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Lynda Sayce

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One of Britain's leading lutenists with over 100 recordings to her name, Lynda Sayce performs regularly as soloist and continuo player with leading period instrument ensembles worldwide, is principal lutenist with The King's Consort, Ex Cathedra and the Musicians of the Globe, and has broadcast extensively on radio and TV. She is also director of the lute ensemble Chordophony, whose repertory and instrumentarium is based exclusively on her research. Equally at home working with modern instruments, Lynda has performed with many leading orchestras and opera companies including English and Welsh National Operas, Opera North, and the CBSO. She was chosen by Sir Simon Rattle to play lute continuo for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra's recent epic staging of Bach's St Matthew Passion, performed in Europe and the US. Her discography ranges from some of the earliest surviving lute music to the jazz theorbo part in Harvey Brough's 'Requiem in Blue' and the latest album from Russian folk rock legend Boris Grebenshikov. Lynda has written for Early Music, the New Grove Dictionary of Music, and the art journal Apollo. She contributed texts on plucked instruments to the new musical instrument catalogue of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She holds a Ph.D for her research on the history of the theorbo. She has lectured at several institutions, including Columbia University and the University of Oxford. She is currently preparing a didactic recording and companion edition of lute duets, commissioned by the lute society, and a basso continuo tutor and theorbo method for publication in France.

Katriina Boosey

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Katriina Boosey has been a keen ambassador for the recorder since the age of nine. Finnish-born, she first studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and later at the Akademie fur Alte Musik in Bremen, Germany and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Katriina is passionate about music education and currently teaches recorder and chamber music at Cranleigh School, St Catherine's in Bramley and Farlington School in Horsham. Her playing career has taken her to many European countries and she has recorded with the Finnish baroque ensemble Battalia. With the recorder ensemble Fontanella Quintet she has performed early and contemporary music at many festivals in the UK, Finland and Iceland. Fontanella recently released the album Woods So Wild featuring medieval and renaissance music inspired by nature. Katriina tutors on recorder courses and adjudicates competitions, such as the Hong Kong Schools’ Music Festival in 2015. For nearly a decade Katriina was the recorder and Baroque music specialist at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset. She has also taught recorder players at the Royal Academy of Music and given masterclasses and workshops around Britain. In 2012 Katriina was awarded the ARAM honour (Associate of the Royal Academy of Music) for her contribution to the music life in the UK. For a hobby, Katriina loves playing saxophone in Big Band settings.
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Frances Eustace fell in love with the sound of "original instruments" and since 1983 has performed with all the leading orchestras in London. She has been involved in award winning recordings with Tavener Players, The London Classical Players, Gabrieli Players, Ensemble Sonnerie and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. In 1995 Frances qualified as a Dance Movement Therapist and has worked with young people with Traumatic Brain Injury and children with Visual Impairment and Autism. Since moving to Wessex in 2004 she has returned to music full-time, adding bagpipes and pipe and tabor to her armoury of instruments. In 2009 Frances gained an MA in Medieval Studies and is now studying for a Doctorate at Bristol University. Her fastest marathon time is 3 hours 57 mins. (Amsterdam 1991) and she won the Runners World Cup at the 1998 Venice Marathon. Frances and Katriina met during their time at the Akademie fur Alte Musik in Bremen where Frances studied viola da gamba and historical dance.

“From the quintessentially English masques through elegant French dances and an extraordinary piece featuring the colourful curtal, the concert ended with a Vivaldi Trio in which the players’ virtuosity was quite simply breathtaking.”