Artistic direction, Composition, Hurdy-gurdy
Thomas Fournil is a Corsican composer currently based in London. He founded the Idrîsî Ensemble and works as an artistic director and hurdy-gurdy player towards the performance of medieval Mediterranean repertoire and new commissions. Thomas became a fellow at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama after completing the Guildhall Artist Masters course under James Weeks. His current doctoral research is concerned with cross-fertilising medievalist aesthetics and spectral music, and is supervised by James Weeks, Julian Anderson, Marcel Pérès and Nye Parry. His interests often revolve around aspects of historical performance, memory, fragility, silence, transcendence and cultural heritage. Previous collaborations include the Plus…
Voice, Oud, Electric Guitar
Noémie Ducimetiere is a London-based folk rock & electronic artist from Romandy, Switzerland. Her career is rooted in live performance, touring internationally between 2008 and 2015 as lead singer of 11-piece band 'Gentle Mystics'. In recent years she has expanded her horizons by composing and producing the score for multiple films, notably internationally acclaimed feature documentary ‘Another News Story’, which premiered at Karlovy Vary, featured in IDFA, Zurich and Amsterdam, and is currently shortlisted for the Griersons Awards. The theme of the film, which follows the lives of people escaping violence in the Middle East, influenced her to study Oud and Arabic modes of music, which she continues to this day. Noémie also started studying Troubadour and Old Roman chant with Thomas Fournil, and integrated the Idrîsî Ensemble.
Medieval Fiddle, Recorders, Viola, Violin
Elisabeth Flett is a Scottish multi-instrumentalist who moved to London in 2013 to study a BMus Hons in Classical Recorder at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She graduated with a First in 2017 and now enjoys a wide-reaching portfolio career.
She has performed with a variety of bands and ensembles, including folk duo Shamblestone (BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2017 Semi-Finalist) and sea shanty band The Mead Men, supported bands such as Breabach (Letham Nights, 2013) and won the 2015 Cecil Sharp…
Recorders, Shawm, Bagpipe
Emily Baines is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians working in the UK today. A specialist recorder player, she is also a skilled multi-instrumentalist performing worldwide on shawms, bagpipes and other early reed instruments.
Emily’s work as a performer involves a myriad different roles, from concerto soloist and chamber musician to theatre band and actor/musician roles. As a musical director Emily is in increasing demand, her main work is currently in drama from the medieval, renaissance and baroque eras using both period and more contemporary musical styles…
Theorbo, Cittern, Renaissance Guitar, Lute, Gittern, Saz, Hurdy Gurdy, Percussion
'Outstanding among the instrumental contributions' Early Music Today
I started making music in my early teens with a punk rock band. I soon wanted to play jazz but in Reykjavik, where I'm from, you had to learn the classical guitar before being allowed to enrol on the jazz course. So that's what I did, and I haven't looked back. I also started singing in a college choir and this, alongside my discovery of classical music, led me to the fascinating world of early music. After moving to London and having finished my post-graduate training in guitar and lute, I was invited to join a medieval group. With medieval music's open tunings…
Nilufar Habibian was born in Iran. Aged 11, Nilufar entered the Tehran Music Conservatoire where she studied both Iranian and Western Classical music. She also started learning Qanun under supervision of the renowned Qanun player Ms Maliheh Sa’idi. Nilufar was awarded First Prize for playing “Solo Qanun” at the Student Music Festival in 1996 and First Prize at the International Fajr Music Festival in 1996 and 1997. She pursued higher education and studied French literature in Tehran. She was one of the members of the highly acclaimed “Sheyda Ensemble” directed by Grand Maestro Mohamad Reza Lotfi, where she performed in numerous concerts and recordings. She continued her advanced studies of Persian music repertoires (radif) with grand maestros Mohammad Reza Lotfi and Majid Derakhshani. She also attended master classes held by Goksel Baktagir the renowned Turkish Qanun player. Since moving to the UK, she has regularly performed and collaborated with different…
Harry Buckoke studied at China Conservatory before attending the University of Cambridge (Holding a place as a cellist on their Instrumental Award Scheme). He completed his MA in Aesthetics at NYU receiving their “student performer award”. As a cellist and viola da gamba player, Harry maintains a varied and exciting schedule, performing in festivals and with groups such as Kontrapunkt, New York Theatre Workshop, the Vincas Grybas Festival (Jurbarkas, Lithuania), Latitude Festival, Wilderness Festival, St George’s Hanover Square, Cadogan Hall (for the RCM Rising Stars series), the Stroud Green Festival and Birmingham Opera Company. In June 2017 he performed Telemann’s concerto TWV 51:A5 in the Telemann Festival at St Mary at Hill. Harry plays and programmes for Lux Musicae London. Performances include Brighton Early Music Festival, Beverly Early Music Festival, the Utrecht Fringe and a tour of Ireland. Harry is committed to connecting music and other performance mediums, he recently founded The Kennings Project, a group dedicated to reviving ways of performing narrative poetry. He has also created music for political burlesque shows, and Dance. He has also written plays. He was the recipient of the RSC and Marlowe Society’s Other Prize for Playwriting 2013. His dramatic work has been performed, among other places, at the Edinburgh fringe, and FringeNYC. He has studied viol with Richard Tunnicliffe and Margaret Panofsky and is grateful for the support received by the Leverhulme trust, Dartington Summer School trust, the Robinson scholarship, and the Joy Dodson memorial fund, to participate courses and masterclasses across Europe.
