Louisa Sparks - Flute Holly Randall - Oboe Peter Sparks - Clarinet
Shelly Organ - Bassoon Alexia Cammish - French Horn Iain Farrington - Piano
|Born in Cork, Ireland, Louisa Sparks began her flute studies at the Cork School of Music where she graduated with First Class Honours and the Bridget Doolan Award for Highest Music Degree in Ireland. She completed a Masters Degree at the Royal Academy of Music in 2002 and was awarded the Chris Taylor Memorial Prize for Outstanding Flautist. She has won all the major flute competitions in Ireland including the Wind Class of the RTE Millennium Musician of the Future Competition. She was also a winner in the Millennium Yamaha International Music Scholarships.
Louisa has considerable experience as concerto soloist with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the RTE Concert Orchestra, with whom she has recorded Franz Doppler's Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise. She has also performed Mozart's Flute Concerto in D Major with the European Union Chamber Orchestra in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Ibert's Flute Concerto with Southbank Sinfonia in London and Italy, and Henk Bading's Flute Concerto with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra in Pittsburgh and New York, USA.
As an orchestral musician, she has a busy and varied freelance career both in the UK and Ireland, and has recently had trials for the position of Principal Flute with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and the Orchestra of English National Ballet.
As a chamber musician, Louisa performs regularly with the Vanbrugh and Coull string quartets, and the Crawford Piano Trio. She also performs at P&O Music Festivals at Sea hosted by Richard Baker and Humphrey Burton. She has recorded for BBC TV and Radio 3 and recently released her debut solo CD Idylle with pianist Morten Mogensen for Classico Records.
|Holly Randall attended Chetham's School of Music in Manchester before reading Music at Clare College, Cambridge University, and in 2000 she graduated with First Class Honours. She continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won the Leila Bull Oboe Prize, and then with Maurice Bourgue at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, where in June 2005 she was awarded a diplôme de soliste with distinction.
In the same year, Holly won First Prize at the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition. She gave her prizewinner's recital at the Wigmore Hall in November 2006. Her success has also led to invitations to perform on BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme, in the Leicester International Music Festival, where her playing was described as "dazzling" (Leicester Mercury) and at OboeFest, the 11th congress of the French Oboe Association. In 2008 she was honoured to play at the memorial service for Lady Evelyn Barbirolli.
In 2006, Holly was appointed to the position of second oboe and cor anglais with the Orchestra of the Zürich Opera. After five very happy years there, she moved back to London to pursue a freelance career and now works regularly with many of the UK's major orchestras, including in the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. She has played guest principal with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.
In 2011, Holly was appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, in recognition of her significant contribution to the music profession.
|Born in Bangor, North Wales, Peter Sparks studied at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department and read music at Cambridge University studying with Dame Thea King. He subsequently studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Angela Malsbury and Nick Rodwell, where he won the Geoffrey Hawkes Clarinet and Harold Craxton Chamber Music competitions. He was also principal clarinet of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Verbier Festival Orchestra.
As a soloist, he performed in the Purcell Room, London as part of the Park Lane Group series, giving premières by Nicola Lefanu and Peter Wiegold. He also played live on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune'. He has twice reached the Finals of the Royal Over-Seas League competition, performed at Cheltenham International Music Festival and was privileged to represent the RAM at the late Frederick Thurston's Centenary Concert, where his playing was described as "brilliant" (The Clarinet magazine).
As a concerto soloist, he has performed Copland Clarinet Concerto in St. James's Church, Piccadilly; Elizabeth Maconchy Clarinet Concertino in Norwich and London; John Adams Gnarly Buttons, under Stephen Cleobury; the world première of Peter Wiegold's bass clarinet concerto, New York, with Southbank Sinfonia; Weber Concerto No. 1 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; and Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the English Symphony Orchestra.
Peter is a busy chamber musician, performing with London Winds (directed by Michael Collins), the Farrington Ensemble and Gallimaufry Ensemble in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall and in International Festivals in Hong Kong and Paris. He regularly broadcasts on radio and TV in the UK and abroad and has recently completed Walton's Façade with 'Kit and the Widow'.
As an orchestral musician, Peter has played with many of the country's leading orchestras including as principal clarinet with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, Ulster Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra.
|Shelly Organ studied at Wells Cathedral School, Cambridge University and finally as a postgraduate scholar at the Royal College of Music with Martin Gatt, supported by the Countess of Munster Trust and Musician’s Benevolent Fund.|
Since graduating from the RCM in 2002 with distinction and the Arthur Somervell bassoon prize, Shelly has enjoyed a varied career combining solo work (giving recitals at St.Martin-in-the-Fields, the Linbury Theatre of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the Aldburgh Fesitival) with a post as principal bassoonist of the Southbank Sinfonia (2002 - 2003), freelance orchestral playing and teaching. She was awarded the Antony Saltmarsh Junior Fellowship at the RCM during 2003 - 2005.
As an orchestral musician Shelly works regularly with many of the country’s leading orchestras including the CBSO, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, RPO and ECO. She is a keen chamber musician and in addition to concerts with the Gallimaufry Ensemble, she enjoys performing around the country with Aurora Ensemble, Ensemble 360 and the Haffner Wind Ensemble.
With assistance from The Felicity Belfield Music Trust, Shelly performs on a Püchner bassoon.
|Alexia Cammish began her horn studies with Richard Kennedy and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain for two years before she won a gap year scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied with Jeff Bryant. Alexia continued her studies reading music at Newnham College, Cambridge where she was an instrumental award holder and principal horn of Cambridge University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.
Since completing her education, with a one year postgraduate masters course at the GSMD, Alexia has established a busy freelance career working with orchestras including: the Academy of St Martin in the Fields; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; English National Opera; Glyndebourne on Tour; Garsington Opera; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; London Chamber Orchestra; Helsinki Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia under the batons of Murray Perahia KBE, Sir Neville Marriner, Joshua Bell, and Bernard Haitink KBE. Alexia particularly enjoys the enormous variety of freelance playing, and especially the opportunity it provides for travelling all over the world to perform in unusual and far-flung places.
A keen chamber musician too, Alexia has performed with the wind soloists of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, has broadcast on BBC TV and radio 3, and is a member of the Gallimaufry Ensemble. She has given masterclasses at the Aberystwyth MusicFest and in summer 2011 will be coaching at Dartington International Music Festival.
|Iain Farrington has an exceptionally busy and diverse career as a pianist, organist, composer and arranger. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and St John's College, Cambridge University.
Iain has performed as a solo pianist, accompanist, chamber musician and organist at the major venues in the UK, including the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, the Proms 2007, the Royal Opera House, and abroad in South Africa, Japan, Jordan and across Europe. He has worked with some of the country's leading musicians, including Bryn Terfel, Lesley Garrett, John Mark Ainsley, the Royal Ballet, the BBC Singers, the London Philharmonic Choir, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Colin Davis.
As a creative musician, Iain has arranged over one hundred works from Mozart to Gershwin, and his compositions have been performed in the USA, New Zealand, Sweden, and across the UK.