Adrian France, bass sackbut
 
Adrian France
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In a career spanning over twenty years, Adrian has performed and recorded with some of the worlds finest period instrument ensembles including The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music, Concerto Palatino, Ensemble La Fenice, The Sixteen, English Concert, The New London Consort, The Gabrieli Consort and Players, Europa Galante (Fabio Biondi) and is Principal Bass Trombone of The King’s Consort and a founder member of The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble (ECSE).

In 2012, he co-founded a new period instrument Trio, Corona Melodica (debuting with two sell-out concerts at the Swaledale Festival) and also recently featured on a CD of Shakespeare Sonnets on period instruments (featuring on the Andrew Marr Show) directed by Robert Hollingworth.
On the modern Bass Trombone, he has worked with The BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Ulster Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, The Wallace Collection, Westminster Brass, Orquesta Symphonica de Gran Canaria, English Touring Opera and The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Abbado, Harding).

Adrian currently teaches Modern Trombone at Newcastle University. He has also previously been a guest tutor of Bass Sackbut at both The Birmingham Conservatoire and at The Royal Academy of Music where he was also made an associate member in 2009. Summer 2013 also sees his coaching debut on Period Trombone at Dartington International Summer School of Music.

 

Tom Lees, sackbut
 
Tom Lees
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Tom studied trombone at the Royal Northern College of Music before becoming the first full-time student of the sackbut at the RCM, winning a Countess of Munster musical scholarship to continue his early music studies.

Since then, he has joined with London Brass on a record of Venetian brass music, and has performed and recorded with many of the specialist period instrument ensembles, including The Gabrieli Consort and Players,
The English Baroque Soloists, The King's Consort, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Tafelmusik, with whom he recorded the Mozart Requiem trombone solo.

Tom is also a regular performer with The Musicians of the Globe, a group specially assembled to provide music at the reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe on London's Bankside.

 

Emily White, sackbut
 
Emily White
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Emily studied sackbut at The Royal Academy of Music with Sue Addison. As well as her work with ECSE, Emily plays with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Sixteen, Gabrieli Consort and Players and the Academy of Ancient Music.

Emily also plays the baroque violin having studied with Walter Reiter and Rachel Podger. in 2012 she makes use of this doubling in concerts in Germany and Holland with Suonar Cantando and Scorpio Collectief. Emily has played in productions at Shakespeare's Globe since its opening season and is performing in the 2012 production of Twelfth Night.
Emily also plays modern trombone and is a member of Chaconne Brass and Pandora's Box which both explore contemporary music. Emily also freelances with English National Ballet, Orchestra of the Swan and the National Orchestra of Wales, with whom she is playing in the 2012 BBC Proms.

Emily also teaches sackbut at Birmingham Conservatoire and Dartington International Summer School. She has coached and given workshops at Trinity College of Music, The Royal Academy of Music, St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh, and she co-directs the Huntly Summer School.

 

Gawain Glenton, cornett
 
Gawain Glenton
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Gawain is a specialist cornetto player whose work as a soloist and an ensemble musician takes him all over the world. He performs regularly with many leading international groups, such as Il Giardino Armonico, Concerto Palatino, l'Arpeggiata, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, Capriccio Stravagante, The Taverner Consort, Academy of Ancient Music and the Nederlandse Bachvereniging.

Although now returned to the UK, Gawain spent several years living in Basel where he studied with Bruce Dickey at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. As a result of these years abroad, Gawain is closely involved with many 'next
generation' ensembles, such as Ensemble Leones directed by Marc Lewon, and the Basel-based I Fedeli, with whom he claimed first prize at the IYAP competition in Antwerp in 2009 and whose debut CD is due for release later this year.

In the UK, Gawain works with ensembles such as The Gonzaga Band, La Nuova Musica and Gabrieli Consort and Players. Gawain is also a member of The City Musick and, in collaboration with baroque harpist Kirsty Whatley, has recently formed the instrumental ensemble In Echo, specialising in music from the 16th and 17th centuries.

 

Robert Howarth, keyboards
 
Robert Howarth
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Robert is a graduate of the University of York who now has a growing reputation as a director and conductor of early repertoire. He holds the posts of Artistic Advisor and Guest Director of the Avison Ensemble, Assistant Artistic Director of English Voices and Co-Principal Keyboard player of OAE.

Robert's opera engagements have included Il Ritorno d'Ulisse for WNO, Birmingham Opera Company and ETO; Alcina for the Hamburg State Opera, Theater St Gallen and ETO; Monterverdi's Ballo Delle Ingrate and Il Combattimento di Tancredi for Birmingham Opera Company, and Tolomeo for ETO. He has also been assistant conductor in productions at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opéra de Paris, Netherlands Opera and Glyndebourne.
Concert engagements include Bach Lutheran Masses and a European tour and recording of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers with OAE; Messiah with the Irish Baroque Orchestra; Apollo and Daphne with The St James Baroque Players; Bach Cantatas with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Angelika Kirschlager; Athalia for the Ambronay Festival and a baroque programme for Northern Sinfonia.

During the 2011/12 season he makes his Opera North début conducting a new production of Handel's Giulio Cesare, returns to St Gallen for THe Fairy Queen and directs programmes with OAE. Further ahead he will conduct Charpentier's Acteon for Dartington International Summer School and Messiah, again with OAE.

 

Sam Goble, cornett
 
Sam Goble
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Sam has established himself as one of the UK’s most prominent cornetto players. As well as being a member of both QuintEssential and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, Sam regularly performs and records with some of the most influential groups in Europe including Cantus Cölln, Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Dufay Collective, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Concert, I Fagiolini, and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra.

Sam studied cornetto for his undergraduate degree at Trinity College of Music under Richard Thomas and Jeremy West. His studies have not only led him to explore the mute cornett, tenor cornett and cornettino, but various types and sizes of bagpipes, natural trumpet and slide trumpet.
Sam teaches cornetto at the University of Hull and has taught at the University of East Anglia and Dartington International Summer School as well as on other courses and private students.

Sam’s research and experimentation into historical instruments and mouthpieces has led him to make historical mouthpieces for all sizes of cornetti, serpents, baroque trumpets and sackbuts. Based or copied from surviving originals they have given new insights into the sounds and capabilities of these instruments. These are being used by a rising number of professional and amateurs players in the UK and Europe, and as far as America, Australia and Japan.

 

Andrew Harwood-White,
bass sackbut
 
Andrew Harwood-White
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Andy began his musical training as a chorister at Wells Cathedral and later, as a music scholar, studied bass trombone with Alan Hutt at Wells Cathedral School. Andy continued his training at the Royal College of Music, where he won the Fanny Hughes prize for brass.

Since leaving the RCM Andy has performed with many of the country's leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Festival Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and Bournemouth Sinfonietta.
In addition to his work in this country Andy regularly performs with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria and Athens Camerata.

On the bass sackbut Andy has performed and recorded with many period instrument ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Tafelmusik, Academy of Ancient Music, New London Consort, The Sixteen, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, King's Consort and at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London.