Ian Brown

Ian Brown’s career embraces chamber music, solo playing and conducting. 

 

As a concerto soloist he has played with many of Britain’s leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, the London Sinfonietta and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He has also appeared as soloist in Messaien’s Oiseaux Exotiques at the Proms.

 

 

He is pianist of the Nash Ensemble and during this long association has played and recorded a large repertoire of chamber music. He also teaches chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music and at Cambridge University. 

 

He is in demand as a duo player working with many distinguished musicians including Rostropovich, James Galway, Steven Isserlis, Ralph Kirshbaum,   and Dame Felcity Lott. 

 

For some years he had a regular partnership with Henryk Szeyring and most recently has recorded and toured in Russia with Maxim Vengerov.  He now has a duo with Min-Jin Kym.

 

As a conductor he had a series of five concerts last season with the Philharmonia Orchestra and has worked with the Northern Sinfonia,  City of London Sinfonia,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.  He made his London debut conducting  Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony at the Barbican.

 

He works with orchestras in Poland and the Czech Republic and regularly  visits   the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  as director and soloist. Ealier this year he toured  with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis as soloists. 

Commonwealth Musician of the Year, First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition, Huw Wiggin is one of the most popular saxophonists of his generation. Highlights of 2016 include the commissioning of a Saxophone concerto, appearances at Brighton, Newbury and Ripon festivals, a return visit to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the release of a concerto CD.

Huw grew up in Henley-on-Thames and studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Andrew Wilson and Rob Buckland. On graduating in 2008 with a 1st Class honours degree he won a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) to continue his studies with Daniel Gauthier at the Hochschule für Musik, Cologne. In 2012 he graduated from the Royal College of Music, studying with Kyle Horch and gaining a Master’s Degree with Distinction.

Other prizes and awards include: a ‘Star Award’ from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, a Music Education Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Philip & Dorothy Green Award, and a Martin Musical Scholarship. Whilst at the RCM he won the Concerto Prize, which led to a performance of Paule Maurice’s Tableaux de Provence.

In 2012 Huw was selected as a Park Lane Group Artist. He was praised for his ‘liquid gold tones and enviable breath control’ by The Times and premiered a new work Three Letter Word by Andy Scott. He has appeared at festivals and music societies throughout the UK and in major concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall and a performance of Milhaud’s Scaramouche at the Henley Festival. In July 2012 Huw was invited to perform recitals and a concerto performance of Eric Coates’s Saxo Rhapsody at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.

Huw is professor of saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has given masterclasses at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge in Canada. abroad.

Huw is leader of the Ferio Saxophone Quartet and regularly performs with them in the UK and Internationally.

Jane Salmon

Jane Salmon also grew up in Henley-on-Thames and has established a reputation as one of the busiest and most successful cellists of her generation. A member of The Schubert Ensemble - Ensemble in Residence at Birmingham Conservatoire - her work as a chamber musician and as a recital soloist has taken her to more than 40 countries across the world and has involved her in more than 40 CD recordings, broadcasts for radio and television, festivals and performances in many leading venues. With the Schubert Ensemble, she gives over 50 concerts per year, has been involved in over 80 commissions and was a Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Chamber Music award for ‘Best Chamber Ensemble’.

As a recitalist she has premiered solo works on BBC Radio 3 and in concerts on London's South Bank and Wigmore Hall. Recital tours have included two visits to India where solo performances to large audiences were juxtaposed with educational work in Madras, Bangalore and Calcutta. More unusually, Jane was the on-stage cellist in the Royal National Theatre's award-winning production of the Arthur Miller play Broken Glass. A graduate of Cambridge University, Jane studied the cello with Amaryllis Fleming, Pierre Fournier and Johannes Goritzki. She won numerous prizes and awards and was selected for promotion by Young Concert Artists Trust which launched her solo career.

Although the Schubert Ensemble has been her principal commitment for nearly 20 years, Jane is also a founder member of the Endymion Ensemble and has appeared as a guest leader with the English Chamber Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. She also works with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and appeared as an ensemble player in the 2010 BBC Proms.

Christine Cairns

Christine Cairns has sung all over the world in concert.  She has performed with conductors like Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andre Previn and with all the major orchestras in the UK as well as the Berlin philharmonic the Vienna Philharmonic, the LA philharmonic and the Philadelphia orchestras. 

 

When her younger son was diagnosed with autism she decided to concentrate on teaching. For the past 16 years she has taught at the Birmingham Conservatoire and at home in Shillingford. Christine also adjudicates at music festivals and regularly gives concerts for people with dementia and autism. In 2000 she set up the charity Music for Autism since when she, her husband John Lubbock and the musicians from the OSJ have sung and played to more than 60 000 autistic children and young adults. 

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