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INTERNATIONAL

COMPOSERS

FESTIVAL

2022

CONFIRMED FOR 2022

Performers

Adrian Charlesworth
Violinist / Leader (2022)

Adrian has freelanced in many professional orchestras such as the RPO, LCO and English National Ballet. He is involved with many educational charities, coaches inspiring young violinists working with the National Children’s Orchestra, London Schools Symphony Orchestra and others. With appearances as diverse as with Kylie Minogue, Katherine Jenkins, Burt Bacharach and Sir Simon Rattle as well as many others. Adrian also obtained a masters degree in Medical Immunology 

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John Andrews Conductor

John Andrews is Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra and  Conductor-in-Association with the English Symphony Orchestra. Born in Nairobi and brought up in Manchester, he graduated from Cambridge University with a doctorate in music and history.

With a special affinity for Italian bel canto and the English baroque, he has conducted over 40 operas with companies including The Grange Festival, Opera Holland Park, English Touring Opera, Garsington Opera, Opera de Baugé and the Volkstheater Rostock. 


In 2021-2 he returns to the Grange Festival and further recordings with the BBC Concert Orchestra, as well as making his debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

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Daisy Noton
Solo Flautist

Award-winning British flautist Daisy Noton at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department. She was a woodwind finalist in BBC Young Musician 2020 and a winner many international competitions. Daisy has performed as soloist with the London Mozart Players and in prestigious venues from Venice to Glyndebourne, St John Smiths Square to Duke’s hall London and locally at White Rock and Opus Theatre, etc. and will be principal flute at the BBC proms this summer.

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Oliver Poole
Pianist & Composer

An incredibly talented and charismatic British pianist and composer. He gave his first solo performance with the National Youth Orchestra at the age of 8 and has since performed all over the world in many prestigious venues with many renowned orchestras and many leading artists. His mantra is to make the world a better place through music.

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Tim Posner
Cellist

Tim is the first-ever British prizewinner at the International Karl Davidov Competition in Latvia. Born in 1995, Tim began playing the cello at the age of eight, studying with his mother, Julia Desbruslais, and is currently studying in the ‘Solo Class’ of Leonid Gorokhov at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover. Tim made his debut concerto performance at the age of 14. Since then he has performed as soloist with renowned orchestras including the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Mozart Players.

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Eleanor Grant
Singer

Hailed as one of Britain's greatest talents (Hollywood Vienna 2019) Eleanor was educated at Queenswood School on both music and drama scholarships. Now a student at the Royal Academy of Music, she is an accomplished singer, actress, double bassist, and bass guitarist. She has performed double bass under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel, Sakari Oramo, Sir Mark Elder, and Edward Gardiner. Eleanor recently made her vocal debut with the BBC Concert Orchestra recording The Way of Light by Nigel Hess which she will be performing at the International Composers Festival 2022.

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Jack Wong
Associate Conductor (2022)

Jack Wong
Associate Conductor 2022

Born in Hong Kong, Jack began his piano studies at the age of five and violin studies at the age of eight. He later graduated with honours at Royal Academy of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Jack founded the Hornton Chamber Orchestra and appeared as conductor and soloist on piano and violin. He has won several notable prizes for conducting and has also taken part in the Verbier Festival as one of the four young conductors in the Conducting Mentorship Program, where he assisted Valery Gergiev, Andras Schiff and Pinchas Zukerman.

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Justin Pearson
Cellist

In 1985 Justin formed the Locrian Ensemble organising tours, recordings, broadcasts and establishing a long-running concert series at St. Martin-In-The-Fields. In 1994 he was appointed Principal cellist in the National Symphony Orchestra, a position he still holds along with artistic director and managing the orchestra. Justin has performed as a soloist and in many ensembles nationally and internationally in varied musical genres ranging from the BBC Proms to performing with Eric Clapton. 

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Aliki
Soprano

Aliki Chrysochou is a classically trained Greek-British Soprano and Classical Crossover Artist mixing styles together and performing in over five languages. Aliki has recorded two albums with  The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, “Reflections” and “My Kind of Christmas” To date, Aliki has gone on to perform around the world, both, solo concerts and also in collaborations with other artists including Mario Frangoulis, Il Divo, Nathan Pacheco, Jonathan Antoine, Oliver Poole and many others. We are very proud to welcome Aliki to the Composers Festival!

