Paul Ingram - Conductor
Paul Ingram studied at the Universities of Southampton and Leicester, reading Music and Management respectively.
He began conducting in 1995, working with the Southampton University Symphony, Pre-Term and Chamber Orchestras.
In 1997, Paul founded the Southampton University Sinfonietta and remained Music Director until 2004.
Paul has also worked with Essex Youth Orchestra, Young Sinfonia, Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra, COMA South, Showstoppers and the City of Southampton Orchestra. In 1999, he reached the final of the British Reserve Insurance Conducting Competition.
Paul currently conducts the Southampton Concert Orchestra and the chamber ensemble, Per Piacere.
Cerys Rowcliffe - Leader
Cerys started playing the violin at the age of 7, obtaining grade 8 distinction by the time she was 16. As a keen musician, she has been involved with numerous musical ensembles since a young age, including Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestras, Bedfordshire County Youth Chamber Orchestra and Bedford Sinfonia. With these ensembles she has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall as well as playing at venues in France, Italy and Edinburgh. As part of the Whatmore Quartet, Cerys won the National Chamber Music Competition for Schools in the years 1997 and 1998. This provided her with the opportunity to play at St. John’s Smith Square, London.
In 1999, Cerys began a music degree at Southampton University and during her time there she was an active member of the Southampton University Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta as well as playing in a string quartet for two years. She graduated with a 2:1 in the summer of 2002 and continued her studies at Southampton University on a secondary music PGCE course.
At present, Cerys works at a local secondary school as teacher in charge of music. She is a member of the Southampton City Orchestra and still regularly plays in string quartets for functions and weddings. During the Easter and Summer holidays, Cerys works for the Bedfordshire County Fourth Orchestra, tutoring young violinists. To add another string to her bow (!) she also works for the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain where she is a member of the social staff. A new venture has been her recent involvement with a string group which are in the process of recording an album with an up and coming new singer songwriter. This is proving to be an amazing and exciting experience for her and she hopes that one day her name will be on the back of a top selling album!
Phil Handy - Cello
The dynamic English cellist Philip Daish-Handy has entertained audiences across the world. Known for his musicianship and projection, Philip came to prominence after winning the prestigious Music at Beaulieu Competition in 2005. This led to solo performances at the Wigmore Hall; Steinway Hall; Adrian Boult Hall; Coda Hall; and Symphony Hall. Other notable competition successes include the Birmingham Strings Prize, the Rollason Award, the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Prize, the Ludlow Philharmonic prize, and second prize in the 2010 Delius Competition. Philip then went on to win the prestigious Symphony Hall Recital Prize.
As a solo artist, Philip has played all the major concertos with orchestras throughout the UK. Philip has released several CDs, including 'The Romantic Cello vol I and II', with the internationally acclaimed pianist Robert Markham on VIF Records, receiving outstanding reviews. Recently Philip has released an encores CD with Martin Penrose on the BMIE label and future recordings releases include the Haydn Concertos. Philip regularly performs as a soloist on the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth for the Cunard Line. Philip is currently principal cellist of the Questa Musica Orchestra.
Mark Cox - Trumpet
Following early studies at The Royal College of Music Junior Department, Mark played professionally with The Regimental Band of Her Majesty's Coldstream Guards. During this time he won the Frank Wright Cornet Competition at The Royal military School of Music, Kneller Hall and was a finalist in the National Trumpet Competition. Mark graduated from the University of Southampton having played principal trumpet in all of the university ensembles throughout his time there.
Since leaving Southampton he has played with a wide variety of ensembles and orchestras and has become a member of the English Symphony Orchestra and English National Ballet, as well as performing in the West End (principally Starlight Express) and as a soloist. Mark has enjoyed passing on the benefits of his teaching and extensive performing experience to younger musicians coaching and teaching brass players of Southampton University and Essex Youth Orchestra. Mark's career has taken him to major venues throughout the world. In addition to the major venues in London, he has performed all over the USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Germany and the Czech Republic. He has made several recordings.
Jinah Shim - Piano
Jinah Shim began learning the piano at the age of five with Rosie Cross. During her junior school years she represented the Northfield Festival at the National Piano Festival in London and was a winner of the European Piano Teacher’s Association competition, as well as being a finalist of the Glasgow International Piano Competition in 2005. She then went on to study with Professor Malcolm Wilson at the Birmingham Conservatoire on a full scholarship as a junior student.
In 2011, she won 'Chandos Young Musician of the Year' and consequently performed Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Chandos Symphony Orchestra. She was also the first Guildhall winner of the 2011 Enescu scholarship offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute. This year she won 1st prize at Christopher Duke Piano Competition and 2nd prize at Brighton’s Springboard Concerto competition as well as being a semi-finalist of Bromsgrove International Young Musician Competition. Jinah is also currently an artist for Making Music’s Philip and Dorothy Award for Young Concert Artists scheme for 2015-2017 season.
