Eve Harrison (composer) – “A sensitive and refined imagination” Eve’s music features in Michael Hall’s forthcoming book British Music Theatre. John Casken and Anthony Gilbert supervised her MusB (Hons) and MMus respectively. Hera’s List toured to Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival 2012, Eve was awarded first prize at Heriot Watt Composer Competition and recent commissions include National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Sistema Scotland and Phoenix Clarinet Quartet with vocal sculptor Jason Singh (PRSF). Eve was invited to attend the prestigious composers’ course at St Magnus International Festival, Orkney in 2013 with the Hebrides Ensemble and, in collaboration with BREAD Arts, Eve was been commissioned by the London Sinfonietta as part of Blue Touch Paper 2014.
Ben Gaunt (composer) – Ben Gaunt has studied at the RNCM and Manchester Metropolitan University, and the University of Sheffield where he received a PhD. His music has been performed by the LSO, Icarus Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble 10/10, Rarescale, York Late Music Ensemble, Christopher Redgate, Oren Marshall and Sarah Nicolls. Ben has studied with Dorothy Ker, Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Finnissy and Alwynne Pritchard, amongst others. His music has been published by UYMP and recorded by NMC.
Rachel Gilmore (mezzo-soprano) – Rachel graduated with a BMus(Hons), 1st class, and PGDip(Dist) from the RNCM, and continued her studies at Berlin’s Universität der Künste. Performances include work with Berio’s Tempo Reale group in Laborinthus II, and further sound workshops; the premiere of Harrison’s Hera’s List at London’s Tête à Tête contemporary opera festival, Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with Ensemble 10/10; with English Voices at Aix en Provence festival, with Freiburger Barock and the OAE; and in Manchester’s Gaussian series, performing Molitor’s Voice Box.
Hannah McCabe (clarinet) – In 2009 Hannah completed her Masters with distinction at the RNCM winning the Concerto Competition 2009 and the Gilbert and Fell Soloist Award during her time there. Since graduating she continues to freelance with ensembles including Manchester Camerata and the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and is a founding member of Phoenix Clarinet Quartet, winners of the International Clarinet Quartet Competition 2012 and the MBF Emerging Excellence Artists 2013-2014. As a session musician she has performed and recorded with groups including BBC folk award winning band The Unthanks and is a founding band member of The Rubber Duck Orchestra, a Manchester-based Balkan Stomp Band.
Rod Skipp (cello) – Rod is a New Zealand born cellist currently freelancing in the North West of England, combining education work as Artistic Director of ‘In Harmony Liverpool’ who recently performed at the BBC Proms, with chamber and orchestral work. Having graduated with a MMus from the RNCM, he has performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, and is principal cello of Skipton Camerata. He recently performed Messiaen’s Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps as part of the Chetham’s International Piano Summer School. Rod also enjoys working with his brother Norm as _scape to create new music for cello and electronics.
Trevor Bartlett (percussion) – Trevor Bartlett graduated with a Masters Degree in Percussion from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2011. He has an active solo and chamber career, as well as freelancing for various orchestras. Trevor has performed in Hong Kong, China, Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, France, and all over the UK including venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham, and the Brigdewater Hall. As well as performing, Trevor also teaches percussion and drum kit in Manchester and North Wales.