2017 Festival Musicians

Piano: Simon Crawford-Phillips, Daniel Tong

Violin: Malin Broman, Florence Cooke, Tim Crawford, Ben Hancox, Tom Hankey, Annabelle Meare, Mathilde Milwidsky

Viola: Max Baillie, Malin William-Olson, Lawrence Power

Cello: James Barralet, Marie Bitlloch, Kate Gould, Richard Lester, Brian O’Kane, Johannes Rostamo

Voice: Clare Presland

Eusebius Quartet: Beatrice Phillips, Venetia Jollands, Hannah Strijbos, Hannah Sloane

Max Baillie


A graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, Cambridge and Berlin’s UdK, violinist and violist Max Baillie has performed on stages from Carnegie Hall to Glastonbury and from Mali to Moscow. Max plays in ZRI, Zum Roten Igel. The ensemble has toured to major festivals with its re-scored versions of the Brahms clarinet quintet and the Schubert C major quintet, including accordion and santouri (dulcimer). Since 2007 Max has been principal viola of Aurora Orchestra and has played an active role in its creative path, including curating a series of late night ‘Lock-in’ concerts at London’s Kings Place throughout 2016. Max is building an online educational resource for young string players and is also touring his show of original musical folk stories, The Willow Baby and Other Tales. He is a cold water swimming enthusiast!

James Barralet


Cellist James Barralet studied with Hannah Roberts at the RNCM and Thomas Demenga at Basel Hochschule fur Musik. He graduated with a ‘Solistendiplom’ in 2006 and has since recorded three solo CDs and an improvisation CD, and given recitals at most of the UK’s main recital halls including the Wigmore, Bridgewater, Purcell Room and Kings Place. He regularly plays at chamber music festivals across Europe and is the Artistic Director of the Whittington Chamber Music Festival in Shropshire, now in its fifth year.

James has a special interest in Indian music and has given many concerts with Indian musicians. His cello ensemble arrangements are regularly performed worldwide and he has received commissions from the Royal Academy of Music, Beijing Festival, Basel Symphony Orchestra and the Steirisches Kammermusikfestival amongst others.  In Wigmore Hall’s Ignite Ensemble and ‘Music For Life’, James improvises and gives workshops for children with special needs and people suffering from dementia.

As an orchestral player he has been a guest section leader of many of the UK’s professional orchestras.

Marie Bitlloch


French Catalan cellist Marie Bitlloch is a member of the Elias String Quartet. They have been BBC New Generation Artists and the recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, which is helping them with their Beethoven Project, a journey through the complete Beethoven string quartets. Current and future highlights include a residency at Glasgow Concert Halls, a Beethoven cycle at Wigmore Hall, which will be recorded for the Wigmore Live label, a US tour that includes Carnegie Hall, concerts at The Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and a return tour of Australia. Their discography includes a disc of Britten quartets, two Wigmore Live CDs, a CD of Mendelssohn quartets, and a disc of piano quintets with Jonathan Biss. Marie studied at the Perpignan Conservatoire, Paris Conservatoire, and Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, with Michel Lefort, Philippe Muller and Ralph Kirshbaum respectively. She plays an eighteenth century anonymous Italian cello on loan from the Fond Instrumental Français.

Malin Broman


Malin Broman represented Sweden in the Eurovision Broadcasting Union Competition 1994 in Warsaw, winning third prize. Just a few months earlier she won first prize and audience prize at the Washington International Competition for Strings. Since then Malin has performed with orchestras including St Martin-in-the-Fields, Copenhagen Philharmonic as well as the BBC Scottish and National Orchestra of Wales. Together with Simon Crawford-Phillips and Jesper Svedberg, Malin has toured worldwide with the Kungsbacka Piano Trio and was a member of the Nash Ensemble from 2004-2010. In 2008 Malin was appointed leader of the Swedish Radio Orchestra. As soloist she has recorded the Nielsen Violin Concerto and premiered Helen Grime’s violin concerto which was written for her and commissioned by the orchestra. She is regularly invited to lead the Mahler orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonia and LSO. Since 2015 she is Artistic Director of the chamber orchestra ‘Musica Vitae’ and is also forging soloist/director relationships with other ensembles. Malin is a professor of viola at the Edsberg Music Institute. She lives in Stockholm with her husband Simon and two children Maya and Fabian trying to be mindful about the environment, keeping up with the seven minute exercise app and slowly learning French.


