WEEK ONE 29 July to 5 August
WEEK TWO 5 to 12 August
Sarah Francis has an international reputation as an oboist and leading chamber music player. She has broadcast and appeared regularly as a soloist in the South Bank Concert Halls and at the BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts. Her recordings of English chamber music with the Delmé Quartet have achieved great acclaim and include Britten’s Phantasy Quartet and Six Metamorphoses after Ovid which she studied with Britten and which he invited her to play at the Aldeburgh Festival. Sarah taught for many years at the Royal College of Music and has given masterclasses in conservatories in Moscow, Amsterdam, Geneva, the
Cologne Hochschule, the Royal Danish Academy and at Melbourne University. Sarah is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music and has served as a juror on the panel of the Prague Spring Oboe Competition.
Ian Mitchell studied the clarinet with Jock Maclean and then with Alan Hacker at the Royal Academy of Music. Subsequently he read music at London University. He has performed worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician and recorded with ensembles as diverse as The Monteverdi Orchestra, AMM, The Michael Nyman Band, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Gemini and Liria. Ian has commissioned over 40 works for bass clarinet and his CD for solo bass clarinet (on Black Box) was the first by a British artist. He is director of the chamber ensemble Gemini, renowned for its concerts, recordings (three chosen as Disc of the Year) and education projects. Formerly he was Director of Music and Lecturer in Music Performance at the University of Exeter. He has also held the position of Head of Wind Brass and Percussion at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire (2007-2014).
After studying in London Wendy Phillips took up a prestigious bassoon position with the London Sinfonietta. She was a founding member of the Koenig Ensemble, a member of the Emporer Ensemble and Primavera as well as performing with many other groups including the Endymion Ensemble, Sinfonia 21, the Fires of London and the Dartington Quartet. During her varied career she has been guest principal bassoon with the LPO, RPO, the Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, the
Thames Chamber Orchestra and the BBC orchestras as well as many regional orchestras and Opera and Ballet companies. She is currently joint Principal Bassoon with the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra.