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Performers


Madeleine Mitchell | violin

MADELEINE MITCHELL has been described by The Times as 'one of the UK's liveliest musical forces (and) foremost violinists’. Her performances as soloist and chamber musician in some 50 countries in a wide repertoire are frequently broadcast including the BBC Proms, ABC, Bayerischer Rundfunk and Italian TV. She has given recitals in venues including Lincoln Center New York, Wigmore and South Bank Centre London, Vienna, Moscow, Singapore and Sydney Opera House and with orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic, Czech Radio and St Petersburg Philharmonic. Mitchell’s acclaimed discography for which she has been nominated for Grammy and BBCMusic Awards, includes works written for her by composers such Nyman and MacMillan and 'Violin Songs' (selected by Classic FM, including music from Paris in the 1920s) "small gems, wonderfully played" The Strad. She devised the Red Violin festival under Lord Menuhin’s patronage, the first international eclectic celebration of the fiddle across the arts and has won awards for her original collaborations. She has also toured in Music Theatre productions such as L’Histoire du Soldat. Mitchell won the Tagore Gold Medal as Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music where she is a Professor and the prestigious Fulbright/ITT Fellowship to New York. www.madeleinemitchell.com

Donna Lennard | soprano (Madame Viardot)

Donna grew up in Bedford and completed a Masters degree at the GSMD with Distinction in 2012. She participated in ENO’s Opera Works 2012/13, subsequently performing the role of Dorinda in Orlando in the final performance, Postcards, at the Lilian Baylis Theatre, Sadlers Wells. Her operatic roles include Frog/Ensemble in How the Whale Became (Philips, ROH), Selene in Tycho’s Dream (Styles, Glyndebourne), Alice in Airborne (McDowall, Nova Music Opera), Yellow in The Anatomy of Melancholy (Tassie/Beames, bodycorps), Catfish in The Catfish Conundrum (Lambert, The Music Troupe for Tête à Tête), Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Frasquita in Carmen, Pamina in The Magic Flute (Opera Loki), and Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld (Beds Youth Opera). In concert, Donna has performed as a soloist in Jocelyn Pook’s Anxiety Fanfare and Variations for Tête à Tête, Beethoven's 9th Symphony for Chester Music Society, Exsultate, Jubilate (Mozart) and Petite Messe Solennelle (Rossini) with the Skipton Camerata, Messiah (Handel) for the Bradford Festival Choral Society, and Elijah (Mendelssohn) and Dona nobis pacem (Vaughan Williams) with the Chester Bach Singers. Future engagements include performances with Protein Dance in their new production May Contain Food, and performing Judith Weir’s Natural History with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square.

Daniel Turner | tenor (Félix Lévy)

DANIEL TURNER is a very versatile portfolio musician. Alongside his career as a professional tenor he is also in demand as a choral conductor, organist and singing teacher. Daniel began his musical life as a chorister in St Matthew’s Church Northampton later moving to study with Simon Johnson (now Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral) as Organ Scholar of All Saints Church. Daniel studied for a degree in Music at The Queen’s College Oxford where he was Organ Scholar on the famed Frobenius instrument. At Oxford Daniel re-discovered his love of singing and studied with the tenor James Gilchrist. During this time he began to sing regularly with the Choir of New College under Edward Higginbottom and was subsequently appointed a Lay Clerk upon graduation. Daniel has sung in many of the UK’s leading professional choirs and as a solo singer. At Oxford University and at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Daniel studied with a number of the world’s most eminent conductors, vocal coaches and performers including Harry Christophers, Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Ryan Wigglesworth, Graham Johnson, Sarah Walker, Janice Chapman, Nelly Miricioiu, Ryland Davies, Philip Langridge and David Owen Norris. Daniel founded the The Barnes Music Festival in 2013. For 6 years, in his capacity as Artistic Director he organised the annual festival that draws together international and local artists across two weeks of 30 events or more. Additionally Daniel works with a number of leading management and communication consultants in the pharmaceutical industry where he draws parallels with work-place team psychology and musical activity. Daniel is currently active as a musical teacher and outreach worker with choirs in Pimlico, Choral Courses in the UK and China. He works alongside Ralph Allwood and James Day in bringing the best of English choral music to children aged 7-11. Daniel is also on the staff of the West London Free School as a vocal tutor.

