“Heady stuff - thrilling” wrote Gramophone Magazine of Adam Summerhayes in one of the many rave reviews that the internationally acclaimed violinist has enjoyed. He has been very highly acclaimed as a chamber musician, particularly for a number of discs featuring first recordings of previously unknown repertoire, including works by Aaron Copland. He has also given many concerto performances and has performed in Russia, Germany, France, Spain, the Czech Republic and the USA. Adam has recorded over 20 CDs - duo, trio, larger chamber music, ZUM and other interesting projects - for Harmonia Mundi, Chandos, ASV, Meridian, Sargasso and others. A disc of his gypsy fiddle playing, was described as "heady stuff … thrilling virtuoso playing" (Gramophone). This disc lead to a cameo film moment, in Guy Ritchie's recent blockbuster Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. A performance of one of his own tracks is also featured. He has broadcast live for BBC Radio 3 and his recordings and compositions have been broadcast throughout the world.
Adam’s grandfather studied the violin with Joachim's last pupil and with Adolf Brodsky, the violinist who premiered the Tchaikovsky concerto. Adam learnt first from him and then from Yfrah Neaman, one of the twentieth century's greatest pedagogues. He enjoys feeling linked to the historical continuum of violin playing. Adam is a truly eclectic musician, as interested in Bulgarian Kopenitsa as in Beethoven and entranced with the exploration of the violin: his collection now includes a cutting edge electric fiddle and period baroque instruments from the 1700s.
Adam spent the autumn and winter of last year touring with the dutch superstar Caro Emerald as solo violinist in her eight piece band. This highly enjoyable interlude saw him playing to over 80,000 people in total in the UK’s largest arenas, including the O2 - even singing backing vocals from the front of stage … not what his professor might have expected.
David Gordon has a long and distinguished history as a harpsichordist - with the European Baroque Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music and for an extended period with English Consort. He has also been harpsichordist of choice for Andrew Manze and Nigel Kennedy. His group Respectable Groove was described as “the future of early music” by the BBC. As a composer, David has a large catalogue of compositions including an award winning community opera – or musical play. April 2013 saw a commission from London Chamber Orchestra for a work based on Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.5 to perform with the David Gordon Trio.
Born in London, Charlotte Barbour-Condini was the first recorder player to reach the concerto final of the BBC Young Musician Competition in 2012, since when she has performed with orchestras and ensembles around the country, including the London Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia. Festival highlights have included recitals at the Spitalfields and Ryedale Festivals, the Greenwich International Early Music Festival and at the 2015 Leeds International Concert Season. Charlotte has also premiered concertos written by fellow ensemble members David Gordon and Adam Summerhayes at the Swaledale and Ryedale Festivals and elsewhere. She is currently studying History at UCL.
Charlotte has received the generous assistance of the Early Music Shop, the Walter Bergmann Fund and the Society of Recorder Players and is also grateful for the support provided by YCAT (Young Classical Artists Trust).
Joanna Lawrence (nee Parker)
Joanna plays with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) and the Academy of Ancient Music. For some years she worked with Les Arts Florissants in Paris and London Classical Players under Roger Norrington. She has appeared with many other early music ensembles too, including The King's Consort, The Gabrieli Consort and The Sixteen. She has performed in all the great European concert halls, toured world wide and has recorded many discs for major record labels. She is the violinist in L'Aventurra London, whose latest disc for Hyperion was highly acclaimed.
Jo’s love of new music was fulfilled for many years as a member of Icebreaker with whom she appeared in the Bang on a Can Festival in New York and recorded with Decca. More recently she toured with Colin Riley and Tim Whitehead in The Homemade Orchestra, an ensemble crossing the bridges between jazz and 'classical' disciplines through improvisation. As an educator, Jo leads workshops for the education department of the OAE. With ‘Music for Life’, a charity run by the Wigmore Hall, she takes improvisation workshops for people with dementia. Jo is baroque violin tutor at Hull University. She is married to the horn player Martin Lawrence and has two children, Stan and Nona.
