The founding director of the English Mozart Ensemble, GARTH HALL first came to music as a chorister at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh, where he sang for five years and was given his first lessons on the piano by the pianist Colin Kingsley of Edinburgh University. A scholar at Wells Cathedral Music School, he went on to study with the Malaysian pianist Yu, Chun Yee, at the Royal College of Music, London. Garth made his London debut at the Purcell Room in 1992, to much critical acclaim. A regular recitalist in Music Societies and Festivals around this country, he has to date performed in Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, Canada and the USA. In addition to his recital work, Garth has worked extensively in the theatre, both as pianist and conductor, and is currently Musical Director and Conductor of the smash-hit Chicago in London’s West End. His solo CD of Rachmaninov, Barber and others, was given four stars by the BBC Music Magazine.
has travelled five continents as a performer in many genres,
from chamber opera to modern dance. His vocal training in Dublin, London and Switzerland has won him many awards and secured his operatic debut at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden aged only twenty-one. Since then he has performed as a soloist at opera houses, theatres and concert halls throughout the world in repertoire which includes Gluck Orfeo (New York), Rossini Petite Messe (Zurich), Purcell Dido & Aeneas (Madrid), Strauss Die Fledermaus (Vienna), Mozart Die Zauberflote (Dublin), Handel Messiah (Aldeburgh), Mozart Requiem (London), Bach Magnificat (Dublin). He has also created numerous roles and premiered various works in London (Royal Festival Hall with the London Philharmonic Orchestra), Amsterdam (Royal Concertgebouw), Chicago, Paris, Cape Town, Sydney, Hong-Kong, Tokyo, and Singapore, including the Opera Trilogy by Stephen Oliver, directed by Simon Callow for Covent Garden which won the Critics Award in 1996. Beyond his love of classical music, Morgan has enjoyed principal roles in West End and Broadway shows like Riverdance, West Side Story, Chicago and the European premiere of Rogers and Hammerstein's A Grand Night For Singing, as well as extensive radio and TV broadcasts, highlights of which include the final BBC Big Band Series with Barry Forgie and Friday Night Is Music Night with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
His unique abilities have earned praise from audiences that have included Princess Diana, Madonna, Dame Joan Sutherland, Placido Domingo, The Queen and various Presidents and Heads of State.
Apart from his appearances on recordings such as Riverdance, Quest For Camelot (Warner Bros), Cantichorus (International Church Music Festival) and Yule Be Wiggling (Disney/ABC Network USA), Morgan has recorded two solo albums - Celtic Carol and Out of the Blue (International Bestseller List USA for twelve weeks)and has recently recorded music by Bach, Handel and Schubert on the new English Mozart Ensemble “Classics” Album. back to home page back to concerts page
DAVID LE PAGE was born in Guernsey and began playing the violin at the age of seven. He gained a place at the Yehudi Menuhin school aged eleven studying there with Margaret Norris, Mauricio Fuks and Sidney Griller. In 1985 he won 5th prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin competition and in 1986 came 2nd in the BBC Young Musician of the Year. On completion of his studies with Igor Ozim in Switzerland he returned to England and began a career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher.An experienced chamber musician he was a member of the Kreutzer quartet for four years with whom he recorded and broadcast extensively. He has also played viola with the Tippett quartet and is currently a member of the Caractacus quartet and the Orsino piano trio. He performed for two years with the highly acclaimed music theatre group the Gogmagogs taking part in shows at the Edinburgh Festival and in New York. Since 1995 he has been the violinist with the Composers Ensemble who he has appeared with at the Hoxton, Huddersfield, Brighton and Aldeburgh festivals as well as at the BBC Proms. Over the past ten years he has been the duo partner of pianists Charles Owen, Andrew Zolinsky, Catherine Edwards and Tom Ades.
Tom has been involved in education projects with orchestras, schools and ensembles since graduating from the guildhall school of music and Drama in 1994.His playing career has included working with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cyprus State Orchestra, Chicago the Musical, the John Bennett Big Band, and the Bollywood Brass Band.
This has run alongside his career as an Educationalist, where he has worked on numerous projects with organisations such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Ballet, the Guildhall school of Music, Handel House Museum, Bath MozartFest, and he is currently Music Director for ‘Young Music Makers’, a North London based Music School.
"Having been aware of the English Mozart Ensemble for some time and their fresh and holistic approach, I am thrilled to have been asked to develop their education programme, and look forward to the upcoming series of projects."
