Originally from Devon in the UK, Sarah Humphrys studied recorder, baroque oboe and shawm at the Royal College of Music, London and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland. She now enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. Sarah plays with period instrument ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the English Concert, the Gabrieli Consort, La Nuova Musica, I Fagiolini and the Sixteen. She regularly makes radio and TV broadcasts and recordings for films. Summer 2018 sees her debut at Glyndebourne and her seventh season as a principal player at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Sarah is a member of three chamber groups with whom she performs and records throughout Europe: Ensemble Meridiana, winners of three major international awards, the recorder quintet, Fontanella and The City Musick. Listen to Sarah Humphrys on the player below (2nd piece)…
James studied with Alan Davis in Birmingham and Rebecca Miles in London, gaining his LRSM with distinction. In 2011 he was runner-up in a worldwide competition for blind musicians at the Jan Dale Conservatoire in Prague.
He has performed in many prestigious venues including King’s Place, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the Wigmore Hall. In 2016 he appeared on the Proms Extra programme on BBC2 and has performed as soloist alongside Piers Adams.
His work with the Great British Paraorchestra has seen him perform at many venues, notably at the 2012 Paralympic closing ceremony with Coldplay.
Listen to James Risden on the player below (1st piece)…
After gaining an exhibition award from Trinity College London at 17 for the highest marks in her performers certificate, Lucy went on to obtain a place at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to study recorder and early music. Following her graduation Lucy was appointed Assistant Director of Music at Stover School in Devon.
Alongside teaching in the classroom she also set up a successful private teaching business with past pupils achieving places at The Royal College of Music, The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Guildhall School of Music.
Lucy is also involved in leading SRP groups, recorder orchestras and tutoring for NYRO. Recently Lucy has been working hard to develop more advanced recorder players in the south west which has led her to teaching recorder at Blundell’s School, Stover School, Exeter School and is now the Recorder specialist at Exeter Cathedral School.
Alongside building an extensive recorder teaching practise, Lucy has also performed for many concerts with orchestras, groups and solo playing. Playing with Devon Baroque Orchestra, The Hirano String Quartet, and has even played to royalty! She has also had several original compositions written for her.