British-Swiss violinist Naomi Burrell’s passion for playing early music was kindled in 2008 when she was captured by the sonorities of playing on gut strings with lighter, arc-shaped bows. Parallel studies at the University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music lead to a first class degree and the highest rank performing diploma. Consequently, she was awarded the coveted Arts and Humanities Research Council Award to study Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. Since graduating in 2011, Naomi performs regularly with internationally renowned early music ensembles such as the Academy of Ancient Music, Brecon Baroque and Il Pomo D’Oro with whom she has toured and recorded extensively. Beyond her work with 21st Century Baroque, she has several other of her own chamber ensembles, including New Century Baroque, an international baroque ensemble which she has lead and directed and Badinage, a folk ensemble who perform original French street songs from the 18th Century; and the Borromini Quartet, a period instrument string quartet. Naomi also enjoys working in theatre - highlights in 2015 include playing on stage for ‘Farinelli and the King’, alongside Mark Rylance in the West End and in ‘All the Angels – Handel and the First Messiah’ at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe. Beyond her performing, Naomi leads creative music and movement workshops in a wide variety of settings through Spitalfields Music and Pro Corda.
Born in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Virginie spent her formative years in Cannes, France, where she took up the violin and then the viola. She spent some years playing tuba in a marching band, and studying drama in Barcelona. Her association with Gilles Apap and his viola-playing brother Jean-Marc led her, via film sessions with the Gypsy Kings, to the world of baroque music, and to London, where she continued her studies with Jan Schlapp at the Royal Academy of Music and Garth Knox. Tours and recordings with ensembles such as the European Union Baroque Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment soon followed. She is a highly regarded teacher and in her spare time she tends an allotment in Oxhey, Hertfordshire. Virginie plays on a viola by Richard Duke circa 1760.
Natasha completed a music degree at Cardiff University before her post graduate studies at the Royal Academy Of Music where she was a pupil of Jenny Ward Clarke. Since then she has performed as a Baroque and Classical cellist in the UK and abroad with many orchestras and chamber groups. These include The Gabrieli Players, The Sixteen, The Hanover Band, The English Concert and Little Baroque Company. She is principal cellist with L’Avventura London, Armonico Consort and Saraband Consort.
She performs at concert venues in cities across the world, from London's Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall, to the Sydney Opera House, and The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has also appeared in many music festivals, including Brighton’s Early Music Festival, the Lufthansa Festival, and The London Handel Festival, as well as Purbeck Folk Festival and Elderflower Fields Festival where she plays with her sister’s folk band.
Natasha has performed on various recordings, for labels such as Hyperion Records and Deutsche Grammophon. She has appeared on multiple live radio broadcasts over the years, largely for BBC Radio 3, as well as a live pop session on Dermot O’Leary’s show on BBC Radio 2.
Give her the chance to use her cello as a percussion instrument, be it tapping it as a drum or using jazz brushes on the ribs for a snare, or put a tambourine and egg shaker in her hands, she's happy!
When not performing, Natasha can be found behind a camera lens, or face to face with an espresso machine, pursuing a fine cup of coffee!
Malcolm combines jazz and classical performances at the highest level with extensive film, television and recording work. He toured with Cleo Laine and John Dankworth from 1991 to 2001, and he has performed or recorded with George Shearing, Mel Tormé, George Benson, Lee Konitz, Martin Taylor, Stan Tracey, Claire Martin, Mose Allison, Antonio Forcione, Kenny Wheeler, Acker Bilk, Sting, Diana Ross, Depeche Mode, James Galway, John Williams, John Rutter, Carolyn Sampson, Julian Lloyd Webber, the Choir of Westminster Abbey, the Allegri, Sacconi and Medici String Quartets, Northern Sinfonia, the Hallé, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the LSO, the RPO and the LPO. Malcolm’s film credits include Shreck, Sinbad, G.I. Jane, Cold Mountain and Lord Of The Rings. Malcolm leads the highly acclaimed trio Acoustic Triangle, which includes pianist Gwilym Simcock and saxophonist Tim Garland, and he has been the Artistic Director of the Swaledale Festival since October 2007.