Jenni swiftly progressed through the ABRSM grades for violin with 8 distinctions and achieved the dipABRSM diploma, the Torbay Young Musician and the Director's Outstanding Award of the Torbay Schools Festival before moving to London to further her studies. She recently graduated from King's College London and also specialised in Advanced Performance Studies (violin) at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Professor Joshua Fisher. In 2014, she achieved the Licentiate award of the Royal Schools of Music in violin (LRSM), with viola as a related instrument. She performs regularly with numerous orchestras and ensembles, at theatres and for recording sessions, and her orchestral work has taken her to international stages such as the Edinburgh Festival and the Royal Festival Hall, working with soloists and conductors such as Toby Purser, Ed Gardner, Tom Poster and Guy Johnston. Jenni also manages and performs with the Grazioso String Quartet. She has been passionate about instrumental teaching since her school days, where she prepared beginner piano and violin students for ABRSM exams. Since moving to London to study music she continues to teach violin, viola, double bass and piano privately to students of all ages and abilities ranging from beginner to grade 8 standard. Her students have been successful in ABRSM exams, played in competitions, workshops, festivals and on the BBC. She also teaches music theory in order that students may pass grade 5 theory when they reach the equivalent playing standard. Jenni recently presented a series of education in schools workshops on the violin/viola as part of different outreach initiatives to inspire young musicians, and has taken great pleasure in directing young string groups in festivals and concerts, encouraging their ensemble skills. Jenni is the founder and leader of an 11-piece string group for young musicians who won their category at the South West of England Music Festival. She has helped mentor violin sections of the National Orchestra For All, a children’s orchestra that promotes musical provision for young people no matter what their level of experience, whilst enhancing students’ confidence and performance skills. Jenni encourages students to develop their own musical judgement and listening skills whilst solidifying technique, score reading and interpretation skills across a variety of genres and styles. Recognising that each student is an individual and following a teaching programme that incorporates their interests, Jenni is able to relate practical work accordingly to, say, theory that students may have learnt in school, history of music, music in film, historical violin pedagogy, general performance skills or Alexander technique. Jenni is passionate about sharing her experience and love of violin-playing with students of all ages and abilities.
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Dimitris Spouras was born in 1989 in Thessaloniki. He started his musical studies (1994) in the State Conservatory in Stavroupoli – Thessaloniki in the class of recorder under F. Terzis and then in the class of clarinet under the same teacher. He graduated in 2010 with the diploma in clarinet with great distinction and praise excellent performance. He studied harmony, counterpoint and fugue in the same conservatory under P. Bekiaridis and O. Solomonidou. He is a graduate of the music school in Thessaloniki and the ‘University of Macedonia – Thessaloniki’ in the department ‘Musical Science and Arts’ (2012 Bachelor of music) with the specialization clarinet – soloist under M. Mumulides and M. Ploumidis. Last year graduated from Royal Flemish conservatory in Antwerp (clarinet) under I. Lybeert and R. Dils and from orchestra conducting course at the same university under I. Venkov. He is continuing his studies in the Royal conservatory of Brussels (conducting) under B. Bouckaert and in Guildhall School of Music and Drama for postgraduate in clarinet (Orchestra Artistry Diploma – collaboration with London Symphony Orchestra) under professors Andrew Marriner, Nic Carpenter and Joy Farrall.
He has attended master classes with P. Radev, S. Mourikis, T. Sotiriadis and Zeretzke.
In 2014 he won the first prize and the special prize in the ‘First Hellenic Orchestra Conducting Competition with the State Orchestra of Thessalonki’. In 2005 he won the first prize in the Greek music schools competition. In 2006 he was chosen, after auditioning for a stage with the state orchestra of Thessaloniki and some months later he was chosen as the second clarinet in the Youth State Orchestra of Thessaloniki.
He has played as member of the orchestra in famous halls around Europe under the direction of S. Gordon, R. Long, K. Papazoglou, K. Trikolidis, T. Symeondis, G. Hadjinikos, M. Makraki and I. Venkov.
