Monthly Archives: October 2016

Antonia Gentile

Antonia Gentile is a classically trained soprano and a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire. Antonia currently studies under the tuition of Neil Baker and is pursuing a career in opera. Her most recent operatic roles include The Governess (The Turn of the Screw) and 1st Boy (The Magic Flute). Antonia is passionate about contemporary music and is perhaps best known for performing music written for voice and guitar. In 2015 Antonia embarked on an ambitious project with Mēla Guitar Quartet, recording unpublished and previously unrecorded works of Stephen Dodgson for the Stephen Dodgson Society.

Vickers Bovey Duo

Vickers Bovey Duo’s performances have been described as ‘beautifully effortless’ (Mark Eden) and ‘with truly uncanny unanimity’ (The Daily Telegraph). Julian and Dan first met studying at Birmingham Conservatoire where they both received First Class Honours and the Principal’s Prize, continuing their studies with a joint Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, London, graduating with a Distinction in July 2016.

Winners of multiple awards, the duo have recently been selected for the Tillett Trust Young Artist Platform, which will see them make their Wigmore Hall debut in 2017, the 2017 Park Lane Group concert series at St John’s Smith Square and have also recently been selected for the Concordia Foundation Young Artist Scheme.  In June 2016 they won the Royal Academy of Music’s Club Prize, the most prestigious competition at the Academy, and will give their prize winners recital in January 2017. The duo were also selected for IGF’s Young Artist Platform in 2014 and have performed extensively around the UK, including at Wigmore Hall, St. James’ Piccadilly, Kings Place (London Guitar Festival), The Sage (North-East Guitar Festival), Bath Guitar Festival, Shrewsbury Guitar Festival, Colston Hall (Bristol) and live on BBC Radio 3.

United by a love of new and contemporary music, the duo have commissioned and premiered numerous works, including a first performance of Joe Cutler’s Everyday Music at London Guitar Festival in 2014. The duo also have a long term collaboration with Ryan Probert, whose transfixing large scale works Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and Eight Views of the Four Seasons have been performed over thirty times, in concert halls, libraries, factories and schools. Ryan’s Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji formed the duo’s debut CD, released in April 2016.

Julian and Dan’s studies are made possible with substantial grants from Help Musicians UK, Blythe Watson Charitable Trust and the Countess of Munster Postgraduate Awards, with Julian receiving further assistance from the Prince Philip Trust Fund and RBWM Arts Fund.