Marc Verter | piano (Gabriel Fauré)

Marc is a passionate advocate of song and dedicates much of his time to performing with singers. Marc was the Artistic Director for over five years of the Chelsea Schubert Festival which focused on song and chamber music. He is a highly sought-after vocal coach and repetiteur and is currently on the staff of the Vocal Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. He has performed at music festivals in Israel, Belgium, Spain, Holland, France, USA, Canada and the UK and has played for such internationally renowned singers as Claire Booth, Yvonne Kenny, Jonathan Lemalu, Benedict Nelson, Nelly Miricioiu, Kate Royal and Sarah Walker. His first CD with soprano Ilona Domnich, featuring songs by Strauss, Rachmaninoff and Fauré, was released in December 2009 on the Quartz label. As part of his doctoral studies, Marc has written a thesis on the musical settings to the poems of Charles Baudelaire. He gives workshops on the performance of French song in conservatoires across the country and has developed Salon Musical: a series of shows that promotes the culture of the performance of chamber music and song in intimate surroundings.

Pericles Snowdon | actor (Stéphane Mallarmé)

Pericles trained at the Drama Centre London. His work includes: Theatre: As You Like It, Romeo & Juliet and Blue Stockings (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Merchant of Venice (Singapore Repertory Company), Collaborators and Time & The Conways (National Theatre), War Horse (West End), The Man Who Had All The Luck and Mary Rose (Royal Lyceum Edinburgh), Lucifer Saved and Loyalties (Finborough), Hamlet (New Wolsey), Bed & Breakfast (Erica Fee Productions), Much Ado About Nothing (Liverpool Playhouse), Jump (Old Vic), The Devils (Union), Simplicity (Orange Tree) and The Proposal (King’s Head). Television work includes: Midsomer Murders, Doctors and Holby City. Film work includes: Le Weekend and The Tales of Hoffman. Writing includes Bluebeard (Old Red Lion, Off-Broadway, Toronto and Seattle), Herman (Baron’s Court), Let Me Count The Ways (Rich Mix), The Cat’s Mother (Courtyard), Leviathan (Arcola), Six/Seven (HighTide) and They Who Lay In The Fields Like Beasts (OffWestEnd.com award).

Management


Marc Verter | Founder and Managing Director

Marc is a passionate advocate of song and dedicates much of his time to performing with singers. Marc was the Artistic Director for over five years of the Chelsea Schubert Festival which focused on song and chamber music. He is a highly sought-after vocal coach and repetiteur and is currently on the staff of the Vocal Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. He has performed at music festivals in Israel, Belgium, Spain, Holland, France, USA, Canada and the UK and has played for such internationally renowned singers as Claire Booth, Yvonne Kenny, Jonathan Lemalu, Benedict Nelson, Nelly Miricioiu, Kate Royal and Sarah Walker. His first CD with soprano Ilona Domnich, featuring songs by Strauss, Rachmaninoff and Fauré, was released in December 2009 on the Quartz label. As part of his doctoral studies, Marc has written a thesis on the musical settings to the poems of Charles Baudelaire. He gives workshops on the performance of French song in conservatoires across the country and has developed Salon Musical: a series of shows that promotes the culture of the performance of chamber music and song in intimate surroundings.

Daniel Turner | Co Founder and Artistic Consultant

Daniel enjoys a varied musical career as a tenor performing in oratorio and song alongside work as a Choral Conductor, Organist and Vocal Coach. He is Director of Music at St Mary's Church in Barnes and the Artistic Director of The Barnes Music Festival. As a singing teacher Daniel has a special interest in working with young and developing voices especially current and former choristers. Daniel’s singing career began as a chorister at St Matthew's and All Saints Churches in Northampton and then at Oxford University while he was the Organ Scholar at The Queen’s College. He began voice lessons with James Gilchrist and sang in the world class New College Choir under the baton of the legendary Edward Higginbottom. He moved to London to continue his singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied with David Pollard and Janice Chapman. Daniel now studies with Nelly Miriciouiu and Ryland Davies. Daniel has sung extensively in oratorio, recital and opera across Europe including recent performances in Russia, Germany, France and around the UK with leading conductors, orchestras and pianists. He has recently collaborated with the countertenor James Bowman and the pianists David Owen Norris, Marc Verter and Graham Johnson.

