Sousa was born in Madeira Island (Portugal) in 1984 and started
playing the flute at the age of 12. Having initially studied with
Rita Vigné, she continued her studies with Jorge Salgado at Escola
Profissional de Música de Espinho, a vocational school for gifted
young musicians in mainland Portugal.
Carla was offered an entrance award to the Royal Northern College of
Music where she is currently in her 4th year, studying with Richard
Davis and Linda Verrier. Whilst studying here she has been a
finalist in the BBC Philharmonic Professional Access Scheme and with
the 64tet Flute Quartet in the Trevor Wye Chamber Music Competition.
In June 2007 she was awarded the Woods/Candlin Prize at a RNCM’s
also been fortunate to attend Masterclasses and receive tuition from
distinguished musicians, such as Michael Cox, Anders
Ljungar-Chapelon, Félix Renggli, Peter Lloyd, Elena Dúran, Emily
Beynon, Lisa Bezniouk, Hansjörg Schellenberger, amongst others.
Carla works actively as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician
having performed in several venues with many ensembles and
orchestras in continental Europe and in the UK.
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in Salford in 1989, Mark was brought up in a musical family and
began his musical career with Astley Youth Band at the age of six
and went on to play solo cornet with Bolton Youth Brass Bank. He
later took up the saxophone, piano and also began to pursue his
talent for singing. He secured a place in the National Children’s
Brass Band of Great Britain, and the Halle Youth Choir under the
direction of James Burton who became a huge influence to him. Mark
then went on to join the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain
and also made history by becoming the youngest person ever to join
the Halle Choir at the age of 16.
the start of his A Levels he gained a place at the Junior Royal
Northern College of Music to study cornet with Tracey Redfern and
voice with Jeffrey Lawton. Whilst at the Junior RNCM he made the
decision to apply for university playing the trumpet and picked up
the instrument for the first time during his first term at the
Junior RNCM. With the help of Tracey Redfern he quickly progressed
and successfully secured a place to study at the RNCM with a
scholarship on trumpet. During this time Mark was appointed as the
soprano cornet player with the Fairey Band under the direction on
Philip Chalk, and has enjoyed his time there immensely, being
involved in various concerts and contests and trips abroad. Mark is
also a keen composer, arranger and conductor.
his time at the Junior RNCM Mark performed with the Brass Ensemble
and Jazz Band, appearing both as a trumpet and vocal soloist. Mark
is currently a second year student at the RNCM and aspires to be a
professional trumpeter, working as a soloist and orchestral player.
He has been accepted onto the ERASMUS scheme to study at the Oslo Musikkhøgskole
in Norway for his third year of studies.
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Crosdale (bassoon) took up the bassoon just for fun whilst at school
in Manchester but soon gained a place at the Royal Northern
Junior College to study bassoon and piano. There she won the
concerto competition and the Ida Carroll prize. As an
undergraduate, she studied at Girton College, Cambridge as a
University Instrumental Award Holder and college Choral
Exhibitioner. Whilst at Cambridge, Siona participated in several
musical ensembles including travelling to Moscow with the
University Symphony Orchestra to play under Gergiev, and
performing Cosi fan Tutte in France. She was awarded her
college's highest musical award, the London Girton Association
Award for Outstanding Musicianship and, having graduated, she
then took up a scholarship place at the Royal Academy of
Music. There she studied with John Orford and Gareth Newman
and was awarded the Andrew Sykes prize and a Reckitt Award.
Throughout her studies, she was supported by the Countess of
Munster Musical Trust, the Newby and William Gibbs Trusts and
the Clothworkers' Foundation.
a student, Siona was principal bassoon of the World Youth Orchestra
and of the National Youth Wind Orchestra with whom she played
in Sweden and throughout Europe. She is currently a
frequent member of the Britten-Pears Orchestra playing on both
baroque and modern bassoon, and has worked with esteemed
conductors such as Oliver Knussen, Tadaaki Otaka and Richard
Hickox. As a soloist, Siona has performed several concertos,
including the Weber Concerto in Cambridge and the Strauss
Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon in the Concert Hall at the
Royal Northern College of Music. Her role as a chamber musician has
taken her as far afield as Vietnam and Hong Kong and she has
been coached by several esteemed musicians, including David
Walters, Michael Collins, Douglas Boyd and Nicholas Daniels.
