Charlotte began her studies at RSAMD as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, winning many prizes. She specialized in accompaniment at RAM with Malcolm Martineau and became a Meaker Fellow. At the National Opera Studio she studied as a repetiteur which enabled her to coach singers and study with distinguished conductors. Subsequent work took her to Italy to play for Batignano Festival Opera. She has performed for finalists at The Kathleen Ferrier, Richard Tauber and Royal Over Seas League at The Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall and has been a nominee for the prestigious Gerald Moore Award. Recently she became a Crear Scholar, having the chance to work with Malcolm Martineau again on the West Coast of Scotland. She was the pianist for Radio 4’s play “Little Nell” and devised and performed the music for “The Young Visitors” by Daisy Ashford.
Louisa studied with Emanuel Hurwitz as an Associated Board Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music where she formed the Duke String Quartet. As post graduates the Quartet won a scholarship to have coaching for two years from the Amadeus Quartet and then went on to have a rich and fullfiling career over the next 20 years, performing, broadcasting and recording worldwide. Louisa has recently toured Europe and the US as leader of Peter Gabriel’s New Blood Orchestra, recorded violin for Coldplay and led Max Richter’s ensemble at Covent Garden for Wayne Mcgregor’s “Infra” and the new opera, ‘SUM’. She works regularly on electric violin with Sadley Dorus and the Hoolie band, a ceilidh disco band based in Oxford where she now lives. This winter she will be playing with the Duke Quartet for the Oxford Chamber Music Society with the pianist William Howard.
Having always been a committed chamber musician Rose has been a member of The Coull Quartet since March 2010, with whom she now has a busy schedule of concerts and recording. She also currently plays with the Scottish Ensemble, Kings Consort, Chroma and the European group Musica Saeculorum. Before her time in The Coull Quartet she toured for many years all over the world with orchestras such as the Philarmonia and Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique. She teaches at Birmingham Conservatoire and Warwick University and mentors young violists at Trinity College of Music.
Rosalind enjoys a busy and diverse career as a cellist. She graduated from Cambridge with an English Literature degree before gaining a scholarship to study with Naomi Butterworth at Trinity College of Music. She works with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent highlights include: performing on Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ as part of a cello sextet in Julian Marshall’s Angel in the Forest with tenor James Gilchrist. Playing co principal at the St. Endellion Summer Festival in performances of Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress with conductor Ryan Wigglesworth and principal cello Tim Gill.
RICHARD BURKHARD & JOHN METCALFE
From his early days in New Zealand listening to his father sing opera, John Metcalfe has become one the most exciting and versatile musicians in the UK. From giving string quartet recitals in prestigious venues world-wide to composing for radio and TV, penning strings for no.1 UK pop hits and releasing his own genre-defying music, Metcalfe has gained wide recognition for his unique brand of music-making. As violist in the Duke Quartet, Metcalfe has toured worldwide, made numerous cds and worked with a huge range of world-leading artists from pop, dance, film and theatre. In addition he is one of the curators at Kings Place implementing innovative events including ‘Beyond the Loop’, featuring artists such as Plaid and the Durutti Column. The event concluded with the astounding Bays / Heritage Orchestra collaboration featuring live composing from Metcalfe and Toni award winner Simon Hale. Metcalfe took his first steps as a composer nearly a decade ago. His debut cd ‘The Inner Line’ received glowing reviews with Billboard magazine describing it as ‘…. a solo debut that crosses all manner of boundaries. Metcalfe’s album ‘A Darker Sunset’ epitomizes music currently dissolving boundaries between electronic and modern classical styles. From 2009 -2012 Metcalfe worked as arranger, MD and co-producer of Peter Gabriel’s orchestral albums,’ Scratch My Back’ and ‘New Blood’. Mojo magazine called it “A profound re-imagining made manifest in an orchestral soundworld as rich and thrilling as ever recorded at Air, the studio founded by George Martin”. Touring was worldwide visiting venues such as Radio City in New York and the Hollywood Bowl. Recently Metcalfe has arranged for Bat For Lashes’ latest album, organised his current Kings Place series, ‘Monomedia’ based around music in the dark, and completed an album for Bowers and Wilkins’ Society of Sound series which was released in April.
