Instrumental and vocal tutors

Lisa Beznosiuk - baroque flute

Lisa is internationally recognized as one of the leading performers on early flutes. She has appeared many times as soloist and orchestral principal throughout Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia, and has recorded a wide range of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century music. Born in England of Ukrainian-Irish parents, she has performed and recorded with all the leading British period-instrument orchestras under conductors including Trevor Pinnock, Frans Bruggen, Simon Rattle, Charles Mackerras, John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington and Christopher Hogwood. Lisa’s solo recordings include the acclaimed Vivaldi Op. 10 concertos, several versions of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and the Suite in B minor, and Mozart’s G major and Flute and Harp concertos. Following her recording of the complete Handel flute sonatas for Hyperion she will be recording all Bach’s flute sonatas during the next year, also for Hyperion. Solo and chamber appearances have included concertos in Brazil, Argentina, Spain and the USA. Lisa’s reputation as a teacher brings her students from all over the world. As well as being a visiting lecturer for CEMPR, she is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music in London, and The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Katy Bircher - baroque flute

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Paula Chateauneuf - lute, theorbo, baroque guitar

Paula arrived in London in 1982 as an American Fulbright Scholar and has established herself as one of early music's leading lute and early guitar players. Her interest in improvisation, dance music and continuo playing as well as solo repertoire has led to a busy career in music of diverse styles spanning many centuries. She performs with several of the finest early music ensembles, including the New London Consort, the Gabrieli Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music. She is sought after as a chamber musician, particularly for early seventeenth-century monody, and as a continuo player for early opera, in which role she has been involved in productions with the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Kent Opera, Glyndebourne, the Bavarian State Opera and the opera houses of Stuttgart and Hanover. Paula's extensive discography includes recordings for Decca, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon, Hyperion and Virgin Classics. She has recorded with Catherine Bott a CD of songs by Barbara Strozzi for which she researched and edited the music. Recent concerts and recordings have taken her to Spain, Italy, Belgium, France, Holland, Germany and the USA. She plays regularly in the early music festivals at Bruges, Utrecht, Birmingham and York. In 2007 Paula won a major award from the AHRC involving a five-year appointment at Birmingham as a Creative and Performing Arts Fellow. This involves a number of projects including writing a manual on the art of accompanying seventeenth-century music on plucked instruments, and recreating the art of improvisation in seventeenth-century improvising ensembles. She runs continuo and improvisation classes at CEMPR as part of these projects and has also formed a professional improvising ensemble. In October 2009 she masterminded a festival on improvisation at the South Bank in London where she also launched her innovative improvising ensemble: The Division Lobby.

Alison Crum - viols

Alison is one of the best known British exponents of the viol. As teacher, performer, and moving spirit behind several well-known groups, she travels all over the world giving recitals and lectures, and teaching at summer schools and workshops. She bought her first viol while reading music at Reading University, and went on to study the instrument in Brussels with Wieland Kuijken and, later, with Jordi Savall in Basel. She has now made over seventy recordings with many early music groups, notably the Consort of Musicke, the Dowland Consort, Musica Antiqua of London, and the Rose Consort of Viols, and she features as a soloist on two discs of Marais on the Naxos label. She is President of the Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain, and Professor of Viol at Trinity College of Music in London. She directs many courses for viol players, including the International Viol Summer School, attracting players from all over the world, and her book Play the Viol - now in its third reprint - is published by Oxford University Press. Alison has a world-wide reputation for her teaching skills and teaches in Germany, Belgium and Italy as well as in the UK.

Andrew King - early vocal ensemble

Andrew King studied at St. John’s College, Durham and King’s College, Cambridge. He is acknowledged as a leading tenor and interpreter of Renaissance and Baroque music. His early career included being a member of The Tallis Scholars, BBC Singers and he was a founder member of The Sixteen. He has appeared as an oratorio soloist as far afield as Canada and New Zealand. His love of chamber music is exemplified by his work with the Consort of Musicke, New London Consort, Pro Cantione Antiqua, and as the director of The Renaissance Ensemble. On stage he has performed many early operas and masques from China to Sweden. He has also conducted a number of operatic works for Birmingham Conservatoire staged productions, including Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He gives solo recitals with lutenist David Miller. He has taught in the Czech Republic, Israel, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and at Summer Schools in England both at Dartington and West Dean. He teaches the Historical Vocal Programme at Birmingham Conservatoire. Andrew King’s festival appearances have ranged from the U.S.A. to Japan, Australia to the Philippines, and major European festivals include Flanders, Prague, Salzburg, Utrecht, York, and many performances at the BBC Proms. He has sung on numerous recordings: for ASV, Decca, EMI, Etcetera, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, Musica Oscura, Philips and Virgin Classics. Apart from the BBC Proms, televised appearances have included oratorios for Spanish television including Handel’s Messiah. He is also a record producer of vocal discs for Convivium Records.

