Address: Vancouver, BC Canada

Performers

Paul Hillier

Paul Hillier is currently Professor of Music and director of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University. He is also Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, and Chief Conductor of Ars Nova (Denmark). After co-founding and directing the Hilliard Ensemble for many years, he moved in 1990 to the USA where he created a group called Theatre of Voices. With this new group and also as a solo singer he has made a series of more than twenty CD recordings for Harmonia Mundi USA, ranging from medieval monody to contemporary choral music. He is author of Arvo Paert (OUP 1997) and editor of Steve Reich - Writings on Music (OUP 2002), and is currently working on a book about words and music. Paul Hillier will be premiering Howard Skempton’s song-cycle of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poems.

 

Else Torp

Else Torp, soprano, started to study music and singing professionally after she completed her masters degree. She first studied privately with Professor Sten Hoegel and opera singer Bodil Oeland and participated in master classes with Emma Kirkby, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Nigel North, Andrea Marcon and Paul Hillier. Else Torp is a founding member of the Raphaelis Consort which specialises in early French and German music.

 

Else Torp has sung as a soloist with numerous ensembles including the baroque orchestra ConStrumenti. Performances in 2002 included Bach’s B-minor Mass, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, several Bach cantatas and not least Judith Weir’s King Harald's Saga at Cambridge Music Conference.

 

Jinny Shaw

Jinny Shaw, oboist studied with Irene Pragnell and Anthony Camden in London, and most recently in New York with Elaine Douvas. In 1995 she was joint first prize-winner of the Isle of Wight International Oboe Competition. She is committed to the performance of new music and has premiered concertos by Kenneth Leighton and John McCabe, together with a large number of chamber and solo works. She has performed with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Swan and London Pro Arte.

 

She is a founding member of the new music collective Okeanos, which made its BMIC Cutting Edge debut in November 2002 and is currently still on tour. Okeanos has recorded the work of Elizabeth Maconchy, Nicola LeFanu, Philip Grange, Lynne Plowman, Judith Bingham and Howard Skempton.

 

Lucy Wakeford

Lucy Wakeford, harpist, studied with Daphne Boden and Marisa Robles at the Royal College of Music and with Gerard Devos in Paris and Skaila Kanga in London.

During her studies Lucy Wakeford won numerous prizes, including first prize at the 1996 Charpentier Competition. She has performed and recorded with such orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, English Sinfonia and the Britten Sinfonia. She is currently principal harp with the Philharmonia, combining this work as a recitalist and ensemble player.

 

EXAUDI

EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble is a new and ambitious group that is rapidly forging a distinctive reputation for itself in the classical music scene. Conceived by composer/conductor James Weeks and soprano Juliet Fraser while both were still at Cambridge, EXAUDI now specialises in the performance of contemporary vocal and choral music. Their innovative and exciting programming combines the new with the old, with a repertoire stretching from the fifteenth century to the present day. Through the commission and performance of new works, EXAUDI creates exciting and original concert opportunities for young professional musicians and composers.

 

Catherine Carmack

Catherine Carmack (cello) completed her Bachelor of Music from University of British Columbia before studying with Jacqueline Du Pre. In the past 20 years Catherine has performed, taught and conducted in Western Canada with several of her high school ensembles taking first place in international competitions. She was an early advocate of the influence of music on the brain, which led to a year of post-graduate research at Cambridge University on The Relationship between Spatial Ability and Rhythmic Ability in the Learning Disabled Child.

 

Carolyn Roberts Finlay

Carolyn Roberts Finlay is a pianist, accompanist, writer and pedagogue, and a specialist in opera and the relationship between literature and music. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (University of Toronto, 1984), was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), and is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) in Piano Performance. As an exchange scholar, she studied Russian opera at the Institute for the History of the Arts and Moscow State University (Moscow, Russia). She studied piano with Thelma Johannes O'Neill, Jean-Pierre Vetter and Mme. J. LeSaunier, also performing in master classes for Gy?rgy Seb?k, Soulima Stravinsky, Boris Roubakine and Pierre Souvairan.

Carolyn Roberts Finlay has taught English literature at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia.

 

Eric Klein

Eric Klein holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, with a major in violin performance; his studies also included composition and conducting. He has played first violin in the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, principal second violin of the Chamber Orchestra of New England,  concertmaster of the Keene Chamber Orchestra and New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, and also founded and led the Walt Whitman String Quartet. At present, Eric Klein is the Head of Music at the Highclare School in Erdington, Birmingham, and has created a music program at the Glasshouse Project for students with special needs. Eric Klein will be performing his own work Slavic Michaelmas for solo violin and eurythmy.

 

Diana Fischer

Diana Fischer graduated from the Sorbonne with a degree in Philosophy and Linguistics, before training at the Zuccoli School of Eurythmy in Dornach Switzerland. After completing her eurythmy training she then taught at Michael Hall School in Sussex, UK. She now performs and gives courses in eurythmy.