Florence Cooke


An avid chamber musician, violinist Florence Cooke has given concerts all over the world with ensembles including Aurora, Arcangelo, European Camerata, the Aronowitz and Razumovsky Ensembles, the Jigsaw Players, Chroma Ensemble and Spira Mirabilis.  Appearances at international festivals include Sommerklaenge Festival Zürich, Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele in Germany, Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, Haaglanden International Festival in Holland, Kerry International Festival in Ireland, and Banff Summer Festival in Canada, and she also founded and directed a chamber music festival in France for three years.  She won many prizes and awards, and was a student of Krzysztof Smietana and David Takeno, at Cambridge University where she held an academic scholarship and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she held the Leverhulme Fellowship.  She is a guest teacher of violin and chamber music at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Junior Guildhall in London.  Florence plays on an 1840 violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, made possible by the generosity of several kind friends and sponsors.  Her other passions include swimming in the sea, playing with her toddler, and cooking with plenty of spices. 

Tim Crawford


Despite still studying for his undergraduate degree Tim is a sought-after musician and instrumentalist. He regularly plays at festivals across the UK, and more recently has begun appearing throughout Europe. He is currently studying with Alexander Janiczek at the Guildhall School of Music in London. He first played at the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival with the Celan Quartet in 2013, and is looking forward to return and take part in the festival experience. Although still an undergraduate Tim was invited to the IMS Open Chamber Music Sessions in 2014, 15 and most recently performed with Steven Isserlis in 2016. Aside from his chamber music endeavours he has recently performed Chausson’s Poème with the Ernst Read Symphony Orchestra and Glazunov Violin Concerto with the Camden Symphony Orchestra, and looks forward to another performance of the Glazunov with the Brent Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Other highlights of the coming season include a residency at Aldeburgh and a Wigmore recital with the Barbican String Quartet. Having grown up in a household of only violinists his ulterior skills are limited, but he did build his own computer. Tim plays a Ferdinand Gagliano, c.1770 and a Nicolo Gagliano c.1750 for historical work.

Simon Crawford-Phillips


Coming to the Wye has been a central part of his musical and social life for the past 20 years and it’s becoming equally important for his children too. With any luck they’ll be entertaining you in 20 years’ time and he can concentrate on playing table-tennis! Meanwhile he hopes to be carrying on enjoying the music in any way possible. Alongside work as a soloist and chamber musician Simon has made recent conducting debuts with Musica Vitae, Dala Sinfonietta and Västerås Sinfonietta. As a result he has been appointed artistic adviser and chief conductor for Västeras Sinfonietta from 2017. Performances this season as a pianist include recitals from Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw and the Royal Festival Hall together with artists such as Daniel Hope, Pekka Kuusisto, Lawrence Power, the Danish Quartet, Kungsbacka Piano Trio and the Colin Currie Group. He has recently given world premieres of music by Britta Byström, Steve Reich and Mark-Anthony Turnage. In June 2010, Simon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. Recent CDs released this last year were on the Hyperion, Nonesuch and LSO live labels.

Kate Gould


Kate has been devoted to chamber music since she formed the Leopold String Trio in 1991 and now focuses on the piano trio through her long-standing ensemble, the London Bridge Trio, with Daniel Tong and David Adams. The trio is featured at the Winchester Chamber Music Festival each April, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Kate is also a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and, in stark contrast, a regular guest principal of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, which means she pops into town to the Albert Hall to play things like Jurassic Park Live, or Space Spectacular. Kate secretly enjoys this aspect of her work. She returns to the Siete Lagos Festival in north Patagonia, at the end of January, which was a wonderful experience last year, performing but also coaching the young, Argentinian string players. Kate plays a 1711 Carlo Guiseppe Testori cello and is seeking some very kind benefactors to donate the remaining shares to her. You never know

Ben Hancox


Described by the Observer as ‘Fearless and exciting’, Ben Hancox has earned a trusted reputation as a soloist and chamber musician. Having started playing at the age of four, he studied with Faith Whiteley and Serguei Fatkouline, and with Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music. At the RCM Ben won both the major violin prizes. He left with a first class honours degree and was awarded a distinction in his postgraduate diploma in performance. Ben is the first violinist and founder member of the Sacconi Quartet, and with them has toured extensively in Britain and abroad. They have won numerous international awards and are constantly in demand on the chamber music circuit. As a chamber musician and soloist, he has collaborated with many renowned artists and orchestras and after many visits to the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove and the Wye Valley, Ben has also formed long lasting friendships and musical partnerships with performers from around the world. Ben has a wife and two young children. He has juggled flaming torches (not near his family).

