Joo Yeon Sir (violin) & Irina Andirevsky (piano)
Born in South Korea, Joo Yeon moved to London at the age of 9, to begin her training at the Purcell School of Music where she now teaches, as well as at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music. After Purcell she studied at the Royal College under the tutelage of long-term mentor Felix Andrievsky. During this period, she won the prestigious BBC/Guardian Young Composer of the Year Award as well as the Royal College of Music’s President award. Since graduating from the Royal College, Joo Yeon tours extensively both with Irina Andirevsky and with all the major orchestras and is heard regularly on Classic FM, BBC, Scala, RTE and France Musique Radios. She is a prodigious composer and works often with Sir Karl Jenkins, notable on the Deutsche Grammophon recording of “Cantata Memoria” and Sir Karl has written “Chatterbox” and “Lament for the Valleys” especially for her.
Joo Yeon’s extensive repertoire spans compositions from Bach to modern day. Her recordings are available on Rubicon for which she receives critical acclaim.
Irina was born in Upha, Russia. She received her first piano lessons at the age of seven, winning first prize in the Ufa piano competition at the age of 10. At the age of 11 she went to Moscow to study at the Central Music School for Specially Gifted Children, a branch of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she would later graduate with distinction and receive her doctorate. In 1991 Irina emigrated to Israel and continued her music career, mainly performing solo recitals and chamber music. For the past 14 years Irina has developed an impressive career as a piano teacher in Israel, raising a generation of promising young pianists.
Since moving to the UK, she has participated in master courses and festivals in France, UK, Russia, and Israel, and has given solo and duo recitals with different instrumentalists; she possesses a very broad duo and accompaniment repertoire for violin, viola and cello. At present Irina is actively associated with Royal College of Music in London.
The Cordial Quintet (brass quintet)
Trumpet 1: Matthew Frost, Trumpet 2: Dan Taylor, French Horn: Alys Betsan Jones, Tenor Trombone: Toby Carr, Bass Trombone: Matt Smith
These young brass players first met while at school and played together at various youth orchestras. Since qualifying at prestigious music colleges they are developing their careers on the concert platform, teaching and composing. Their programme includes works by Handel, Purcell, Bach, Parry and Rutter. What glorious celebratory music to raise the rafters of this beautiful church.
Mick Doran (percussionist)
Mick Doran is principal percussionist at English National Opera. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music he was appointed principal percussionist at Sadler’s Wells Ballet before moving to ENO. He enjoys a busy freelance career with UK’s premier orchestras, opera, and ballet companies as well as well as working on many top film scores, West End musicals and playing contemporary music and jazz. As Professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music he enjoys passing on his experiences to new generations of players.
Julian Godlee (bass baritone) & Brenda Blewett (piano)
Julian was a chorister at King’s College Cambridge before deciding that a career in medicine called. Now living in Norfolk he regularly performs with Brenda Blewett and will be singing a selection of English songs by Britten, Vaughan Williams, Michael Head and Gerald Finzi.
Brenda recently retired as joint head of accompaniment at Chetham’s School in Manchester and now concentrates on her career as a concert accompanist.
Hannah Lang (flute) and Peter Hewitt (piano)
Hannah Lang is a much sought-after flautist who has a fine understanding of the music she plays with great panache and sensitivity.
British pianist, Peter Hewitt, is a masterful musician who has attracted great critical acclaim for his exceptional performances which combine a flawless technique with intense natural musicality and a searching intellect.
Mithras Trio (piano trio)
violin: Ionel Manciu cello: Leo Popplewell piano: Dominic Degavino
Formed in 2017 while students at the Guildhall School of Music, the Mithras Trio are currently members of the prestigious BBC New Generation Artists scheme, broadcasting regularly on BBC Radio 3. They have won numerous awards and are fast growing a reputation as one of the next generation’s most exciting piano trios. They are praised for their ‘exquisite phrasing’, ‘full-blooded commitment’ and ‘bold, passionate colours’.
Marmen Quartet (string quartet)
violin I: Johannes Marmen violin II: Laia Valentin Braun viola: Bryony Gibson-Cornish cello: Sinéad O’Halloran
Formed in 2013 at the Royal College of Music in London, the Marmen Quartet is fast building a reputation for the vitality and vigour of their performances. In 2019 they won the Grand Prize of the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition as well as the First Prize of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, with the Haydn and Canadian commission prizes in addition. Their programme includes sonatas by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and a specially commissioned composition “Heal” by the New Zealand composer Salina Fisher.
Benedict Holland (violin) & Brenda Blewett (piano – see above)
Who can fail to remember the wonderful performance of Elgar’s violin sonata at last year’s concerts and Ben and Brenda return this year to play Schubert, Debussy and Grieg. Ben combines his concert career with his work as professor of violin at the Royal Northern College of Music. Brenda is now based in Norfolk, following a successful career as Joint Head of Accompanying at Chetham School of Music.
