Bryony Prior began studying Horn at age 8. In 2010 she was selected to play in the orchestra of Glyndebourne’s community opera, Knight Crew which was documented by the BBC and in the same year Bryony was the youngest musician in the final of the West Sussex Young Musician Award.
While studying at Junior School of Guildhall School of Music & Drama, she was appointed Principal Horn in the Symphony Orchestra and participated in master classes taken by Rex Richardson and Tine Thing Helseth.
Bryony gained a scholarship at Guildhall School Of Music And Drama, studied with Richard Bissil and was also coached by David Pyatt, Jeff Bryant and Hugh Seenan. She studied Jazz singing with Lee Gibson. Her orchestral experience has led to invitations to play with Kent Sinfonia, Bayleaf Brass, London Schools Symphony Orchestra, Docklands Sinfonia, Folkestone Symphony, Adhoc Orchestra’s made up of LPO musicians and many more.
Bryony also performed as concerto soloist with The Brandenburg Sinfonia and the Southwark Sinfonietta. During her time in London she has been a member of Dockland’s Sinfonia, played at Angel Studios for Katie Meluas Album/ Single ‘I will be there’ and as a jazz singer has performed at Arundel Jailhouse Jazz Club and with big bands. Bryony recently appeared as a singer in a BBC short video about the recording of a virtual choir of Cystic Fibrosis sufferers. Sales of the CD, Choirs With Purpose released shortly before Christmas, put it in the top 40 and helped raise much needed funds for the CF trust.
Bryony also performs in her own duo with renowned musician/trumpeter, Paul Newton. Their repertoire covers everything from Jazz to modern, pop and classical.
Anthea Fry, who has played the piano from the age of three, is able to trace her pedagogical roots back to Clara Wieck, wife of Robert Schumann. She was a prizewinning student at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the guidance of Robin Wood and Max Pirani and has performed throughout the UK, in USA and Europe, with appearances at the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room.
She has made a special study of the piano works of Robert Schumann and these are often a feature of her solo recitals. Programmes are diverse, encompassing Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, and Chopin through to Debussy, Ravel, Hindemith and Stravinsky.
She performs widely as a chamber musician with the Lauriston trio, which has recently expanded into the Lauriston Ensemble. She also tours the world as a music examiner.
Anthea is a member of the orchestra in which she plays the viola.
Pierre Frapier was a laureate of the 11th Aram Khachaturian International Violin Competition and is an Artist Duploma graduate and schole of the Royal College of Music under the guidance of Prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky. International appearnaces have included The Kuhmo Arts Center, Teatro Braluz, Piotr Stoliarsky School Auditorium, Tchaikovsky Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Tel-Aviv Opera House, Yerevan Opera Theatre, National Musicians' Church in Holborn, New North London Synagogue, St Martin's in the Fields and the Wigmore Hall.
Passionate about chamber music, he is regularly invited to the Kuhmo International Chamber Music festival, playing with musicians such as Victor Mendelssohn, Yuval Gotlibovich, Sergey Malov, Hugh Ticciati, Marc Danel, Michel Lethiec, Niek de Groot and the Enesco Quartet.
Helen Pierce, after graduating from Goldsmith's University, studied under Keith Puddy and Nick Bucknall at Trinity College of Music for a Master's Degree, which she passed with distinction. In 2001 she was awarded the Wilfred Hambleton prize for clarinet, and went on to study with Roland Diry in Germany and with Hans Deinzer in Italy.
In Germany she worked with a leading contemporary music group ‘Ensemble Modern’, and played with Darmstadt Staatstheater Opera Orchestra and with Frankfurt Schauspiel. Helen subsequently recorded Messiaen's ‘Quatuor pour la fin du temps' for the Frankfurt Musik Hochschule label.
In the UK Helen has worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, English Sinfonia, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Manning Camerata, the Adderbury Ensemble, Britten-Pears Orchestra and St Paul's Sinfonia.
Helen plays with the quartet Clariphonics who were semi-finalists in the Royal Overseas League competition, 2008 and were selected as Park Lane Group young artists in 2009. Helen also plays in the Argento Trio who appear in venues throughout the UK and has performed with the Berkeley Ensemble in their project of Arnold's chamber opera The Open Window.
Solo engagements in 2016 include Strauss’ Duet Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon performed with St Paul's Sinfonia and Weber’s Concertino in Eb Major, Op26 in our summer concert.
Peter Nall has been playing the violin since the age of 7 and plays with the London Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he has appeared with world famous conductors and musicians. He also offers advice to professional and amateur string players in locating and purchasing fine instruments.
He has appeared twice as a soloist with Kingston Third Age Orchestra: he played Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor (with the leader John Kitchen) at the orchestra's inaugural concert in 2010, and came back in 2014 to play Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64.
Peter Bullett is a member of the orchestra in which he plays cello. He was a choral scholar at the Temple Church, gaining an ARCM in piano performing and the FRCO while still at school. Currently music co-ordinator at New Malden Methodist Church, he is rehearsal pianist to the Kingston Grammar School Choral Society, as well as a busy freelancer. He has recently founded the Harmonie Chamber Choir. In 2013 Peter played Mozart's Piano Concerto No 24 in C minor K491.
Belén Barnus (soprano), Emily Kyte (mezzo soprano), Jorge Navarro-Colorado (tenor) and James Quilligan (bass), all students at or recent graduates of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, were the soloists in the orchestra’s performance in May 2013 of Haydn’s Mass in Bb major, Hob.XX:14 – Harmoniemesse.
Calling all string players! Here is an opportunity to get together to explore some string music in a variety of periods and styles. Open to everyone who plays violin, viola, cello or double bass (minimum standard Grades 4/5)
The dates: Saturday, 4th August 10.30 – 4.00 pm and Sunday, 5th August 2.30 – 4.00 pm at Kingston Methodist Church, Fairfield South, Kingston KT1 2UJ (on the corner of Fairfield South and Avenue Road).
For more details and application form click here.
Vacancies for strings
There are currently vacancies for violins and violas.
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(with the Harmonie Choir)
Sunday 9 December 2018
All Saints Parish Church
Kingston KT1 1JP
the Armistice in 1918
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