Since last year he is artistic director and chief conductor of the new ensemble Antwerpen Camerata and he has conducted the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki, the State Orchestra of Athens and the Russe Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.
Ben Carr is a recorder player, flautist and drummer. He studied Music at the University of Bristol, where he performed in the University Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Baroque Ensemble. He also performed with the Renaissance ensemble Rosafresca, formed an Irish Folk band, and regularly drummed in his church. For several years he also drummed for a big band at his school, where he has a Music Scholarship.
Ben is currently studying for an MMus in Historical Performance on recorders at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. His post-graduate studies are generously supported by the Michael James Musical Trust, a Derek Butler award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, and a scholarship award from the Guildhall School.
Ben loves teaching the flute, recorders and drum kit to young people of all ages. He also regularly works on the Social Staff for the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain. When not performing, listening and writing about music, Ben loves to train for 10ks and half marathons.
Being just 15 Martyna Bezdziecka started gaining her experience by playing in flute in a secondary music school. Her trio won twice at the Festival Chamber Music in Sosnowiec in Poland. After she had graduated with State Secondary Classical Music Diploma Martyna attended the Karol Szymanowski Music Academy in Katowice.
Meanwhile, she was lucky enough to have lessons with Emily Beynon, William Bennet, Barbara Gissler Hasse, Denis Bouriakov and Peter Lukas Graf. Martyna has attended many courses in Poland and abroad eg. William Bennet Summer School, Winter Interpretation Course in Szczawno Zdroj – prof. Peter Lukas Graff, International Flute Festival in Poznan, just to name a few.
Martyna is principal flute in Academic Symphony Orchestra in Katowice and was lucky enough to play alongside excellent conductors: Kimcherie Lloyd, Michal Klauza, Jacek Kasprzyk, Pawel Kotla. She is also a member of the Academic Baroque Orchestra in Katowice and Wind Orchestra in Katowice.
Mariana studied recorder, singing and keyboard at the Portuguese National Music Conservatoire in her native city of Lisbon. She was a founding member of this school’'s early music group Turba Conservatoriense, and was part of the National Conservatoire Baroque Orchestra. She was a member of the Peregrinação Choir at the same school, with which she recorded an album in 2008. She furthered her recorder studies at the Castelo Branco Polytechnic Institute, earning her Master of Music. She also holds a Bachelor of Musicology by the Lisbon Nova University.
She has performed numerous concerts around Portugal, both as a soloist and as part of a group, including a concert at the Belem Cultural Centre in a concert transmitted live by Antena 2 and later broadcast by BBC 3. Mariana has sung in several chamber, symphonic and operatic choirs, and in 2002 was invited to become a member of the Lisbon Chamber Choir with which she recorded 5 albums. Since her move to the UK she has joined the London Philharmonic Choir and continues working as a soloist. Parallel to her life as a performer, she has dedicated herself to teaching, having taught recorder, instrumental ensemble and choir at schools such as the Caldas da Rainha Conservatoire and the Portuguese National Music Conservatoire.
Callista is a London based pianist, recorder player and violist. She is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama) having gained both a BMus(Hons) and a PGDip in Piano Performance. She is fortunate to have performed all over England, Scotland and the Isles, France and Georgia.
In her busy teaching and performing schedule, Callista still finds time to participate in various musical projects, which have taken her to the Riverside Studios, the Dominion Theatre, Wembley Arena, O2 Arena and numerous live music venues around London.
Callista has a passion for all genres of music whether be it Classical, Pop or otherwise. She values working alongside other composers and writers and being involved in the creative process.
Maintaining a friendly, supportive and assertive approach to teaching, Callista revels in teaching a broad spectrum of abilities, from complete beginners to more advanced pupils. She has a great range of repertoire and will adapt and adopt music of any genre from which the pupil would like to learn.
Callista's sessions are always lively and engaging; her modus operandi, with regards to the MusicHour, is to emphasise the pure enjoyment of playing and mastering a wide range of repertoire rather than focusing on examinations. However, should the student wish to be entered for ABRSM examinations, Callista is more than happy to prepare them thoroughly and guide them through the process. She maintains a 100% pass rate.