French-born mezzo-soprano, Claire Bournez graduated in 2105 from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she studied under Janice Chapman (Masters with Distinction). She returned to The Guildhall School as a fellow in 2015-2016. She previously studies in the High School of Lausanne (Haute Ecole de Musique) with Christian Immler, and in the CNSMD (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse) in Lyon.
A Britten-Pears and Franz Schubert Institute Artist, Claire is regularly enhancing her education by participating in masterclasses e.g. with Bernarda Fink, Thomas Quasthoff, Graham Johnson, Elly Ameling or Emma Kirkby….
Born in Paris to Algerian and Chinese parents the mezzo-soprano Latana Phoung graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Prof Laura Sarti and completed the intensive course with the National Opera Studio.
As a scholar, she was also awarded a Master's degree in Art History with distinctions from Sorbonne University / Freie Universität. She performed at the age of nine with the Maîtrise de Radio Franceas a soloist and chorister. She worked with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano in Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Salle Pleyel and Radio France and recorded as a soloist Jean Thibaudeau's Souvenirs de Guerre which received a mentioning at Italia Prize in 1998…
Balakrishnan Raghavan is a classically trained musician and educator. He is intrigued by the sheer depth, openness and beauty of expression, in the music, dance and poetry of the past, their relevance today and how one could connect with them in the present day and age. Post his undergraduate studies and a six year stint in the corporate sector, he is now pursuing Music full time in the traditional Gurukulam Style from his mentor Sangita Kalanidhi Guru Smt. R.Vedavalli. His aim is to develop into a holistic artist grounded in music, while developing an understanding of dance, history and culture and become a performer, educator and researcher, both locally and globally.
Jack Michael Welch
Jack was introduced to the flute at the age of nine and is currently taught by Gareth Davies, Philippa Davies and Christopher Green at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he is studying Classical Flute. Jack has played principal with several orchestras including Neath and Cardiff Sinfonietta, British Sinfonietta, Welsh session orchestra, Sinfonia Cymru, Cardiff Music Festival Orchestra and previously the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He has toured to France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic, and has performed in the Albert Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Millennium Centre Cardiff and Barbican Centre London. Next year Jack is continuing his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Masters student. Jack was recently added to the extras list of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Sarah McCabe is a violist originally from Bowmanville Canada, now living in London, England. Sarah graduated with her MMUS in Viola Performance from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2017. She studied viola with Matthew Jones, and chamber music with Gary Pomeroy. During her degree she was the violist of the Ember Quartet, which was invited to perform at the Festival de Torroella de Montri in Torroella Spain. While at Guildhall, she was a part of many interesting collaborations, including a project with the London School of Contemporary Dance, and creating and hosting Eine Kleine Queer Musik, a showcase of queer composers…
Kirsty Elizabeth Clark
I am a freelance violist, violinist, and private violin and viola teacher based in Hackney, East London. During my Master's studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, I began to consider ways in which I could unite my musical career and my LGBTQ identity. This led me to identify a gap in queer scholarship in classical music: the intersection between queer identity and classical music performance has not been much explored. I am now in my first (MPhil) year of a doctorate at Guildhall using my own performance practice to explore ways in which the closet is constructed and can be dismantled in the Western classical music performance tradition. By focusing specifically on myself, I hope both to develop my own performance practice as a violist, and to demonstrate the ways in which classical music performance replicates society by enacting compulsory heterosexuality in its conventions.
Caoimhe de Paor
Having graduated top of her class from the Cork School of Music (B.Mus), Caoimhe moved to London, where she gained a distinction in her Masters in Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was also awarded the school's Concert Recital Diploma (for outstanding recital performance). Caoimhe went on to become an Artist Fellow at the conservatoire and was also invited to take part in the Handel House Talent Scheme (2014-15)…
Beth Higham-Edwards is a London-based percussionist. Contemporary music and theatre are her specialisms. She enjoys performing in a range of styles. Skills include tuned percussion, hand percussion, timpani, drum kit and orchestral percussion. Beth mainly works in theatre, with pop artists and orchestras.
Her work in theatre includes Amadeus at The National Theatre (2016 - 18) where she had a central on stage role which included movement and acting as well as performing both Mozart and contemporary underscore from memory. She was an original cast member and took part in…
“An absolutely incredible hidden gem of an artist! Mind blowing skills and a beautiful creation of sound with looping and beautiful vocals” - Naomi