Instrumental and vocal tutors

Susan Addison - sackbut

Sue studied the trombone at the Royal College of Music, and shortly after graduating joined the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where she remained for four and a half years. On returning to London she made the decision to direct much of her effort into research on the music and instruments of the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Her approach has been one of practical application and has brought her much acclaim in her field. She is Europe’s leading exponent of the early trombone in its many forms. She has performed all over the world and recorded on compact disc and for television and film. She plays for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, The Gabrieli Consort and Players and the Amsterdam-based Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. She also teaches at the Royal College of Music, at the Royal Academy (who awarded her the Hon.R.A.M.) and the Royal Northern College of Music.

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

Profile to follow.

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.

Kati Debretzeni - baroque violin and viola

Kati was born in Transylvania, but emigrated to Israel at the age of fifteen and completed her violin studies there with Ora Shiram at the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy of Music. She subsequently completed a Master's degree with distinction at the Royal College of Music, London, where she studied Baroque violin with Catherine Mackintosh. While in Israel Kati was leader of the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra and a member of the Jerusalem Consort, performing extensively in and outside Israel and recording two CDs for the Belgian label EAS. Since moving to England she has become a regular member of the English Concert, The English Baroque Soloists, and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. As principal second violin with the King's Consort she has performed in the UK, the USA and Mexico. She also freelances with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and participated as one of the leaders of the English Baroque Soloists in John Eliot Gardiner's ‘Bach 2000’ project. Kati is also a keen chamber musician. She is a founding member of the Accademia Daniel, with which she has recorded for Stradivarius and CPO, and of the British-based group Ricordo. She also plays regularly with the British group La Serenissima which specialises in the music of Vivaldi.. Apart from coaching Baroque strings at Birmingham she teaches at the Hague, and at the annual early music courses around Europe.

Faye Newton - soprano

Faye Newton has a diverse repertoire ranging from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries. She is member of Philip Pickett’s New London Consort, with whom she has performed as a soloist in many prestigious venues, including the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. She has recently participated in the NLC’s world tour of Monteverdi’s Orfeo (directed by Jonathan Miller), and featured as soprano soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria at the 2008 Perth International Arts Festival (Western Australia). In January 2009 she made her solo debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day, with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.

In 2000 she formed duo Trobairitz with vielle player Hazel Brooks to specialise in the courtly song repertory of the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries. They were finalists in the Antwerp Early Music Competition in 2000 and have since performed at major early music festivals throughout Europe. Performance highlights include a tour of Slovenia, a Dutch Early Music Network tour, the Leeds International Medieval Congress and the debut performance of their ‘Medieval Femme Fatale’ programme at the York Early Music Festival, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Early Music Show’. Their CD, ‘The Language of Love’ (songs of the troubadours and trouvères), was released on the Hyperion label in 2007 to international critical acclaim.

Faye sings sixteenth- and seventeenth-century repertoire with The Gonzaga Band, directed by cornettist Jamie Savan. Their new CD of solo motets from the Age of Monteverdi, entitled ‘Sacred Garland’, was released on the Chandos label in July 2009. Faye’s other recent projects include singing in a production of ‘The Tempest’ at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a series of Bach cantatas with the Feinstein Ensemble in St Martin-in-the-Fields, London and a number of concerts and recordings with His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts, including a newly-released CD of works by Giovanni Battista Grillo.

Mark Tucker - tenor

Mark is a renowned tenor and has performed in opera houses throughout the world. See his website.

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.

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.

Anneke Scott

Anneke Scott is “rapidly emerging as one of the outstanding younger exponents of the natural horn”. Having begun her studies at The Royal Academy of Music, London she was awarded prestigious scholarships to further her study in France and Holland where she concentrated on the various aspects of period horns

Since her graduation from The Royal Academy of Music in 2000 she has been in demand with ensembles in the UK and continental Europe. She is principal horn of  Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and The English Baroque Soloists, Harry Christopher’s The Orchestra of the Sixteen, The Early Opera Company and The Avison Ensemble.  She has frequently guested as principal horn with The Australian Chamber Orchestra, The English Concert Freiburg Baroque and The Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

For many years she has had a keen interest in chamber music which led to her becoming a founder member of The Etesian Ensemble. Through this ensemble she met the fortepianist Kathryn Cok with whom she formed a duo specialising in classical and romantic repertoire for horn and fortepiano. Kathryn and Anneke were selected as two of Making Music’s Concert Promoters Network Artists for 2008/2009 and toured Holland in 2009 as part of the Organisatie Oudemuziek Netwerk.

An integral element of Anneke Scott’s career has been research. During 2005-2006 she undertook research at the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Early Music Performance where she currently teaches period horns. In 2005 she received the great privilege of being invited by The Bate Collection, Oxford to perform in concert on one of their magnificent original Hofmaster horns dating from the mid 18th century and in 2006 was interviewed by BBC TV for the BBC2 series The People’s Museum discussing the Hofmaster horns housed at Edinburgh University.  In 2010 Anneke was awarded a Gerard Finzi Travel Scholarship to undertake research in Paris in the lead up to her premier recording of the Jacques-François Gallay Douze Grands Caprices on natural horn.

At the other end of the spectrum she has performed with the specialist contemporary music ensemble The London Sinfonietta and can be heard on two albums with The Nigel Waddington Big Band.

In 2007 Anneke was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an honour awarded to past students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a significant contribution to their field.

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. 

Richard Tunnicliffe - baroque cello and viola da gamba

Richard is one of Britain's more versatile musicians, having a repertoire that covers five centuries — from the Renaissance to the present day — and employing a number of different instruments.  He has also performed and recorded a vast range of instrumental music.  With Convivium (formerly the Locatelli Trio) he has travelled widely, performing as soloist on both cello and viola da gamba..  In 1992 he co-founded the Beethoven String Trio of London, who have recorded a number of works by the late Buxton Orr (whose string trio was written for them). He is also a member of the renowned ensemble, Fretwork who have toured all over the world, had over 20 works written for them, and made numerous recordings. He is also principal cello of the Avison Ensemble and a guest principal of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has been much in demand as a continuo cellist, playing for Opera productions in Glyndebourne and Salzburg (with OAE) and can be heard in this capacity in many orchestral and chamber recordings (with Renee Fleming, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Lisa Beznosiuk, Pavlo Beznosiuk, among others). He has received praise for his many performances of the six  Solo Suites of Bach, in such venues as London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room, Warsaw Philharmonie and Berlin Schauspielhaus. He often presents these along with contemporary works, and has performed the Suite No.5 as a dance work, using elements of baroque and modern dance, with Elizabeth Lea.  Recent recordings also include the Six Cello Concertos by the 18th Century Durham-based composer John Garth (with the Avison Ensemble), and a solo disc of early 17th Century cello works along with the complete works of Domenico Gabrielli, widely regarded as the first significant virtuoso cellist/composer for the Cello Classics label. He has also recorded John Joubert’s “Kontakion” for cello and piano, with pianist John McCabe, released to celebrate the composer’s 80th Birthday in 2007. He teaches Period Performance at CEMPR, The University of Birmingham and at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.

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.