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Anthony Albrecht

Anthony Albrecht

Anthony Albrecht is a Novocastrian cellist known for his “dramatic flair” and “fluent and virtuosic” performances (Seen and Heard International, Sydney Morning Herald). Based in London, he is a frequent flyer for work with the Australian Haydn Ensemble, Pinchgut Opera and New Vintage Baroque (NYC).

Passionate about making classical music accessible in the 21st century, in 2017 he undertook a self-managed solo tour of over 30 concerts in regional Australia called ‘Bach to the Bush’. Other recent solo engagements include a concerto performance with the Adelaide Baroque Orchestra, a recital at the Handel and Hendrix House in London and a performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D at the Newcastle Music Festival. He runs his own festival in East Sussex, the Lapwing Music Festival, which supports the effort to save the iconic Coastguard Cottages at Cuckmere Haven. He holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School in New York City. 

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Laura Moody

Laura Moody

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Laura Moody is a wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-singer-songwriter. Fascinated not only with words and songwriting but also with sounds, noises and textures, she eschews laptops and loop pedals to explore what is possible using only solo cello and voice. She creates emotive songs that reveal a multitude of influences and inhabit a unique space between the contemporary avant garde, classical music, experimental pop and singer-songwriter tradition.

Having achieved much international acclaim as a long-standing member of innovative string quartet the Elysian Quartet, she has also toured world-wide as a member of physical theatre string ensemble The Gogmagogs and the Meredith Monk Ensemble and performed extensively in theatre and contemporary dance productions. She has toured, collaborated and recorded with leading musicians from a hugely diverse number of genres from folk to hip hop. All these elements are brought together in Laura’s solo work, as The Arts Desk noted,"it seemed almost as if she had taken every musical influence that had come her way and put them in a blender...certainly extraordinary and sometimes disturbing. But what surprised me most ...was just how often it became mesmerising."

Laura releases music on her own Surbiton Lagoon label, named after an exotically monikered but long defunct swimming pool in the famously beige London suburb where she grew up. An EP was released in 2009  and following a highly successful crowdfunding campaign her highly personal and long awaited debut album 'Acrobats' was released in November 2014. She is currently working on the follow up release.

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Ayanna Witter-Johnson

Ayanna Witter-Johnson

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Singer, songwriter, cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a rare exception to the rule that classical and alternative r&b music cannot successfully coexist.

Graduating with a first from both Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Manhattan School of Music, Ayanna was a participant in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Young Composers Scheme and become an Emerging Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre. She was a featured artist with Courtney Pine’s Afropeans: Jazz Warriors and became the only non-American to win Amateur Night Live at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NYC.

As a composer, she has scored original music for various productions and as an arranger and orchestrator Ayanna has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra (Hugh Masekela), and the BBC Symphony Orchestra (Urban Classic).

Since releasing her EP’s Truthfully and Black Panther Ayanna has extensively toured the UK and several countries in Europe, whilst gaining a MOBO award nomination and getting airplay on BBC Radio 1 & BBC 1Xtra. A performer of extraordinary versatility her live shows are intimate journeys that chronicle her experience as a female artist in the 21st century.

Because of her musical prowess, mesmerising vocals, non-compromising lyrics and ability to deftly reinterpret songs on the cello Ayanna is able to straddle both the classical and urban worlds effortlessly.

She is the definition of eclectic soul.

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Clare O'Connell

Clare O'Connell

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Cellist Clare O'Connell is passionate about and specialises in playing chamber music. She is a founder member of acclaimed contemporary chamber ensemble CHROMA, and collaborates with The Storytellers Ensemble, The Harborough Collective, Lontano, Aurora, Marais Ensemble and Propellor Ensemble.

She set up and curates CHROMA’s series of chamber music concerts in Berkhamsted, experimenting with varying instrumental line-ups, and interweaving music, poetry, and storytelling to add another dimension to the concert going experience, and for which she has commissioned new works from Leonardo Margutti and Luke Bedford as well as a piece of music and words from Patrick Sherwen and Dominic Shovelton. 

She programmed and produced CHROMA’s first own label album ‘Folk Tales’, conceived and recorded with CHROMA artists David Le Page and Ian Watson and has recently started working on an album of new material with  David Le Page.

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Francesca Ter-Berg

Francesca Ter-Berg

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Hackney-born Francesca Ter-Berg is a cellist, composer and musical collaborator. 

She began her musical explorations at the age of 7 studying Western classical music. Growing up in multi-cultural Dalston led her to a degree in Social Anthropology at Sussex University. Anthropology inspired Francesca to travel and learn different styles of music, most notably Klezmer, Transylvanian and Romanian music. Ever since, Francesca has spent many years collecting this music from archives and spent time travelling to study extensively with leading experts such as Tcha Limberger and Alan Bern.

She regularly collaborates with violinist Flora Curzon in their folk duo Fran & Flora.
"A string duo bound for glory." - Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3's Late Junction

Francesca's interest in composing, arranging, improvising and teaching recently led her to complete a Masters in Popular Music at Goldsmiths College. Here she began exploring the world of sound, studio composition and working with live electronics. Francesca is currently working on her first EP, which blends traditional folk, field recordings and electronica. 

Francesca has collaborated and performed with artists such as Sam LeeTalvin SinghFloating PointsPortico, Sophie Solomon, Cosmo Sheldrake, Tanita Tikaram, Roger O’Donnell, Riz AhmedHejira, Katy Carr, Lisa KnappGerry DiverThe UnthanksKate Young, Bombay Dub Orchestra, Frank London, London Klezmer Quartet, Soumik Datta, Jyotsna Srikanth, Ahmed Mukhtar, Maverick Sabre and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

er collaborative experience and diverse musical background has led Francesca to be one of the most versatile and in demand session and studio musicians in the UK. Francesca hosts her own radio show on DubLab London, and when not making music focuses on her other passion - food.

"Francesca Ter-Berg wonderfully channels so many different stories and styles in her music and cello playing... a sincere and evocative musician with a restless and creative mind who sources her inspiration from the richest of diets” - Sam Lee

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Matthew Sharp

Matthew Sharp

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'Virtuoso of the arts' (The Times) Matthew Sharp, has performed worldwide as solo cellist, baritone, actor and director - solo appearances with the RPO, LPO, RLPO, CBSO; singing principal roles for Opera North and ROH; acting principal roles at the Young Vic and NT Studio.

From Glastonbury to Glyndebourne, he has worked with an extraordinary spectrum of leading artists from Sir John Tavener to Marta Eggert to Dave McKean to Caryl Churchill. His own music and theatre works have toured to major festivals globally. He has given over sixty world premieres and recorded for Sony, EMI, Decca, Naxos, Somm, NMC, Avie and Whirlwind.

'…he held the breathless attention of the audience with his vivid, poignant performance… remarkable.' - The Independent

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