As with the singers, the personnel varies, but many of the following instrumentalists will be found in the line-up for any given concert.


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Lucy Russell was born in Germany of Scottish/Norwegian origin, but has lived mainly in London. She was a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music, going on to take music degrees at the University of York, where she gave the first British performance of the Norwegian composer Alfred Janson's violin concerto Forspil, based on Hardanger violin traditions.

She is the leader of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, of which she has been a member since 1988, and has performed with them all over Europe, North America and South Africa, as well as making recordings for Linn Records, the BBC and various foreign radio stations. She has recorded for Channel Classics, Hyperion, DG and Decca with other ensembles, having been leader of Florilegium, Concerto Caledonia, Classical Opera Company, Retrospect Ensemble, the Finchcocks Quartet and the New Chamber Opera Band of Players, as well as a director of the Scottish Early Music Consort and a solo violinist in the New London Consort. She now leads The King's Consort, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and the Dunedin Consort, and has been invited to guest lead for the City of London Sinfonia.

She recently become Associate Leader of Southern Sinfonia, and has also directed the Danish group Ensemble Zimmerman.
Matthew Truscott, leader Matthew Truscott studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and subsequently at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag, and now pursues a busy freelance career combining modern instrument playing with gut strings and period performance.

Very active as a chamber musician and soloist, he was for four years a member of the Dante Quartet, with whom he appeared at the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Bath and Kuhmo (Finland) festivals as well as performing regularly on BBC Radio 3 and at London's Wigmore Hall. He has recently joined the Quince Quartet, which is an exciting new development.

Matthew is increasingly in demand as an orchestral leader and plays principal violin in a number of international ensembles, including Florilegium, St. James' Baroque and The Classical Opera Company. He is a leader of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and was a guest principal at the English National Opera in their production of Monteverdi's 'L'Orfeo'.
Jean Paterson Jean Paterson was born in north Pembrokeshire into a farming family, moving later to Hampshire. She read music at Oxford, studying the violin with Emanuel Hurwitz, and at the Royal Academy of Music with Manoug Parikian. She later took up the baroque violin with Micaela Comberti and John Holloway, and now plays with many of the leading period instrument ensembles in Britain: Florilegium, London Handel Orchestra, Gabrieli Consort, English Baroque Soloists, The Sixteen, and the Canadian group 'The Theatre of Early Music'. Her special love is chamber music, which she indulges in with groups including The Revolutionary Drawing Room and Canzona.

Jean has been a guest leader for the Edinburgh-based group, the 'Dunedin Consort', and is leader of the Woodmansterne Collection in their performances of Beethoven and other late-classical repertoire.
Jane Rogers - viola Jane Rogers is currently one of the most sought-after violists in the field of Early Music. She studied viola at the Royal Academy of Music with John White, Stephen Shingles and Jan Schapp, during which time she gained a place in the European Union Baroque Orchestra.

Jane is currently Principal Viola with the Dunedin Consort, Brecon Baroque, The English Baroque soloists, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and the Academy of Ancient Music. She teaches Baroque Viola and Viola d'Amore at the Royal Academy of Music and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and is visiting professor at Birmingham Conservatoire and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has given numerous masterclasses and regularly coaches chamber music. Jane's recording career has been prolific and she has appeared on over 200 CD recordings, several of which have received awards. As a chamber musician Jane performs regularly with Trio van Hengel - with whom she recently recorded Mozart's Kegelstatt Trio, and with her duo partner Rachel Podger.

Future plans include a recording of Mozart's duos for violin and viola with Channel Classics.
Dorothea Vogel - viola Dorothea Vogel was born in Switzerland and studied with Rudolf Weber in Winterthur. After winning first prize in the Swiss Youth Competition, she won scholarships to study with Paul Coletti at the Peabody Institute in the United States, and with David Takeno and Micaela Comberti at the Guildhall in London, where she graduated with the coveted Concert Recital Diploma. She was a founder member of the Amar Quartet and is now the viola player in the Allegri String Quartet. She plays on both 'modern' and period instruments, playing the baroque viola with various Early Music groups, including Florilegium, and has played as principal viola in both the Gustav Mahler Orchestra and the World Youth Orchestra in Israel. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Zurich Kammerorchester and at London's Wigmore Hall. She teaches Chamber Music at 'Pro Corda'.
Sarah McMahon began her cello studies with Nora Gilleece at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin in 1987. In 1995 she moved to London where she studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange, Jenny Ward-Clarke and Colin Carr graduating with a first class B Mus Performance Degree and a Dip RAM.

Sarah is now much in demand as soloist and chamber musician throughout Ireland and the U.K. She is a member of the Callino String Quartet with whom she has a busy performing schedule. They have toured widely throughout Europe collaborating with many diverse artists such as Edgar Meyer and John Abercrombie. The Quartet has worked closely with several composers on their works for string quartet and earlier this year they released a CD of music by Ian Wilson for the Riverrun label.