Aaron Akugbo (trumpet) & Zeynep Özsuca (piano)
Born in 1998 and of Nigerian-Scottish descent, Aaron Akugbo comes from Edinburgh and is poised as a future leading exponent of his instrument. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, he is a charismatic performer with an abundance of natural humour which translates into an effortless engagement with people and audiences. Aaron is accompanied by the Turkish pianist Zeyneb Ozsuca and their programme includes Britten, Telemann, Poulenc and Gershwin.
Zeynep has performed worldwide as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. Born in Ankara, she began piano lessons at the age of four and continued her studies at Ankara Conservatory of Hacettepe University. After winning Istanbul Symphony’s Young Soloists Competition in 2001, Zeynep moved to the United States to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory under Prof. Peter Takács. She then majored in accompaniment and vocal coaching at Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler”, Berlin with Prof. Alexander Vitlin and graduated with an MA in 2013. Zeynep currently lives in London and pursues her career as concert pianist, accompanist and repetiteur.
The Galaxy Big Band
The Galaxy Big Band was formed in 1999 and is one of the country’s leading big bands playing Swing, Jive and Jazz from the 1940’s and beyond. Enjoy such favourites. “What I love is the whole package – music, song, colour, clothes, content, skill, lighting, sound and the sheer joie de vivre of you all” The band is led by Roger Chinery. A real foot tapping evening in store.
Ella McCready (voice) & Michael Clancy (guitar)
Ella McCready is a singer/songwriter from London. Born into a family of musicians, she has been singing and writing music for as long as she can remember. With creativity running through her veins, she began her career gigging professionally at just 14 years old. She’s performed all over the country in rock bands, Motown bands, jazz groups and many more! Ella also releases her own original music which can be found on all major streaming platforms.
Michael is a session musician and songwriter hailing from Colchester, England. He has performed and recorded with a huge number of artists, with notable names including Alison Moyet, Heather Peace, Cloves and Etaoin. He has also performed at countless iconic venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Ronnie Scott’s, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Brighton Dome. Michael is comfortable in a wide range of styles on the guitar, and provides the perfect accompaniment to Ella’s stunning vocals.
Tadeusz Kaznowski (conductor and composer)
The exciting young Norfolk born conductor will bring his own interpretation to one of our great classic oratorios, The Messiah with The Thorpe Ensemble and soloists. Numbers to sing are limited but if you are interested in taking part, please complete and return the registration form. Tadeusz gained both Bachelors (1st class) and Master’s degrees in Conducting and Composition, exploring the communicative possibilities between leader/conductor and ensemble, as well as exploring aleatoric music. During this time, he had opportunities for tuition with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Prof. Paul Patterson. Tadeusz is also directing the Last Night of the Proms on August 29th.
Maggini String Quartet
violin I: Julian Leaper violin II: Ciaran McCabe viola: Martin Outram cello: Michal Kaznowski
Formed in 1988, the Maggini Quartet is one of the finest British string quartets. Its acclaimed recordings have won international awards including Gramophone Chamber Music Award of the Year, Diapason d’Or of the Year and a Cannes Classical Award and have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards. The Maggini Quartet’s commitment to new music has led to important commissions including works by James MacMillan, Robert Simpson, Eleanor Alberga and Roxanna Panufnik. Their unique collaboration with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, performing and recording his ten ‘Naxos Quartets’, was hailed as “a 21st century landmark”. The Magginis are renowned for their interpretations of British Repertoire and The Glory of the English String Quartet continues to be an important ongoing initiative, drawing upon the wonderful repertoire which the Quartet is committed to bringing to a worldwide audience.
In addition to their concert activity, the members of the Quartet have an international reputation as chamber music coaches. They hold several UK residencies and have worked at the UK’s senior music institutions.
Kavolectrica (electric string quartet)
violins: Thomas Leate, Simon Ballard viola: Rachel Ballard cello: Ivan McCready
Kavolectrica makes a return visit to Thorpe. The group throws traditional ideas of the string quartet out of the window. With music from every era – including favourites from Film & TV, Pop Hits as well as some Classical gems. Their dynamic programming will excite and delight with all the pieces you know and love – but played like you’ve never heard before.
The Wandering Minstrels (vocal ensemble)
The Wandering Minstrels’ is a highly accomplished group of six singers and a pianist who specialise in staging songs and scenes from the immortal Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Their concerts of Savoy classics, presented in period costume and performed in traditional style, are events to remember. A superb light-hearted evening of songs and scenes from the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas, beautifully sung and delightfully staged. Two hours of Savoy favourites, combining the biting wit of W.S. Gilbert and the enchanting music of Sir Arthur Sullivan is promised.
Estevao Devidesi (classical guitar)
Born in Brazil he studied at the Conservatory of Tatuí in Brazil and graduated in a Licentiate of Music Degree from the Unimes University of Santos.
In Brazil he has performed in schools, theatres and museums sponsored by companies in partnership with the Government of Culture. This financed his first recording of a CD in 2014 with 25,000 free copies that were distributed to students during his school performances.
