Emily Baines is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians working in the UK today. A specialist recorder player and singer (mezzo-soprano), she is also a skilled multi instrumentalist performing worldwide on shawms, bagpipes and other early reed instruments.
Her work as a performer involves a myriad different roles, from concerto or vocal soloist and chamber musician to theatre band and actor/musician roles.
As a musical director Emily is in increasing demand, her main work is currently in drama from the medieval, renaissance and baroque eras using both period and more contemporary musical styles.
As a researcher Emily is predominantly interested in the performance of historical music. Her current research is investigating the style of playing found in eighteenth-century mechanical musical instruments and how that might influence contemporary attitudes to playing eighteenth century music. However research plays an important role in all avenues of Emily’s professional life from leading foot-tapping ensembles to scoring bloodthirsty Jacobean theatre.
As an exciting, vibrant, expressive and inspiring Serbian violinist and baroque violinist, Ivana Ćetković has maintained a wide and varied career as concerto soloist, recitalist, orchestral and chamber musician.
Born in Serbia to a family of musicians Ivana began to play the violin at the age of 4. At the age of 12 she was accepted to a prestigious music boarding school in Ćuprija, Serbia and completed a special 4-year string program. At the age of 17, after coming 2nd at the International Konjović Competition she was asked to join St George String Chamber Orchestra with whom she has performed in all the main concert halls in Belgrade and throughout Serbia as soloist and as solo violin and has been a member of from 1998 and a principal Second Violin 2000 until 2004.
Ivana has received Bachelor’s degree (HONS) in Violin Performance from Faculty of Music Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. Very soon after graduating Ivana won a full scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where her teachers included David Takeno, Arisa Fujita and Jacqueline Ross. At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Ivana received PGDip and Master of Music with Distinction. After completing the Postgraduate and Master studies she was awarded a 2-year fellowship at the Guildhall School with special focus on Chamber Music and Period Performance allowing her to further expand her interests in Baroque Violin performance and allowing her to work closely with and alongside Rachel Podger and Pavlo Besnosiuk.
Ivana has performed as a soloist and a chamber musician at various concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Purcell Room, St John Smith Square as well as all around England and UK. She made her US début in 2008 touring Georgia with Da Salo Solisti performing Mozart’s A Major Viiolin Concerto. Soon after this she was asked to guest lead Manchester Camerata and perform Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto as a soloist. She has since free-lanced as a principal violin in many UK orchestras, Royal Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Bornemounth Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Being a very passionate chamber musician she is a founding member of period ensemble Musicians of London Wall and Elmbourne Ensemble, violin and piano duo with whom together with pianist James Adutt she enjoys exploring the extensive and hugely popular repertoire written for these two instruments.
Alexis Bennett studied viola with Jane Rogers at the Guildhall School after initial studies at the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Music. He is currently completing doctoral research at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is also an Associate Lecturer. He is an Edison Fellow at the British Library Sound Archive.
He has performed widely with early music ensembles including the Dufay Collective, Florilegium, Horses Brawl, Fellowshippe of Musickers, Opera Lyrica, London Early Opera, the Amadè Players and Musicians of London Wall.
As a composer he works primarily with filmmakers and animators, and his music has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Channel 4, TCM and at major film festivals throughout the world. His opera The Electrictionary premiered at Kings Place in August 2015 as part of the Tête à Tête festival.
With over ten years of experience as a ceilidh caller and fiddler, Alexis is active on the folk scene, and is a member of the London-based old-time band The Croshaw Family. He has coached folk music and chamber ensembles at Dartington International Summer School, where he previously held study bursaries.
He is reviews editor of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, published by Liverpool University Press, and he is on the editorial board of Facta Universitatis: Visual Arts and Music, an international journal published by the University of Niš (Serbia).
He has publications in Popular Music (Cambridge University Press), Music, Sound, and the Moving Image (Liverpool University Press) and Journal of Film Music (Equinox).
French‐English cellist Vladimir Waltham was born in 1989 into a family of musicians. Soon showing outstanding musical talent, he joined the Toulouse Conservatoire at the age of 6, where he studied Cello in the class of Lluís Claret, and Piano with Thierry Huillet. After a brief period in the Conservatoire of Pau, from where he graduated with the highest possible honours in both Cello and Chamber Music, he joined the Cello class of Pierre Doumenge at the Yehudi Menuhin School in Britain. He then went on to study with Mr. Doumenge at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he also studied baroque cello with Alison McGillivray and Viols with Liam Byrne, and frequently appeared as solo, principal or continuo cellist with the school’s various orchestras, before obtaining his MMus with Distinction in 2012.
An extremely versatile musician, Vladimir divides his time between solo, chamber and teaching work on both modern and baroque Cello. He has appeared as a concerto soloist in England and France, is a founding member of the Linos Piano Trio (formerly the Lakeside Trio), which has earned high praise for its “slow-burning, gripping” performances and made its debut at the Wigmore Hall in March 2012; in September 2011 he founded the Hieronymus Quartet with three fellow postgraduates from the Guildhall, which was selected to represent the school in the 2012 Cavatina Intercollegiate Prize for Chamber Music, where it took both the main prize and the audience prize, since when it has gone from success to success with glowing reviews. In 2013 he was one of two young musicians selected by the Jumpstart Jr. Foundation, which loans him a beautiful baroque cello by Nicola Gagliano, on which he played in the final of the 2013 York Early Music Competition with his Duo Domenico, which took the audience prize.
His still short career has taken him to halls all over the world, including all of London’s major halls (Wigmore, Barbican, Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth, Cadogan halls, King’s Place, Purcell Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square…), but also Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Musiekgebouw aan t’Ij, Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall, Vienna’s Schönberg Center, and many more. He has shared the platform with artists including Philippe Graffin, Daniel Phillips, Daniel Rowland, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Karine Georgian, Jean-Guihen Queyras, & Alexander Baillie.
Katie De La Matter works as a freelance historical keyboard player, Baroque vocal coach, and creative director. She is frequently in demand as a continuo player and Baroque repetiteur, and has worked for numerous ensembles, festivals and conservatoires including the Early Opera Company, Iford Arts, Birmingham’s Barber Opera, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the London Bach Society Competition, the London Handel Festival, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and The Early Music Show as well as BBC Four and Discovery World, and has coached singers appearing with the English National Opera, Les Arts Florissants and Le Concert d’Astrée. Katie has also directed dramatic works from the harpsichord, including a promenade production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, an internationally touring production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and Hasse’s Siroe and Marc Antonio e Cleopatra.
She was awarded a PhD in 2012 by City University for her work in early eighteenth-century Italian opera. Katie is also the Artistic Director of Ensemble Tempus Fugit, which is currently developing a series of multisensory concerts for performance in 2017.