Recitals include those given in the West Road Concert Hall and
Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, the Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy and
Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh.
at the Academy, Siona gained her LRAM in teaching and now teaches
the bassoon at Repton School, Derby as well as privately in
London. She has worked with the Council for Music in Hospitals
which involved giving educational workshops at various schools
where children get the chance to play and hear instruments
they would not otherwise have access to.
joining the Royal Academy, Siona has been able to fulfil her
particular interest in period instruments by studying both
classical and baroque bassoon with Andrew Watts. She won the
Noble House Early Music prize at the Royal Academy on baroque
bassoon and has worked with, among others, Peter Holman, Monica
Huggett and Lawrence Cummings, as a student (through the
Academy and Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestras) and as a
freelance player. She has recently played Handel's Giulio
Cesare with South Creake Opera, directed by Gary Cooper and
future engagements include Bach's B Minor Mass. Her quintet, the
Gallimaufry Ensemble, are Leverhulme Junior Chamber Music
Fellows at the Academy and future venues include St.
Martin-in-the-Fields and the Purcell Room (with the Park Lane
is almost 30 years since Richard first appeared as soloist with the
Orchestra playing Finzi’s clarinet concerto. More recently he
has played the Copland concerto with us and in our November2001
concert he will be playing arguably the finest showpiece for
clarinet and orchestra.
In the 1950s he was a pupil of Bert
Brooks, the best known clarinet player in the Hull area, who was
then in his seventies and still active leading big bands, Benny
Goodman style. Playing in many types of ensemble, including the
East Riding Youth Orchestra, jazz band, dance band, military band
and salon orchestra, developed his wide interests in music.
Moving to the Manchester area in 1958, he soon became the
principal clarinetist and bandmaster of the Adamson Military
Band in Dukinfield.
As a conductor, he has directed amateur
operatic performances, military bands and was the musical
director of the Trafford Light Orchestra with whom he conducted
over 500 concerts. Currently he plays the clarinet with the
Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dorian Wind Ensemble.
Richard has recently
retired from leading the commercial activities in the Faculty of
Technology at Bolton Institute, where he was also a principal
lecturer in computer engineering. He is now developing new interests
and renewing neglected ones, for example, photography, walking
and developing bread-making recipes. Since retiring Richard has
been making transcriptions and arrangements for wind quintet
and, of course, for clarinet.
began learning the horn when she was 13 and joined Trafford Youth
Orchestra and Sale Youth Ensemble when she was 15. She recently gained
a 1st class BMus Hons degree, two Professional Performance
Certificates and a Post Graduate Diploma from the Royal Northern
College of Music where she studied with Julian Plummer, Frank Lloyd
and Beccy Goldberg.
2002 Stephanie was awarded the Sir Max Bemrose Bursary, in 2004 she
was awarded bursaries form the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and
the Musicians Benevolent Fund and in 2005 she came 2nd in
the RNCM Brass Competition. Stephanie is a freelancer in the Northwest
and has worked with the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera
North, Sinfonia Cymru, Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Mowbray Chamber
Orchestra, and the Macau Chamber Orchestra in China.
is also on trial for the position of 1st horn with the
Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra. She also enjoys chamber music and
is a member of the popular wind quintet Northerly Winds.