Tom Hankey


Tom Hankey studied the violin at the Purcell school, the Junior Guildhall school for Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. As violinist and violist he is a member of the Aronowitz Ensemble. The group took part in the Radio 3 New Generation Artist Scheme which involved frequent performances for radio from venues throughout the UK, as well as from the Bath, Cheltenham, Aldeburgh, City of London festivals and the BBC Proms chamber concert series. A Borletti-Buitoni Trust award enabled them to release two CDs on the Sonimage label. Tom also plays second violin in the Callino Quartet, with whom he has toured extensively.  In September 2016 they launched their own festival at Dartington with the help of John Whibley ‘Holidays with Music’. In April 2017 their recording of The Seven Last Words of Christ by Haydn will be released by the Coro label. As soloist he has given recitals and concerto performances including Beethoven’s triple concerto and Prokofiev’s first concerto, Bach concertos, Vivaldi concertos and Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s tale. Tom has collaborated with musicians from different genres; most recently touring India with Sarod player AmJad Ali Kahn and a West coast of Scotland tour with a string trio and tabla player Kuljit Bhamra. 

Richard Lester


Chamber-musician, solo-cellist, orchestral principal and renowned teacher, Richard Lester was a member of the award-winning Florestan Trio, a founder-member of the ensemble Domus and was a member of Hausmusik and the London Haydn Quartet. He was principal cello with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has been principal with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 1989. He has made over forty discs of chamber music, including the complete works of Mendelssohn for cello and piano, and a disc of Boccherini sonatas on period instruments. Together with violinist Anthony Marwood, he is co-director of the Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival in East Sussex. He teaches at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School in London. When not performing or teaching, Richard is happiest cooking, eating and drinking, preferably on a boat. His dream is to make cheese and be a community baker.

Venetia Jollands


Violinist Venetia Jollands is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno, where she is generously supported by the Guildhall School Trust. She previously studied with Krysia Osostowicz, receiving First Class Honours, the Concert Recital Diploma and the Donald Weekes Memorial Prize from her undergraduate studies at the Guildhall School. Venetia has  performed as a soloist and chamber musician in venues throughout the UK such as the Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Salisbury Cathedral, Cadogan Hall and the Southbank Centre as well as abroad in China, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Germany, Latvia and France. Recently, Venetia has performed live on Radio 3 as well as in the Barbican’s ‘Illuminating Britten’ series. She has participated in masterclasses with distinguished artists such as Andras Keller, Nikolaj Znaider, Rodney Friend, Ferenc Rados, Erich Hobarth, Leland Chen, Maciej Rakowski and members of the Belcea, Takćas, Alban Berg and Endellion quartets. Venetia has taken part in numerous festivals and concert series around the world including IMS Prussia Cove, Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, Cadenza International Summer School and Lausanne Summer Academy. Venetia plays a violin by Vincenzo Panormo from 1800, which is generously loaned by the Harrison Frank Foundation.

Annabelle Meare


As principal 2nd violin with both the Philharmonia and the English Chamber Orchestra Annabelle has toured and recorded extensively. She is in much demand as a guest principal and has worked with the Halle, London Symphony and London Philharmonic orchestras. As an active chamber musician she has performed at venues such as Wigmore Hall and Berlin Philharmonie with such groups as Kungsbacka Trio, ECO Chamber Ensemble, Nash Ensemble and the Vertavo Quartet. Annabelle plays a violin by Francesco Goffriller.

Mathilde Milwidsky


Described as ‘an exceptional talent’ by Maxim Vengerov, Mathilde Milwidsky has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK and has performed on BBC Radio and the BBC One Show. Awarded First Prize at the Madeira International Violin Competition in 2011, Mathilde was a finalist in the Orchid Classics Young British Soloist Competition and the Royal Academy of Music’s Patron’s Award in 2015. She is a 2016/2017 Drake Calleja Scholar and has recently received awards from the Hattori Foundation, the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Martin Musical Scholarship, the Tillett Trust and the Sir John Cass Foundation. Festival invitations include Cheltenham, Musikdorf Ernen, Prussia Cove, Musique a Marsac, Kings Lynn and Three Choirs, and she has collaborated with artists such as Avi Avital, Tom Poster, Huw Watkins, members of the Florestan Trio and Michelangelo Quartet. Mathilde studied at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music as a Tsukanov Scholar with David Takeno and she is currently studying with Professor György Pauk on a full scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where she has won multiple awards. Mathilde finds respite in extremely gooey and whiffy cheese, David Lynch films, Tolstoy, a nice moon on her walk home and the occasional pastel de nata 

