William Howard (Piano), described in The Independent as a pianist of quite special lustrousness and versatility, is established as one of Britain’s leading pianists, enjoying a career that has taken him to over 40 different countries. His performing life consists of solo recitals, concerto performances, guest appearances with chamber ensembles and instrumentalists, and regular touring with the Schubert Ensemble of London, of which he is a founder member. William performs regularly at major venues and festivals in the UK and can be heard frequently on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. He has made over forty CD recordings and premiered several dozen new works by leading composers from the UK and abroad. His highly acclaimed album of Sixteen Love Songs for solo piano was released by Orchid Classics in June 2016 and was the start of a wider project to commission sixteen new piano love songs, which have all been premiered over the last year and will be released on CD in 2018.
www.williamhoward.co.uk / www.inlovewiththepiano.com
Jonathan Kingston (Piano) was an organ student at Liverpool Cathedral studying with Ian Wells and Ian Tracey. He was then appointed Sub Organist at Bradford Cathedral aged 18, from where he broadcast on live radio and television. Assistant Director and Director of Music appointments followed at Stowe, Bromsgrove and The King’s School in Ely, where he was also a deputy organist at Ely Cathedral. Jonathan is a recording artist for Priory, EMI and
Naxos records and has performed with several leading orchestras including the the Royal
Liverpool Philharmonic, Halle, London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra and English
Symphony Orchestra. He is a senior examiner and examiner trainer for ABRSM, and
undertakes tours in the UK and Internationally. Other playing engagements this season
include, Blenheim Palace, Lincoln Cathedral and St Paul’s, London. He is the Director of
Music and Organist at St Mary & St Giles in Stony Stratford, Music Specialist at St Mary & St Giles School and Associate Chairman to the music department at Stowe School.
Andrew Sherwood (Bowed Strings) has performed in many parts of the world as conductor and violinist. Born and educated in Africa, he then studied violin and composition at the Royal College of Music in London. His teachers included Antonio Brosa, Sascha Lasserson and Sylvia Rosenberg. As a violinist, solo performances ranged from London to Eastern Europe, the USA and Africa. He has been, since 1991, a Professor of Violin at TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London (formerly Trinity College of Music). Many of his former students are now professional musicians. He has recently performed recitals and as soloist with orchestra in travels taking him from Africa to India, Scotland to Ireland, Germany to France and will be performing in China as concerto soloist this coming year.
Sherwood is now best known as a conductor and is currently principal conductor and musical director of several British orchestras including Brighton Youth Orchestra and the nationally acclaimed BYO String Ensemble, the Musicians of All Saints (a professional orchestra specialising in unjustly neglected and contemporary composers), Somerset County Youth Orchestra and European Youth Summer Music. He was until recently Director of Music and Choirs at the University of Brighton. He also teaches and has conducted in India, and Africa, South America, throughout Europe and in South America.
Gordon Dunn (Plucked Strings) is described by Classic FM artist Craig Ogden as “one of the most innovative & eclectic classical guitarists in the World”. Gordon is one of the UK’s most versatile guitarists with a renowned passion for music education. Born in Scotland in 1980, at the age of 16 he was accepted to study music at University and was a finalist in the Admira Young Guitarist of the Year competition in 1999 at the Bath International Guitar Festival where he later tutored for seven consecutive years. He graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire with an MMus (performance) having studied with Simon Dinnigan and Mark Ashford.
Gordon has performed across Europe as a recitalist, concerto soloist and member of the opera/classical/jazz/pop/rock fusion group String Theory which featured the platinum selling bassist Louis Macan and soprano star Belinda Evans. Since 2008 Gordon has been a regular performer with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon and has appeared on stage with David Tennant (Dr. Who), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek) and Oliver Ford Davies (Star Wars) in Hamlet and also in comedian Tim Minchin’s critically acclaimed multi award winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda.
As a teacher, Gordon has assisted many students in obtaining scholarships and enrolling on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. Former teaching positions include the Junior Guildhall School of Music (London), Guitar France and the University of Warwick. He is an experienced adjudicator and has been a member of the panel for competitions such as the Takamine Guitarist of the Year and is currently composing music for a new series of guitar tuition books.
Keith Allen (Wind) was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, London, then undertook post-graduate studies at Birmingham University and Kingston University, with a Master’s Degree from the University of West London.
He played clarinet and saxophone in numerous orchestras, including working with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
His previous positions include: Saxophone Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire; Head of Birmingham Music Service; Consultant Editor: Faber Music Ltd.
