Philip was born in Lancashire and took tutelage from Rachael Clegg at Chethams School of Music. He later went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music with Melinda Maxwell and Rachel Pankhurst. Whilst still at the RNCM Philip had the rare opportunity to record a premiere of Edwin Roxburgh’s oboe trio – Shadow Play, with the renowned oboist Paul Goodey. During his time at the RNCM Philip won numerous prizes including the Cronshaw Lancaster Prize for Wind, Evelyn Rothwell Oboe Prize and a Henry Wood Scholarship. After which he moved to London to study a Masters of Music at the RCM studying with Christopher Cowie.
As a keen chamber musician, Philip has performed with many chamber groups in venues across the UK and other venues across Europe. With this passion for chamber music he is also a tutor on several Wind Ensemble courses including the Malvern Winds, Wind Ensemble Retreat in Yorkshie and Dartington International Festival.
As part of the Atéa Wind Quintet, who are the Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Philip has recently become an oboe tutor at the Conservatoire getting to work with some fantastic young oboists. The Quintet were previously Artists in Residence at the Purcell School and double prize winners in the 2015 Carl Nielsen International Chamber Music Competition. The group are very thankful for the support of the Tunnell Trust, Live Music Now and the Kirckman Concert Society schemes, with whom they gave their Wigmore debut in 2015.
With a passion for new music, Philip is also a member of the award winning ‘Riot Ensemble’ whom primary focus is new music which has taken him across the UK around Europe and beyond. Philip has recently worked with such orchestras as the Orchestra of Opera North, Hallé Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Ensemble, Den Fynske Opera in Denmark, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of St Johns and the London Musical Arts Orchestra.
After studying English and Music at University of Birmingham followed by a postgraduate year at the RNCM, Sue freelanced in Manchester before taking the position as Section Principal Horn at Scottish Opera in 1996.Alongside her opera commitments, she works throughout the UK as guest principal with ensembles including the BBCSSO and BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, RSNO, Opera North, Scottish Ensemble and Manchester Camerata.She is a founder member of the Antonine Trio, with baritone Steven Faughey and pianist Derek Clark.
A varied portfolio musician, Sue also produces community projects and operas for Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland, including an acclaimed premiere and live CD of Erik Chisholm’s opera Simoon, a live-edited animated production of Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, interactive children’s operas, and community songwriting projects. She is currently the project manager and producer for the Lammermuir Festival (Community Opera), producing Britten’s Noye’s Fludde in 2016 and a new commission in 2018 by Matthew Rooke (An Cadal Trom), both conducted by Sian Edwards.
Sue is the horn tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Junior Conservatoire), North East of Scotland Music School and at the Music School of Douglas Academy in Glasgow. Many of her students are now professional horn players. Sue also tutors Kodaly musicianship for the East Dunbartonshire Children’s and Youth Choirs.
Sue lives in Milton of Campsie, Glasgow with her husband and two children, two cats, a flock of hens and an extremely overgrown garden!
Anthea Wood is one of the leading freelance bassoonists in the UK today and has worked with orchestras, ballet and opera companies from London to Glasgow. Anthea originally hails from Chesterfield in Derbyshire.
Whilst a student at Huddersfield University she worked with Stockhausen, Ligeti, MacMillan, Berio and Maxwell Davies. On completing her studies with William Waterhouse at the RNCM she began regular work with Manchester Camerata and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Her teaching credentials have stretched to being on the bassoon staff at Chethams, Napier, Lancaster and Liverpool Universities, as well as regularly coaching National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and examining at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Now resident in Glasgow she has worked with every major ensemble. Her freelance work with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra saw her playing principal bassoon at the Proms in 2013 for the Proms premiere of MacMillan's violin concerto.
Her love and knowledge of chamber music has seen her appear with Ensemble 360 (Music in the Round), Goldberg Ensemble, SCO and RSNO Winds amongst others.
Anthea plays on an early 8000 series Heckel bassoon made in 1938. Its previous owner was the late Manfred Arlen, former Principal bassoon in the RLPO and co-writer (along with Fritz Spiegl) of the Radio 4 UK Theme.
Described by the press as ‘a true artist of elegance, thoughtfulness, passion and immense power’, Chiao-Ying Chang has distinguished herself as one of the leading pianists of her generation. A top prize-winner at the Leeds, ARD Munich, AXA Dublin and Taiwan International Piano Competitions, she has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Halle, Royal Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, National Irish Symphony and Munich Chamber Orchestra. As recitalist she has performed at prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York, National Concert Hall in Dublin, and Konzerthaus in Berlin.
Equally at home as a chamber musician, Chiao-Ying has collaborated with renowned artists including James Buswell, Lawrence Power, Alison Balsom, So-Ock Kim and the Ysaye Quartet. She is a founding member of the Fournier Piano Trio, winner of the 2013 Parkhouse Award and 2nd prize of the 2011 Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Chiao-Ying studied with Yu-Chiou Tchen at the Affiliated High School of National Taiwan Normal University before winning a full scholarship to London’s Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Christopher Elton and Maria Curcio. In 2015 she was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).
Chiao-Ying has given masterclasses in the UK, Norway, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Her CD recordings include the complete Schubert Impromptus for German label Audite, a collection of 29 works by Chopin for Musica Indo inc. in Japan, and piano trios by Mendelssohn, Faure, Salter and Ravel with Resonus Classics and Usk Recordings.
Anna Hashimoto won the 1st International Clarinet Competition, Kortrijk (Bel-gium), and the 7th International Clarinet Competition in Carlino (Italy). She made her Barbican debut with the English Chamber Orchestra aged 15, and has since performed concertos with orchestras such as the Brussels Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestras, and her solo CD albums have received favourable reviews.
She became an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2014. Her ensemble 'Atéa Quintet' are Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and were Quintet in Residence at The Purcell School. She has been guest principal with the UK's leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, ECO, CBSO, RLPO, London Mozart Players, and Philharmonia, and she is a clarinet tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Flautist Joanna Shaw leads a busy and varied life as an orchestral and chamber musician and is currently Principal Flute of both the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. Prior to this, she held positions as Sub-Principal Flute of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
As a guest principal and freelance flute, she has worked with the Orchestra of Opera North, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Northern Ballet Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Jo has appeared at King's Place (Beethoven for Wind series), the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Hampstead and Highgate Festival, Presteigne Festival Soloists, Dobris in the Czech Republic and Villecroze, France, working with the oboist Maurice Bourgue, with whom she also studied in Paris.
Jo has played for the chamber opera ensemble of Music Theatre Wales since 2005, and is currently the flautist of the contemporary music ensemble, Uproar. She is also an ABRSM diploma examiner, and has held teaching posts at the RWCMD, Junior RCS (formerly RSAMD), Glasgow University, and Bath Spa University.
Joanna studied at the Royal Northern College of Music gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies in Performance, Distinction and holds a BA Hons from Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.