Giles Lewin - medieval strings, wind and percussion

Giles is a multi-talented musician who plays a range of instruments including lute, ‘ud, fiddle, viol, shawn, crumhorn, pipes and percussion. He began his music career as a chorister and subsequently read music at Cambridge University. In the 1980s he toured with a theatre company, The Medieval Players, and subsequently went to Egypt to study Arabic music. (He returns regularly to Cairo to perform with a group he formed, Maqaam.) Giles was a founding member of The Dufay Collective, and also plays with The Carnival Band, with whom he has toured extensively throughout the world and has recorded several CDs. He is co-founder, with soprano Vivien Ellis of the duo Alva who have made a number of very successful recordings. He currently lives in Oxford and is working on several recording projects including his own compositions.

Lynda Sayce - lute and theorbo

One of Britain’s leading lutenists with over 100 recordings to her name, Lynda Sayce read Music at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, then studied lute with Jakob Lindberg at the Royal College of Music. She performs regularly as soloist and continuo player with leading period instrument ensembles worldwide, is principal lutenist with The King’s Consort, Ex Cathedra and the Musicians of the Globe, and has broadcast extensively on radio and TV. She is also director of the lute ensemble Chordophony, whose repertory and instrumentarium is based exclusively on her research. Equally at home working with modern instruments, Lynda has performed with many leading orchestras and opera companies. Her repertory spans many centuries, and her discography ranges from some of the earliest surviving lute works to the jazz theorbo part in Harvey Brough’s ‘Requiem in Blue’. An experienced teacher at all levels, Lynda writes beginners’ lute lessons for the British lute society, has taught on many summer schools and courses, and is regularly invited to serve as specialist examiner by both universities and music conservatoires. She is currently preparing a didactic recording and companion edition of lute duets, commissioned by the lute society. Lynda has written for Early Music, the New Grove Dictionary of Music, and the art journal Apollo. She holds a PhD (Open University, 2001) for her research on the history of the theorbo, which is being prepared for publication. She contributed texts on the plucked instruments to the new musical instrument catalogue of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

A keen photographer, she has also worked with cutting-edge digitization equipment, for the Oxford-based Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music, and the Alamire Foundation at Leuven University, making use of her expert knowledge of early notations and her extensive experience of handling important musical manuscripts. Many thousands of her manuscript photographs are now on the websites of these institutions and of various libraries, providing unparalleled source access to music scholars worldwide.

Anneke Scott - natural horn

Since her graduation from the Royal Academy in 2000, Anneke has been in constant demand with ensembles across Europe. She is principal horn in the following ensembles: Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique; The English Baroque Soloists; Harry Christophers’ The Orchestra of the Sixteen; Fabio Biondi’s Europa Galante. She has also frequently guested as principal horn with The English Concert, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She is a founder member of The Etesian Ensemble and of ensemble F2 with whom she performed the Mozart Horn Quintet at London’s Wigmore Hall in 2009. She has recorded with all the major labels. She has undertaken research at CEMPR, and in 2010 was awarded a Gerald Finzi Travel Scholarship to do research in Paris in preparation for her recording of Jacques-Francois Gallay’s Douze Grands Caprices on natural horn. Anneke’s activities are not confined to period performance: she can be heard on albums with The Nigel Waddington Big Band; she has performed the music of Ligeti with The London Sinfonietta, and she will soon record John Croft’s new work …une autre voix qui change… for solo hand-horn.

Miki Takahashi - baroque violin

Miki Takahashi is a period violinist, performing as a soloist and a chamber musician world-wide. Born in Japan, she studied at Toho-Gakuen University of Music with Koichiro Harada, then in Toronto with Professor Lorand Fenyves, where she graduated from the Glenn Gould School Toronto with a Bachelors Degree and an Advanced Certificate at the University of Toronto.In 2005, she won first prize as well as the special prize for stylistic ornamentation at the Third International Telemann Competition in Magdeburg, Germany. In that same year, Miki was awarded with the first prize as well as the audience prize at the International Music Competition Musica Antiqua in Bruges. Subsequently, Miki has appeared as a soloist at the Telemann Festival, Leipzig Bach Festival, Printemps des Arts 23eme Festival Baroque (Nantes), as well as giving her debut solo recital at Tokyo’s Hakuju hall in Japan and at The Schubert Club in Minnesota, USA. Her repertoire stretches from early baroque music such as Marini, Pandolfi and the forgotten repertoire of funerary violinists, to contemporary music. Miki was accepted onto the Academia Montis Regalis Baroque Orchestra Academy in 2005 as leader and as principal second violin, where she performed Vivaldi’s concerto for two violins with Enrico Onofri. She has made solo appearances with various ensembles including les Nations Japan, Musica Fiorita (Basel), Feinstein Ensemble, Leipziger Barockorchester, Il Gardelino (Belgium), Ensemble Sans Souci Berlin, and Collegium Musicum 90. She is currently principal second violin with the Feinstein Ensemble, has worked as co-leader with St. James’s Baroque players and the Gabrieli Consort.

