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Anne Ayre

reitred from the Kings Langley Steiner School in June 2000, after 21 years of teaching music. She directed music throughout the school, which involved class singing and ensembles, school choir and orchestra and stage productions. Extensive work with parents and teachers kept music standards high. Anne Ayre has also taught for many years in the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar at Steiner House, where she is still very active. From September 2001 Anne Ayre will be working to implement a programme to enrich the quality of music throughout Steiner Schools in Britain.

Christopher Clouder

Christopher Clouder has taught adolescents for some 25 years in Steiner schools and has lectured widely in Europe on cultural evolution, educational innovation and renewal. He is currently CEO of the Steiner Waldorf Fellowship in the UK and the Director of the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education. The European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education is a collaborative organization for some 550 Waldorf schools in 18 European countries. The 120 Waldorf schools in North America are also affiliated members. Its role is the development of Waldorf education on an international basis through political, cultural and educational activities and research. It represents the schools at a European level, develops teacher training, initiates international projects with pupils, provides a forum for national comparisons and support, and creates links with other educational bodies with similar views and values. It is also working to improve the quality of childhood world-wide and is a partner in the Alliance for Childhood.

Tommie Haglund

This renowned Swedish composer first received recognition in 1987 with Intensio Animi, a work commissioned to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Swedenborg's death. Since then further commissions have followed, culminating in a request from the King of Sweden, His Majesty Carl Gustav XVI, to honour his 50th birthday. Tommie Haglund's music encompasses solo works, chamber music and in May 2001 his first concerto was premiered in Sweden. Tommie Haglund's music has been performed throughout Europe, the USA, Africa and Canada, where he was honoured as a cultural guest in 1992. He is to speak on the motif of death and Extreme States of Consciousness central to his own creative genius. He is to attend and introduce the UK premiere of his most recent string quartet Land of Souls (2001).

Paul Hillier

has been Director of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington, since 1996. For many years his name was synonymous with the Hilliard Ensemble, which he co-founded in 1974. However, in 1990 he moved to the Univeted States to become Professor of Music at the University of California, Davis. As a leading specialist on Arvo Pärt (Arvo Pärt, OUP 1997), Paul HIller will lecture on the Estonian composer's sacred music, inspired by a strong belief in the Russian Orthodox Church. Theatre of of Voices will open the conference with a performance of early and contemporary works of sacred music, including Arvo Pärt's Berlin Mass and premieres of Howard Skempton's Song of Songs (2000) and Lamentations (2001).

Elisabet Lofberg Haglund

This acclaimed Swedish music therapist is joined by her husband Tommie Haglund to give a two-day workshop on their music therapy technique, now recorgnized in Sweden. To devvelop imagination, concentration and empathy, Elisabet Haglund focuses her efforts on children aged 3-12. Classical music in combination with painting and drama develops emotional coherence, which affects the potential of the child. Social and cultural pluralism means the individual is being forced at quite a young age to take more conscious responsibility for his/her own moral and spiritual development. Early exposure to music has a decisive effect on strengthening the individual against the forces of fragmentation in our time.

The Medici Quartet

was formed in 1971 and is widely regarded as one of Britain's leading international ensembles. Since 1995 they have been Artists in residence at the University of Surrey. They broadcast regularly on radio and televison and have made over forty accalimed recordings. In January 2001, the Medici Quartet presented The Gift at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. A unique presentation in words and music, The Gift psychologically explores the complex dynamic inner life of the quartet. The Medici Quartet are: first violinist Paul Robertson, second violinist Stephen Morris, violist Ivo-Jan van der Werff and cellist Anthony Lewis.

Nigel Osborne

Professor of Music at Edinburgh University, is internationally acclaimed both as a composer and for his work in music and healing. Having successfully worked with music as a medium for therapy and rehabilitation with young victims of war in the Balkans and Caucasus, Nigel Osborne will lecture on his most recent initiatives and lead a discussion on Music Healing. Nigel Osborne's first string quartet, Medicinal Songs and Dances (1999) will be performed by The Medici Quartet.

Paul Robertson

first violinist of The Medici Quartetis currently Visiting Professor of Music and Psychiatry at Kingston and Bournemouth Universities. Music: the Healing Art will explore Paul Robertson's research on the important correlation between music, psychology and neuroscience, developing ideas presented in his highly acclaimed Channel Four TV series on Music and the Mind. He will also bring to light the work of anthroposophist Paul Nordoff and Clive Robbins, the modern founders of music therapy. The conference culminates in a concert of Tommie Haglund's and Nigel Osborne's music. Both pieces are dedicated to the idea of music and healing and are especially composed for The Medici Quartet.

David Sanger

is Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy, Visiting Tutor in organ studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and teacher or organ at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He has made numerous international recital tours, notably in Scandinavia. At present he is recording the complete organ works of Bach with Meridian Records. He composes music for organ, strings and choir.

Howard Skempton

This British composer will be attending the world premiere of his most recent compositionLamentations (2001) and the UK premiere of Song of Songs (2000), written especially for Paul Hillier and Theatre of Voices respectively. Howard Skempton has composed at least 300 pieces, a large number of which are small-scale works for solo piano, which he refers to as the central nervous system of his work. He is now Visiting Professor of Music at DeMontfort University and has since featured as a celebrated composer at Norfolk and Norwich Music Festival in 1997 and Bratislava in 1998.

Christopher Stembridge

was organ scholar at Downing College while reading modern and medieval languages at the University of Cambridge. For twenty years he lectured in music at University College, Cork, before moving to Italy to specialize in early Italian organ music. He is co-editing the complete Frescobaldi keyboard works with Kenneth Gilbert for Bärenreiter.

Theatre of Voices

was created by Paul Hiller to explore the notion of a theatre where scneery is the sound of voices and the action is words. The group is flexible in number and its repertoire focuses on medieval and renaissance polyphony and new music by composers whose style complements the early music sound, e.g. John Cage and Arvo Pärt. In 1990, Paul Hillier started to form Theatre of Voices, which gave its debut concert at the Berkeley Early Music Festival in June 1992. Since then Theatre of Voices has regularly toured extensively throughout the USA and Europe . Theatre of Voices are: soprano Ellen Hargis, alto Steven Rickards, tenor Paul Elliott and baritone Paul Hiller, with lutenist Nigel North and organist Christopher Bowers Broadbent.

Nick Thomas

became General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society of Great Britain in 1985 after a successful career as an electrical engineer. Nick Thomas will explore the esoteric dilemma of using technology in the modern era, referring to his books Science Between Space and Counterspace (new Science Books), 1999 and The Battle for the Etheric Real (Temple Lodge, 1995). How long can we continue to exploit technology for personal freedom without addressing the paralyzing effects it has on individual creativity? Existing social mores and cultural terms are threatened by an excess of artificial images in the media, and similarly, aesthetics and aesthetic sensitivity have been influenced by the democratization of the arts through mass reproduction. Nick Thomas will illustrate the advantages and compromising effects of sound technology in our time.

Heinz Zimmermann

has been leader of the Council of the Anthroposophical Society's Pedagogical Section since 1989 and Youth Section since 1992; in the past he was also instrumental in developing the Fine Arts section at the Goetheanum. Dr Zimmermann is a keynote speaker, lecturing on the esoteric importance of music in human development and education. Professor at the University of Basle, Switzerland from 1966 until 1988, he also devoted many years to teaching at the Steiner School in Basle. Dr Zimmermann is primarily responsible for co-founding the Rudolf Steiner Pedagogical Seminar in Dornach.