In addition to her commitments with the Quartet, Sarah takes a keen interest in historical performance and regularly works as principal cellist with the Gabrieli Consort and the Academy of Ancient Music. She has performed concertos at St. John's Smith Square, the Casa da Musica in Porto and the National Concert Hall in Dublin and recently appeared as concerto soloist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Sarah also performs regularly in Canada with the Theatre of Early Music under the direction of Daniel Taylor. She is principal cellist of the Irish Baroque Orchestra and recently she was featured as soloist in a critically acclaimed disc for Hyperion of the Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto.

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Silas Standage - keyboard Silas Wollston was a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral and sang for the wedding of Charles and Diana as well as being part of a real boy band of trebles called 'Too short'! During his teens his flair for composing and arranging music flourished. While at Cambridge he directed performances of Purcell's Fairy Queen for the Opera Society as well as a series of concerts with students playing on historical instruments. He went on to study the harpsichord at the Guildhall, London and the Conservatoire Royale, Brussels. Since then he has played for all the major British early music groups and has been principal continuo player for Sir John Eliot Gardiner since 1999, performing as a soloist in the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000. Silas is passionate about 17th-century music and is writing a PhD on the repertoire of Charles II's violin band.
Terence Charlston - keyboard Terence Charlston is widely acknowledged for his engaging and expressive performances and he has been described as one of Britain's leading early keyboard players. His enviably broad career ranges from solo and chamber musician, choral and orchestral director, to teacher and academic researcher. As a harpsichord and organ soloist, he has toured worldwide and performing with many of the leading period and modern instrument groups and soloists and his repertoire spans from the 16th century to the present day, reflecting his passionate interest in keyboard music of all types and styles. He can be heard on over 50 commercial CDs on harpsichord, organ, virginals, clavichord and fortepiano. His pioneering work as an educator is having a wide influence on the younger generation of performers. He founded the Department of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in 1995 and in September 2007 he was invited to join the staff of the Royal College of Music, London as professor of harpsichord. website
Robert Howarth - keyboard Robert Howarth studied music at the University of York where he won the Department prize for his outstanding Musical contribution. He quickly established himself as a Harpsichordist in England, specialising in continuo playing. As a keyboard continuo player he plays for many Early Music Ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Players and the New London Consort.

As musical assistant to Ivor Bolton, Robert works regularly for the Salzburg Festival, Florence's Maggio Musicale and the Bavarian State Opera. As a conductor he has worked in the Hamburg State Opera and with the Northern Sinfonia in England and also with Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg in concerts with Angelicka Kirschlager and Thomas Hampson. He also opened the Munich Opera Festival last year conducting Handel with the Bayerische Staatsorchester.

His chamber music recordings with La Serenissima, Ricordo and his own group - The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble - have all met will great critical acclaim, winning special recognition in both the Gramophone and BBC Music magazines. Future plans include a complete recording of Monteverdi's 1610 Mass and Vespers. He is now the Artistic Director of the Avison Ensemble of Newcastle.

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James Eastaway - oboe James Eastaway took up the modern oboe at school in Chester and later taught himself baroque oboe while a medical student at Edinburgh University. Following a successful audition for the European Community Baroque Orchestra in 1991, he has divided his working life between music and medicine. He has performed all over the world with all the major British period instrument orchestras and also groups such as Orchestre Champs Elysees, Amsterdam Baroque and the Australian Chamber Orchestra playing principal oboe for many beknighted conductors over the years.

James has most regularly worked with the English Baroque Soloists (including the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000), Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and London Handel Orchestra and has taken part in over 50 recordings including as a soloist. As part of BBC Radio 3's 'Bach Christmas' in 2005, James was invited to play the Bach concerto for oboe d'amore.

He has taught regularly at the Royal College, Royal Academy and Trinity College of Music and for the Academies Musicales de Saintes.

James continues to work part time as a doctor, a job which, like playing the oboe, is at turns demanding and frustrating but ultimately rewarding.
Ursula Leveaux - bassoon Bassoonist Ursula Leveaux, a former pupil at Chetham's School of Music, furthered her studies with Martin Gatt in London, Brian Pollard in Amsterdam and also studied Baroque bassoon with Danny Bond in The Hague. Whilst still a student in London she was the winner the Shell-London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship and also became a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra working with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Herbert von Karajan, Leonard Bernstein and Georg Solti.

In 1987 she returned from the Netherlands to join the SCO as Principal Bassoon, a post she fulfilled for twenty years, before returning to the freelance world. Ursula is frequently asked to appear as guest principal with major orchestras in Britain and throughout Europe. She is also in demand as a performer on Baroque and Classical Bassoon, playing regularly for John Eliot Gardiner, including taking part in his Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000, last year she appeared at the Proms with Andrew Manze and the English Concert and will tour again with them next year.

A busy chamber musician, Ursula is a member of the Nash Ensemble of London and the Hebrides Ensemble in Scotland. For the last three years she has been invited to participate in the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival in the USA.

A regular contributor to Radio 3, Ursula's CD recordings include the complete chamber music of Poulenc and of Saint-Saens, Beethoven Septet and Schubert Octet, all with the Nash Ensemble. She can also be heard on the complete recording of Chabrier Songs with Dame Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson. With the SCO she has recorded the Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto in D minor, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Bassoon Concerto, Strathclyde Concerto No 8 which was written especially for her, and the Mozart Bassoon Concerto, released in 2006.