Andrea Eklund is a Finnish-Swedish soprano, composer/arranger and conductor with a bold musicality that crosses diverse genres and musical disciplines. She studied Music Education at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, specialising in choral conducting, and received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2012. After an exchange year at the University of York, she went on to study Historical Performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London (Master of Performance 2017) under the tutelage of Marie Vassiliou, Mhairi Lawson and Emma Kirkby. Eklund has specialised in early Italian and late French baroque repertoire.
Recent performances include the role of Belinda in Purcell’s ’Dido and Aeneas’ for Höga Kusten Opera (Sweden) and Francisca in ’West Side Story’ with Bath Philharmonia. She received great reviews for her concert series ’Nordic Light’ (performed in Finland and in the UK), which featured Eklund’s distinctive arrangements of Nordic folk songs and electro-acoustic soundscapes by sound-artist Jon Hughes.
Eklund works mainly in the field of composition and arranging. She was awarded first prize in Akademiska Sångföreningen’s Arranging Competition (2013) and third prize in the female choir category of VocalEspoo International Choral Composition Competition (2016). Recently she composed the festival piece for Norbusang Choir Festival, the anniversary piece for Flora Choir’s 75th anniversary and the opening music for the film ’Moomins and the Winter Wonderland’. The latter was written for orchestra and vocal soloist, and was performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with Eklund singing both the official English and Swedish lyrics.
Agata Daraskaite, violin
Magdalena Loth-Hill, violin
Elitsa Bogdanova, viola
George Ross, cello
“The textures were always clear and voice-leading immaculate.” The Strad
Recently selected as BBC New Generation Artists, the Consone Quartet was formed at the Royal College of Music in London with the aim to explore Classical and Early Romantic repertoire on period instruments. Winners of the 2016 Royal Over-Seas League Ensemble Prize in London, Consone were also awarded two prizes at the 2015 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition, including a place on the ‘EEEmerging’ Emerging European Ensembles Scheme associated with the Ambronay Festival in France and six other early music festivals across Europe.
Recent highlights include an acclaimed debut at London’s Wigmore Hall, performances at King's Place, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Cheltenham, Lammermuir, Buxton and King’s Lynn Festivals. The Consone Quartet is rapidly gaining international recognition performing in France, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Belgium (AMUZ in Antwerp), Italy, Switzerland and in spring 2018 they toured in South America performing across Bolivia and Peru.
The quartet’s debut CD, featuring music by Haydn and Mendelssohn, was released on the Ambronay Label in October 2018 and was followed by a London launch kindly hosted by the Royal Over-Seas League in London and a tour of the North of England and Scotland. The disk has received a number of glowing reviews.
Consone regularly collaborates with other musicians, such as the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, members of the Hanover Band, Mahan Esfahani, Gillian Keith, Jane Booth, Ashley Solomon, and Colin Lawson. The quartet participated in the “Brighton Early Music Festival Live!” mentoring scheme and in a number of Chamber Studio masterclasses at King's Place, London. In 2018 the group was selected to become a Concordia Foundation Artist.
Yu-Wei Hu, flute
Johan Löfving, guitar/theorbo
"Flautist Yu-Wei Hu was sublime and her handling of Gluck and Paganini, accompanied sensitively by guitarist Johan Löfving, was my personal highlight..." Early Music Today
Flauguissimo Duo was founded by flautist Yu-Wei Hu and guitarist Johan Löfving in 2008 whilst studying at the Royal College of Music in London. Together they have dazzled audiences across UK and beyond, performing in venues such as Kings Place, Cadogan Hall and St. John’s Smith Square in London, Sage Gateshead in Newcastle and St George’s Bristol. Recently Flauguissimo was invited to perform in the Stratford-on-Avon Festival, Kings Lynn Festival and London Guitar Festival; abroad their performance highlights include Utrecht Early Music Festival Fringe in the Netherlands, Swedish Guitar and Lute Festival and the Bach Hall in Taiwan.
Passionate about both early and contemporary music, Flauguissimo Duo performed and led composer’s workshop at Bristol University in the UK as well as master classes at Ingesund College of Music, Kalstad Unitversity in Sweden. Selected for Brighton Early Music Festival Live and International Guitar Foundation Young Artist Platform 2015, Concordia Young Artists and Live Music Now, theri performances were highly appreciated by both audience and music critics.
In 2019 Flauguissimo Duo's debut album ‘A Salon Opera’ was released under Resonus Classics and has been recieving reviews to great acclaims.