As a chamber musician, Ms Takahashi is a member of Den Haag Piano Quintet, and also performs violin-viola duets with Adam Römer, current Viola section leader at the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. They have performed at the Mozart society in Japan, given an extensive charity concert tour in East Timor, and appeared as soloists in the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Debrecen-Salzburg Chamber Orchestra.

Pamela Thorby - recorder

Pamela Thorby is perhaps best known as the recorder player with the acclaimed baroque quartet The Palladian Ensemble (with whom she has made eight award-winning CD recordings for LINN) and for her concerto performances with ensembles and orchestras such as Sonnerie, The English Concert, Guildhall Strings, City of London Sinfonia and the Illinois Philharmonic.  As a soloist, Pamela has performed at London’s Albert Hall, the South Bank Centre and the Wigmore Hall and toured extensively in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.  She has recorded a CD of baroque recorder concertos with Sonnerie for the LINN label to be released this Spring.  Pamela has featured in many recordings for BBC radio and can be heard on CD recordings of music from the 14th century to the present day.  As well as her classical playing, Pamela has been a featured soloist on all of Karl Jenkins crossover Adiemus albums and Imagined Oceans, which was written especially for her.  She has written her own solo album, appears as a frequent guest with the British modern jazz quartet Perfect Houseplants and features on their recent New Folk Songs  album.  In addition to being a visiting lecturer at CEMPR, Pamela has been Professor of Recorder at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London since 1996, She has given masterclasses in Urbino, Italy, the Czeck Republic, Dartington Summer School and the Royal Academy of Music, London. 

Jeremy West - cornett

Jeremy took his first steps on the cornett while a student at Durham University in 1974, where he was inspired and encouraged by the late Jerome Roche. Following that he studied with Philip Pickett at the Guildhall School of Music, London, and has made his living as a professional cornett player ever since. He is group manager of the renowned and pioneering ensemble His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts and is Principal Wind Player with the Gabrieli Consort and Players for their earlier repertoire. He also performs and records regularly with many of Europe's other leading early Baroque ensembles. Jeremy has more than 30 major recordings to his credit, including Il Cornetto (1989) which was the first solo CD for his instrument. He has appeared in settings ranging from London's Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House to St. Mark's Venice, the Orient Express and, on one occasion, a Polish salt mine. En route he has taken in Europe's major music festivals, numerous provincial concert halls, and a variety of churches, cathedrals and palaces. In addition to a playing career which has taken him to more than 20 countries throughout the world, Jeremy has been director of Christopher Monk Instruments since 1991. The business — a partnership with craftsman Keith Rogers — is devoted to the research, development and world-wide distribution of all the instruments of the cornett and serpent families. Additionally, in close collaboration with Dick Earle, the workshops produce a successful range of baroque oboes and, most recently, three-hole pipes copied from the Mary Rose instruments. Jeremy West is also an active cornett teacher. He is Professor of Cornett at the Royal College of Music, London, and Consultant to the Royal Academy of Music as well as the Centre for Early Music at the University of Birmingham; he teaches on courses and workshops in Britain, Germany and Switzerland; and he has a number of private pupils. In 1995 he wrote and published How to Play the Cornett, the first modern comprehensive tutor for cornett players of all levels.

Christine Whiffen - harpsichord

Christine Whiffen studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at the conservatories of Toulouse and Utrecht. In 1986 she was a prize-winner at the Bruges International Harpsichord Competition.

She has given many concerto performances, as well as numerous solo harpsichord recitals throughout the UK, Channel Islands, France, Spain and the Netherlands. As a continuo player she has worked with chamber orchestras in Toulouse and Stratford-upon-Avon, and is a founder member of the Eisenach Ensemble.  She has given workshops and masterclasses throughout Europe including at the prestigious Daroca International Early Music Course in Spain.