Artists

These are a selection of our artists for 2020.

Harriet MacKenzie

"Searing Intensity... A performance full of panache.... captivating"
The Strad

Harriet Mackenzie graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with First Class honours, M.Mus and DipRAM. She is also honoured with being made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Harriet is an internationally renowned concerto soloist and recitalist...

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...and has performed across five continents. A multi-faceted virtuoso, she performs music from Baroque to the 21st century, the strictly Classical to Gypsy, Klezmer, Argentinian, Balkan and Japanese music.

Harriet has taken part in many world premieres playing music specifically written for her as a soloist, including Robert Fokkens' violin concerto premiered at the Southbank Centre in London and Deborah Prichard's 'Wall of Water' violin concerto, inspired by the paintings of Maggi Hambling.

In addition to her solo work she is a lover of chamber music and is a founder member of the innovative trio 'Kosmos Ensemble' and violin duo ‘Retorica. The Classical range is explored in Retorica's internationally acclaimed CD of British Violin Duos, which was chosen as 'Editor's Choice' in Gramophone Magazine, cited for Harriet's "superbly responsive playing ... faultless technique and unfailing insight."

Jersey Chamber Orchestra

Jersey Chamber Orchestra

Established by Music in Action in October 2008, the Jersey Chamber Orchestra has performed each year during the Liberation Music Festival. The premise is to perform technically challenging and exciting programmes not otherwise heard in Jersey...

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The orchestra is made up of a mixture of local artists and overseas professionals and is led by Anna Smith who plays with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Bursary places are offered for up to four young musicians to perform in each concert.

The orchestra has performed with many established soloists including Sir James Galway, Nicola Benedetti, Leonard Elschenbroich, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Lawrence Power, Alison Balsom. It has also worked with such singers as Elizabeth Watts, Sophie Bevan, Lawrence Zazzo, Victoria Simmonds and Graeme Danby.

Miloš Milivojević - Accordionist

"a hurricane of imaginative invention"
The Times

Miloš Milivojević'S versatility as a musician performing different genres including classical, tango and world music has ensured that he is in demand internationally...

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Miloš began his musical education in Kragujevac and in 2002, he was awarded a full scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) studying with Professor Owen Murray.

In 2004, Miloš made his debut at London’s Purcell Room as part of the Park Lane Group Young Artists Series to critical acclaim and was selected to perform as soloist at the Foundation Awards Ceremony before HRH The Princess Royal at the University of London Senate House. As a result of his diverse musical interests, Miloš has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at many prestigious classical and world music festivals. He enjoys performing with the London Tango Quintet, Kosmos Ensemble, AccordDuo and the Balkan group Paprika and regularly performs with acclaimed violinists David Juritz, Harriet Mackenzie, classical guitarist Craig Ogden, cellists Adrian Bradbury and Matthew Sharp and soprano Bibi Heal.

Miloš also works with leading opera companies and in 2017, he performed Brett Dean’s new opera of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Hamlet, with Glyndebourne Opera’s touring production.

In 2014, Miloš was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music ARAM for his contribution to music.

Georgi Mottram - Vocalist

Nominated for a Classical Brit Award

Georgi was born and educated in Jersey in the Channel Islands. At sixteen she was awarded a place at Chethams School of Music in Manchester to study soprano singing and piano. Whilst there, Georgi played the part of Maria in West side story and performed in venues such as St Georges Chapel, Windsor and Bridgewater Hall. She then went on to train in Opera at Trinity College of Music London...

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Eamonn

Eamonn Dougan - Composer

Eamonn Dougan is an inspirational conductor and renowned baritone. He is Associate Conductor of The Sixteen and founding Director of Britten Sinfonia Voices. Eamonn is an engaging communicator with a particular passion for Bach, the French Baroque and Sixteenth and Twentieth Century English repertoire...

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Forthcoming conducting engagements include Faure Requiem with the newly formed Chiltern Arts Festival Chorus, BBC Singers, a special MacMillan premiere composed for the Tryst’s fifth anniversary, Accentus, Britten Sinfonia Voices in Easter Voices as part of the Esa-Pekka Salonen Composer Focus at the Barbican, a return invitation to direct the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra featuring violinist Nicola Benedetti and exciting performances with the Danish VokalEnsemblet across their 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

Recent engagements have seen Eamonn conduct a world premiere of Thomas Hyde Magnificat with The Sixteen in Bruges and Antwerp, Mozart Requiem with the Thomas Tallis Society and Mozart La finta giardiniera at the Ryedale Festival with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience Ensemble - “He kept them right on the ball.” (York Press)

Eamonn has a highly successful five-disc Polish Baroque series with The Sixteen. The first disc, music by Bartlomiej Pekiel, was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award (‘Richly dramatic’ – The Observer). The fifth disc, music by Marcin Mielczewski, was released to widespread critical acclaim in September 2017.

