Jamie Akers – theorbo

Jamie Akers (80) x

James began playing the lute while at Napier University, Edinburgh. Initially taught by Robert MacKillop he then studied at the Royal College of Music with Jakob Lindberg and at Trinity College of Music with Jacob Heringman and David Miller, with additional lessons from Paul O’Dette.

He has performed throughout Europe with leading ensembles and soloists including Fretwork, the Scottish, English and Irish Chamber Orchestras, The King’s Consort, and Emma Kirkby. As a soloist he has performed in Scotland and England and Denmark performing largely Renaissance Lute repertoire.

James has broadcast for BBC Radio 3, BBC 1, BBC News 24, France Musique and RTE Lyric (Ireland) and appeared in several productions at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. He has appeared on TV and film soundtracks including Robert Newman’s The History of the World Backwards and Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood.

James was the first artist in residence with the renowned Scottish Ensemble with whom he performed widely and directed workshops and masterclasses throughout Scotland, including the Music for Change project at Polmont Young Offenders Institute which was widely praised in the Scottish media. Recent recordings include the premiere of Howard Skempton’s Lamentations, Alison Balsam’s Baroque Concerti and The Scottish Ensemble’s Eight Seasons.

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Ibrahim Aziz – viola da gamba

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Ibi studied the gamba at Trinity College of Music London with Alison Crum. He also took private lessons with Sarah Cunningham and played in master classes for Jordi Savall and Wieland Kuijken. He won the college’s first Early Music Prize (2000) and their Conducting Prize (2003), later becoming the first student to win its prestigious Gold Medal on a period instrument (2005). He was a finalist in the 2009 International Bach-Abel viola da gamba competition in Koethen, Germany.

Ibi plays with several period ensembles in the UK and abroad, most notably Sestina Consort, Charivari Agreable and The Maresienne Consort which he founded and with whom he has recorded for Signum Classics. Appearing regularly with The Rose Consort of Viols, he often works alongside distinguished musicians such as Catherine King, Clare Wilkinson, Evelyn Tubb, Dame Emma Kirkby, David Miller, the Deller Consort and Stile Antico.

Ibi recently co-founded ‘Chelys’, a viol consort based in London comprising of Trinity alumni. He is in great demand as a teacher, appearing on courses around the world including the Irish Recorder and Viol Summer School, The Dartington International Summer School (with The Rose Consort of Viols), and the Benslow Music Trust courses in Hitchin.

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László Rózsa – bass recorder

9 Deus autem - Laszlo Rozsa (17) x

László is currently studying towards a postgraduate degree at Royal Academy of Music. In 2012 he won the prestigious AHRC Postgraduate Award.

As a soloist and chamber musician he has played with leading early music ensembles, such as the Elbipolis Hamburg, the Camerata Trajectina or the Bassano Ensemble Berlin. Recently he performed Telemann’s C major recorder concerto under the leadership of Elizabeth Wallfish. He had the opportunity to gain orchestral experience through projects with Laurence Cummings and as a guest member of the Hamburg Symphonic Orchestra. In 2010, he formed Duo Équivoque with pianist Ly Tran-Phung. László is passionate about contemporary music, he enjoys working with young composers and has premiered several new compositions.

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Michael Clark – percussion

Michael Clark (timpani) (79) x

Currently a student at Royal Northern College of Music, Michael is in high demand with ensembles and companies including Scottish Opera, Sound Affairs and Futures Chamber Ensemble. He has worked with world renowned soloists such as percussionists Arthur Lipner and Victor Mendoza, saxophonist Rob Buckland and soprano Jane Irwin. With a keen interest in chamber music, Michael also performs extensively with Beat Route Percussion Duo, which is rapidly developing a reputation for excellence in music education.

He enjoys a varied performing career and has already appeared in some of the country’s foremost venues including The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and The Sage in Gateshead. Highlights from his career so far include performing the timpani part for a BBC recording of Enigma Variations, and playing in the 2012 tour of Charlie Barber’s Salomé. He has also performed in the extremely prestigious Cheltenham Music Festival, Buxton Festival and Three Choirs Festival.

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James Hall – countertenor

James Hall (cropped)

After graduating in Music at CardiffUniversity, James studied at the Royal College of Music with Eiddwen Harrhy. He was awarded the Sir Geraint Evans Prize in 2009 and again in 2010, and in 2012 was a finalist in the Brooks Van Der Pump English Song Competition 2012.

Solo performances include Lotti’s Dixit Dominus and JS Bach’s Magnificat with Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Durante’s Magnificat in St John’s, Smith Square, J S Bach’s St John’s Passion with Lavenham Sinfonia, Bach’s B Minor Mass at St Alban’s Abbey, and John Harle’s City Solace in Southwark Cathedral. In July 2011 James was invited to perform in the Dartington International Summer School’s production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Other operatic roles include Oronte Riccardo Primo (London Handel Festival, April 2012), the Military Governor A Night at the Chinese Opera (British Youth Opera) and three new roles in the premiere of three short operas by RCM composition students in collaboration with Tete-a-Tete Opera (May 2012).

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