These are a selection of our artists for 2016.

The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines

The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines

"Breathtaking occasions"
Classic FM

The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines is world renowned for the quality of its music, visual splendour, meticulous attention to detail and versatility in performing a wide range of musical styles...

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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.”

Future highlights include a disk with four solo violin works to be released on the Nimbus label, a third album by Kosmos and new works being written for Retorica by Gabriel Prokofiev and Robert Fokkens.

After performing at the Liberation International Music Festival Harriet will be performing concerto and chamber music in Scotland, Wales, Poland, Germany and Japan. When she is at home Harriet is improvising in diverse styles as well as enjoying arranging and composing music.

Michael Collins – Clarinet

"5 Star"
BBC Music Magazine

Michael Collins' dazzling virtuosity and sensitive musicianship have earned him recognition as one of today's most distinguished artists and a leading exponent of his instrument...

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Collins also has the distinction of being the most frequently invited wind soloist to the BBC Proms, including several appearances at the renowned Last Night of the Proms. He has performed as soloist with many of the world's most significant orchestras and formed strong links with leading conductors.

In 2007, Collins received the Royal Philharmonic Society's Instrumentalist of the Year Award in recognition of the pivotal role that he has played in expanding the clarinet repertoire, commissioning and premièring repertoire by some of today's most highly regarded composers.

In recent seasons Collins has become increasingly highly regarded as a conductor and in September 2010 took the position of Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia. His success in this role is testament to the natural musicianship and galvanising leadership that is evident in both his playing and conducting. We are happy to once again have Collins as our Artist Director of the Liberation International Music Festival.

He has given world and local premières of John Adams' Gnarly Buttons, Elliott Carter's Clarinet Concerto, Brett Dean's Ariel's Music and Turnage's Riffs and Refrains, which was commissioned by the Hallé Orchestra. With a prolific discography, Collins is signed exclusively to Chandos Records and consistently receives the highest critical acclaim for his recordings.

Michael Collins plays exclusively on Yamaha clarinets.

Jersey Chamber Orchestra

Jersey Chamber Orchestra

The Jersey Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 7th year of performing at the Liberation International Music Festival in 2015. The orchestra was set up to provide local musicians supported by overseas players a platform on which to perform some of the greatest works in the chamber music repertoire...

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The orchestra appointed Daniel Cohen, the young Israeli conductor as its Musical Director and Principal conductor after the second concert and together the musical partnership has been thrilling and enriching. As Daniel has developed from a young rising star who was a protégé of Daniel Barenboim to an established international conductor so the orchestra has developed alongside him.

The orchestra has also worked with a series of conductors from Christopher Seaman, to Howard Blake and looks forward to future concerts with Michael Collins and Daniel Cohen over the course of 2015 to 2016.

The orchestra has worked regularly with such instrumental soloists as Alison Balsom, Nicola Benedetti, Leonard Elschenbroich, Michael Collins, Alexander Sitkovetsky, and Wu Qian, as well as vocal soloists Elizabeth Watts, Sophie Bevan, Graeme Danby, and Lawrence Zazzo. Linked to each concert are opportunities for masterclasses and educational works for young local students. The leader of the Jersey Chamber Orchestra is Anna Smith.

Mora Swing Quintet

Mora Swing Quintet

"Mora Swing Quintet" was formed in 2013 from the coming together of jazz musicians from Normandy, who have been playing together for 20 years. Le Mora is the name of William the Conqueror's ship, in which, like our musicians, he crossed the English Channel...

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Gilles Véron travelled with his clarinet from Louisiana to the West Indies (LPAL group), where he stayed for a while, studied and recorded traditional jazz with notably Don Vappié. Jean-Pierre Guillouet, an exceptional trombonist, owes his musicality to his classical training at the Conservatoire in Paris, which he brought into the world of jazz. Gilles Coulombier is a pianist who also cultivated his eclecticism at the Conservatoire of dance, from where he drew his sense of improvisation and accompaniment. Frédérick Lemarchand accompanied the Hubert Travert Jazz Band, where the guitarist Daniel Givone was and now accompanies the Jazz Club of Normandy. Finally, Dominique Youf, as much at ease with binary, as compound rhythm, but beautifully swing, plays both in Big Band and as a trio in numerous musical groups.

Mora is therefore destined to reach new musical shores and set off to conquer new musical territories. Our destination will be the world of cinema through the work of that unconditional lover of classic jazz, Woody Allen.

Mora is therefore destined to reach new musical shores and set off to conquer new musical territories. Our destination will be the world of cinema through the work of that unconditional lover of classic jazz, Woody Allen. He must have paid permanent homage to swing and pre-war jazz for forty years, himself devoting his time to the music every Monday at the Carlyle Hotel in New York. Fifteen theme tunes, fifteen films so many different surroundings, so many cities (Paris, New York...) and of course, memories of situations where human passions meet humour and 'joie de vivre'.

Lauren Cuthbertson

Lauren Cuthbertson – Ballet

"A dancer of impressive strength and energy"
The Times

At the age of 10 Lauren joined the White Lodge, The Royal Ballet Lower School, and naively believed she would be a principal dancer by the age of 15. After having performed as a Little Swan in Swan Lake with the Royal Ballet...

