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Contributors

Liehsja Blaxland-de Lange

Liehsja has played the harp for seventeen years, finishing her studies at Keele University under the direction of Robert Johnston (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) and Thelma Owen (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra). Orchestral playing has taken her to many countries in Europe and as far afield as Hong Kong and Chicago. As a soloist she toured with Keele Philharmonic Orchestra to France in 2003, performing Debussy’s ‘Danses’ in Paris and across Brittany. Over the years she has been involved in theatre, carrying the musical responsibility for productions of Pericles Theatre Company, with which she has an ongoing professional relationship. As a keen exponent of the folk harp Liehsja performs regularly in the south of England as a member of various folk groups, most notably ‘Andrew Norman and the Blaxland Sisters’ and ‘Wasps in the Woodshed.’ A thread that runs through all Liehsja’s creative work is a fascination with the harp as an instrument of healing. It was within this framework that a love of the melodies and personality of the Irish blind harper of the seventeenth century Turlough O’Carolan arose. As a composer Liehsja owes a great deal to this legendary bard, finding in his music great depth, a form of expression that encompasses the many shades of joy and sorrow, weaving a fabric that is ultimately a celebration of life.

Paulamaria Blaxland-de Lange

Paulamaria attended the Academy for the Performing Arts and studied with Albert Vogel (storytelling), Dani Zonewa (singing) and Jan Grefe (speech-formation) in The Hague. After moving to London she worked in film and television and married Mick Rhodes the then editor of the Natural History Unit of the BBC and travelled widely. She collected stories and musics from around the world and performed regularly going on tours with other musicians. After remarrying the musician and writer Simon Blaxland-de Lange and her children growing up, she also worked within the context of her performing family. A discovery and interest in Rudolf Steiner's work deepened her commitment to "Free Education" and the way that arts and crafts could become a healing medium for our modern world, for people with special needs in particular. She met with the work of Karl Konig and the Camphill Movement and worked with puppetry and drama, producing plays both for and with people with special needs. She took master classes and retrained in speech and drama at Emerson College and together with Simon Blaxland-de Lange and others founded Pericles, with its various branches of work: Pericles Translations and Research; Pericles Training Work and Therapy for People with Special Needs; Pericles Supported Housing; and Pericles Theatre Company, which specialises in "Total Theatre" working with an eclectic mix of professionals, trained amateurs and people with special needs.

Elizabeth Carmack

After having lectured at Moscow State University for three years in English Literature, Elizabeth Carmack conceived of the Cambridge Music Conference as a three-year initiative on "Music and the Word". The first conference in 2001 on "Music in Healing" was developed under the epitaph of Novalis (1772-1801): "Every illness is a musical problem - its cure a musical solution!" The second year on "Music and Oral Tradition" celebrated the harp as an archetype and source of healing. In 2003 on the 200th anniversary of Ralph Waldo Emerson(1803-1882) the philosopher's poem "Music" became a leitmotif to explore the sacred in music and philosophy. The unique incentive behind the Cambridge Music Conference has been to work with "music as a source of spiritual regeneration." As a result music has been commissioned and premiered each year by such celebrated composers as Judith Weir, Howard Skempton, Elena Firsova and Nigel Osborne, whose works have artistically inspired the metaphysical ideals of each conference. Elizabeth Carmack is completing her PhD on "Music as a World Conception of Moral Regeneration in Shakespeare's Late Plays/Romances."