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began her musical education playing piano and flute and after seven
years of playing flute began learning bassoon at age 17. In
2002 Zoe was awarded an entrance award to study at the RNCM and
completed in 2006, gaining a BMus first class honours degree. In
2006 Zoe was awarded an MBF Education Award and the E.A. Bardsley
Scholarship to study on the Masters course at the RNCM. She is
currently studying bassoon with Graham Salvage and baroque bassoon
with Sally Holman and Andrew Watts. Previously she studied with Alan
Pendlebury and Peter Wesley and at the Junior RNCM with Sarah
very much enjoys playing baroque and classical bassoon and was
chosen to take part in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s
Young Players Experience Scheme 2006/2007. Since studying full
time at college she has taken part in master classes with Klaus
Thunneman, Pascal Gallois, Stefano Canuti, Lyndon Watts, Tolga
Alpay, Meyrick Alexander, John Orford, David Chatwin, Edward Warren,
and Laurence Perkins. Zoë has freelanced with the Hallé,
Manchester Camerata and Northern Chamber Orchestra. Zoë is a member
of the bassoon trio, Trio Mrio who were finalists and winners in
2006 of the Trevor Wye Prize for Wind Chamber Music. Zoe was
principal bassoonist and a founding member of the Hallé Youth
Orchestra and toured with them to Germany in 2004, and is a former
member of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She also
received a bursary to study at Dartington International Summer
School in 2001 and has been invited several times to play in the
Dartington Festival Orchestra.
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Palmer is eighteen years old and lives in Tarleton near Preston. He
has been a member of the Junior RNCM since 1997 and studies trumpet
with John Miller. Matthew is in his fifth and final year with the
National Youth Orchestra and he is also a former member of the
National Children’s Orchestra and National Youth Brass Band. In 2002
he won the International Trumpet Guild Under 18 Solo Competition and
more recently was a semi-finalist in BBC Radio 2’s Young Brass Soloist
Competition. Matthew has recently completed A level study and will
enter the RNCM as an undergraduate student in September.
completed her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in July
2008. She was awarded a first class degree and a double distinction
in her Post-Graduate Diploma. At college she studied with John
Bradbury, Nicholas Cox, Chris Swann and Antonio Salguero.
performance career has been incredibly eclectic, highlights of which
included winning the highest ‘Grade A’ award in the Royal Northern
College of Music’s Concerto Competition, playing principal clarinet
for the Young Musician’s Symphony Orchestra, touring with
prestigious orchestras such the Cardiff based Sinfonia Cymru and the
City of London Chamber Orchestra, winning the Royal Northern College
of Music Granada Prize and the Trinity College of Music
Wilfred Hambleton Clarinet Prize and playing regularly at club
nights, such as the much lauded Manchester Ceilidh, with her gypsy
was awarded a place on the Music in Hospitals scheme with her
professional wind quintet, Souza Winds. With this group she has
performed throughout Britain and abroad, having done recitals for
the Tunnell Trust, Lake District Summer Music: Young Generation
Artists and the 500 Years of Funchal Festival in Madeira.
engagements include a performance of the Copland Clarinet Concerto
with the Royal Northern College of Music Concert Orchestra at
the RNCM Concert Hall, April 2009.
year old Elizabeth Ann Robinson grew up in Darwen, a small town in
North East Lancashire and is now a first year undergraduate student at
the Royal Northern College of Music, having been offered an
unconditional place and awarded an entrance scholarship.
Ann began her musical life at the age of eight playing the trumpet and
later progressed to the cornet and piano. She only began to play the
french horn at 16 whilst studying at St Marys Sixth Form College in
achieved five grade eight ABRSM qualifications, she then gained an
ABRSM Diploma as well as her formal GCSE and A level qualifications.
Elizabeth Ann loves all genres of music and was previously trumpet
section leader with the BwD Big Band and co-principal horn with the
Hallé Youth Orchestra.
under the tutelage of Lizzie Davis, Elizabeth Ann intends to embark on
a Master’s degree after completing her four years as an undergraduate
student. Aside from music, her other interests
include craft, fashion and shoes!
