Sara Stowe – Soprano & Harpsichord
Since studying as a prize-winning scholar at the Royal College of Music and with a British Council Bursary in Italy, Sara has followed parallel careers as soprano and harpsichordist. Her career includes early and new music at festivals throughout Europe, South America and North Africa and collaborations with such artists as Emma Kirkby, the Academy of Ancient Music, Luciano Berio and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She performs as solo harpsichordist in her latest programme ‘Like a Virginal’.
Matthew Spring – Plucked Strings & Hurdy-Gurdy
Matthew studied in New York, Keele, the Royal College of Music and gained his Doctorate at Oxford University. He is a Reader in Music at Bath Spa University. He has performed at many European festivals both as lutenist/guitarist and hurdy-gurdy player. He gave the continental premiere of Howard Skempton’s hurdy-gurdy concerto in Dusseldorf and Munich and a Haydn hurdy-gurdy concerto at Snape Maltings. He is author of The Lute in Britain and of numerous articles about music in Georgian England.
Isabelle Carré – Modern and Early Flutes & Gamelan
Isabelle studied music in York and flute in Paris with Pierre-Yves Artaud. She has collaborated with many living composers, given first performances and made recordings throughout Europe as solo flautist and with groups such as Ensemble Exposé. Isabelle plays not only modern and early flutes but also flutes from China, Japan, Thailand and Indonesia. She leads workshops on historical musical instruments and Javanese gamelan at the Bate Collection in Oxford and is a founder member of Southbank Gamelan Players, ensemble-in-residence at Southbank Centre.
Keith Fairbairn – Percussion
Keith is one of Britain's foremost session percussionists, having recorded and performed with a wide variety of artists in many styles of music from popular through jazz to world music, contemporary and classical music, and musical theatre in London's West End.
He is also heavily involved with playing percussion in chamber ensemble and solo settings.
Barbara Segal – Baroque Dance
Barbara is an internationally renowned expert in Early Dance, as a performer, teacher and dance historian. She has worked in the UK and throughout Europe, in Russia, Australia and Brazil. She has taught on the BA degree course at the Royal Academy of Dance and on the BBC’s Early Music Programme. A specialist in 18th-century dance, her repertoire nevertheless covers dancing from the 15th to the 19th century.