Brian O'Kane


Irish cellist Brian O’Kane enjoys a busy career as both soloist and chamber musician. Since winning first prize at the Windsor International String Competition in 2008, he has made his debuts with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra under Ashkenazy and in recital at the Wigmore Hall. Brian is a former ‘Rising Star’ of Ireland’s National Concert Hall and recently recorded his debut CD for the Champs Hill label. Brian plays chamber music as a member of the Navarra Quartet. He has collaborated with artists such as Michael Collins, Aleksandar MadzarPekka Kuusisto, Antoine Tamestit and Sir James Galway. Brian has also performed at concert halls and festivals throughout the world such as Sydney Opera House, Seoul Arts Centre, Suntory Hall Tokyo, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, BBC Proms, and the Weesp Chamber Music Festival, Holland of which his quartet are the artistic directors. A graduate of both the RAM and the GSMD in London, Brian‘s biggest influences have come from Louise Hopkins and at Prussia Cove, Aldeburgh & Chamber Studio from studies with Steven IsserlisFerenc Rados and Eberhard Feltz. Brian currently plays on a Rugieri cello made in Cremona c.1690. Away from music, Brian follows sport obsessively and has a great application for fine food and wine.  

Beatrice Philips


Beatrice Philips enjoys a busy and diverse freelance life as a chamber musician, soloist, orchestral leader and teacher. She is first violinist of the Eusebius Quartet, and founded and directs the Lewes Chamber Music Festival which is now in its fifth year. At home on both a modern and period set-up, Beatrice has led and performed with many small ensembles and chamber orchestras in London, such as 12 Ensemble, London Chamber Orchestra, Multi-Story, Solomon’s Knott, and Arcangelo, directed by Jonathan Cohen. Beatrice gained a First Class degree in 2007 from Kings College London university during which she studied violin at the Royal Academy with Howard Davis. Following this, she completed a Masters at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. During her Masters she studied for one year with Olivier Charlier at the CNSM in Paris. She has since appeared at many festivals including Cheltenham, Kuhmo, Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Two Moors, Resonances, IMS Prussia Cove, Hatfield House and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Beatrice has three siblings to who she is very grateful for providing her with an ever-increasing number of adorable nieces and nephews.

Lawrence Power


Lawrence Power is one of the foremost violists today and has been shortlisted for the 2015 Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award. In 2015-16 Lawrence performed Berlioz Harold in Italy with the Hallé and Ryan Wigglesworth; MacMillan Concerto with Odense Symphony and HR Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt; and with City of Birmingham Symphony and BBC Symphony Orchestras. He is regularly invited to perform with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Stockholm Philharmonic, and Bergen Philharmonic, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, BBC Scottish Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras. A keen recitalist, he has given concerts in London, Glasgow, Cardiff, across the UK and in Stavanger, Zurich and Vienn. Champion of contemporary music, he created MacMillan’s Viola Concerto, Neuwirth’s Remnants of Song (2012 BBC Proms), Bedford’s Wonderful Two-headed Nightingale and Charlotte Bray’s Invisible Cities (2012 Verbier Festival). Lawrence Power is Professor at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste. He is also founder of the West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival and Artistic Director of the English Chamber Orchestra.

Clare Presland

Mezzo Soprano

Born in Suffolk, Clare trained at the Junior Royal Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and English National Opera’s Opera Works. She made a critically acclaimed debut in 2012 as the Palestinian Woman in John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer for ENO and has since returned to the company regularly. In 2014, Clare was the Chilcott Award winner and made her Royal Opera House debut, returning there earlier this year in the world premiere of 4.48 Psychosis by Philip Venables. Notable operatic engagements elsewhere have included Nevill Holt, Scottish Opera, Hyogo Performing Arts Centre, Japan and Opera de Lyon. Highlights this season include School Boy/Dresser/Waiter in Lulu for ENO, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Aldeburgh Festival and Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Underground in Dublin. On the concert platform she makes her Royal Festival Hall debut in Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In recital, she performs regularly with pianists Iain Burnside, Simon Lepper, James Baillieu and Alasdair Beatson and at chamber music festivals of Marsac in France and Weesp, Holland. Away from music Clare loves knitting, creating a delicious creation out of whatever is in the fridge and spending time at the family allotment.