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comes from Ilkley and is in her third year at the RNCM. Having started
to play the flute at the age of eight she then went on to win a
scholarship to Chetham’s School of Music in 2002. In 2007 she was
awarded the Martin Musical Sir John Mortimer Woodwind Scholarship, the
Craxton Memorial Award and the 2008 Chetham’s Woodwind Prize.
Also in 2008 Holly gave solo recitals at the home of Edvard Grieg in
Norway and at the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival. Holly has also
performed a solo concert at The Bridgewater Hall for Remembrance
Sunday and has had the privilege of working with conductors such as
Mark Elder, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Franz Anton Krager and Paul
In 2007 she gained a place on the London Symphony Orchestra’s
St. Luke’s Academy and in the same year was a woodwind semi-finalist
in the BBC Young Musician of the Year. Other achievements include
winning the British Flute Competition and being selected for the first
international Mediterranean flute competition in 2009.
More recently Holly has won the RNCM Concerto Competition as well as
an RNCM Gold Medal and had has performed at the British Flute
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Conn, is known for his unique tone and technical facility as a
trombone soloist. He is currently studying for a Master of Music
degree at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of
Simon Cowen and Rob Holliday and is the recipient of the Charles
Greenhough Award. Nicholas is a graduate of the Eastman School of
Music in Rochester, New York where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in
trombone performance from the studio of Dr. John Marcellus.
As a soloist, Nicholas has appeared with several orchestras and wind
bands all across the United States. He was invited to perform The
Patriot in 2013 and Blue Bells of Scotland in 2009 by Arthur Pryor
with the Heart of Texas Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Mark
Rogers at the Alamo in his native San Antonio, Texas. In May 2011,
Nicholas was invited to Memphis, Tennessee to perform his own
re-orchestration of the Concerto for Trombone, Op. 114 by Derek
Bourgeois with the Memphis Repertory Orchestra. In Spring 2010,
Nicholas was awarded Honourable Mention by the International Trombone
Association’s Gilberto Gagliardi Solo Competition for his performance
of the Concertino in Eb Major, Op. 4 by Ferdinand David.
Since coming to the UK, Nicholas has had the opportunity to perform
with the Royal Northern College of Music Concert Orchestra and the
Royal Northern College of Music Big Band. He is the current trombonist
on the RNCM Professional Experience Scheme with Opera North and has
had the opportunity to play alongside members of the Royal Liverpool
Philharmonic. While at Eastman, Nicholas was an active member of
the Eastman Philharmonia, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Eastman New
Jazz Ensemble, Eastman Trombone Choir, and the SoundExchange
Orchestra. As a jazz musician he has had the opportunity to play in
concert with famous artists such as Bob Brookmeyer, Wycliffe Gordon
and Chuck Mangione.
Nicholas has performed in masterclasses for notable names in the
classical and jazz trombone community including Joseph Alessi, Ian
Bousfield, Jiggs Whigham, Kristian Bezuidenhout, and the Spanish Brass
Quintet. His former principal teachers are Ed Geimer, Ron Wilkins and
Dr. Carl Lobitz.
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Lowe received his first musical education as a treble in the
Manchester Cathedral Voluntary Choir and later Sir John Deane’s
College in Northwich where he was college organist.
Richard graduated with an honours degree in Theology from Oxford
University in 2002. Whilst in Oxford, Richard was, for a time, organ
scholar at Westminster College, Oxford, and later sang in Chapel Choir
of The Queen’s College, with its reputation as Oxford’s finest mixed
chapel choir, performing in many venues internationally. With the
Queen’s choir he also recorded on the Guild Label.