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 included both Classical and Commercial Composition and Conducting. He was a member of the first violin section of the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Second Violin of the Chamber Orchestra of New England, founder/leader of the Walt Whitman String Quartet, Concertmaster of the Keene Chamber Orchestra, Concertmaster of the New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra, and Concertmaster and soloist for the New Hampshire Arts Jubilee Festival Orchestra. In addition to touring as a soloist and chamber musician, Eric has performed with a number of popular stars, including Mel Torme, Dionne Warwick and Henry Mancini. In the educational arena, Eric has worked as a teacher/conductor with students on many levels, from primary school through University, as a teacher of violin and viola, and as a chamber music coach, conductor and leader of Master Classes. Eric Klein has been the Head of Music at the Highclare School in Erdington, Birmingham, and has created a music program at the Glasshouse College, a Ruskin Mill Further Education Center in Amblecote, Stourbridge, for students with special needs. In August 2003 Eric performed his own composition for solo violin and eurythmy at the international Cambridge Music Conference. He continues to perform and compose for a wide variety of situations and audiences.

Margaret Colquhoun

Margaret Colquhoun grew up in a musical family in Ripon, Yorkshire and studied Evolutionary Biology at Edinburgh University in the 1960's. She worked in various research posts and social projects before spending four years training in Goethean Science at the Carl Gustav Carus Institute in Oeschelbronn, Germany and in the Natural Science Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. Since 1989 she has worked freelance throughout the UK and Europe teaching and specialising in "seeing with the heart". She is currently the Director of The Life Science Trust, which runs an Environmental Educational Project in East Lothian in S E Scotland. Her main interests are in Landscape, Medicinal Plants and the Evolution of Animals - always with a focus on the relationship of the human being to the different kingdoms of Nature.

Michael Deason-Barrow

Michael Deason-Barrow, Director of Tonalis has taught at all levels, from universities to head of music in both Comprehensive and Waldorf Steiner Schools, to music therapist in special needs education. He has studied singing with great masters like Peter Pears and Jürgen Schriefer and gained invaluable insights from his extensive research into fields such as World Vocal Techniques. He has a wide background as a performer: from art song recitals - including contemporary music written for his voice, to singing in early music consorts, folk and free improvisation groups. He is a master singing teacher and an inspirational choir trainer who also specialises in composing music for sacred spaces inspired by new musical paradigms. All this has enabled him to extend the boundaries of musical understanding and to promote a new vision of music for our time.

Aonghus Gordon

Born 1955 in Gloucester and spent formative years in Venice. Attended Rudolf Steiner schools. Completed BA in Ceramics and Art History followed by teacher training. Travelled extensively before settling down in 1981 to renovate what is now called Ruskin Mill Art & Crafts Centre, Gloucestershire. Founded the Living Earth Training Course in 1984, which developed into Ruskin Mill Educational Trust in 1996. Co-founded Hiram Trust 1994, co-founded Waldorf College 1999, established Glasshouse College, Stourbridge, in 2000, co-founded Makhad Trust in 2003. Currently in the process of establishing Freeman College in Sheffield.

The Hilliard Ensemble

DAVID JAMES countertenor ROGERS COVEY-CRUMP tenor STEVEN HARROLD tenor GORDON JONES baritone

The Hilliard Ensemble is one of the world's finest vocal chamber groups, and is probably unrivalled for its formidable reputation in the fields of both early and new music. Its distinctive style and highly developed musicianship engage the listener as much in medieval and renaissance repertoire as in works specially written for the group by living composers.

The ensemble's performing schedule is busy and varied, amounting to some hundred concerts a year. Its substantial following in Europe, particularly in Mediterranean and central European countries, is augmented by regular visits to Japan, the USA and Canada. The group's reputation as an early music ensemble dates from the 1980s and its series of highly successful records for EMI (many of which are now re-released on Virgin), but from the start the group has paid equal attention to new music. Their 1988 recording of Arvo Pärt's Passio began a fruitful relationship with both Pärt and the Munich-based record company ECM. This continued with their recording of Arvo Pärt's Litany, which was released in August '96. The group has recently commissioned other composers from the Baltic States, including Veljo Tormis and Erkki-Sven Tüür, adding to a rich repertoire of new music written for the Ensemble by Gavin Bryars, Heinz Holliger, John Casken, James MacMillan, Elena Firsova and others. The group's 1994 composition competition produced over one hundred pieces, many of which have found their way into Hilliard programmes. At its annual summer schools the group provides for a composer-in-residence; past holders of this post have included Ivan Moody, Piers Hellawell, Barry Guy and Gavin Bryars. Many of these composers are represented on the ECM double album A Hilliard Songbook. www.hilliardensemble.demon.co.uk