Bridgitta Roy | Stage Director

Bridgitta works as an actor and theatre director with a particular interest in collaboration across artistic disciplines. As a director, she specialises in productions where music is at the heart of the narrative.During her career, Bridgitta has been fortunate to work all over the world with companies such as the RSC and Shakespeare's Globe, in repertory and touring productions across the country and in London with the RNT, BBC, ENO, Wigmore Hall, Lyric Hammersmith and Theatre Royal Stratford East.She has coached and directed at the National Opera Studio and is currently on the professorial staff at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, leading numerous opera and music projects for the Vocal Studies department. Her passion is dancing Argentine tango. Bridgitta's love of this art form and exploring the music and the culture that surrounds it has become her passport - and perhaps her excuse - to travel as widely and to dance as often as possible.

Mia Flodquist | Designer

Mia holds degrees in History of Dress and Costume Design from The Courtauld Institute and the Wimbledon College of Art. She has worked for all the major UK theatres and Opera houses. Her work includes: As set & costume designer: Dido Queen of Carthage (The Globe: Sam Wannamaker Playhouse); Tess, The Crucible, Our Town (The Rose, Kingston); Girlfriends, The Hired Man, The Secret Garden, A Little Night Music (Mountview); The Poor Soldier (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds); Cloud 9, After Mrs Rochester, Loveplay, Epsom Downs (MMU); La Ronde (Jermyn Street). As costume designer: Theatre includes: The Snow Queen, Hayfever, Treasure Island, Bedroom Farce, Miss Julie (The Rose, Kingston); Hamlet: The Musical (Richmond Theatre, Theatre Royal, Northampton); Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Bedroom Farce (Duke of York Theatre, London); Elizabeth and Raleigh: Late but Live (The Underbelly); Johnson and Boswell: Late But Live (The Traverse); Singing In the Rain (The Courtyard), Robin Hood, Macbeth (Creation Theatre Company); Missing Persons (Trafalgar Studios); The City Club (The Pleasance Dome); Ladies Cage, Dark Meaning Mouse, End of the Sentence, Natural Inclinations, Roaring Girl (The Finborough); The Lie (King’s Head); Swollen Tongues (BAC + national tour); Crossing (Riverside Studios). Opera includes: Impressario/Pagliacci, Onegin, The Barber of Seville (Stanley Hall Opera); La Traviata (Longborough Festival Opera); Marriage of Figaro (Lyric Hammersmith). Film/TV: BA first class (commercial), I’d Do Anything (ident, BBC1), What made Mozart Tic? (documentary C4). Mia has also worked as a lecturer in History of dress at WCA and a costume researcher for Poldark and Death Comes to Pemberly BBC.

Katherine Passerieu | Market Research Consultant

Passerieu Consulting was founded by Katherine Passerieu after working as an independent consultant on international marketing and branding projects.Previously, Katherine was a Director at forward thinking inc., a brand strategy consultancy, and Director of Brand Strategy at GfK NOP, a global research company. Katherine also set up Censydiam UK where she helped clients to reposition their brands and define their communication strategy, and was responsible for international research and brand positioning at TNS. She developed her expertise in brand research in advertising and strategic design, first at Ted Bates in Paris and then at Landor in London. A French national living in the UK since 1989, Katherine holds a BA in English and an MA in Sociology from the Sorbonne University in Paris.She specialises in Anglo-French projects where she can add value by understanding the cultural context of the topics. For more information please see Katherine’s LinkedIn profile and on the ICG website http://theicg.co.uk/member/5912710/katherine-passerieu http://www.passerieuconsulting.com/about-us

Dr Kirsten Fehring | Creative Content, Marketing +Admin

Kirsten started out as a project manager and sponsorship consultant within the classical music scene. She turned to writing, translating, editing and website design during her family leave. "I enjoy working with a team or on my own as long as there is a creative challenge - whether combining a website with good stories, social media with content or music with management, in the UK or on the continent."

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