He has been a countertenor lay clerk in the choir of Manchester
Cathedral and was, until 2004 director of the St. Oswald’s Church
Choir in Lower Peover. In 2004 became Director of Music at Christ
Church, West Didsbury, Manchester, where he also coordinates the
church’s active concert programme. In September 2005, Richard became
organ adviser for the Diocese of Manchester and in 2007 became one of
the 3 resident organists of The Manchester Crematorium Ltd. Since 2014
he has been organist and curator of the Cavaille-Coll organ at
Manchester Town Hall and chairman of the Manchester Cavaille-Coll
Organ Trust and has recently taken a role developing a range of
theatre organs for an internationally renowned digital organ company.
Richard is a deputy ley clerk with the choirs of Chester and Liverpool
Anglican cathedrals and an often be found at the console of ‘The
Maxted is a fourth year undergraduate studying French Horn at the
Royal Northern College of Music with Julian Plummer (Hallé). Brought
up in Liverpool, David played horn for many years before
gaining entry to the Junior RNCM in 2009 where he studied under Tom
Redmond (Hallé). At this time, David was also successful in gaining a
place into the National Childrens Chamber Orchestra and was given
principal position in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Youth
Orchestra. David went on to gain a place at the Royal Northern College
of Music in 2013. This has seen him play as Principal in the RNCM
Symphony Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Opera Orchestra and record
numerous CD’s with the RNCM Wind Ensemble. Whilst at RNCM, David has
taken a keen interest in chamber music as a member of ‘North Winds’
Wind Quintet and helping to set up ‘Latitude’ Brass Quintet. David has
played professionally for the Hallé Orchestra, with the BBC
Philharmonic Orchestra as part of a professional experience scheme and
will play with the Orchestra of Opera North in 2017 as part of a PES
scheme. David has also recently played with the Mahler Chamber
Orchestra as part of their Academy, touring around Germany with Daniel
Harding; performing in Essen, Dortmund & Cologne. He has performed
in well-known venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater
Hall, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Royal Nottingham Concert
Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Cologne Konzerthaus, Essen Konzerthaus and
Dortmund Konzerthaus. David has also had the chance to play under
conductors such as Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Harding, Vasily Petrenko and
Jack Van Steen. Aswell as performing, David has a keen interest in
education; he has been a member of staff for the Junior RNCM since
2013, is the Brass teacher at Urmston Grammar School and is a member
of Social Staff for the National Children’s Orchestra of GB. David is
also a keen long distance runner and uses his running as a break
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in Linares (Andalucia, Spain), Sergio began the clarinet at the age
of eight. Three years later he was accepted into the Andrés
Segovia Professional School of Music under the tutelage of Juan
Manuel Ortigosa. In 2007, having obtained the highest qualification
in his Professional Degree from the music school, Sergio commenced
his BMus studies at the Rafael Orozco Superior School of Music in
Córdoba to study with lecturer Francisco J. González. During this
time, Sergio performed in a masterclass with internationally
renowned soloist Antonio Salguero which resulted in a transfer to
the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.
Sergio currently studies with Antonio and several other
internationally acclaimed teachers including Nicholas Cox (principal
clarinet - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), Reiner Wehle (Professor of
clarinet at the Musikhochschule Lübeck) and John Bradbury (principal
clarinet - BBC Philharmonic). He also takes lesson in the bass
clarinet with Colin Pownall (BBC Philharmonic) and the E flat
clarinet with Christopher Swann.
passion is for solo playing and he has a particular interest in
repertoire from the classical and romantic period. He was a finalist
in both the prestigious RNCM Concerto Competition with Carl Marie
von Weber´s Concerto No.2 and the Jaén State Band
competition for soloists. He has attended masterclasses in both
Spain and England with the Elias String Quartet, Enrique Pérez
Piquer, Petr Prause, Matthias Müller, Carlos Gil, Walter Boeykens,
Maximiliano Martín, Eric Mandat, Melinda Maxwell, Stephan
Vermeersch, Matthew Hunt and Pascal Moragués.
playing also forms an integral part of Sergio´s musical life. He has
performed with the Conservatory of Córdoba Symphonic Orchestra,
Taller Provincial de Baeza, RNCM Chamber Orchestra, RNCM Concert
Orchestra, RNCM Wind Ensemble and RNCM Wind Collective and has
played under the baton of Mark Heron, Matthew Wood, Paul Mann, Clark
Rundell, Enrique Moya, Gergely Madaras and oboist Hansjorg
Schellenberger (principal oboe – Berliner Philharmoniker) from whom
he receives chamber music coaching.
the future, Sergio hopes to continue his studies in Germany with a
view to becoming a successful solo clarinettist.