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...she realised just how unrealistic this was and how hard she would have to work if she ever wanted to become a principal. From then on she became self-disciplined, driven and 100% focused on her goal.

In her first year in the Royal Ballet Upper School she won the Young British Dancer of the Year and also the Silver Medal at the Adeline Genée Awards. After this she was invited to perform at an RAD gala in Japan. Upon her return she found herself thrown in at the deep end with the third years, skipping the second year entirely.

She joined The Royal Ballet in February 2002, as a member of the corps de ballet. In 2003 she was asked to dance Juliet in Sir Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet. Her performances were exceptionally well received and in the same year she was promoted to soloist.

In 2008 at the age of 23, she was awarded principal status in the company. As a principal she has originated the title role in the Royal Ballet’s first new full-length ballet in 16 years; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and last year she originated the role of Queen Hermione in a second full-length ballet, The Winter's Tale.


Boris Brovtsyn - Violin

"A supremely confident performance with unfailingly beautiful tone"
Classical Source

Winner of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, Boris Brostzyn has appeared with many of the major orchestras of the world such as the BBC Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Warsaw Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, and Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra...

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working with Sir Neville Marriner, Yuri Bashmet, Neeme Järvi, and Vassily Sinaisky to name but a few.

A keen chamber musician he has performed at Festival such as Verbier, Lugano, and Edinburgh playing regularly with such colleagues as Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov and Alexei Ogrintchouk.

In 2001 he was a finalist at the Queen Elizabeth Violin Competition and won the 2001 Reuters Prize and in 2004 he won the Guildhall School of Music's highest award, the Gold Medal (past winners include Jacqueline du'Pre, Tasmin Little and Bryn Terfel). Boris Brovtsyn was born in 1977. After graduating from Moscow's Central Music School in 1994, he entered the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with Maya Glezarova. During his time there he became a laureate of international competitions, such as Georg Kulenkampf (1994, Cologne), Transnet (1996, Pretoria) and Yehudi Menuhin (1998), before graduating with top honours in 1999.

Daniel Cohen - Conductor

"A keen musical intelligence"
Daniel Barenboim

A rising star in both concert and opera, Cohen has conducted orchestras including the Israel Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Orchestra dell Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari, the orchestra of the NorrlandsOperan, Sweden as well as Kammerphilharmonie Graz, the Maggio Musicale in Florence and the Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona.

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In February 2013 Cohen made his Canadian Opera Company debut with a production of La Clemenza di Tito, directed by Christopher Alden. At the Festival della Valle d’Itria, he conducted the Italian permiere of D'avalos's opera Maria di Venosa. In 2012 he Opened the season of the Teatro Lirico di Cagliari with a new production of Massenet’s Don Quichotte.

Working regularly at the Israeli Opera, Cohen has conducted productions including Tchaikovsky’sPique Dame, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Berg’s Wozzeck and Verdi’s La Traviata, Rigoletto & Otello.

Contemporary music is a prominent feature in Cohen’s repertoire and over the last two seasons he has taken part in the Lucerne Festival Academy’s Composer Project, working alongside Pierre Boulez. This collaboration culminated in a performance of a new commission by Benjamin Attahir at the 2013 Lucerne Festival.

Daniel Cohen is also greatly supported by Daniel Barenboim and was his assistant at the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra were he has been involved in the preparation of a Beethoven symphonies cycle as well as major works by Schoenberg and Boulez.

Miloš Milivojević - Accordionist

"Took the breath away"
The Independent

Serbian accordionist is a first prizewinner at International Competitions in Germany, France, Italy and Denmark. In July 2007 he became the first accordionist ever to win the RAM Club Prize at the Royal Academy of Music ...

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Miloš has performed at prestigious venues across the world including locally the Wigmore Hall, to St Martin in the Fields, and internationally from Russia, to Australia and New Zealand. He has given live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, ABC and Serbian National Radio and television network.

Miloš has premiered works by Anthony Gilbert, Howard Skempton, Elena Firsova, Stephane Altier, Patrick Nunn, Ben Foskett, Tom Lane, Elena Vorotko, Carlos Duque, Mark Bowden, Emily Hall, Chris Mayo, Anna Meredith, Philip Venables, and Robert Percy and he has given the UK premiere of Sequenza No.13 by Luciano Berio. In masterclasses he has received guidance from many distinguished musicians, including Nicholas Cleobury, John Williams, Steven Isserlis and Gorgy Kurtag. Miloš is also a keen chamber musician. He is a member of the London Tango quintet, Kosmos Ensemble and AccordDuo.

In March 2008, Miloš Milivojević was the Winner of the prestigious Derek Butler London Prize at the Wigmore Hall.

“Milivojevic’s artistry on the humble button accordion took the breath away - indeed, his coruscating transcription of an organ chorale by Mendelssohn made one almost wonder whether we actually need those thundering giants. I’d put money on this brilliant young performer opening a whole range of new musical worlds” Michael Church, The Independent, March 2008