Brian O'Kane

Cello

Irish cellist Brian O’Kane is in much demand as both soloist and chamber musician. Since winning first prize at the Windsor International String Competition in 2008, he has made his debuts with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra under Ashkenazy and in recital at the Wigmore Hall. Brian is a former “Rising Star” of Ireland’s National Concert Hall and recently recorded a critically acclaimed debut CD of French sonatas with Irish pianist Michael McHale for the Champs Hill label.

Daniel Rowland

Violin

Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, “totally and truly charismatic” by Beeld, while The Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single minded intensity” Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer.

Piano

Dutch/English violinist Daniel Rowland’s playing has been acclaimed as “wonderful, ravishing in its finesse” by The Guardian, “totally and truly charismatic” by Beeld, while The Herald praised his “astonishing sound and uniquely single minded intensity” Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer.

Huw Wiggin

Saxophone

Commonwealth Musician of the Year, First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2014 Royal Over-seas League Annual Music Competition, Huw Wiggin is one of the most popular saxophonists of his generation.

Katie Stillman

Violin

Canadian violinist Katie Stillman’s career encompasses a wide variety of solo work, chamber music, orchestral performing and teaching. Recent highlights include solo performances with Manchester Camerata and London Concertante, leading a performance of George Crumb’s quartet Black Angels with principal members of Manchester Camerata in the Royal Exchange Theatre, leading BCMG at Wigmore Hall live on BBC Radio, and being appointed External Examiner for Bristol University.

Louise Thomson

Harp

Some of Thomson’s notable successes include winning the Harp Finals at the world renowned Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales Competition in 2003 and performing as a Finalist in the London International Harp Competition in 2005. In April 2007 she was short-listed to audition for HRH The Prince of Wales for the position of Royal Harpist at Clarence House and performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at The Royal Variety Performance in the same year.

Rachel Roberts

Viola

Rachel Roberts is one of Europe’s leading violists and performs internationally as soloist and chamber musician.

As soloist she has collaborated with conductors Christoph von Dohnanyi, Andras Schiff and Richard Hickox, performing concertos with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Koln Kammerorchester, Kammerphilharmonie Graubunden in Switzerland and the Manchester Camerata Chamber Orchestra amongst others. She was the featured viola soloist in the BBC TV documentary ‘The Passions of Vaughan Williams’ with Richard Hickox and the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante alongside violinists Christian Tetzlaff, Antje Weithaas and Benjamin Schmid in Germany, Switzerland and London.

Robert Plane

Renowned clarinettist Robert Plane has become particularly known for his performances and recordings of the magnificent English repertoire for clarinet. His benchmark recording of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto (BBC Radio 3 Building a Library recommendation and part of the Naxos British Music Series which won a Gramophone Award in 1999) is still a regular feature of the playlists of both Radio 3 and Classic FM nearly twenty years after its initial release. He subsequently recorded discs of music by Bax (a further Gramophone Award shortlisting), John Ireland, Howells, Alwyn, Holbrooke, Robin Milford and Stanford, including Stanford’s Clarinet Concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Future plans include premiere recordings of British concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the premiere of a new work for clarinet and piano trio by Huw Watkins at the Three Choirs Festival and a performance of Boulez’s rarely heard epic masterpiece, ‘Dialogue de l’Ombre Double’ at Belfast Sonorities Festival.

Simon Callaghan

Piano

Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician.  His recent tours have taken him to Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and on two occasions to the Banff Centre in Canada. He has performed at all of the UK’s major concert halls including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and St David’s Hall Cardiff

Timothy Orpen

Clarinet

Timothy Orpen is the Principal Clarinet of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He is also a founder member and Principal Clarinet of Aurora Orchestra. Prior to joining the Royal Opera Orchestra, Timothy spent 3 years as Principal Clarinet of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. A previous overall winner of the Royal Over-Seas League, he has been described as a ‘blazing talent’ by The Times and as ‘one of the best young British musicians today’ by The Telegraph.