Born in London, Tamsin Waley-Cohen enjoys an adventurous and varied career. In addition to concerts with the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Royal Northern Sinfonia and BBC orchestras, amongst others, she has twice been associate artist with the Orchestra of the Swan and works with conductors including Andrew Litton, Vasily Petrenko, Ben Gernon, Ryan Bancroft and Tamás Vásáry.
Her duo partners include James Baillieu and Huw Watkins. She gave the premiere of Watkins’ Concertino, and in Summer 2020 will premiere a new work for violin and piano with him at Wigmore Hall. She is thrilled to be a Signum Classics Artist. With her sister, composer Freya Waley-Cohen, and architects Finbarr O’Dempsey and Andrew Skulina, she held an Open Space residency at Aldeburgh, culminating in the 2017 premiere of Permutations at the Aldeburgh Festival, an interactive performance artwork synthesising music and architecture. Her love of chamber music led her to start the Honeymead Festival, now in its twelth year, from which all proceeds go to support local charities.
She is a founding member of the Albion string quartet, appearing regularly with them at venues including Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh Festival, and the Concertgebouw. In 2016-2017 she was the UK recipient of the ECHO Rising Stars Awards, playing at all the major European concert halls and premiering Oliver Knussen’s Reflection, written especially for her and Huw Watkins. In the 2018-19 season she toured Japan and China, and gave her New York Debut recital at the Frick.
She is Artistic Director of the Two Moors Festival, and has previously been Artistic Director of the Music Series at the Tricyle Theatre, London, and the Bargello festival in Florence. She studied at the Royal College of Music and her teachers included Itzhak Rashkovsky, Ruggiero Ricci and András Keller.
Paul is a British director, screenwriter and producer.
His films include the Bourne trilogy – Bourne Supremacy (2004), Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and most recently Jason Bourne (2016) - all starring Matt Damon. Also, Captain Phillips (2013), starring Tom Hanks, the Iraq film Green Zone (2010), also starring Matt Damon, United 93 (2006), based on the events of 9/11, and Bloody Sunday (2002), depicting the 1972 civil rights march in Derry, Northern Ireland, in which 13 unarmed civilians were shot dead by British soldiers.
Television includes Omagh (2004), The Murder of Stephen Lawrence (1999), The Fix (1997), The One That Got Away (1996) and Open Fire (1994)
Greengrass spent the first decade of his career with the ITV current affairs program World in Action. He also co-wrote the controversial bestseller Spycatcher, with Peter Wright, former assistant director of Britain’s MI5.
He was born in Surrey, England, and studied at Sevenoaks School and Queen’s College, Cambridge University.
Having worked with the finest conductors for 30 years as a member of groups such as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Philharmonia and Hallé, he learnt the repertoire and conductor’s craft from inside the orchestra, and finally made the transition to the podium in 2015, when he left Academy of St Martin in the Fields and went to study in St Petersburg with Alexander Polishchuk. Since then he has conducted orchestras across the UK, Europe, India, South Africa and Mozambique.
During his playing career, he performed concertos around the world and served as a guest with ensembles such as the Lindsays, Brodsky Quartet and Zukerman Chamber Players.
Leon is committed to rediscovering neglected music, as well as expanding and diversifying the double bass repertoire, and has recorded 16 CDs of wide-ranging programmes, with more in planning.
Throughout his career he has worked with leading composers, and his latest project is to revive the sonatina form for a programme he will tour and record for Meridian Records in 2021. He also commissions chamber arrangements of well-known symphonic classics for his ensemble I Musicanti, and set up I Musicanti Publishing in order to distribute these works.
He is professor of double bass at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and gives masterclasses in the US, Europe, South Africa and the Far East. He has also served as double bass coach for youth orchestras including the I, Culture Orchestra, National Youth String Orchestra, Miagi Orchestra and Buskaid. He has contributed to programmes on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and written for The Strad and Classical Music magazines.
Leon grew up in South Africa, the son of the political activist Jonas Fred Bosch, and spent time in a police cell for organising protests while at school. He left the apartheid regime behind to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
He became a British citizen in 2000. In recent years he has returned to his roots, musically, forming the Ubuntu Ensemble with other UK-based South African musicians, and commissioning music for the South African Double Bass project, the first CD of which was released in 2020. He also acts as a mentor for South African musicians worldwide.
Away from music, he runs marathons and ultra-marathons and holds a Master’s degree in Intelligence and International Relations from Salford University.
Commonwealth Musician of the Year, First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2014
Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition, Huw Wiggin is one of the most
popular saxophonists of his generation. Highlights of 2015 include the commissioning of
a Saxophone concerto, appearances at Brighton, Newbury and Ripon festivals, a return
visit to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the release of a concerto CD.
Huw grew up in Henley-on- Thames and studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal
Northern College of Music with Andrew Wilson and Rob Buckland. On graduating in 2008 with a 1st Class honours degree he won a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) to continue his studies with Daniel Gauthier at the Hochschule für Musik, Cologne. In 2012 he graduated from the Royal College of Music, studying with Kyle Horch and gaining a Master’s Degree with Distinction.
Other prizes and awards include: a Star Award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, a Music Education Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Philip & Dorothy Green Award, and a Martin Musical Scholarship. Whilst at the RCM he won the Concerto Prize, which led to a performance of Paule Maurice’s Tableaux de Provence.
In 2012 Huw was selected as a Park Lane Group Artist. He was praised for his ‘liquid gold tones and enviable breath control’ by The Times and premiered a new work Three Letter Word by Andy Scott. He has appeared at festivals and music societies throughout the UK and in major concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall and a performance of Milhaud’s Scaramouche at the Henley Festival. In July 2012 Huw was invited to perform recitals and a concerto performance of Eric Coates’s Saxo Rhapsody at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.
Huw is professor of saxophone at the Academy and has given masterclasses at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge in Canada. Huw is leader of the Ferio Saxophone Quartet and regularly performs with them in the UK and abroad.