Brian Keenan

Brian Keenan was born in Belfast in 1950. He has degrees in English and Anglo-Irish Literature, and has worked as a teacher as well as in community development. After taking up a position at Beirut University, he was taken hostage in 1986. Following his release, four-and-a-half years later, he wrote the bestselling account of his imprisonment "An Evil Cradling", which won the "Irish Times" Irish Literature Prize for Non-Fiction, the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Memorial Prrize and Time-Life P.E.N Award in 1993. He also co-wrote with John McCarthy, an account of their journey to Chile, "Between Extremes" (1999). Inspired by the famous harper Turlough O'Carolan, Brian Keenan's most recent novel "Turlough" (2001) appeared, dedicated "to all the musicians of Ireland, especially those who are returning to the well, drinking deeply from its depths and reshaping and redefining the music of a nation." Brian Keenan now lives outside Dublin with his wife and two children.

Philip Kilner, MD PhD

Philip Kilner is Consultant and Reader in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance at Royal Brompton Hospital and Imperial College, London. After training in medicine, he studied sculpture and flowform design with John Wilkes at Emerson College. His work now involves clinical cardiovascular imaging, research and teaching. He has a particular interest in the forms and flows of the heart, informed by experience as a water sculptor.

Nigel Osborne MBE

Nigel Osborne studied composition with Kenneth Leighton, his predecessor as Reid Professor of Music at Edinburgh, with Egon Wellesz, the first pupil of Arnold Schoenberg, and with Witold Rudzinski. He also studied at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio, Warsaw. His works have been featured in most major international festivals and performed by many leading orchestras and ensembles around the world, ranging from the Moscow to the Berlin Symphony Orchestras, and from the Philharmonia of London to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has had close relationships with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, Hebrides Ensemble and Ensemble Intercontemporain, Paris, and has composed extensively for the theatre, with operas and music theatre works for Glyndebourne, English National Opera, Opera Factory , Wuppertal, the Hebbel Theatre, Berlin, the Shakespeare Globe, the Ulysses Theatre, Istria, Radio 3 and BBC2. These include "The 7 Last Words", "Hell's Angels", "The Tempest", "King Lear", "Terrible Mouth", "Sarajevo", "Europa" and "The Electrification of the Soviet Union".He is winner of the Opera Prize of Radio Suisse Romande and Ville de Geneve, the Netherlands Gaudeamus Prize, the Radcliffe Award and the Koussevitzky Award of the Library of Congress, Washington. Nigel Osborne has pioneered the use of music in therapy and rehabilitation for children who are victims of conflict, and is consultant for programmes in the Balkans, Caucasus, Africa and the Middle East. Current projects include a new version of "Forest-River-Ocean" for larnyx, string quartet and electronics for the City of London Festival, June 2002; a new performing version of the opera "The Electrification of the Soviet Union" for Music Theatre Wales, to be premiered at the Cheltenham Festival, July 2002, followed by a tour in the UK, Norway and the Netherlands; "Medea" for the Ulysses Theatre, Istria, August 2002; a new commission for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, October 2003, and "A Song about Love", an evening of music and theatre with Vanessa Redgrave and Birlyant Ramzaeva. Nigel Osborne's most recent opera "The Piano Tuner" has just been premiered at Covent Garden, Lindbury Studio Theatre and is now on tour.