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from Hampshire, Debbie Fuller began her musical career at an early
age, playing the piano and violin before taking up the oboe. Having
performed at many of the UK's most prestigious venues such as Queen
Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank and
Symphony Hall, Birmingham, Debbie has also given concerts in Sweden
and throughout Europe.
first appeared as a violinist and later principal oboist in the
National Children's Orchestra before taking up the position of
principal oboe in the National Youth Wind Orchestra. She pursued her
musical studies with a full scholarship to Wells Cathedral School,
studying with Irene Pragnell and Tess Miller, where she won a
coveted Concerto Prize. She then moved to Manchester to study at the
Royal Northern College of Music with Jonathan Small and Val Taylor.
While there, Debbie was awarded the Peter Graeme Oboe Prize and the
Winfield Scholarship as well as participating in masterclasses with
Nicholas Daniel, Melinda Maxwell and Douglas Boyd.
a keen chamber musician, Debbie was a founder member of the Brice
Quartet (Wind Quartet) who amongst other performances played
Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in Basingstoke's Anvil and also the
Lockwood Ensemble (Oboe Quartet) who won an audition for the Live
Music Now! scheme, leading workshops and concerts in schools and
residential homes around the North West.
has now chosen a career as a primary school teacher in Derbyshire
and continues to play in various orchestras and ensembles around the
North. She has previously appeared as a soloist with the Deane
Sinfonia and Kingsclere Orchestra, and is proud to have played
principal oboe with Manchester Beethoven Orchestra since 2007.
Born in Yorkshire in the middle of the last century Kevin grew up in
primitive rural Ireland and began playing bassoon in his late teens
having previously played over 500 gigs as a rock drummer. He soon won
a scholarship to study with Gilbert Berg in Dublin’s College of Music.
He was Principal bassoonist in the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland
for a number of years.
Kevin plays in a numerous orchestras and chamber groups in the
Manchester area. He has performed most of the standard concertos
(Mozart, Weber, JC Bach, Vivaldi, Reichenaur) as far afield as Belgium
and his home country. He performed the World premiere of Jukka-Pekka
Lehto’s Rhapsody for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble at the Royal Northern
College in 2002.
He currently plays a cherished 1929 Heckel instrument and supplements
his meager musician’s stipend working tirelessly as a Doctor.
belongs to a musical family and began playing the trumpet when she
was eight years old. At the age of eleven, she was awarded a place
in the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain.
sixteen, Katharine gained a place at Chetham’s School of Music in
Manchester where she learnt with Murray Greig. Her musical
experiences were many and varied and by the start of her second
and final year at Chetham's, Katharine became a member of the
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. This took her to
prestigious venues such as The Sage Gateshead in Newcastle,
Barbican Centre, London and the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert
leaving Chetham’s with four music college offers and a Diploma in
performance with distinction, she went on to study at the Royal
Northern College of Music. She is currently in her final year
studying with Tracey Redfern and is kindly sponsored by the
Leverhulme Trust. During her time at the RNCM, Katharine has had
the opportunity to perform in several chamber ensembles and
orchestras. Other opportunities include performing in public
masterclasses with the famous Hakan Hardeneberger and touring
around the globe with the pop band ‘The Ting Tings’.
Katharine has appeared as a soloist with the Dorset Chamber
Orchestra, Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra and is soon to perform
concertos with the Manchester Beethoven Orchestra and Dorset
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