Richard Hosford (clarinet) has a busy career both as a soloist and as chamber musician, as well as being Principal Clarinet of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
As a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for more than twenty years Richard toured the world, performing as a soloist with them in the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the USA with conductors Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Oscar Schumsky, Sir Roger Norrington, Gerard Korsten and Paavo Berglund. He has recorded the Mozart and Copland concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Alexander Schneider on ASV. He also performed the Nielsen concerto with Paavo Berglund in Italy and Germany. He was for several years Principal Clarinet with the London Philharmonic before taking up the post of Principal Clarinet with the BBC Symphony in 1994. In 1999 he gave the first broadcast of Robin Holloways' Clarinet Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and recently performed Harrison Birtwistle's "Melancolia", as soloist, in their Barbican series. In 2005 he gave performances and broadcasts of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata. He regularly performs the Mozart Concerto throughout the country with the Mozart Festival Orchestra.
Richard Hosford is a committed chamber musician and has recorded all the major repertoire for wind ensemble with the Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and has toured with them throughout the world. He has recorded with the chamber ensemble, Domus, and the Florestan Piano Trio. He is a leading member of the Gaudier Ensemble and has recorded many works for strings and wind with them. In 1998 he became a member of the Nash Ensemble with whom he tours and broadcasts regularly. He has recently recorded all the major chamber works of Poulenc and Saints Saens with them as well as a disc of chamber works by Mark Anthony Turnage, Birtwistle and James Macmillan. In recent years his recordings of the Copland Concerto and the Brahms Trio have both been rated “First choice” by BBC Radio 3 Record review. Richard teaches at the Royal College of Music.
As a chamber musician, Malin has given recitals in Washington DC, Ostrava, Copenhagen and has performed at the Edinburgh International Festival with the Leopold String Trio and in London's Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Belcea Quartet. She has also performed as a violist on BBC R3 and at Wigmore Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
In 2004, she became a member of the Nash Ensemble and made her debut at the BBC Proms. The ensemble's 2005/6 season includes a concert tour of Germany, CD recording for Hyperion and regular appearances at Wigmore Hall and on BBC R3.
In 1999, Malin became a member of the teaching staff at Gothenburg Conservatory of Music, where she places particular emphasis on the ergonomics of string playing.
In 2002, Malin was presented with the Halland Academy's award for outstanding cultural achievement.
Malin plays a 1748 G. Gagliano violin, generously loaned by the Järnåker Foundation.
JAMES CLEVERTON, BARITONE
James was born in Kent, England, and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. His awards include the Texaco Award for Advanced Opera and the Veitch-Ibler Oratorio Prize.
James made his international opera debut in 2001 as Escamillo for the Spier Opera Festival in South Africa. Later that year he appeared as the Pirate King with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre.
Between 2003 and 2005 as a member of Zurich Opera’s International Opera Studio, he appeared in Maria Stuarda, Rigoletto, Der Rosenkavalier, Don Carlos, Manon Lescaut, Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Fedora, La Pietra del Paragone and Der Konsul.
In 2005, James made his debut in France singing the role of Count Asdrubale for the Opera de Rennes production of Rossini’s La Pietra del Paragone, the role of the Pirate King with Zurich Pocket Opera, Don Giovanni with Opera by Definition in the UK, and Silvio in i Pagliacci for the Concordia Foundation in Hanoi Vietnam.
Equally comfortable on the concert platform, James has performed oratorios with some of Europe’s most prominent orchestras. Most recently he sang a Mozart concert with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in the Tonhalle Zurich, Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen with the Ensemble Classique and is currently touring the UK with Theatre Productions Viennese Strauss Gala.
Future plans include the role of Eugene Onegin with Opera by Definition, Silvio with English Touring Opera and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor for Iford Festival.
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RUTH CONTRACTOR, OBOE
Ruth Contractor studied jointly at Manchester University, and at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she won several awards and prizes. She then went on to postgraduate studies in Germany supported by a DAAD scholarship. Whilst still a student Ruth was selected to play principal oboe for Leonard Bernstein in the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival orchestra and Charles Dutoit in the World Youth Orchestra. More recently she was invited by Claudio Abbado to play for the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in festivals and concerts all over Europe and with his latest project Orchestra Mozart in Bologna. Ruth is a busy freelance oboist based in London, working with all the major orchestras there and also throughout the rest of the UK. She also plays regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and in all these capacities appears regularly all over the world, on television and the radio and on recordings. Over the years Ruth has also worked with many chamber music ensembles and smaller group and appears as concerto soloist with the Brandenburg Sinfonia and the Goldberg Ensemble. She also teaches in music festivals in India and northern Italy.
