Born in Poland, Barbara Dziewięcka-Data is a concert violinist and a chamber musician based in London. Barbara has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at St. Martins in The Fields, St. John’s Smith Square, Royal Albert Hall-Elgar Room, Bolivar Hall, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, and the Stuttgart Music Academy.
Barbara’s orchestral experience includes working with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, among many others. Barbara works and performs with Nigel Kennedy since 2010, as a member and co-leader of his Orchestra of Life. Barbara also shows her interest in other music genres, having performed with artists such as Quincy Jones, Robert Plant, and others. Barbara is a violinist in a Latin ensemble, Classico Latino and also co-founded The Ultimate Tango Project with her ensemble A Piacere Trio.
Barbara is a winner of numerous competitions and awards including The Audience Prize at St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Music Competition in London and 1st prize and Philip Carne Foundation Prize at RCM Competition Ensemble with piano in London in 2013. She received a Masters in Performance from Royal College of Music in London in 2012 and a Bachelor of Music from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2010.
Beginning violin lessons aged four, by her mid teens Freya had performed as a soloist across the UK, Europe and Asia, making her concerto debut aged 13 at the Rachmaninov Institute, Russia. Since then, she has enjoyed a burgeoning career performing as a soloist at many celebrated UK venues including Cadogan Hall, Elgar Room Albert Hall, St.John’s Waterloo, Mansion House and The Purcell Room. These appearances include performances of concertos by Beethoven, Mozart, Sibelius, Bruch, Goldmark, Vivaldi and Bach.
As a chamber musician she has played at Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, Cadogan Hall, Kings Place, West Road Concert Hall, The Purcell Room, and Elgar Room, Albert Hall. In Autumn of 2022 Freya became the new first violinist of the Ligeti Quartet.
Freya founded The Stamford International Music Festival which takes place in the town in which she grew up. Freya graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2018 where she studied as a Foundation Scholar with Maciej Rakowski, who taught her from the age of ten. Freya performs on her Camilli of Mantua violin c1740.
“Sarah-Jane Bradley is that rare kind of viola player who can make you blush with shame for ever having told a viola joke. In her hands the instrument is passionate, eloquent and wide-ranging in its colours and moods. I would happily put this at the top of any list of recommended recording.”
- BBC Music Magazine, June 2007 on “British Viola Music” (5* for performance and sound)
Since her debut with the Philharmonia in 1992 and at the Wigmore Hall in 1997, Sarah-Jane has established a distinguished international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician. Sarah-Jane has performed and recorded as a soloist with major orchestras such as the Philharmonia, Hallé, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and City of London Sinfonia, including live broadcasts on radio 3.
Sarah-Jane is in high demand as a recitalist and chamber musician; she regularly plays in recital with pianists John Lenehan and Martin Roscoe. She is a founder member of Karolos and the Rossetti Ensemble and a frequent guest with other chamber groups including I Musicanti. A founder member of the Leopold String Trio, Sarah-Jane has also been a member of the Sorrel Quartet, Fidelio Piano Quartet, London Soloists Ensemble and Artistic Director of Sound Collective. She has toured widely as well as making frequent broadcasts on radio 3 as both soloist and chamber musician. Her work as a chamber musician has taken her around the world to festivals such as Kuhmo and Marlboro where she performed with pianist Richard Goode and violinist Robert Chen.
Following studies at the Royal Academy of Music with John White, and the Mozarteum Salzburg with Thomas Riebl, Sarah-Jane won an array of awards, and in 1995 was first prizewinner at Capellades and St. Joan de Vilatorrada. A prizewinner at the 1994 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Sarah-Jane was on the jury in 2013 and is on the executive committee of the Competition. She is Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and also teaches viola at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and The Purcell School. She plays on a G.A Chanot viola of Manchester, 1896.
"Little short of ideal, perfect in intonation... lively and delicate" Gramophone
"Brilliantly handled" The Observer
"Compelling" The Strad
Graham Walker is an award-winning cellist and conductor who combines an active career directing choirs and orchestras with solo and chamber cello playing around the world. As a cellist, Graham has performed across Europe and North and South America. Graham is a highly respected choral conductor, and directs several choirs and orchestras; his first recording as a conductor, made when he was just 22, featured the music of Jean Mouton, a 16th-century Flemish composer, much of whose music was being recorded for the first time. Graham’s discography as a cellist and conductor reflects his wide musical interests. His most recent album with his Latin-American group Classico Latino (“Havana Classic”) was warmly received by critics, concert-goers and salsa nightclub DJs alike. His first two CDs with Karolos, of chamber music by Stephen Dodgson, were released in 2018 on the Naxos label to rave reviews in the critical press; their third disc, featuring Mozart’s E Flat Divertimento K563, is currently in post-production.