Born of Anglo-Swiss parents‚ Richard Burkhard started his musical career as a boy chorister‚ singing daily services at St. George’s Chapel‚ Windsor Castle. Later he trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama where he was awarded numerous prizes and scholarships. Having graduated from the RSAMD with Distinction‚ he was awarded a bursary to study with Carlo Bergonzi at the Accademia Musicale di Chigiana in Sienna. He is a previous winner of the Decca prize at the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Vocal Awards‚ and winner of the Royal Over-Seas League Voice Competition.
Known for his versatility both as an actor and as a singer‚ Richard has become increasingly in demand in opera and on the concert platform. He recently won critical acclaim for his portrayal of the roles of Marcello La Bohème and Mamoud The Death of Klinghoffer for English National Opera‚ with whom future plans include Fieramosca Benvenuto Cellini‚ Garibaldo Rodelinda and Dr Falke Die Fledermaus. Other recent and forthcoming appearances include the title role in The Marriage of Figaro for Opera North‚ Papageno The Magic Flute (Scottish Opera)‚ Dr Malatesta Don Pasquale (Opera Holland Park)‚ Tolstoy Sevastopol ROH Opera Shots‚ Nikita in the British premiere of Weinberg’s The Portrait‚ directed by David Pountney and Sir Despard Murgatroyd Ruddigore (both Opera North)‚ Junkman & King Augustus Candide with Opera National de Lorraine‚ Nancy‚ and a concert with Carl Davis and the Hallé Orchestra.
Further operatic engagements include roles as diverse as Papageno Die Zauberflöte (New Zealand Opera)‚ Pish Tush The Mikado‚ Yamadori Madam Butterfly‚ Bosola The Duchess of Malfi (English National Opera)‚ Sir Despard Murgatroyd Ruddigore‚ Peter Quince A Midsummer Night’s Dream‚ General Kruger Let em Eat Cake (Opera North)‚ Schaunard La Bohème‚ Sharpless Madam Butterfly (Royal Albert Hall)‚ Oliver Simons The Shops (Bregenz Festival)‚ Bello La Fanciulla del West (Concertgebouw)‚ Marullo Rigoletto (Opera de Nantes) and Figaro Il Barbiere de Siviglia (Festival de Sedieres).
In concert‚ he has performed regularly with‚ amongst others‚ the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment‚ notably as bass soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under Sir Roger Norrington‚ as the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and as Joabel in Charpentier’s Davide et Jonathas under Emmanuelle Haïm‚ in New York‚ Barcelona‚ and London. He has also appeared as Bass soloist in Mozart’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall. In recital he has performed at St. Martin-in-the-Fields‚ St. James’s Piccadilly‚ St. John’s‚ Smith Square and at the Snape Maltings‚ Aldeburgh. Most recently Richard performed recitals at the Ruhr Klavier Fest as a guest of Irwin Gage‚ and at De Singel in Antwerp.
Described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘the excellent soloist’, Catriona is a busy soloist and chamber musician. She has played live on BBC Radio 3, and her many festival engagements have included Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, and Presteigne (where she has been a featured artist several times). She has performed concerti by James Francis Brown (written especially for her), Crusell, Finzi, Goldschmidt, Hoddinott, Mozart, Joseph Phibbs and Weber.
An advocate of contemporary music, she has premièred and recorded many works written especially for her by composers including Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Cecilia McDowall and David Matthews. Catriona read Music at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and won several prizes and scholarships whilst studying at Royal Northern College of Music. Her teachers included Thea King and John Bradbury.
British soprano Claire Booth has become internationally renowned both for her commitment to an extraordinary breadth of repertoire, and for the vitality and musicianship that she brings to the operatic stage and concert platform. A regular contributor to the Aldeburgh Festival Claire enjoyed a close collaboration with the late Oliver Knussen, and was the soprano soloist for many of his works, including the premiere of his most recent, ‘O Hototogisu!’. With a growing reputation in contemporary repertoire and the performance of new works, in her 16/17 season Claire returned to the Aldeburgh Festival for a revival of David Pountney’s production of La voix humaine, which won critical acclaim when performed with WNO in conjunction with Cardiff’s Festival of The Voice in 2016.