His current positions include: Music Director: Birmingham Symphonic Winds; Festival Director: National Concert Band Festival – the UK’s largest wind band & big band festival; ‘conductor in residence’ with Birmingham University Wind Band; Conductor: Solihull Youth Wind Orchestra and member of the Advisory Board of the London International Music Festival. His busy schedule includes adjudicating across all musical genres at numerous festivals in the UK, as well as guest conducting in America, Spain, Latvia, Ireland, Hong Kong, Australia, China and UK.
Keith Allen founded Birmingham Symphonic Winds in 1992 and since then have achieved an unparalleled track record both nationally and internationally with more accolades for musical enterprise and excellence than any other wind orchestra in the UK. With a dedication to the creation and performance of contemporary works for this medium, BSW has premiered over 50 pieces (many of them commissions) from British, American and European composers, including Malcolm Arnold, Benjamin Britten, David Bedford, Mark Camphouse, Nigel Clarke, Michael Daugherty, Jonathan Dove, Martin Ellerby, Kenneth Hesketh, Nigel Hess, David Maslanka, Mike Mower, John Rutter, Philip Sparke, and Guy Woolfenden both in the UK and abroad. Keith Allen with BSW have recorded CD’s for Faber Music, Studio Music. Bandmusicpdf.com and R. Smith & Co as well as 10 BSW albums and also a number of broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Keith has worked with numerous distinguished soloists including Alison Balsom (trumpet), Juliette Bausor (flute), David Childs (euphonium), Evelyn Glennie (percussion), Hannah Marcinowicz (saxophone), Gerald McChrystal (saxophone), Linda Merrick (clarinet), Craig Ogden (guitar) and Simone Rebello (percussion).
Keith Allen is a regular visitor to America conducting British repertoire and in 2006 presented a lecture at the CBDNA Conference at the NorthWestern University, Illinois and in 2011 had conducting engagements with Minnesota Intercollegiate Honors Band, University of Minnesota Duluth Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Twin Ports Wind Orchestra. In 2013 he was ‘conductor-in-residence’ at the University of St Thomas and also guest conductor of Grand Symphonic Winds in St Pauls/Minneapolis. Since 2014 he has headed a ‘Best of British Music’ trade stand at the annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
Teresa Cahill (Voice) is one of Britain’s leading lyric sopranos. Having trained at the Guildhall and the London Opera Centre, her career began in the Glyndebourne chorus where she won the John Christie Award. Important roles at Glyndebourne followed including the 1st lady in the Magic Flute and Alice Ford in Falstaff.which she valso sang in Philadelphia with Renato Capecchi-singing and directing. She went on to sing over 100 performances at Covent Garden including Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier with Carlos Kleiber and new productions of Don Giovanni(Zerlina) and La Clemenza di Tito(Servilia) which she also sang at La Scala Milan. She also features in Robert’s Saxton’s opera The Wandering Jew on Radio and the NMC label and other operatic roles include Fiordiligi, Elvira, the Countess in Figaro,Tatiana and Fidelio. Concert appearances have included Mahler symphonies with Solti, Chailly, Gielen, Del Mar, Rozhdestvensky and Tennstedt in London, Chicago, Vienna and the Berlin Festival and Shostakovich’s 14th symphony with Fischer-Dieskau, conducted by Gary Bertini in Cologne which is now available on CD. She also sang regularly on Radio 3, the Proms and on TV.
Her recording debut was with Otto Klemperer (Le Nozze di Figaro) and other recordings include Der Rosenkavalier, Elgar’s The Spirit of England and King Olaf, a recital of Strauss and Rachmaninov songs and works by Mahler, Parry, Massenet, Cavalli, Wagner for EMI, DG, Decca ,Chandos etc.
In the field of contemporary music Robert Saxton, David Blake, John Casken and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett have written works for her and she has worked as a soloist with Hans Werner Henze, George Benjamin and Sir Michael Tippett all conducting their works and with Sir Harrison Birtwistle as opera director.
Teresa Cahill is a Professor at Trinity Laban, London and also teaches privately and at Worcester College, Oxford. She has been on the juries of most of the major British competitions including the Kathleen Ferrier, the Royal Overseas League, and the international competition at S’Hertogenbosch, Holland where she also gave masterclasses.
In 2017 she won both the Elgar medal and the Sir Charles Santley Prize.
Her web site is www.teresacahill.net and her career archive is housed in the British Library