Norbert Meyn is equally at home singing baroque, classical and contemporary music. As a concert soloist he has appeared at the Barbican Hall, the South Bank Centre, St. John’s Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall in London, also at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, the Halle International Handel Festival, the Utrecht Festival of Early Music, with the Salzburg Bach Choir and in the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage of the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, with conductors including Sir Roger Norrington, Howard Arman, Simon Halsey, Phillip Pickett and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Norbert was born in the German city of Weimar. After studying music and singing in Dresden, Riga and Weimar, he moved to the UK in 1997 to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Since 2001 he has been a professor there, and since 2005 also at the Royal College of Music, where he teaches German Lieder classes.
The work of Joseph Kohlmaier crosses over different disciplines and brings together practices such as writing, design, teaching, performance, editorial and curatorial work, and composition. Joseph founded Musarc in 2008, one of London’s most progressive amateur choral ensembles, and acts as its creative director. He is a senior lecturer in the history and theory of architecture at The Cass, London Metropolitan University where he also teaches a cross-faculty dissertation studio on performance and the creative process. He runs a postgraduate contextual studies module on sound, architecture and the city; and is currently developing the MA by Project: Course in poetics. Joseph is one of the founding directors of graphic design practice Polimekanos.
The Alke Quartet was formed in 2011 from members of the Southbank Sinfonia and during 2015/17, the Alke Quartet are in residence at the Royal College of Music on the Chamber Music Course, kindly supported by a legacy from the late Albert and Eugenie Frost. Following their highly successful Park Lane Group (PLG) audition in Spring 2015, the Alke Quartet has given the PLG’s annual performance of Haydn’s The Seven Last words from The Cross at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, performed with great success in the PLG Young Artists Spring Series in St John’s Smith Square last April and will be presented by the PLG in Wigmore Hall on the 13th March 2017. Part of the ChamberStudio, Kings Place London, the Alke Quartet have received masterclasses from Rita Wagner, Krysia Osostowicz, Simon Rowland-Jones and Richard Ireland. Finalists in the Bloch Music Competition and St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, they were accepted for the International Music Seminar Prussia Cove, working closely with the Endellion Quartet’s David Waterman. Their performance venues include St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Piccadilly, Bath’s Pump Room and the Barbican Centre.
Lucy Colquhoun graduated from the Royal College of Music, studying with Roger Vignoles. During her time at the College she won all the major prizes for piano accompaniment, including the Alisdair Graham Prize for Piano Accompaniment (English Song), the Joan Chissel Schumann Prize and the Titanic Memoriam Prize in the Lies Askonas Singing Competition. Lucy was also recipient of the Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award, the Kendall Taylor Award, and a scholarship from the Honourable Society of the Knights of the Round Table. This year she was winner of the Ronald Tickner Trust Award as part of the Somerset Song Prize. Lucy continues to study privately with Roger Vignoles, supported by the Honourable Society of the Knights of the Round Table.
While studying at the Royal Northern College she was the winner of the RJ Forbes Prize for Piano Accompaniment, a finalist in the college’s Schubert Prize, and was generously supported by the Walter Deakin Bursary for Young Musicians.
Recent and forthcoming performances include Durham University with Sir Thomas Allen, the Purcell Room (Park Lane Group, New Year Series), Oxford Lieder Festival, the Red House Aldeburgh, St. James’s, Piccadilly, St. Martin in the Fields, Middle Temple Hall, Senate House, Fishmongers Hall, Austrian Cultural Forum, The National Gallery, 22 Mansfield Street, Park House, Cheltenham, Leicester University Young Concert Artist’s Trust, Trinity College Cambridge, Brighton, Leeds, Carlisle, the Lake District, Derby Concert Society, Chichester Cathedral, Winchester Cathedral, International Medtner Festival, The Yorke Trust Norfolk, the Chelsea Arts Club, the Schubert Society of Great Britain, the Grieg Society of Great Britain, the Delius Society, the British Music Society and the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room.
