worked with many notable artists including Youssou N’Dour, Tanita Tikaram, Abdullah Ibrahim, Brian Eno, Sting, Joss Pook, DJ Krust, Zero 7,the Brodsky and Duke string quartets. He gets a great deal of pleasure playing small ensemble works with the Adderbury Ensemble and the Bristol Ensemble, with which he has recently been featured as a soloist in performances of Bottesini’s Grand Duo for Violin, Bass and orchestra. He has taken up the challenge of contemporary music with groups such as Opus 20, Lontano and Ixion. However, to take time out he really enjoys a good forty-mile bike ride!
Donald spent ten years touring with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and more recently with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Switzerland and Spain. At present he is a member of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra. His playing features in the Wild Boar programme of the Wildlife on One TV series and alSo in The Madness of King George III’. He is a regular soloist with the Bristol Ensemble.
After attending Manchester University and the Guildhall School of Music in London, (studying the violin with Peter Cropper, Krzystof Smietana) Nia cut her teeth playing on numerous singles and albums. Nia’s work included not only featuring on various albums, but also television appearances on shows such as ‘Later With Jools Holland’, working with artists such as Del Amitri, Kylie Minogue, Timber Sticks and Beth Orton. After returning to Manchester from London Nia has played with various orchestras, including returning to her Welsh roots to regularly lead the National Chamber Orchestra of Wales. Recently Nia had continued doing similar work in Manchester to the projects she’d enjoyed in London, such as playing on a track by the Manchester band Flawed.