2011 Venue: the Model

ARPARLA

ArParla, Davide Monti violin and Maria Christina Cleary harpThe ensemble ARPARLA – Davide Monti, violin, Maria Christina Cleary, harp

The name ArParla takes its inspiration from a desire to speak with music (parla in Italian means “speak”), using the soft and refined sonorities of the harp and the expressive range of colours of the violin, both instruments played according to the historical way of playing.

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David Ledbetter

David LedbetterDavid Ledbetter studied at Trinity College, Dublin, the Freiburg Musikhochschule, and the University of Oxford, since when he has been lecturer and research fellow at the Royal Northern college of Music, Manchester.

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Davide Monti

Davide Monti, Baroque violinAfter his primary degree from the Conservatory of Parma, Davide specialised in Early Music with numerous professors including E. Gatti, E. Parizzi and S. Richie.

He researches historical practices with the desire of discover the freshness hidden in manuscripts and early prints of the 17th and 18th centuries.

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Florilegium

Classical music ensamble Florilegium, led by Ashley SolomonRegular performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium’s status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles.

Since their formation in 1991 they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire. Florilegium regularly collaborate with some of the world’s finest musicians including Dame Emma Kirkby, Robin Blaze and Elin Manahan Thomas.

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Malcolm Proud

Malcolm Proud, HarpsichordMalcolm Proud won the Edinburgh International Harpsichord Competition in 1982.

Since then he has performed world wide including John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, a tour in Japan of Monteverdi’s Orfeo with tenor Mark Padmore

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Maria Christina Cleary HarpMaria Christina Cleary

Native of Ireland, Maria holds degrees from Dublin (ARIAM: Teaching Diploma), London (LTCL: Performance Diploma), Den Haag (UM: Soloist Degree, AKM: Masters in Chamber Music) and Bruxelles (Masters in Performance). She studied harp with Susanna Mildonian and Andrew Lawrence-King.

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Mary Collins dance choreographyMary Collins

Mary is an early dance specialist of international repute. She works with dance, theatre and TV companies as an adviser, choreographer, dancer and actress and tours regularly giving master-classes, lecture-recitals and workshops. She is a regular faculty member of Aestas Musica in Croatia and The Ringve International Summer Course in Norway and has worked with many of the world’s leading exponents of early music.

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Peter Whelan baroque bassoonistPeter Whelan

Peter Whelan is one of Europe’s leading exponents of historical and modern bassoon. Originally from Dublin, Ireland, he was appointed as principal Bassoon of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in 2008.

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Elizabeth Kenny, theorbo and baroque guitarElizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny has established herself as one of the UK’s foremost lute players.
Her solo repertoire ranges from the renaissance to the eighteenth century, and she is in great demand as a continuo player with the leading period instrument ensembles (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort, Taverner Players etc.).

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Pamela Thorby, recorder playerPamela Thorby

Over the last few years Pamela Thorby has established herself as one of the world’s leading recorder players. Her stylish virtuosity can be heard on numerous recordings of music ranging from the medieval period to the present day.

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Sligo Baroque Orchestra

Members of Sligo Baroque OrchestraFormed in 1990 as Sligo Early Music Ensemble, with the aim to play music of pre-classical periods. First concert given in Parkes’ Castle in 1991. It has been directed by Rod Alston since its inception.

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