Graham is Precentor and Director of Music at Magdalene College Cambridge, Director of St John’s Voices, and Musical Director of the New Cambridge Singers.
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Recipient of the Freda Dinn and Ida Marbett Award, St James Chamber Music Prize and Prix de musique de chambre Festival Ravel, Joshua Lynch is a passionate devotee of chamber music and has already enjoyed a diverse and creative career. Joshua studied with Emma Ferrand and Gillian Thoday at the Royal Northern College of Music and then continued his studies with Ursula Smith at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also enjoyed mentoring by Peter Cropper, Oliver Wille and Simon Rowland-Jones.
Joshua is the cellist of the Cambridge String Quartet and the Vectis Duo with his duo partner, pianist Sally Birkett. He has enjoyed several European tours as part of the ‘Le Dimore del Quartetto’ and ‘Lincoln Center Stage’ networks alongside performing at the Wigmore Hall, The Crucible (MitR) and St Martin-in-the-Field. Joshua has also enjoyed performing with the LSO and Britten Sinfonia.
Away from performing Joshua is a passionate teacher and holds the position of cello tutor at the Stephen Perse Foundation and is a chamber music tutor at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is also a regular tutor at Pro Corda, Aboyne Cello Festival, NLMS Summer School and the Cambridge Chamber Academy.
Anthony Hewitt is regarded as one of Britain’s finest pianists, and since winning the prestigious William Kapell Competition in Washington DC, has enjoyed a prolific career spanning two decades, including concerto appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra in the U.S.A. and in the U.K with the English Chamber and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras.
He has performed at most of the UK's major concerts halls, including concerto appearances at Royal Festival Hall in London and Symphony Hall in Birmingham, frequent recitals at Wigmore Hall since his debut there in 1998, and has appeared as chamber musician at King's Place and Cadogan Hall in London, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, and Usher Hall in Edinburgh.
Anthony has recorded for Decca, Naxos, Champs Hill Records, and Divine Art Records for whom he added to the catalogue the first coupling of the Liszt and Reubke a disc which was praised in International Record Review as "magisterial", a Pndia nreoc Seiovneadt aas, Gramophone recommendation.
His most unusual ‘feat’ was in 2012 when he gained the admiration of the music world and beyond by cycling 1200 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats and giving a concert every night, raising over £13,000 for charity.
Anthony trained at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Simon Nicholls and Seta Tanyel, and was accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as a student of Leon Fleisher and Claude Frank at the age of 17.
Acclaimed for the originality of his concert programmes and the depth of his interpretations, Patrick Hemmerlé is a French pianist living in England. He is Clare Hall’s Musician-in-Residence and is Artistic Director of the Intimate Engagements concert series. Patrick’s vast repertoire encompasses a large body of works, including the 24 Chopin Etudes and the 48 Bach Prelude and Fugues, which he often plays in concert. He is also a strong advocate of the music by lesser-known composers, whom he often introduces to the public, either in concert, in CDs, or on his YouTube channel.
Recent engagements have taken Patrick to New York, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, and Prague, and China, as well as many festivals and music societies in England. He has published 5 CDs, which have been well received by the international press. His latest recording project, to be issued in 2023, is a pairing of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier and Fischer’s Ariadne Musica. His musicological knowledge and his capacity to clarify complex musical concepts means he is in demand as a lecturer. He has given talks for Cambridge University. Since 2021, he has been Artistic Director of Clare Hall’s Intimate Engagements series.
Patrick is laureate of international competitions of Valencia, Toledo, Epinal, Grosseto, and CFRPM in Paris. He was trained in Paris at the Conservatoire (CNR), under the tuition of Billy Eidi. He has also had lessons with Graham Scott, Ventsislav Yankoff, Eric Heidsieck and Joaquin Soriano.
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Described in The Times as a composer whose music is ‘almost mystical… a genuine frisson’, Darren Bloom is a London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub alumnus and was commissioned by the Orchestra to write his chamber symphony, Dr Glaser’s Experiment. He received the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize in 2016 and a commission from the Cheltenham Music Festival for his string quartet Five Brief Lessons on Physics the following year. He recently composed New Eyes for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and was commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra and Culture Mile to write Rising for a project featuring film and dance.
Darren studied at the Royal College of Music with Edwin Roxburgh, the Royal Academy of Music with Brian Elias, the Dartington International Summer School with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, and has recently completed an AHRC funded PhD in composition at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Richard Causton. He co-founded and conducts the Ossian Ensemble, and has regularly conducted the London Symphony Orchestra’s new music events and recordings since 2014. Darren teaches composition and orchestration at the University of Cambridge and is Lead Tutor for Composition and Musicianship at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire Junior Department.