Fumiko Miyachi (b.1979) is a composer and pianist. Her music is a colourful melting pot of driving rhythms, vibrant harmonies and multicultural influences of her European/Japanese background. Fumiko’s pieces have been performed by artists from across the world including Opera North, the BBC Singers and many more. As a pianist, she specializes in performing contemporary repertoire and has premiered and performed many pieces by composers including Michael Finnissy, Laurence Crane, Joe Cutler and Louis Andriessen to name a handful.
Kate Halsall is a pianist developing and commissioning new music for a variety of projects. She has performed widely in the UK and internationally including for Aldeburgh Music, Ockham’s Razor Aerial Theatre Company, Kings Place, hcmf//, Michael Clark Dance Company, Marte Festival Malaga, Tête à Tête Opera, Banff Centre Canada, Timezones Festival Italy. She has performed with a number of ensembles including Piano Circus (02-12), Southbank Sinfonia, Andrew Poppy’s Sustaining Ensemble, Dark Inventions and most recently formed Galvanize Ensemble.
Paul Mocroft has been singing since he joined his church choir aged 10. From 1990 to 2000 he was a member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus and with them sang in all the major venues and festivals across Europe. He is now a regular soloist with choirs across the Midlands singing all of the standard oratorio repertoire. He has given many recitals of English song with John Jenkin and completed his vocal studies at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2005.
John Jenkin is an accomplished organist and pianist with many years’ experience of accompanying choirs, solo singers and instrumentalists. He works as a piano accompanist in the Vocal Department at Birmingham Conservatoire and is Assistant Organist at St Alban’s Church, Highgate, Birmingham.
The Montpellier Duo is a vibrant ensemble made up of young musicians, Julia Liang and Alexander Kirk, who are both scholars studying for a Masters degree at London’s Royal College of Music, where they graduated from in June 2015. Both originally from Gloucestershire, they jointly received Cheltenham Music Festival’s Keith Nutland Award and went on to begin their collaboration at the RCM, where they receive guidance from Dr. Felix Andrievsky and Sasha Rozhdestvensky. They have performed together at many prestigious venues throughout the UK, including Cheltenham Town Hall, the Pittville Pump Room and the Parabola Arts Centre as part of the Cheltenham Music Festival. Their most recent engagements include recitals for the Painswick Music Society and Burgh House in London. In Summer 2016, they were also selected to participate in a masterclass with Lewis Kaplan. The duo is keen to present works which are lesser known to the public, in particular British composers, recently focusing on the Sonatas of Arnold Bax, John Ireland and Arthur Bliss.