Lucy has a keen interest in contemporary music having premiered instrumental chamber works and song cycles by Gary Carpenter, John Casken, Adam Gorb, Larry Goves and Andy Scott. She has attended numerous masterclasses in Oxford, Austria, Denmark and France and worked closely with composers Joseph Horovitz and Paul Paterson under the auspices of the Park Lane Group. Lucy is a Britten Pears Young Artist (English Song Project, BPO and Singing Britten, Slavic Song), a Park Lane Group Young Artist and has been a Making Music Concert Promoters Group selected artist. Lucy has been selected for the final six duos in the Oxford Lieder Young Artists Platform in two duos.
Lucy was also a scholar in summer 2016 at the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria. She recently recorded and performed for an AHRC funded project at RCM (works by Peter Gellhorn). She works regularly in the vocal department at the Royal College of Music.
Cathy Heller Jones is the Director of Music at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, a post she has held for 19 years. Prior to that she sang in the synagogue's professional choir and was their cantorial soloist. She was born in New York City and gained her BMus degree at Boston University, followed by postgraduate singing studies at the Guildhall School of Music. Her professional work combines conducting, singing, teaching and producing. Her singing career has taken her all over the world, much of it with the ensemble London Voices. She toured with Steve Reich in the UK, with Kaija Saariaho in the USA, and sung in the Paris premiere of John Adams’ oratorio El Niño, directed by Peter Sellars. She recorded the complete vocal works of Leonard Bernstein with Simon Rattle and Kent Nagano, as well as the Jerome Kern Treasury with John McGlinn. In 2013 she toured China in centenary performances of Britten’s War Requiem and Peter Grimes, and can be heard on the soundtrack of scores of films and choral recordings, working with composers John Williams, Howard Shore, Alexandre Desplat and Paul McCartney. She has been the Music Director of Musarc since it was founded in 2008 and currently teaches singing at St. Albans High School for Girls where she also conducts the Chamber Choir. She was the Music Director of the Hertfordshire County Youth Choir for 20 years until 2015.
Polly Leech is a mezzo-soprano from Wiltshire studying for a postgraduate Masters in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music under Amanda Roocroft and Christopher Glynn. Polly is the Theo Max van der Beugel Scholar, and is also supported by the Josephine Baker Trust. She graduated from Durham University in 2013 with a BSc Hons in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. At RCM, she has performed the role of Dritter Knabe in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the RCMIOS, and the role of Florence Pike in Britten’s Albert Herring. She also featured in the Chorus of Handel’s Giove in Argo, in association with the London Handel Festival.
Camilla Marchant is a flute scholar at the Royal College of Music, where she studies with Gareth Davies, Emer McDonough and Sue Thomas. Camilla is a keen orchestral player; she was selected for the LSO Academy 2015 where she studied intensively with the principal players of the LSO. This year she was also chosen to be part of the ENO Evolve Scheme, which has given her the fantastic opportunity to play with the orchestra of the English National Opera. She has been successful in several competitions; most recently she has been a finalist in the Yamaha Music Europe Competition and The Royal College of Music Concerto Competition 2015. She was a medallist in British Flute Society School Performer Competition and, in the same year, won the opportunity to give her debut concerto performance at Cadogan Hall, leading to further concerto performances in Switzerland. Camilla is generously supported by Help Musicians UK, The Tillet Trust and the Henry Wood Foundation.
Peter Tregear studied at the University of Melbourne and subsequently undertook doctoral studies at King’s College, University of Cambridge. In 2000 he was appointed a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge where he was Lecturer and Director of Music. There he was a regular performer in opera and oratorio, and directed a number of historic revivals and premieres of operatic and instrumental works, including a critically acclaimed UK stage premiere of Max Brand’s Maschinist Hopkins in 2001. Prizes include the Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Prize (UK) in 2003, and a Green Room Award for Best Opera Conductor in 2008.