In 2008 Eamonn was appointed a Visiting Professor to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where he teaches ensemble singing and directs the Guildhall Consort. Eamonn will be conducting the Jersey Chamber Orchestra on the 19th May at the Jersey Opera House.

Victoria Simmonds - Mezzo-soprano

" dizzyingly beautiful … every note suffused the Oxfordshire evening air with a scrumptious warm glow "
The Independent

Victoria was a multiple award-winning student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  In 1999 she sang an acclaimed Rosina (The Barber of Seville) for British Youth Opera and Sesto (La Clemenza di Tito) for Glyndebourne Touring Opera...

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She made her English National Opera debut a year later with Nancy T’ang (Nixon in China) and, thereafter, became a company principal.  In 2005 she took the title role in Carmen in the Royal Albert Hall and made her debut at the Netherlands Opera and at the Concertgebouw. 

In addition to a host of concert engagements, including multiple performances at the Proms, Victoria has enjoyed numerous festival appearances including as Wellgunde (Das Rheingold) for the Salzburg Festival under Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Victoria created the title role in Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio and Dorabella in Tim Albery's production of Cosi fan Tutte (both for Opera North); she recently played Zaida in Martin Duncan's critically acclaimed production of Il Turco in Italia (for Garsington Opera).

In 2012/13 she is due to perform at the Aix Festival and in a host of European opera houses in the world premiere of Written on Skin by George Benjamin.

James Boyd - Guitar

"The wizard guitarist James Boyd held us enthralled"
The Times

James Boyd is one of the finest classical guitarists playing today. The great maestro Julian Bream summed up his unique artistry – "James has the art of communication. You can't teach that… it's a gift..." Long ago he awarded James the Julian Bream prize in recognition of this extroadinary talent. Since then James' playing has been heard at the world’s great concert halls and festivals...

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James releases a small number of concerts each year and works with private clients to create extraordinary musical experiences in secret locations. He has produced unique concerts all around Britain: from a seventeenth-century courtyard in a hidden Cornish valley to the hold of a sailing barge on the Thames. He sailed his yacht Concord to the Aldeburgh Festival to give the acclaimed premiere of Jonathan Dove’s The Immortal Ship and his Wilderness Concertproductions have become renowned for the way they touch all of the senses in settings of dramatic beauty. James will build a bespoke concert for the audience in Jersey around the heroic escapes to France by islanders in the second world war.

John Savournin - Baritone

Renowned British Bass-baritone John Savournin’s current and future roles include Carl Olsen (Street Scene) for Opera North, Zuniga (Carmen) for Welsh National Opera, Baron Zeta for Opera Holland Park (The Merry Widow) and The Pirate King (The Pirates Of Penzance – a co-production with Charles Court Opera, which he also directs).  Previous roles included Angelotti (Tosca) and Sarastro (The Magic Flute), both for Opera North, and returning to Opera Holland Park to sing Count Horn (Un ballo in maschera) and play the silent role, Sante (Il Segreto di Susanna)....

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Guest appearances in previous seasons have included Leporello (Don Giovanni), Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Count Horn (Un ballo), Peter Quince (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Schaunard (La bohème) and Armchair/Tree (L’enfant el les sortileges), all for Opera North; 2nd Gunman (Kiss me, Kate) for Opera North/Welsh National Opera; debuts as Leporello (Don Giovanni), Colline (La bohème), and The Immigration Officer (Flight), all for Opera Holland Park, and his debut as Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Scottish Opera.

Recent concert engagements include with Classical Opera Company at Cadogan Hall; Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room recitals as a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians/Park Lane Young Artist; Narrating fairytales for Christmas concerts with the Orchestra of Opera North; Messiah for Raymond Gubbay at Bridgewater Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall; Mozart’s Requiem for the Three Choirs Festival / Philharmonia. He sang the world premiere of Roxburgh’s A cycle of two songs, written for him and pianist James Young, at Wigmore Hall in 2014.