 

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Antonio D'Anto
Pianist & Composer

Antonio D’Antò is a pianist, composer and conductor, a Professor of Harmony, Composition, Instrumentation, and Orchestration in the upper courses of the "L. Refice" of Frosinone near Rome and also Professor of Sound Art at the Academy of Fine Arts of Frosinone.  His works have been performed in Italy and abroad by prestigious interpreters and orchestras including Symphony Orchestra of the Slovenian RTV of Ljubljana; Cali Symphony Orchestra in Colombia; Orchestra of Rome and Lazio, etc.

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Véronique Bracco
Composer & Pianist

A prize-winning French pianist and composer, Véronique began composing at the age of 10. Published at Editions H. Lemoine at 13, she wrote her 1st piano Concerto at 14. Her multifaceted compositions have been performed internationally, her pieces are frequently programmed as compulsory works in competitions such as L.Bellan, Les Clés d’Or, Concours Steinway-Prodige Art. Her own Piano Method will be published in 2022 and 2023 by F2M Editions". Passionate and creatively curious, she's always eager to explore and compose for various instruments and in miscellaneous styles and genres.

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Polo Piatti
Composer & Pianist

Polo Piatti is an award-winning British-Argentine neo-romantic composer, concert pianist and conductor. He is one of the very few high-profile international musicians concentrating exclusively on the creation, performance, and promotion of melodic classical music.  He founded and remains the artistic director of the Hastings Sinfonia Orchestra, the International Composers Festival, ClassicUs Salons, and more recently the Opus Theatre. Piatti is a member of the Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain, the Ivor's Academy and the British Music Writers Council.

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Amy Fairchild
Composer & Pianist

Amy Fairchild is a composer, classically trained pianist, and music instructor from Oregon, USA.  She holds a degree in Music Theory and Composition from Linfield College.  Amy’s recent album of her piano compositions, “Serendipities”, displays her melodic and haunting style and draws on her love of the natural world.  Amy’s passion is writing for students of the piano, from beginners to more advanced learners.  Her pieces provide students with contemporary and beautiful options that are a joy to play and build technique. 

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Tom Kelly
Singer

A well-known voice in the shanty world, for many years a member of the ‘Shanty Crew’ and a founding member of the 'RX Shantymen', Tom has sung throughout the UK and Europe.  He has sailed and sung on several of the great square-rigged sailing ships. This will be Tom's first apperance at the festival and one that promises to be a very unique one!

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Huw is 18 years old and studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama department for nine years under the tuition of Kathryn Rees. Huw is the winner of the Rotary Young Musician of Great Britain and Ireland 2017, he was also a strings finalist of the BBC Young Musician 2020. Huw enjoys playing orchestrally and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Huw also plays plays flute and piano which he has also achieved grade 8 distinction in. 

Jennifer Maslin
Singer

Jennifer Maslin is an extremely versatile singer. Having gone through formal training and since forged a career as a performer and singing teacher, she has found her own unique style - regarding her voice as an instrument to be wielded according to each genre, be it as a classical or jazz soloist, or a cathedral chorister.
 

Huw Boucher
Harpist

Huw is 18 years old and studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama department for nine years under the tuition of Kathryn Rees. Huw is the winner of the Rotary Young Musician of Great Britain and Ireland 2017, he was also a strings finalist of the BBC Young Musician 2020. Huw enjoys playing orchestrally and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Huw also plays plays flute and piano which he has also achieved grade 8 distinction in. 

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John Watts
Actor

John can be found on the web giving a TEDx talk: “Calling Matthew Shepard” and in the documentary “In Search Of My Father” with Dan Snow.  He is an actor, writer, singer, has played leading roles in all media, and has been awarded the Freedom of The City of London.