Sigridur Osk appears frequently in operas and has performed over 20 roles. She also appears in oratorios and as a recitalist in Iceland and abroad. She recently sang the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Icelandic Opera and Waltraute in Wagner´s „Ride of the Valkyries“ with Lidal North at the Norwegian Opera House. She sang in the English National Opera‘s staging of Jakob Lenz by Wolfgang Rihm and at Glyndebourne, she performed the role of Fifth Nun in the first performance of Love and Other Demons by Peter Oötvös, conducted Vladimir Jurvosky.
Sigridur recently had the opportunity to work with one of the leading contemporary dance companies in Sweden the Cullberg Ballet and recorded the vocals for the soundtrack of their coming up show called Plateau Effect by Jefta Van Dinther. She performed Haydn‘s cantata Arianna a Naxos for them with the fortepianist Gary Cooper in Kings Place, London and sang on their behalf in In Tune in a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3. With English Touring Opera she sang the role of Arkane in the opera Teseo by Handel.
He has been supported in her studies by the Sybil Tutton, Josephine Baker, Siow-Furniss and Leverhulme Trusts; the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Arthur Burcher Foundation. She won First Prize in the CCTV- MTV Awards each year between 2005 and 2007.
Eunsley Park is a rising British/South Korean violinist based in London. Eunsley has performed as soloist in prestigious venues throughout the UK including: the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Southbank - Purcell Room, Cadogan Hall, St John's Smith Square, Steinway Hall, West Road Concert Hall, and the House of Lords. She has also performed as soloist and chamber musician in international venues such as: the Philharmonic Hall of Warsaw, Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow), Konserthuset (Stockholm), Palacio de Festivales (Cantabria), Orford Arts Centre (Canada), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Polish Radio Lutoslawski Concert Hall, the Council of Europe (Strasbourg), Goldensaal (Schwerin). She will make her Bridgewater Hall and St John's Smith Square recital debut next year. Eunsley has won many awards such as: 3rd prize of the Tunbridge Wells Young International Concert Artists Competition, Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Performance Award (2013, 2015), the Counter of Munster Award, the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund/Philharmonia Meyer Award, the Albert Cooper Award. Eunsley was selected as an RCM "Rising Star", Park Lane Group Artist 2016-2017, Concordia Foundation Artist. Eunsley has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Guildford Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, the Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra, Hanseatica Chamber Orchestra, and with the Romanian Radio Orchestra. Eunsley was a student at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Rosemary Warren-Green and Natasha Boyarsky. Eunsley is the 2016-2017 RCM Junior Fellow (Constant and Kit Lambert Fellowship administered by the Worshipful Company of Musicians). She currently studies with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music on the artist diploma course as an RCM scholar supported by a Lydia Napper award. She graduated with her Masters in Music (Performance) with Distinction as the recipient of a full scholarship (ABRSM), and with First Class Honours as an undergraduate scholar in receipt of RCM Foundation scholarships, Henry Wood Awards, the Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award and the BMus1 award. Eunsley also undertook a semester of study at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.
Ingrid Elizabeth Pearson
Ingrid Pearson has performed with major UK period ensembles including The Hanover Band, English Baroque Soloists, The English Concert, Florilegium, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and The Symphony of Harmony and Invention, in venues throughout the UK and abroad. Recent projects on modern clarinet have chamber music of Robert Kahn, new works by Graham Hair and an exploration of 19-tone equally-tempered microtonality.
An interest in the history, repertoire and development of the clarinet brought Ingrid to the UK from her native Australia. Since completing doctoral studies in historical performance practice, Ingrid has also been active as an academic. She joined the professoriat at London’s Royal College of Music in 2005 where she is currently Research Fellow in Performance Practice. This role allows her a broad remit of activities across theory and practice.
In international demand as concert artist and recitalist, Simon has performed Lieder recitals in Demark, Sweden, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Australia and Canada. Uk appearances include the Oxford Lieder Festival, London's Festival Hall, Purcell Room, King's Place, Conway Hall, London Song Festival, Allwyn Festival, Lichfield Festival, International Wimbledon Festival, Leamington Music Festival. In 2016, he was invited by Murray Perahia to give singing classes at the Jerusalem Music Centre in Israel. He gave a recital with Julius Drake in the 2016 Schwerin Verfaemte Musik Festival where he was also a jury member for the 2016 competition. He is a trustee of the International Centre for Supressed Music (ICSM) dedicated to research and performance of suppressed composers. He has adjudicated at the Birmingham Conservatoire and is passionate about education and has a busy teaching studio.
