British Isles Music Festival 2019
About the British Isles Music Festival
The British Isles Music Festival is a unique, residential chamber music and master class course, which celebrates the emergence of outstanding young musicians throughout the world.
It unites young people through the common language of music and gives them the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience, learn from each other and learn from some of the top teachers and performers in the UK and Europe.
During the festival they study in masterclass and individually with established professors, rehearse under supervision and perform major works in high level concerts to the general public and to their peers and professors. This is enormously beneficial to the many students who do not yet have the opportunity to work and perform on a more professional level. This experience is a much needed bridge between conservatory and professional life.
Who should attend
- Conservatory and young professional musicians intending to have a career in music as performers
- Instruments: wind, strings, piano and harpsichord.
- Musicians may apply individually or come as a ready formed group.
- The lower age limit is 18 and upper age limit 32.
What’s in it for me?
- Work with established performers and teachers
- Learn rehearsal techniques
- Increase your confidence
- Explore new repertoire
- Meet musicians from around the world and make new friends
- Take part in a number of high level concerts
- Gain performing experience
In 2018, 65 musicians attended from 25 countries and we programmed more than 130 works. The concert repertoire for the main Concerts Series will be determined by applicants’ choices and the constellation of musicians who take part in the festival.
- The Director contacts all applicants well in advance to discuss concert repertoire, allowing preparation time.
- There will be four concerts each day for students to perform in, including Lunchtime Informal Concerts, Afternoon Baroque Concerts, 6 o’Clock Duo Concerts in the and 8 o’Clock Concerts in the Chapel.
- Some concerts are video-recorded professionally.
Flute: Susan Milan ARCM(Hons), FRCM, PgDip(GSMD)
Former Principal flute of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Chamber musician and recording artists. Member of the London Chamber Music Groups, Debussy Ensemble and Instrumental Quintet of London. Professor of Flute, Royal College of Music, London. Adjunct Professor of Flute Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Founder and Director of the British Isles Music Festival.
Assistant Flute: Nina Robertson
Successful freelance musician, chamber musician and soloist as well as experienced teacher. She studied at the RCM with Susan Milan, winning numerous prizes and graduating with a B.Mus (Hons) and a Dip,RCM.
Oboe: David Theodore
David Theodore studied the oboe at the Royal Academy of Music. At the age of twenty he was appointed Principal Oboe in the BBC Welsh Orchestra. He has held various London Principal positions, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Chamber musician and soloist, he has appeared with many of the leading orchestras. He has recorded the Mozart and the Vaughan Williams Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra for Chandos Records.
Clarinet: Mark Van de Wiel
Mark van de Wiel is established as one of Britain’s leading and most versatile clarinettists. Born in Northampton and educated at Merton College, Oxford, and the Royal College of Music, Mark was appointed principal clarinettist with Welsh National Opera and subsequently with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. He joined the Philharmonia as principal clarinet in 2000, and the London Sinfonietta in 2002. He is also principal with the London Chamber Orchestra. He is a member of the Endymion Ensemble and Professor of Clarinet, Royal Academy of Music, London.
Clarinet: Barnaby Robson
From 1998-2013, Barnaby performed worldwide as principal clarinet of the Philharmonia Orchestra and in April 2014, joined the orchestra of English National Opera as principal clarinet. As a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, he has performed on numerous TV and film scores and have recorded albums for Sony, ASV, Hyperion, the BBC and Decca. He has composed music for TV, film, radio and the concert hall. His scores have been used in productions broadcast on the BBC, Channel Four, ITV and Sky and in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australasia and Japan. He has produced albums and tracks for Westone Music, EMI and Universal Music.
Horn: Jeffrey Bryant
Jeffrey Bryant studied horn at RAM with Ifor James. He is currently horn professor at RCM having previously taught at GSMD for thirty years. He has held the position of principal horn in the LPO, LSO and RPO with whom his has frequently appeared as soloist. He has recorded the Mozart concerti and the Britten Serenade with the RPO. He is horn tutor with the iCulture Orchestra and previously held that position with EUYO.