Notable past performances include Grieg's Piano Concerto in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and directing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 12 at the piano. She has performed other concertos with various different orchestras, including Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at Birmingham Festival Orchestra’s inaugural concert under the baton of the assistant conductor of the Hallé Orchestra, Jamie Phillips. She has also given recitals around the UK including London’s Wigmore Hall and Steinway Hall.
Not only is she interested in solo piano, she is also an avid chamber musician and represented the UK at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in 2014 with her piano trio. This year she will be performing with her piano quartet at Orpheus and Bacchus Music Festival in France.
Jinah is on the postgraduate course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, studying with pianists Martin Roscoe, Ronan O’Hora and Noriko Ogawa. She is grateful for the support of the Skinner’s Company.
Anca Campanie - Violin
Anca Campanie was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London, where she completed her Masters Degree in violin performance in 2011. She studied with Yuri Zhislin, and took part in masterclasses and performances with Bernard Haitink, Vladimir Jurowski and Gordan Nikolitch. Anca’s study at the RCM was supported by the Ratiu Foundation, UK.
Before coming to London, Anca studied at the National University of Music, Bucharest and the Salzburg Mozarteum. She was subsequently invited to the International Menuhin Academy, Switzerland, for intensive study with Alberto Lysy and Liviu Prunaru (concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam). During this time she appeared as a soloist in Europe with Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana and Camerata Lysy.
Anca has won many violin competitions in Italy and her home country of Romania, and throughout her career has been mentored by internationally renowned Romanian violinist Eugene Sarbu. Critics have commented on her musical sensitivity, elegant performances and maturity.
Alongside her performing life as a soloist and chamber musician, Anca teaches the violin at University of Southampton and Peter Symonds College, Winchester, where she works intensively with sixth-form students on the Hampshire Specialist Music Course. She also runs a busy and successful private teaching studio.
Anca is Associate Director of són, the UK’s newest professional orchestra, which she helped to launch in 2015. són is already making its mark in the south of England, and Anca is ideally placed to combine her skills as a performer with her passionate commitment to music education, development & training.
Stephen Kennedy - Baritone & Viola
Stephen took to music at a very early age, being surrounded by his mother’s piano pupils and choir rehearsals during the day and being lulled to sleep by her practising Chopin in the evenings. He started piano lessons with her at three years old and violin at six. At nine he gained a place as a chorister with Westminster Cathedral Choir, recording CDs, touring France, the USA and Rome and, of course, singing at the daily services under the direction of David Hill and James O’Donnell. He was appointed Head Chorister in his final year. During his time at the Choir School he also took up the viola under the tuition of Edward Vanderspar, studying chamber music with Patricia Calnan.
Stephen received the Norfolk Scholarship for music at the Oratory School where he studied piano with Michael Crump, viola with Arthur McConnell and singing with Henry Hurford.
After a “gap” year singing with the Tewkesbury Abbey Choir he went to the Royal Northern College of Music to study viola with Vikki Wardman, then on to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, again on viola, this time with Patricia Field. Outside college he played with the Young Musicians’ Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and was principal viola with the Britten-Pears Orchestra. On leaving college, Stephen took singing lessons with James Morgan and sang with Brentwood Cathedral Choir and freelanced with the BBC Singers, Westminster Cathedral Choir and Apollo Voices.
In 2002 he joined the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company performing and understudying roles in productions of Iolanthe, Yeomen of the Guard and The Mikado. In October of the same year he was Truffaldino in the Britten-Pears production of Ariadne auf Naxos.
In 2003 Stephen was able to combine the singing, acting and viola as a member of the Gogmagogs, a theatrical string septet. Their show Gumbo Jumbo toured Finland, Germany, Denmark, Greece, South Korea and Singapore. He then joined the all-singing all-dancing comedy string quartet Graffiti Classics in 2007 touring worldwide with their Edinburgh Festival show as well as providing education workshops in schools all over Europe and working with severely physically and mentally handicapped children.
Solo baritone performances include Handel’s Messiah (with the ECO), Carmina Burana, Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer and Operatic roles include Dulcamara (L’Elisir d’Amore), Don Pasquale (Donizetti), Plumket in Martha (Flotow), Don Alfonso in Cosi fan Tutte, Isacio in Ricardo Primo (Handel), Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Bartolo (The Barber of Seville), Tonio (I Pagliacci) and Bartolo (The Marriage of Figaro).
Stephen continues to freelance as a baritone, singing with Westminster Cathedral Choir, BBC Singers, Arcangelo, Gabrieli Consort, OAE, Philharmonia Voices, The Eric Whitacre Singers (with whom he won a Gramophone award) and Tenebrae, whose Russian Treasures CD recently topped the classical charts.