Simon Munday, Trumpet
A specialist on trumpets dating from the 16th Century to the modern era, Simon began his musical career with the Salvation Army. He was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music with David Mason, Andrew Crowley, Malcolm Smith and Mark Bennett. An award winning trumpeter, Simon now regularly works with the Royal Opera House and London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Halle, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras. He also enjoys working with chamber groups such as the Israeli Camerata, Manchester Camerata, English Chamber Orchestra and The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
Liz MacCarthy, Violin
Liz MacCarthy was recently made an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music. Since graduating there in 1999, she has since gone on to enjoy a varied and prolific career as an outstanding violinist, performing regularly with The English Concert, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Classical Opera and many more distinguished early music ensembles.
Now a permanent member of The English Concert, Liz has also performed solo concertos with The Feinstein Ensemble and The Brandenburg Baroque Soloists, led orchestral performances with St James’ Baroque and The Instruments of Time and Truth and participated in four productions at The Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London.
A passionate educator, Liz is currently a violin tutor at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire.
Emilia Benjamin, Viol
Emilia began playing treble viol at university while studying History of Art, discovered a whole new world of pleasures, and decided she'd quite like to be a musician after all, since she already played the violin. So she took up the bass viol, went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 2 years to study with Sarah Cunningham, and then a year at Brussels conservatoire with Wieland Kuijken. She now regularly plays violin, viola, viol and lirone with various early music outfits: the viol consort Phantasm, Trio Sonnerie, Early Opera Company, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Dunedin Consort and others. She spends her downtime mostly up, running after her 4 year old and dog.
Karin Björk, Violin
Henrik Persson, cello
Siona studied at Cambridge (Girton) and the Royal Academy of Music. Since then she has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Concert, Sixteen and Gabrieli Consort as well as numerous modern orchestras including the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and Halle orchestras. She now combines a career in law with music.
Jonathan Hellyer Jones - Continuo
Jonathan Hellyer Jones has played solo and continuo in many countries as well as at home in the UK. He is a former Precentor and Director of College Music in Magdalene.
Anna Drysdale - Horn
Anna is a freelance historical horn player based in London. She graduated from the Royal College of Music with a First, having won the Richard III Prize for early music, before attending the Royal Academy of Music where she received her masters with distinction. She has played with ensembles including Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Dunedin Consort, Florilegium, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and Capella Cracoviensis, and recently completed a cycle of Mozart Horn Concertos with the Amadè Players.
Also active on the modern horn, Anna has played with orchestras including Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Philharmonic and Spira Mirabilis. She was a member of both the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and the 2015 winner of the Bob Paxman Prize for Young Horn Players.
Anna currently has private lessons with Teunis van der Zwart in Amsterdam, supported by the Countess of Munster Trust and Help Musicians UK.
Karin grew up in a coastal town in southeastern Sweden, but has been living in England for the past 18 years. She studied violin at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Clive Lander and baroque violin at the Royal Academy of Music with Nicolette Moonen and is now enjoying a varied career. She works with St James' Baroque, Sounds Baroque, the Brook Street Band, Feinstein Ensemble, Armonico Consort and the Early Opera Company. She enjoys chamber music and performs regularly in a string quartet.
Jonathan Moss - Double Bass
Jonathan studied the Double Bass at Trinity College of Music and later at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Since this time, his diverse performing career has taken him all over the world, playing and recording with classical music ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Handel Orchestra, The Sixteen, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, The English Concert and many others.
Jonathan also enjoys performing with many pop bands, jazz and electro-swing groups and ensembles; working with Gloria Estefan, Lemar, Elton John, Il Divo, Alphie Boe, Colabro, Russel Watson and the Urban Soul Orchestra. He also runs his own folk band ‘Ceilidh Generation’ playing Double Bass, Bass Guitar and Djing for corporate parties. Jonathan is passionate about enthusing the next generation of musicians and has many pupils at Dulwich Prep London, Sevenoaks School and Guildford High School, some of whom play in the National Children’s Orchestra and Glyndebourne Youth Opera.
Henrik Persson studied baroque and classical cello with Jennifer Ward-Clark and viola da gamba with Richard Campbell at the Royal Academy of Music. Specialising in 17th and 18th Century repertoire, Henrik has performed and toured extensively throughout the UK and the world for many years as first continuo player for the New London Consort and with the Musicians of the Globe. He is a member of the Musical and Amicable Society in the Midlands, with whom he also makes solo appearances, plays first continuo for Julian Perkins' two groups Sounds Baroque and Cambridge Handel Opera, and is a founding member together with Caroline Ritchie of the Newe Vialles consort. Henrik also tutors at the yearly Baroque Opera and Oratorio courses at Benslow Music. Other work includes regular appearances with Florilegium, the Hanover Band, the Academy of Ancient Music, and Spiritato. His first solo recording together with Jonathan Rees and the Musical and Amicable Society of music for Weston Park is now out.