Kathryn Thomas ~ Flute
Kathryn Thomas, selected by the Times as a 'Great British Hope', is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, and has been made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for distinction in the music profession. She regularly appears as a recitalist and chamber musician at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank Centre, and the Bridgewater Hall, and at festivals including the BBC Proms, and is frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and internationally. Kathryn has worked with many leading composers including György Ligeti and Sir Harrison Birtwistle, and has given many British and World premieres. She has performed with orchestras, including appearing as guest principal with the London Sinfonietta. Her concerto performances include works by Ibert, Honegger, Arnold, Bach, Barber, Rawsthorne, Mozart and Telemann. Kathryn has released two critically acclaimed solo CDs for Deux-Elles Classical Recordings (Pièces Romantiques, DXL 923; Fauré and his Circle, DXL 1125). .
Owen Dennis ~ Oboe
Owen Dennis read Mathematics at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and graduated with a first class honours degree in 1995. He then studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Douglas Boyd and at the Rotterdam Conservatoire with Emanuel Abbuhl, winning the Leila Bull prize for oboe as well as the 1999 Royal Overseas League Wind Final. With the Galliard Ensemble, Owen has released many CD’s including the first recording of Birtwistle’s ‘An Interrupted Endless Melody’ for oboe and piano. As a BBC Radio 3 New Generation artist, Owen has performed the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and numerous live broadcasts, in particular Britten’s ‘Metamorphoses after Ovid’ for solo oboe in the BBC Proms. In addition to his chamber music, he freelances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and the London Sinfonietta and holds the Principal Oboe seat with English Touring Opera.
Katherine Spencer ~ Clarinet
Clarinettist Katherine Spencer made her concerto debut at the age of fourteen at the Royal Festival Hall and has since performed there as concerto soloist many times. She has appeared as soloist at the Birmingham Symphony Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall, made many live Radio 3 solo broadcasts, and performs regularly on Classic FM and European radio stations on both modern and period instruments. She has recorded the Brahms Sonata and Beethoven Trio for the Oxford Classic label with Sam Haywood and Martin Storey. Her past prizes include Yamaha European Foundation award winner and prize winner in Concertina Praga competition which lead to tours throughout Europe. She continues to perform internationally with her Duo partner Sam Haywood. As a chamber musician Katherine is a long standing member of the Galliard Ensemble, as well as being a member of many other diverse ensembles, she has also performed Mozart with the remaining members of the Amadeus Quartet. Katherine has been a member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for the last 6 years as well as guest principal in The Irish Chamber Orchestra and Gabrieli Consort and Players.
Richard Bayliss ~ Horn
Richard Bayliss is a regular performer with many of the UK’s leading chamber ensembles, chamber Orchestras, and with many of the UK’s leading Symphony Orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia and BBC Orchestras, and has performed as guest principal with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist, Richard has performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the fields and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra. Richard has always had a keen interest in early music, and as a natural horn player he is principal with the Gabrieli Consort and Players, and has performed as guest principal with English Baroque Soloists, London Handel Orchestra, and the Academy of Ancient Music, Hanover Band and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Richard is also a regular performer in the West End, and has held positions with many shows, including Shrek, The Sound of Music, and Jesus Christ Superstar, and is a deputy on many of the current west end musicals.
Helen Storey ~ Bassoon
Helen studied at the Purcell School of Music before continuing her studies with scholarships to the Royal Academy of Music and the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, studying with John Orford, Rachel Gough, Milan Turkovic, and David Chatterton. After several years of freelancing Helen took a position in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra where she has been a member for 12 years. She continues to freelance with groups such as the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra alongside her positions in the RPO and the Galliard Ensemble. Helen has recently become a member of the professorial staff at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as coaching chamber music. Helen has been a member of the RPO education team since joining the RPO, taking music into schools, hospitals, day centres and youth clubs. Helen plays on a 10000 series Heckel bassoon.