He has participated in International Guitar Encounters, performing master classes with renowned guitarists such as: Berta Rojas (Paraguay); Jorge Caballero (Peru) and Duo Assad (Brazil).
In 2013, the Brazilian Ministry of Culture selected Estevão to be part of a Cultural Exchange which included free concerts at Whitefriars C of E Primary Academy, Snettisham Primary School and Forward Day Centre in King’s Lynn/ Norfolk. Since moving to Norfolk he has established himself as a fine classical musician.
Maki Sekiya (piano)
Japanese pianist Maki Sekiya was born in Tokyo and is now resident in the UK. At the age of ten, she made her first public appearance on Japanese television, playing her own three movement composition. Shortly afterwards, she became a scholarship pupil at the Purcell School for Young Musicians in the UK. She quickly attracted attention, with an article in The Evening Standard and an appearance on Sky TV.
Even before becoming a teenager, Maki Sekiya made public appearances as a soloist and in concerti. She won the Senigallia International Piano Competition in Italy.
She studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and graduated with distinction. She remained in Russia for her post-graduate studies. She won the Music and Earth International Competition in Bulgaria and the International Sailer Piano Competition, also in Bulgaria. She performs regularly in Russia, Eastern Europe, Japan and in the UK. She is currently Musician in Residence at Green Templeton College, Oxford.
Her recent Wigmore Hall recital (on Sunday 30 January 2022) was described by one reviewer as a “Triumph”. “Oxford pianist Maki Sekiya’s debut recital at Wigmore Hall … was a triumph ….. was received with enormous acclaim by the capacity audience ….A wonderful recital and a great success for Maki! It was a privilege to be there.”
Rebecca Kaznowski (soprano)
Norfolk based soprano Rebecca Kaznowski is currently studying under Marcus Van Den Akker. Since graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2010 she has also had the opportunity to work with acclaimed tutors such as Kate Royal, Anne Murray, Malcolm Martineau, Susan Bullock and Simon Lepper. She was selected by Malcolm Martineau to be a Crear Scholar in January 2018 and was a finalist in the London Song Festival in 2017. She has been invited as a soloist to sing across the UK and has a special interest in oratorio and song recital work. Alongside her performing career, Rebecca has established herself as a dedicated and knowledgeable vocal teacher in Norfolk.
Alex Rider (harp)
In demand for a wealth of projects both at home and abroad, Alex Rider is a harpist with a passion for the instrument and a gift for communication. With interests encompassing period performance to the newest music, recent highlights of Alexander’s work include: BBC Concert Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, London Chamber Orchestra, Ballet Rambert, the Aurora Orchestra, the Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique and the Academy of Ancient Music. As a soloist Alexander is noted for his affinity with French music at the turn of the last century, and for his work on original instruments of the period. Using an Erard harp built in 1902. Alex is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and was awarded a Guildhall Artists/ fellowship.
Bertie Anderson (singer / viola player)
The multi-talented performer Bertie Anderson was born in Norfolk but spent most of her life in London and it was Covid-19 that persuaded her and her husband to move the whole family to Norfolk. Bertie is a member of the Bowjanlges group and is a prolific composer too. An Arts Council grant enabled her to write and take on tour a new stage show “Dracula in Space”. Bertie loves busking for its connection with the public, so Covent Garden has now been replaced by Cromer.
Jodie Wiggins (soprano)
Jodie is a Classical Soprano on the Vocal Studies course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. Being a born and bred Norfolk girl she has performed on several stages across the county, ranging from touring musical theatre productions to Classical recitals, Concert Operas, weddings and many other exciting opportunities! She is the Head Chorister of Broadland Youth Choir, which she has been a part of from the age of 9. She also specialises in guitar and piano and teaches music to children in London to support her student life. She has always loved working and making music with children, so she was delighted to be chosen to direct this project.
Daniel Chomiak (bass)
Daniel was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He began his musical life at the age of 6 as a violinist in ‘El Sistema’ with its founder Jose Antonio Abreu. In 2013 he discovered a passion for lyrical singing thanks to the Venezuelan soprano Samia Ibrahim who helped him to train during his last years in Venezuela. In 2017 he decided to expand his musical knowledge in Italy, Vicenza with Tenor Michele Fracasso. He is currently a BMus student at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Aeolus Wind Quintet
Flute: Anna Hopkins Oboe: Christie Godfrey Clarinet: Jennifer Cochrane Horn: Andrew Thompson Bassoon: John Mason
Formed in 2021 in Norwich from a group of likeminded friends, with a rich range of professional backgrounds, the ensemble has a broad repertoire, consisting of both original quintets and arrangements, from the Baroque to Modern, as well as a range of light music and pops. The ensemble is developing new repertoire and has been fortunate in being able to showcase this in October in the beautiful church at Barton Turf, a concert that was enthusiastically received.
Programme may include works by Arnold/ Haydn/Ibert/Poulenc /Gershwin/ Strauss/Joplin.