Ibrahim Aziz – viola da gamba
Ibrahim Aziz studied the viola da gamba with Alison Crum at Trinity College of Music London where he won several awards including the Ricordi Prize in conducting in 2003 and the college’s Gold Medal in 2005. A member of the Rose Consort of Viols and several other ensembles in Europe, he has collaborated with many distinguished artists such as singers Emma Kirkby and Clare Wilkinson, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, recorder players Emma Murphy and Pamela Thorby, gamba player Charles medlam, jazz musicians Liam Noble and David Wickins, the contemporary music company Sound Affairs with composer Charlie Barber and the Oxford-based baroque ensemble Charivari Agréable.
He has appeared on the BBC and Dutch radio stations as well as on various recordings on the Signum, Delphian and Deux-Elles labels. Ibrahim has performed in many festivals worldwide for all kinds of audiences ranging from the BBC Proms to Christmas shoppers on Oxford Street to Highgrove House for HRH The Prince of Wales. He leads the Historical Performance Practice course at Morley College, London.
Sam Stadlen – viola da gamba
Sam is a cellist, viola da gamba player, lecturer, musicologist, and teacher. Based in York, he is active as a musician in London and the North of England, performing as a soloist and with various period music ensembles. Taught baroque cello by Rachel Gray and viol by Susanna Pell, Sam has performed as a baroque cellist and viol player with Fretwork, Sestina Consort, Chelys, and with members of the Rose Consort, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the European Union Baroque Orchestra. He has also benefitted from masterclasses and tuition from players such as Christophe Coin, Wieland Kuijken, Jonathan Manson, Alison McGillivray, Alison Crum, Richard Boothby and Ibi Aziz.
Sam has just finished a PhD at the University of York investigating the influences of poetry and declamation on the pièces de viole in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century France. This research aimed to bring together a detailed understanding of the language, culture, and politics of French society in order to better understand both the composition and performance of music by the great French violists, most notably Marin Marais. It resulted in a series of recordings of both pièces de viole and vocal airs arranged for viol which demonstrated the poetic nature of this music. Other research interests include the history and construction of string instruments and French Baroque rehearsal and practice techniques.
Charlie Barber – composer
Composer Charlie Barber has a deserved reputation for creating and producing innovative performance and touring projects. He has worked in a wide variety of musical genres: orchestral and chamber works, film, video, music-theatre and dance.
His music draws on a wide range of influences and models bringing these together in a highly personal synthesis. Although the music of the American minimalists in the late 70s formed a starting point for his own music, equally important was the use and deconstruction of the music of the past and the influence of World music.
An important and crucial element has been his work across a number of different artforms, including dance, film, installation and performance art. This has resulted in a rich series of collaborations with artists in other disciplines.
Andrew Bolton – visual artist
Andrew Bolton makes visual art works, mainly using painting, drawing and video. More recently work has combined techniques and art forms and introduced collaboration with other artists to create work that is more fully immersive for its audience.
He trained as a mural artist in Manchester, graduating in 1985, then went back to college for his MA in 1994 (Chelsea). Since then he has produced work for public and private places around the UK, as well as abroad, particularly in Latin America.
Matthew Venner – countertenor
Matthew Venner began his singing career as a chorister at Westminster Abbey and, following a music scholarship at Bedford School, went on to become a choral scholar at New College, Oxford. His solo engagements have included Handel’s Messiah with Ex Cathedra, Bach’sSt Matthew Passion with The King’s Consort, Bach’s St John Passion with the London Mozart Players, Stravinsky’s Mass and Requiem Canticles with the CBSO, and Vivaldi’s Stabat mater with the Salomon Quartet. He has also performed several world premieres, including James MacMillan’s Seven Angels, Alec Roth’s A Time to Dance and John Joubert’s oratorio Wings of Faith, all with Ex Cathedra.
He has appeared in several stage productions including Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Heiner Goebbels’ I went to the house but did not enter with The Hilliard Ensemble at the National Theatre, Prague; Purcell’s King Arthur with I Fagiolini at the Spitalfields Festival, London; and the incidental music to Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Globe Theatre, London.
He has performed with many leading vocal ensembles including The Cardinall’s Musick, Ex Cathedra, the Gabrieli Consort, The King’s Consort, The Sixteen and The Tallis Scholars. He is a member of The Orlando Consort, an ensemble specializing in medieval and early Renaissance music. He is also a Vicar Choral at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Jane Chapman – harpsichord
Described in The Independent on Sunday as “Britain’s most progressive harpsichordist”, and in the Guardian as “a fearless contemporary music performer” Jane Chapman is at the forefront of creating and inspiring new music for harpsichord. She has premiered over 200 solo, chamber and electroacoustic works for the instrument worldwide. Equally passionate about baroque and contemporary music, she has collaborated with ground-breaking composers, artists and dancers, working with musicians from the worlds of Indian music, jazz, and the avant-garde.
Jan Zahourek – violone
Jan Robert Zahourek moved to London in October 2005 from Padova (Padua) Italy. His work here includes playing the double-bass and the violone. He also plays viola da gamba. He plays with groups such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Nicola Barbagli – baroque oboe
Nicola studied at the Royal Academy of Music, Haute Ecole de Musique de Geneve, Accademia del Teatro alla Scala di Milano and Istituto Musicale “G.Donizetti” di Bergamo.
He has performed with several ensembles and orchestras including Southbank Sinfonia, Orchestra Sinfonica “G.Verdi” di Milano, Dunedin Consort, Harmonices Mundi – Bozen Baroque Orchestra
Daniel Serafini – sackbut