Paul Robertson

Paul Robertson (Violin) has been leader of the internationally renowned Medici String Quartet since its inception thirty years ago. For more than twenty years Paul Robertson has collaborated with leading scientists to explore the neurological and scientific basis of music. This work reached a wide public with his highly acclaimed BBC Channel 4 television series "Music of the Mind". He is in constant international demand as a speaker and lecturer at scientific and educational conferences and medical and business colloquia. Professor Robertson is a Cultural Leader in the World Economic Forum, and is in regular conversation with business, media and political leaders. Current projects include: an exploration of the use of music in therapeutic settings; a research collaboration with Dr John Zeisel on the relationship between musical structure and the neurophysiology of Alzheimer's syndrome; and the development of a World Peace Orchestra made up of young musicians from conflict-torn zones who performed at the World Economic Forum's summit in Salzburg in September 2002. In 2001 Professor Paul Robertson was awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts [NESTA] to explore the musical, mathematical and spiritual foundations of Bach's work for unaccompanied violin.  www.musicmindspirit.org

Patricia Rozario OBE

Patricia Rozario, soprano, was born and educated in Bombay, India. She won a scholarship to study under Walter Grüner at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she was awarded the Maggie Teyte Prize and the Gold Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. On the operatic stage, she has appeared with English National Opera, Opera North and Glyndebourne Touring Opera. She has performed in recital at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at the BBC Promenade Concerts and in many concert halls and opera houses worldwide. Sir John Tavener has often called on Patricia to perform his compositions. In 2001 Patricia Rozario was awarded the OBE for her services to music.

Babulal Sethia, FRCShttp://sites.google.com/site/grailtransformation/05biogs

Babulal Sethia is currently a Congenital Heart Surgeon at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London. As a teenager he originally intended to pursue a musical career having trained in piano and percussion. However he went on to study Physiology and Medicine at London University and then pursued his cardiac surgical training in Glasgow and London before being appointed a Consultant in Birmingham in 1996. He subsequently moved to the Royal Brompton Hospital in 1999. He is the author of a number of papers relating to Congenital Heart Disease in adults and children. He has retained an enthusiastic interest in classical music, especially choral music, whilst pursuing his love of wine as a part-time wine merchant! He is married with 4 children.

Maren Stotthttp://sites.google.com/site/grailtransformation/05biogs

Maren Stott (Sacred Dance/Eurythmy) graduated in 1982 from the eurythmy training Nuremberg. She has taught eurythmy throughout training centres in England for over twenty years. She has performed extensively as a soloist and with Ashdown Eurythmy and performed in Rudolf Steiner's mystery dramas which toured the British Isles, Europe and the USA. Maren performed a solo programme during the first Cambridge Music Conference, but appeared again in 2002 with Kosmos Eurythmy Ensemble that specialises in contemporary music and poetry. In 2003 Maren Stott returned to the Cambridge Music Conference to perform the fruits of her collaboration with Paul Robertson in the Bach Project. She is artistic director of Eurythmy West Midlands, based at the Glasshouse College, Stourbridge.  www.eurythmywm.org.uk  

Sir John Tavenerhttp://sites.google.com/site/grailtransformation/05biogs

The composer Sir John Tavener came to public attention in 1968 with the premiere of his oratorio "The Whale" at the inaugural concert of the London Sinfonietta which was recorded on the Beatles' Apple label. His early compositions showed that spirituality and mysticism were to be his sources of inspiration. In 1997, the performance of "Song for Athene" at the close of Princess Diana's funeral showed the profound effect of his music on an audience far wider than the concert-going public. Sir John continues to attract attention on an international scale, recent works including "The Veil of the Temple" for the Temple Church in London, with a version performed at the 2004 Proms. He received a Knighthood in the Millennium Honours List. In November 2004 he celebrates his 60th birthday with a concert at the Barbican Hall. 