Operatic highlights include Rosina in Welsh National Opera’s new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Elcia in Rossini’s Mose in Egitto and Pakati in Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream (Welsh National Opera), the title role in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington Opera), which met with widespread critical acclaim, George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s Into the Little Hill in a collaboration between the Royal Opera House and The Opera Group, Rosina in The Barber of Seville and Dorinda in Handel’s Orlando (Scottish Opera); Nora in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea (English National Opera), La Comtesse in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory (Chelsea Opera Group) and a concert performance of Handel’s Serse with the Early Opera Company at St John’s Smith Square
Her numerous concert appearances have resulted in close associations with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Proms, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Aldeburgh and Holland Festivals. Further highlights and debut appearances include with the Berlin Deutsche Symphonie, Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. For more than a decade she has collaborated with video director Netia Jones to produce a series of critically acclaimed productions. These include her performances of Georg Friedrich Haas’ Atthis (ROH), Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments (ROH), Max in Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Rhoda in Higglety, Pigglety, Pop, which toured from the Aldeburgh Festival, via the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a further debut under Gustavo Dudamel, to the Barbican’s own 60th birthday celebrations for the composer. Further appearances include Birtwistle’s Chorales from a Toy Shop, with the Birmingham Contemporary Music, Luigi Rossi’s Oratorio per la Settimana Santa with Christian Curnyn, works by Wigglesworth and Knussen with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ravel chamber works with the Nash Ensemble at London’s Wigmore Hall, Britten’s On this Island in the opening concert of New Paths Music Festival in Beverley and a recital with Christopher Glynn at the Bath International Festival.
Claire’s most recent CD release features folk songs by Percy Grainger, accompanied by Christopher Glynn (Avie Records). She has also recorded diverse works by Ryan Wigglesworth and the Hallé Orchestra, including his Augenlieder of which she sang the world premiere. Others recordings include Lucia in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia (EMI), Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream, John Eccles’ The Judgement of Paris and works by Oliver Knussen, Jonathan Dove and Charlotte Bray.
In the 2017/18 season Claire performed the London premiere of Oliver Knussen’s O Hototogisu! with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in a programme curated and conducted by Oliver Knussen, as part of London Symphony Orchestra’s ‘This is Rattle’ series celebrating Sir Simon Rattle’s inaugural season as Musical Director of the LSO. Claire also sang both Oliver Knussen’s Songs for Sue and Ryan Wigglesworth Augenlieder with the Remix Ensemble and Orquestra Sinfónica in Porto, Portugal, conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth. Furthering her work with the BBC orchestras, last season Claire made recordings of Drei Brüchstucke from Wozzeck with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Australian conductor Simone Young, and sang Les Illuminations with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for a tour across Scotland. She also appeared on BBC Radio 3 as part of their ongoing ‘Inside Music’ series.
Appearances in 2018-19 include Mrs Foran in a concert performance of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Silver Tassie with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, the Birmingham premiere of Knussen’s O Hototogisu! with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, concerts with pianist Julius Drake and Music Network Ireland in Dublin, Wexford and Sligo, as well as performances with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, the Nash Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall, and Hans Werner Henze’s Ariosi with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall. Claire will also work with composers and a chamber group of young professionals in a composition course as part of the Britten-Pears Young Artist programme at Snape Maltings.
Cara is a founder member of the Sacconi Quartet who have won prizes at many International competitions and have performed at all the major London venues including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Conway Hall. They have travelled extensively throughout the rest of the UK and Europe to venues including Bridgewater Hall , Musikverein, Muziekgebouw, L’Auditori in Barcelona and Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid as well as many venues in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Finland, Norway and the Czech Republic.
In addition to playing with the Sacconi Quartet, Cara enjoys playing with various chamber orchestras, Ensemble Perpetuo and recording music for films and TV programmes. Cara graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2002 with First Class Honours and continued her studies as the Amaryllis Fleming Scholar, receiving her Postgraduate Diploma and Advanced Diploma with Distinction in 2003 and 2004. Cara plays a Nicolaus Gagliano cello from 1781, generously on loan to her from the Royal Society of Musicians, a charity which helps musicians in need.