Adrian France, bass sackbut
 
Adrian France
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Over 24 years, Adrian's career has covered a broad spectrum of trombone playing ranging from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods through to the modern trombone. He has enjoyed working with many of the world’s finest period instrument ensembles such as Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Concerto Palatino, Collegium Vocale Ghent (Philippe Herreweghe), Ensemble La Fenice, The Sixteen, English Concert, English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Early Opera Company, Collegium Musicum 90 (Hickox), Europa Galante (Fabio Biondi), Cappella Mediterranea, Musica Antiqua Salzburg, Canto Fiorito and Le Grande Chapelle. Adrian is also Principal Bass Trombone of The King’s Consort and a founder member of The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble (ECSE) and Quintessential.

Adrian is also a busy modern bass trombonist and has worked with the likes of The BBC SO, The Royal Northern Sinfonia, The Ulster Orchestra,
The City of London Sinfonia, Opera Holland Park, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, The Wallace Collection, Westminster Brass, Orquesta Symphonica de Gran Canaria, English Touring Opera, Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Abbado/Harding).

Adrian is currently trombone tutor and head of brass studies at Newcastle University. Previously, he’s also taught bass sackbut for The Birmingham Conservatoire, The RWCMD and period trombone at The Royal Academy of Music where in 2009 he was made an associate member (ARAM). In 2013/14 he directed the period trombone course at The Dartington International Summer School of Music and in 2015 had his first article & CD review published for Glissando Magazine. In February & November 2016 he directed masterclasses and conducted a concert as a guest sackbut tutor at the Academy of Music in the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

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 and records 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 'Codex Tarasconi' was released in 2013.

In the UK, Gawain works with ensembles such as The Bach Players, The Gonzaga Band, La Nuova Musica and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Gawain is also a member of The City Musick and, in collaboration with harpist Kirsty Whatley, has formed the instrumental ensemble In Echo, specialising in music from the 16th and 17th centuries. Gawain teaches cornetto at the annual Dartington International Summer School and is also a co-founder of Sherborne Early Music.

 

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.

 

Conor Hastings, cornett
 
Conor Hastings
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Born and raised in Dublin, Conor Hastings comes from a musical family and was exposed to a wide variety of music from an early age. Having studied recorder and then trumpet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, he went on to study orchestral trumpet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. During the course of his studies he stumbled upon the cornett, and swiftly took to historical performance on original instruments. Whilst at the Royal Welsh he studied cornett with Jeremy West (His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts) and Gawain Glenton (The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble), and has since been an active performer in the UK. In 2014 he began his studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland under the tutelage of the legendary Bruce Dickey.
Since completing his studies, Conor has performed all over Europe and America with The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, The King's Consort, The Gabrieli Consort and players, His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts and Sestina to name but a few.

He has performed solo and ensemble recitals in Ireland as part of the Music in Monkstown Festival and The Galway Early Music Festival, and is dedicated to bringing the cornett to a wider audience in Ireland.

In addition to his performing schedule, Conor is a busy teacher of the cornett. He now tutors at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he hopes to interest as many students as possible in the world of early music.

 

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.