Emily Atkinson

Born in the Colorado Rockies, soprano Emily Atkinson studied at the Crane School of Music, New York and the Royal College of Music, London, and now enjoys performing both as a soloist and consort singer. She has sung with many leading consorts, including The Cardinall's Musick, Alamire, The Taverner Consort, and La Grande Chapelle, and has performed with The Tallis Scholars in hundreds of concerts across five continents. She has also appeared in the UK and abroad with period orchestras such as The Academy of Ancient Music, The English Concert, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, and Florilegium, including performances at the Valletta Baroque Festival, Edinburgh Festival, and BBC Proms. 

Emily is proud to be a member of the City Bach Collective, carrying on a decades-long tradition of performing Bach cantatas liturgically at Lutheran services in the City of London. She is often a featured soloist with period chamber groups and has recorded a CD of Italian cantatas with Concentus VII, with Early Music Review praising her ‘beautifully controlled voice.’ She has also enjoyed singing fusion and contemporary music, including a recent performance in Morocco with Passamezzo and Sufi singer Abdou el-Haak, as well as new music by Jill Jarman with Chelys Viol Consort and world-famous percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, a particular highlight for Emily, herself an amateur marimba player. 

Flauguissimo Duo

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 receiving reviews of great acclaim. Their latest album 'To the Northern Star', featuring Swedish baroque composer J.H. Roman, was released earlier this year and their celebrated launch tour was generously supported by the Continuo Foundation.

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.

Magdalena Loth-Hill

British-Polish violinist Magdalena Loth-Hill is a passionate chamber musician and a founding member of the Consone Quartet (BBC New Generation Artists), who in 2022 were awarded a prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust fellowship and signed with Linn Records.

Magdalena also performs with Ensemble Hesperi - a period ensemble championing rarely heard music. Ensemble Hesperi won first prize at the 2020 London International Festival of Early Music competition, and third prize at the International Van Wassenaer Competition in Utrecht in 2021. Performing on both modern and period instruments, Magdalena is a regular player with the Academy of Ancient Music and Solomon’s Knot and has recorded for the British Library ‘Georgians Revealed’ exhibition and the ABRSM syllabus. Concerto performances include Bach’s E major concerto, Brandenburg Concerti 4 and 5 and the Bach Double Violin Concerto with the RCM Baroque Orchestra as well as the Mendelssohn and Bruch Violin Concerti with the City of Carlisle Orchestra. In 2016, Magdalena travelled to Bolivia, where her two solo recitals as Artist of the Festival, officially opened the Misiones de Chiquitos Festival.

Henrik Persson 

Born in Stockholm, Henrik moved to England to study cello at the Birmingham Conservatoire with Andrew Fuller and viola da gamba with Bill Hunt. After completing his BMus Hons degree, he undertook a postgraduate performance degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied baroque and classical cello with Jennifer Ward-Clarke and viola da gamba with the late Richard Campbell.

Henrik currently enjoys a rich and varied freelance career. He is a regular with Florilegium, the Musical and Amicable Society, with whom he also appears as a soloist, and for the Blackdowns Early Music Projects. He was first continuo player of Philip Pickett’s two groups New London Consort and Musicians of the Globe with whom he regularly toured throughout the UK and the world for eight years. Henrik was also first continuo player for La Nuova Musica from 2007 to 2010 and a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra 2002-03. He is a founding member of Newe Vialles Consort together with Caroline Ritchie. Henrik also teaches at the annual Baroque Opera Course at Benslow Music, together with Judy Tarling.

Recordings include appearances as continuo player on several discs such as Spiritato!’s The Judgement of Paris by Daniel Purcell, Sweeter Than Roses with soprano Anna Dennis and Sounds Baroque, Bach cantatas with Amici Voices, and Odes, Songs and Sonatas, Divine, Moral and Entertaining from the English 18th Century with the Musical and Amicable Society. He also appears as soloist together with Jonathan Rees and Martin Perkins on the Weston Park Cello Music recording with the same group.

Henrik is fortunate enough to be able to perform on an original cello by Nicholas Chappuy 1770 and an original viola da gamba by Edward Lewis 1703.