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KARIN LEISHMAN, VIOLIN
Karin studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, in the Netherlands and Australia. She has appeared as soloist in Europe, Russia, many times in the United Kingdom and has guest-lead many of the great British orchestras, including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Karin Leishman now devotes herself to leading one of Britain’s foremost chamber ensembles, the Alberni String Quartet, described in the New York Times as “one of the finest half-dozen quartets in the world.” She plays on a beautiful Antonio Stradivarius violin of 1727.
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SUZANNE MANUELL, SOPRANO
Born in Cornwall, Suzanne has performed with some of Britain’s most renowned singers including Sir Thomas Allen, Alan Opie, Benjamin Luxon, Janice Cairns & Jonathan Lemalu .
She has performed the title roles Tosca, and Madame Butterfly, and the roles of Amelia A Masked Ball, Rosina The Barber of Seville, Giulietta Tales of Hoffman and Papagena The Magic Flute to great critical acclaim.
Previously singing as a mezzo soprano, she performed the roles of Prince Orlovsky Die Fledermaus, Olga Eugene Onegin and the title roles La Cenerentola and Carmen as well as Charlotte, a role which was created for her, in Russell Pascoe’s The Murder of Charlotte Dymond.
Suzanne has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, London’s Savoy Hotel, and the Crush Room at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She has sung with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic and the Northern Sinfonia. She has also had the honour of singing for HRH The Princess Royal.
Suzanne was recently selected by Jose Cura as one of just fifteen international singers, to work with him in London.
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IAN SCOTT CLARINET
Rebecca went to the Arts Educational School where she studied all aspects of the theatre. She then trained on the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music where she was generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. She studies with Jonathan Papp, Paolo Speca and Diane Forlano. She is an alumnus of the Britten-Pears School and in 2006 she was a member of the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto where she was coached by Mirella Freni. In 2007 she participated in concerts with Dennis O’Neill’s Cardiff International Academy of Voice, in Florence and Barga. She has recently received a Susan Chilcott Scholarship in order to continue her studies in Italy. She is a co-founder and co-Artistic Director of English Chamber Opera.
Recent performances have included Konstanze (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail) for Opera de Bauge, Alice Ford (Falstaff) for Grange Park Opera/Nevill Holt Rising Stars, Tatyana (Eugene Onegin – in Russian) with I Maestri at St John’s Smith Square, Violetta (La Traviata) for European Chamber Opera, Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) and Countess (The Marriage of Figaro) for English Chamber Opera in London and Ireland, the Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder with I Maestri at St John’s Smith Square and a concert with Bryn Terfel.
Other operatic roles include Nerone (L’Incoronazione di Poppea) under Laurence Cummings and Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), under Sir Charles Mackerras, both for Royal Academy Opera; Fox for Opera East Productions, Konstanze for Surrey Opera, Violetta for Vox Lirika, Donna Elvira for The Theatre Chipping Norton and on tour, Madame Herz (The Impresario) at the Taunton Festival and the title role in Gluck’s Armide (cover) for Buxton Festival Opera.
On the concert platform she has sung Haydn’s Nelson Mass under Sir David Willcocks, Mozart’s Requiem at Southwark and Bristol Cathedrals and St Martin-in-the-Fields, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at The Anvil, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
She has given recitals at Leighton House, St James’ Palace, the Goethe Institut, Glasgow, in the Winchester and Buxton Festivals, with the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto at the Italian Embassy and in the Queensgate Terrace Series.
Future plans include Alice Ford for Pimlico Opera, Madama Butterfly for Surrey Opera, Madame Herz for English Chamber Opera, Violetta for Riverside Opera and Fox at the Oundle Festival.
Maggie Preece is a British stage performer who is currently re-creating the role of The Mother Abbess on a National Tour of Andrew LLoyd Webber's/David Ian's "The Sound of Music", directed by Jeremy Sams, having played the role with great success in the same production for over two years at The London Palladium.
Margaret Preece - or Maggie as she is often known, played Carlotta at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End in Andrew Lloyd Webber's fabulous "The Phantom of the Opera" for 18 months and went on to sing the entire role for Minnie Driver in Joel Schumacher's feature film of the musical in 2005, in which she also played the role of The Confidante.