Besides Flauguissimo Duo, Yu-Wei and Johan have won many prizes in prominent competitions, including International Early Music Competition in Middelburg/The Netherlands 2011, Uppsala International Guitar Competition 2011 and London International Guitar Competition 2012. They have performed at MuTh-Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Radio France Festival Montpellier, Palace of Versailles, BBC Proms Cadogan Hall, Bachwoche Festival Vienna, Carinthischer Sommer Festival Austria, Opera Barga Festival Italy, London Handel Festival and London Festival of Baroque Music. Their performances have been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3 & Radio 4, Radio France, Austrian Radio Ö1 and Swedish Radio P2.
Kate studied viol and baroque cello with Jonathan Manson at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with distinction, after gaining first class honours in Classics from Jesus College, Cambridge.
She has played with English Touring Opera, Solomon’s Knot and the Feinstein Ensemble, and was selected for the Handel House Talent Scheme 2016-17. Kate also performs with Chelys Viol Consort, and is a founder member of both Ceruleo, who were Ensemble Fellows at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for 2016-17, and Ensemble Molière, who were ‘Future Baroque’ artists at the 2017 London Festival of Baroque Music.
A keen chamber musician, Kate was twice awarded the RAM Nancy Nuttall Ensemble Prize, and was a recipient of the D Day Fund Award and Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize for Consort Music.
She has also taken part in masterclasses at the Greenwich International Early Music Festival and RCM Festival of Viols, performing to Christophe Coin, Alison Crum, Vittorio Ghielmi and Paolo Pandolfo. More recently, projects have included concerts at the Cadogan Hall, Southbank Centre and King’s Place, and live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ with Ceruleo and Ensemble Molière.
"Olwen Foulkes's playing is excellent, producing a beautifully controlled and mellifluous tone which she combines with an impressive sense of musical detail as well as the longer melodic phrase." Early Music Review
Olwen Foulkes has worked with ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Players, Monteverdi String Band, and La Serenissima. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and played for the Royal Shakespeare Company 2018 London season. Her debut solo disk ‘Directed by Handel’ was released on BCR in 2018 and her second, ‘Indoor Fireworks’, will be launched in November 2019. Olwen recently collaborated with Handel&Hendrix House, the Foundling Museum, the British Museum and the British Library performing recitals in connection to their collections. She is studying for a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Her debut solo disk ‘Directed by Handel’ was released on Barn Cottage Records in 2018 and her second disk will be released on BCR in late 2019. She graduated from Royal Academy of Music, London with a distinction and DipRam for her postgraduate degree in 2018. Olwen teaches the recorder at the Junior Department of Trinity College of Music and teaches classroom music at the American School in London. She also gives lectures on Eighteenth Century dance and ornamentation at the Royal Academy of Music and on the Marnaves Baroque Summer Course.
Rosie studied the bass with Peter Buckoke during her undergraduate at The Royal College of Music. During her Masters at Geneva Conservatoire she participated in The Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment’s scheme and has since worked with many period ensembles in the UK and Suisse Romande region. As a regular performer with Florilegium, she recently recorded Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos with the ensemble live on BBC Radio 3 at the York Early Music Festival. She is currently a continuo player for the Oxford Bach Soloists and is working with the ensemble to develop an education scheme that reaches out to children across Oxfordshire.
Rosie has played at many festivals in the UK and Switzerland, including Festival Bach de Lausanne with Nuria Rial and Brighton Early Music Festival with Dame Emma Kirkby, Flauguissmo Duo and Consone Quartet. She has featured on BBC Radio 3 with the International Baroque Players and performed on their disc ‘Pisendel’ directed by Johannes Pramsohler. As a continuo player, she has worked with Laurence Cummings, David Hill, Richard Egarr, Steven Devine (performing on basse de violon) and Pavlo Besnosiuk (on violone). Rosie will be touring Vivaldi’s ‘Griselda’ with Irish National Opera and Irish Baroque Orchestra this autumn under the direction of Peter Whelan.
Steven Player has for the last twenty years been performing dances of the renaissance and baroque on concert stages around the world. Researched from original books and manuscripts his vivacious, versatile and rhythmic technique aims to bring life back to the dance that inspired so many great composers.
As a performer on the baroque guitar and a dancer he has worked with the finest musicians and ensembles in the early music field, performing and recording regularly.
He has appeared, choreographed and taught for tv, theatre, opera, school and the layman, from the northern coast of Norway to the southern tip of Australia.