Timothy Orpen

Clarinet

Described as a “blazing talent” by the Times, Orpen is Principal Clarinet of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Aurora Orchestra (founding member).

“consummate taste… the sound was warm, full and immediately engaging, the sort of sound that needs no vibrato to give it interest”

— Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine

Piano

Heralded by The Times as “just the sort of champion the newest of new music needs”, Takenouchi has a deep curiosity and a natural penchant for integrity.

“Hiroaki Takenouchi … is impeccable in his pianism and unfailing in his idiomatic grasp.”

— Gramophone, David Fanning

Daniel Rowland

Violin

Stift Festival founder and director, Daniel has established himself on the international scene as a highly-versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer.

“Daniel Rowland has a powerful, glamorous tone, gleaming at the top and throaty and rugged down at the bottom.”

— Gramophone, Richard Bratby

Simon Callaghan

Piano

Steinway Artist Simon Callaghan has a diverse collaborative and solo career, has released two discs for Hyperion, and is Director of Music at Conway Hall.

“Simon Callaghan extracts every ounce of eloquence and fantasy from this intriguing repertoire.”

— Gramophone, Andrew Achenbach

Katie Stillman

Violin

Canadian violinist Katie Stillman’s career encompasses a wide variety of solo work, chamber music, orchestral performing and teaching.

“sensitive and passionate musicianship matched by an excellent technique, the result being utterly persuasive performances”

— Philip Dukes

Rachel Roberts

Viola

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

“… Roberts’ beautifully expressive tone … offering countless felicities of phrasing … powerful and projecting”
— The Strad Magazine

Huw Wiggin

Saxophone

Commonwealth Musician of the Year and Gold Medal winner of the 2014 ROSL Annual Music Competition, Huw is one of the leading saxophonists of his generation.

“a keen musical intelligence and a remarkably beautiful sound … Wiggin brings dazzling flair and imagination to his performance”

— BBC Music Magazine, Kate Wakeling

by Sara Porter

Clarinet

Principal clarinet of the BBC National Orchestra, Rob is particularly known for performances and recordings of magnificent English repertoire for clarinet.

“A highly accomplished, indeed commanding performance of Finzi’s gorgeous Clarinet Concerto from Robert Plane. With his bright, singing tone and effortless technical mastery, Plane leaves a stylish impression…”

— Gramophone, Andrew Achenbach

Louise Thomson

Harp

Winner of the Harp Finals at the 2003 Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales Competition, Louise has gone on to forge a prestigious and varied solo career.

“Louise Thomson is a consummate performer. Fluid technique combined with beautiful artistry, compelling programmes, excellent and clear spoken introductions and a personality that audiences love.”

— Craig Ogden