Tenor Jonah Halton currently studying with Adrian Thompson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He regularly performs as a soloist within the UK and abroad.
His performance experience includes numerous recitals, tours, concerts, competitions and masterclasses. Competition successes include the Kathleen Ferrier Junior Bursary Award (October 2016), being placed as runner up out of sixteen competitors from the eight major conservatoires in the UK. Recent performances include Jupiter in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld (May 2018), Oebalus in Mozart’s Apollo et Hyacinthus, (October 2017), tenor soloist in Schubert’s Mass in Eb (May 2017), Claudio in a new opera of Much ado about Nothing (workshopped by composer James Garner and Early Modern Conversions, June 2017), Vaughan-Williams’s Serenade to Music in Milton Court Concert Hall (September 2017) and Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah (August 2016). Recent tours include a recital tour of the the east coast of North America (2016) and Northern France (2017). Future projects include an appearance at the Lighthouse Arts Centre in Poole in 2019, an October recital at Cheffings coordinated by Sarah Walker as well as a performance of Schumann’s Dichterliebe at the Guildhall School in February 2019.
Will Pate is a Baritone who has just finished his first of two years on the Masters course at the Royal Academy of Music, where he learns with Alex Ashworth and Joseph Middleton.
As a soloist he has sung in performances of Bach’s John Passion in Ely Cathedral and the chapel of King’s College, London, and Haydn’s Nelson Mass with the London Mozart Players. Will is particularly interested in performing works by contemporary composers and workshopped a series of modern compositions for baritone and piano quartet by young composers and poets with Julius Drake and the Coull Quartet and recently was a soloist performing ‘Protest Songs’ written by Academy composers as part of the Waterloo Festival.
Will began singing as a treble in the choir of St Peter's Church, St Albans under Nick Robinson. Later, he held a choral scholarship at Magdalen College under Dan Hyde whilst studying for a BA in French. During his Year Abroad as part of his languages degree Will studied Mélodie Française with Corinne Sertillanges in Orléans. He returned to Oxford for a year, singing at Christ Church Cathedral under Stephen Darlington before commencing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in September 2017.
Friederike Fechner was born in Hannover in Germany and studied cello at the Musikhochschule in her native city and in Basel with Klaus Storck, Radu Aldulescu and Boris Pergamenschikow. She completed her studies at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington, USA. She regularly performs with different chamber music ensembles and chamber orchestras. She has been based in Stralsund in northern Germany since 1994. Since 2013 she has also been teaching cello at the Musikschule Stralsund.
Jakob Fichert is a pianist with an international profile. He has performed extensively in the UK and abroad and has recorded for Toccata Classics, Resonus Classics, Divine Arts and Naxos to great critical acclaim both as a soloist and collaborating artist.
Chamber Music and Lied repertoire has always been at the heart of his playing career. On concert stage and in recording studio he has collaborated with musicians such as Janet Hilton, Alfia Naqipbekova, Karin de Fleyt, Simon Desbruslais, Sebastian Müller, Lucy Baker and many more. Jakob won numerous prizes at international competitions both as a soloist and chamber musician. He studied at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe with Wolfgang Manz before undertaking a postgraduate course at the Royal College of Music in London under the tutelage of Yonty Solomon. He also obtained a Masters Degree in Chamber Music graduating in 2001 after which he was awarded a RCM Junior Fellowship. A much in demand pedagogue Jakob has given numerous master classes for conservatoires, universities and music specialist schools in the UK, China and Mexico. He works as an examiner for ABRSM and holds the position of Principal Lecturer in Piano at Leeds College of Music and Principal MA Piano Tutor at University of York. He is also an Associate of the Universities of Leeds and Hull.