Johannes Rostamo


Finnish-born cellist Johannes Rostamo is one of Scandinavia’s leading young musicians. His studied with Heikki Rautasalo, Torleif Thedéen, Truls Mörk, Frans Helmerson and Hatto Beyerle and since his debut as soloist with the Stockholm Philharmonic in 2008, he has performed around the world as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra musician. In 2008, Johannes became principal cellist of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also played as guest principal cellist with the Camerata Bern and the Royal Concertgebouw, Bavarian Radio Symphony and Mahler Chamber orchestras. In addition, he is a regular guest in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and a founding member of the Stockholm-based chamber music group Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble. He has performed as soloist with several Scandinavian orchestras with conductors such as Sakari Oramo, Hannu Lintu, Andrew Manze and Mats Rondin. His debut recording, Joonas Kokkonen’s Cello Concerto with Paul Magi and the KMH Symphony Orchestra (recorded live in Tallinn in 2006), was released in 2009. Johannes plays a cello by Antonio Stradivarius “Magg”,1698 generously loaned for him by an anonymous benefactor in Stockholm.

Hannah Sloane


Hannah Sloane performs regularly in the UK and USA as a chamber musician and soloist. Hannah has appeared with the Blackheath, Haydon, Lambeth and Juilliard orchestras and has played recitals in the USA and throughout the UK. In 2013 she took part in the IX Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Poland and, in 2010, was a semi-finalist at the Klein International String Competition in San Francisco. As a chamber musician, Hannah has attended the Domaine Forget, Kneisel, Lewes, Taos and Thy chamber music festivals and collaborates regularly with pianists Allegra Chapman and Jillian Zack, with whom she formed the y3 duo in 2012.  Hannah studied at The Juilliard School in New York with Darrett Adkins and Joel Krosnick. Hannah has worked with Ralph Kirshbaum at IMS Prussia Cove, and Philippe Muller at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris as a recipient of a Carla Bruni Sarkozy French-American Exchange Grant. Hannah currently lives in London, where she teaches privately at Alleyn’s School. She is very grateful to play an Antonio Piattilini cello dating from 1750, which is kindly on loan to her from the Stark family. Hannah enjoys cooking for friends and reading the political dailies.  However, in 2016 she has increasingly cooked a lot more, and read a lot less. 

Hannah Strijbos


Dutch violist Hannah Strijbos enjoys a versatile career performing as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral player. She has studied in Amsterdam with Marjolein Dispa and Nobuko Imai, in Paris for one year at the CNSM and with David Takeno at the GSMD in London, where she graduated with honours in 2014. Hannah has participated in master classes with Yuri Bashmet, Lawrence Power, Pinchas Zukerman and Ferenc Rados among others. Hannah has performed at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Verbier Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, and The Whittington Chamber Music Festival. As a member of the Berlin-based Jacques Thibaud Trio Hannah performs throughout Europe and North America. They have recorded on the German label Audite to great critical acclaim. She is also a member of the Eusebius Quartet. Hannah works regularly with groups such as Amsterdam Sinfonietta, The Philharmonia Orchestra and the John Wilson Orchestra.  As a soloist, Hannah has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and last year she performed with the London Mozart Players. She has been appointed principal viola of the The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra (Residentie Orkest). Hannah plays a Johannes Cuypers viola built in 1776, generously on loan from the Dutch National Instrument Foundation. 

Daniel Tong


Daniel Tong enjoys a varied and diverse career, primarily as a chamber music pianist but also as soloist, song accompanist, teacher, writer and festival director. His first solo CD of music by Schubert was released on the Quartz label, Gramophone magazine describing him as ‘an extraordinarily sympathetic Schubertian’. He has broadcast many times on BBC Radio 3. As chamber musician, Daniel has collaborated with the Elias, Heath, Navarra, Dante and Callino quartets. His London Bridge Trio is a vibrant presence on the UK chamber music scene. Their second Frank Bridge disc was nominated for a Gramophone award. He is founder of the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and the Winchester Chamber Music Festival. With ‘Music Discovery Live’, Daniel collaborates with musicologist Richard Wigmore on study sessions and concerts. ‘Beethoven Plus’ commissioned ten new works to be performed alongside the ten sonatas for violin and piano and has recently premiered at Kings Place. Daniel has been performing this cycle with Krysia Osostowicz at various venues around the UK. Daniel loves teaching and is Head of Piano in Chamber Music at the Birimgham Conservatoire. But his proudest moment came when he discovered a picture of his fifteen-year-old self in the middle of Marcus Trescothick’s autobiography.

Malin William-Olsson


longside her position as a co-principal leader of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Malin William-Olsson also plays with ensembles such as Spira Mirabilis and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She is an active chamber musician and plays with the Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble. She also plays in the Swedish pop band SeLest.