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Dawn Walters
Composer & Singer

Dawn Walters has set all the songs from Shakespeare’s plays and 26 sonnets for ithe nternet company, ‘The Bardcode’. ‘Pro Dolorosa’, a lament, for those affected by Covid, which was premiered by the Swan Consort. Elaine Dave, Soprano, and Graziana Presicce, Pianist, perform with Dawn as Allegoria.

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John Watts
Actor

John can be found on the web giving a TEDx talk: “Calling Matthew Shepard” and in the documentary “In Search Of My Father” with Dan Snow.  He is an actor, writer, singer, has played leading roles in all media, and has been awarded the Freedom of The City of London.

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Dawn Walters
Composer & Singer

Dawn Walters has set all the songs from Shakespeare’s plays and 26 sonnets for ithe nternet company, ‘The Bardcode’. ‘Pro Dolorosa’, a lament, for those affected by Covid, which was premiered by the Swan Consort. Elaine Dave, Soprano, and Graziana Presicce, Pianist, perform with Dawn as Allegoria.

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John Watts
Actor

John can be found on the web giving a TEDx talk: “Calling Matthew Shepard” and in the documentary “In Search Of My Father” with Dan Snow.  He is an actor, writer, singer, has played leading roles in all media, and has been awarded the Freedom of The City of London.

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Dawn Walters
Composer & Singer

Dawn Walters has set all the songs from Shakespeare’s plays and 26 sonnets for ithe nternet company, ‘The Bardcode’. ‘Pro Dolorosa’, a lament, for those affected by Covid, which was premiered by the Swan Consort. Elaine Dave, Soprano, and Graziana Presicce, Pianist, perform with Dawn as Allegoria.

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Hélène Clément Violist

Born in France in 1988, Hélène Clément has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, plus many other European venues. She is the viola player of the Doric String Quartet, and Principal Viola Player of the innovative Aurora Orchestra based in London. She teaches viola and chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music of London and is with her String Quartet the Artistic Director of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival. Ms Clement is currently playing on a 1843 Italian viola owned previously by Benjamin Britten and Frank Bridge.

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Thaniel King
Composer & Cellist

Thaniel King was born in London in 2001 and has Jamaican roots. He studied cello and composition at Trinity Music Conservatory. He is a passionate composer and is being currently mentored by the ICF artistic director, composer Polo Piatti.

Sam Armstrong
Piano

Hailed as 'a major new talent' International Piano and a ‘pianist of splendid individuality’ Arts Desk English pianist Sam Armstrong has made solo recital debuts at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam Kleine Zaal, Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York as well as at the Wigmore Hall in London, and has also appeared in such festivals as Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Krzyzowa Music, Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music and Ravinia. He studied with Helen Krizos in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music and later in New York with Richard Goode at Mannes College of Music.

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Tim Crawford
Violinist

Currently studying in Basel Musik Akademie with Rainer Schmidt, Tim is a highly sought after British chamber musician and soloist. He plays regularly with his string trio, The Teyber Trio, a musical partnership with Timothy Ridout and Tim Posner that they’ve shared since the age of 15. They look forward to a European tour next year.

Tim has been attending the IMS Prussia Cove Masterclasses since he was 18, studying with Andras Keller and Steven Isserlis. In 2019 and 2022 he has been invited on the IMS Open Chamber Music Tour across the U.K. Later in 2019 he began playing occasionally with the Nash Ensemble.

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Elaine Dave Soprano

Elaine enjoys giving recitals as well as performing the major Oratorio works with Choral Societies in and around Yorkshire. She has performed the Berlioz ‘Les Nuit D’ete’ and Gliere’s Concerto for Coloratura Soprano with the Scarborough Symphony Orchestra. Having recently relocated Elaine is enjoying involving herself in local music making.

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Graziana Presicce
Pianist

Graziana Presicce is an Italian pianist based in Yorkshire, UK. She recently completed a scholarship-funded PhD in Music Performance at the University of Hull (2020), exploring music and visual imagery. As a performer, Graziana actively engages in recitals as a soloist as well as accompanist. In 2017, she performed what is believed to be the recorded premiere of works by the forgotten composer Ethel Leginska, alongside baritone Lee Tsang. The events were also featured on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters.