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Praised by Opera for her “dramatic wit and vocal control”, British soprano Mary Bevan is internationally renowned in baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire, and appears regularly with leading conductors, orchestras and ensembles around the world. She is a winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist award and UK Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in music and was awarded a MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2019. 
Mary enjoys fruitful artistic relationships with the many orchestras with whom she regularly performs, including the OAE, AAM, The English Concert, La Nuova Musica, Concerto Copenhagen, Gabrieli Consort, CBSO, RPO, BBC Philharmonic, BBCSSO, amongst others. She has performed at the ROH, ENO (Harewood Artist), Royal Danish Theatre, Teatro Real Madrid, Carnegie Hall, RAH, Concertgebouw, Elbphilharmonie, Theater an der Wien, and performs regularly as a recitalist at Wigmore Hall and other concert and operatic venues around the world. (Photo © Andrew Staples)




Dame Emma Kirkby has dedicated her career to Early Music, as an artist and mentor for several generations of musicians. She is still at the forefront of early music performance as a soprano and is recognised worldwide for her elegant and intelligent musicianship. To date, Dame Emma has made well over a hundred recordings of all kinds, from sequences of Hildegarde of Bingen to madrigals of the Italian and English Renaissance, cantatas and oratorios of the Baroque era, and works of Mozart, Haydn and J. C. Bach. In 1999 Dame Emma was voted Artist of the Year by Classic FM Radio listeners; in 2000 she received the Order of the British Empire, and 2007 saw her appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She was delighted in June 2008 to return to her alma mater, Oxford University, and receive an Honorary Doctorate of Music. In 2011, Dame Emma was awarded the Queens Medal for Music. 




Renowned British conductor Sir Roger Norrington is known as a ‘period-instrument legend.’ In 1962, he founded the Schütz Choir, in 1965 the London Baroque Players, and in 1978 the period-instrument London Classical Players, remaining their Musical Director until 1997 when they were absorbed into the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. For 15 years from 1969 he was Music Director of Kent Opera, and throughout the 1980s and 1990s Sir Roger also worked as a guest conductor  at Covent Garden and ENO, with the BBC Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras, and was Chief Conductor of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta. In Europe he appeared regularly with the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and in America with New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles orchestras. From 1998 Sir Roger was Chief Conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and of the Camerata Salzburg, and from 2006 Principal Conductor of the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. With these three modern orchestras he established the same historically aware style of playing which is his trademark. With all his different ensembles he has made hundreds of recordings.




Rachel Podger, “the unsurpassed British glory of the baroque violin” (The Times), has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical music periods. She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015, Gramophone Artist of the Year 2018, and Ambassador for the REMA Early Music Day 2020. A creative programmer, she is the founder and Artistic Director of the Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque. Rachel was thrilled to be one of the Artists in Residence at the renowned Wigmore Hall throughout the 2019/2020 season. As a director and soloist, Rachel has enjoyed countless collaborations including with Robert Levin, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Christopher Glynn, VOCES8, Robert Hollingworth & I Fagiolini, Armonico Consort, European Union Baroque Orchestra, English Concert, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Holland Baroque Society, Tafelmusik, the Handel and Haydn Society, Berkeley Early Music, and Philharmonia Baroque. Rachel is a dedicated educator and holds an honorary position at both the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is also a Historical Performance Artist in Residence at The Juilliard School in New York. Rachel is managed worldwide by Percius. (Photo © Theresa Pewal)

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