Maggie has just been working with Opera North playing the role of Vava in David Pountney's lively production of Shostakovich's "Paradise Moscow".
There can be few voices as powerful and emotive as that of Maggie Preece, the acclaimed international vocalist. After training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama and the National Opera Studio - gaining awards from the John Scott and Peter Stuyvesant Foundations - Maggie established herself as a versatile, respected operatic singer and experienced concert and recording artist.
Maggie has performed many diverse leading roles for principal opera companies and musical productions, working with directors and conductors of international renown. The list is extensive and illustrates not only her ability to adapt to an enormous range of styles and moods but also her talents as a highly versatile actress.
Maggie has also recently released her album "Isn't It Romantic", featuring the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein/Hart
David Juritz was born in Cape Town, South Africa, where he began violin lessons at the age of six with Noel Travers. He continued his studies at the Royal College of Music in London with Hugh Bean and Jaroslav Vanecek on scholarships from Associated Board Scholarship and the Leverhulme Trust. Whilst there he won all the top prizes for violin and was the recipient of the college’s highest award, the Tagore Gold Medal.
On leaving college he joined the English Chamber Orchestra who sponsored his South Bank debut at the Purcell Room in 1985. Since then he has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in all the major concert halls of the UK as well as performing in North and South America, the Far East, Europe, South Africa and Australia.
In 1991 he was appointed leader of the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra, the London Mozart Players. David works frequently as soloist and director with the LMP and in this role, has given many world premieres including new works by Cecilia McDowall, Geoffrey Burgon, Lynne Plowman and Geoffrey Hanson. He also works as a guest-director with orchestras such as the Ambache Chamber Orchestra, Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. He is a regular guest leader with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic and London Philharmonic Orchestras as well as leading session orchestras on major films. Recent credits include The Merchant of Venice and The Last King of Scotland.
His recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the London Mozart Players was acclaimed as 'one of the finest interpretations on modern instruments’. In March 2003 Dutton released his world premier recording of works for violin and piano by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Other recordings include music by George Dyson and Rebecca Clarke on Dutton, quartets by Szymanowski and Schubert with the Maggini String Quartet for ASV, Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending for Collins, Slow Dances, Quiet Passions on Bonus and Louise Talma on Naxos.
In addition to performing, David Juritz writes about issues related to music, contributing articles to The Strad, Double Bassist and Nature and recently presented ’The Asylum Band’ on Radio 4, a programme about the Orchestra of Norfolk Mental Hospital. In 2005 he took over the role of Artistic Director of the Burton Bradstock Festival.
David was a soloist with the London Mozart Players in the 2006 BBC Promenade Concerts. February 2007 saw the first concerts with his group, The London Tango Quintet.
In June 2007, David busked his way round the world playing Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. During this journey he launched a new charity called Musequality, which finances start-up music projects in deprived areas. The charity has now helped music projects in Capetown, Soweto, Kampala and Thailand and hopes to set up a new project in Goa in 2010 He is currently recording the complete Bach Sonatas and Partitas.
In 2009 David launched the Musequality World Busk which will run from 8-14 June which a world record biggest busk on Sunday 14 June at noon.
He plays a violin made in Piacenza in 1748 by J B Guadagnini
Nicole began her musical career at the age of 5 and after much cajoling by her parents to "go and do your practice!", she became a scholar at Chetham's School of Music and graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1996. In 1999 she joined the first violin section of the London Symphony Orchestra and became a founder member of the Tippett String Quartet. Currently principal 2nd violin at English National Opera, Nicole has worked with many major London orchestras and has appeared extensively as a soloist in London and Birmingham. Having written and presented the "Classic FM Guide to the Orchestra" for Classic FM radio in 2004, Nicole has presented for BBC 4 TV and presents concerts and competitions throughout the UK.back to home page back to concerts page
Charles Mutter studied with Kenneth Piper as a Junior Exhibitioner at the RCM before
reading English at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he continued his studies with David
Takeno and later Simon Fischer. Passionate about chamber music from an early age, he
was a member of the Smith Quartet for ten years and led the Edinburgh Quartet from 2003
to 2007. His latest chamber project is the string trio Florin.
Appointed associate leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2007, Charles has
collaborated closely with many of the world’s leading artists, from Nigel Kennedy to Burt
Bacharach, and made many solo appearances across the UK. He is also much in demand
as a guest leader, notably with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
Charles plays a violin made for him in 2008 by the brilliant young German luthier, Stephan
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