Bassoon: Martin Gatt
Martin Gatt studied at the Royal College of Music with Archie Camden and was principal bassoon of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 1958-66, of the English Chamber Orchestra from 1966-76, and of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1977-98. He was also bassoonist in the Barry Tuckwell Wind Quintet from 1967-91 and taught at Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1967-84. At the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts he founded the Department of Wind, Brass and Percussion. He is currently Professor of Bassoon at the Royal College of Music, London.
Violin: Philippe Honoré
Philippe Honoré was a principal player with the Philharmonia Orchestras from 2005–2011. After receiving top honours from both the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London, he was made Lauréat of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation of France in 1992 and was awarded an Honorary Associateship by the Royal Academy of Music in 2001. He is a former member of the Vellinger Quartet and a founding member of the Mobius ensemble and regularly appears as soloist with leading orchestras. He is professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music, London
Violin: Igor Keller
Recitalist and chamber musician based in Switzerland and 1st Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of St Gallen.
Viola: Yuko Inoue
Winner of the 17th Budapest International Viola Competition, Yuko has performed as a soloist throughout Europe and Japan with many orchestras.She performs frequently with Britain’s most eminent string quartets and chamber ensembles. She is a member of the Fibonacci Sequence Ensemble and Professor of Viola, Royal Academy of Music, and RAM Junior Department, London.
Cello: Josephine Knight
Josephine is Professor of Cello and Alfredo Piatti Chair of the Royal Academy of Music, London. She studied at Yale University and Juilliard School before launching a career as soloist and chamber musician collaborating with many leading international performers. She has recorded for EMI Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos and Blackbox/ASV.
Piano: Ian Brown
Ian is a musician of great versatility whose career embraces chamber music, solo and duo playing and conducting. His musical life began as a bassoon player, eventually concentrating on the piano when he became pianist-in-residence at Southampton University. As concerto soloist he has appeared with many of Britain’s leading orchestras playing a diverse solo repertoire from Bach to Rachmaninov and Bartók. He became pianist with The Nash Ensemble in 1978 and during this long association has played at all the important British music festivals. he is currently Professor of piano, Royal Academy of Music, London.
Harpsichord: Robert Costin
One of Britain’s leading harpsichordists, Robert has made numerous acclaimed recordings and travels internationally as soloist and chamber musician.
Faculty: Resident pianists
Daniel King Smith studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won numerous prizes for Chamber Music. He is now much in demand as a collaborative pianist and recitalist.
Leo Nicholson studied piano at the Purcell School, the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and at Trinity Laban where he was a consistent prize-winner. He is a much sought-after accompanist and has returned to Trinity as a faculty member.He has performed with the flautist Rosanna Ter-Berg at the Wigmore Hall, and with the saxophonist Anthony Brown. Together they have played all over the country.
Jill Morton is much in demand as both soloist and collaborative pianist. She spent a season as Pianist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada and has given masterclasses at universities and specialist music schools throughout Britain. She currently holds the position of Head of Keyboard at the Perse School in Cambridge.
Francesca Carta is currently professor of piano at the G. P. da Palestrina Conservatory of Cagliari. She is member of the Hofmannsthal Ensemble, with whom has recorded for Radio Suisse Romande, Riverberi Sonori Recordings and Radio France. Francesca is regularly invited as collaborative pianist for competitions, courses and master classes.
Registration and fees
Course fee and full board: £1100
BIMF is a residential course. The fee covers accommodation in comfortable modern single rooms with communal shower rooms and toilets, breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Non-residents will be charged £20 per day for lunch and dinner. 8 days plus one dinner: £170
A number of scholarships and bursaries are available for each class. These are awarded at the discretion of the Musical Director and Professors on the basis of both level of playing and financial needs. We will require a personal statement, a recording, a video or YouTube recording (if possible), a reference and a photograph.
The closing date for course applications will be 17 June 2019. The number of places in each class will be capped at 12 for violins, 10 for flutes, 8 for all other classes.
The closing date for scholarship applications will be 17 May 2019.