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, FRC, FRS

Magdi Yacoub is a heart surgeon. Born in Cairo, Egypt, he studied at Cairo University, taught at Chicago, and moved to Britain where he became a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Harefield Hospital (1969-2001) and director of medical research and education (from 1992). He was appointed professor at the National Heart and Lung Institute and Honorary Consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital in 1986, and is one of the leading developers of the techniques of heart and heart-lung transplantation. He was knighted in 1992 and has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2002 he was selected to spearhead a government recruitment drive for overseas doctors. He is founder of the Chain of Hope Charity which helps to arrange treatment for children with life threatening diseases worldwide.http://sites.google.com/site/grailtransformation/05biogs

Roi Gal-orhttp://sites.google.com/site/grailtransformation/05biogs

Roi Gal-or is a storyteller who teaches story telling at the University of Sussex, at Emerson college in Forest Row, and at Pericles, a training, work and therapy centre at Hoathly Hill Community in West Hoathly.http://sites.google.com/site/grailtransformation/05biogs

He writes of himself:http://sites.google.com/site/grailtransformation/05biogs

In 1994 I took part, as a medical assistant, in a humanitarian rescue field hospital, helping the cholera- and war beaten- refugees who fled Rwanda to the city of Goma, Zaire in Africa. Witnessing this devastating human tragedy made me leave my plans for a medical career and go travelling the world searching for ways to implement true healing and social responsibility. After working in various educational projects I co -founded the 'youth movement for social responsibility 'in Israel, my home country, where I lived in a community (Kibbutz Harduf) and trained as a Waldorf teacher, actor, and storyteller. In my recent storytelling performances: 'matters of the heart'(2003), 'war cries'(2004), 'the gift'(2005) I have been telling stories (out of the worldwide oral tradition) of and from this mysterious organ: the heart. I am fascinated by the power of words to create, heal, or destroy our world. Could Understanding the Language of the Heart, lie at the heart of the matter?

Anthony Baileyhttp://sites.google.com/site/grailtransformation/05biogs

Composer of "Hope", for clarinet and piano, to be played on Wednesday evening. Anthony Bailey is a young prolific composer who has written extensive works ranging from solo to orchestral music. They have been played in major venues throughout the U.K, Europe and America and several have been heard on national radio. Anthony's first opera, The Black Monk (which he adapted from the Chekhov short story) was recently premiered to critical acclaim by the Sirius ensemble at the Bloomsbury theatre in London. Harlequin Music has published many of his works and arrangements. Anthony felt honoured to write "Hope" for the medical charity, Chain of Hope to try to depict the message of the charity through music as well as to help raise its profile and funds for the charity. www.antbailey.comhttp://sites.google.com/site/grailtransformation/05biogs

David Campbell

British clarinettist, David Campbell, performing on Wednesday evening, is recognised internationally as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He has performed in major festivals in over forty countries. He has made countless radio broadcasts for the BBC and Classic FM as well as television appearances. His extensive discography reflects his wide-ranging repertoire. David Campbell has played with Britain's foremost chamber ensembles and he has appeared as guest soloist with many leading string quartets. His recording of the Clarinet Quintet by Bliss with the Maggini Quartet was released in November 2004 to great critical acclaim. David is the UK chair of the International Clarinet Association. www.sidewalkmusic.co.uk

Caroline Jaya-Ratnam

Caroline is the pianist accompanying David Campbell in "Hope" by Anthony Bailey on Wednesday evening. She read music at Cambridge University holding an Instrumental Award and a Choral Exhibition. She went on to complete her post graduate studies at the RNCM gaining a Masters Degree and a Professional Performance Diploma in solo piano. She was appointed the Geoffrey Parsons Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music for 2000-2002. Caroline is in particular demand as an accompanist and appeared on BBC television and Radio 3 accompanying instrumentalists in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2000 and 2004 competitions. Recognition of her achievements include a Sir Henry Richardson Award for instrumental accompaniment and the John Ireland and Sir Arthur Bliss prizes for song accompaniment. Caroline's career portfolio has included being a subsidiary piano tutor at the RNCM, repetiteur, private piano and violin teacher, and the organist and choral director at St. Matthew's Church near Manchester. Caroline perfoms regularly across the UK and London appearances have included concerts at the Wigmore Hall, St.Martin-in-the-Fields and St. John's Smith Square.