David Blackadder trumpet
David took up the trumpet aged nine, following in the footsteps of his grandfather who was a bandmaster in the North East. After study at the Royal College of Music with Michael Laird and a season as guest principal trumpet with Scottish Opera, he joined the English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique as principal trumpet under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and also became principal trumpet with the Academy of Ancient Music with Christopher Hogwood.

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Rachel Brown flute & recorder

Rachel trained as a modern flautist, giving premieres of works by Robin Walker, John Ogden and Judith Weir before her interest was captured by the baroque flute.

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William Carter lute & theorbo

Born in Florida, William Carter trained as a modern guitarist with Bruce Holzman at The Florida State University before falling in love with the earlier plucked instruments and the world of historical performance. He travelled to London as a Fulbright Scholar, where he studied the lute with Nigel North and quickly established himself as one of the leading players on old instruments.

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Bojan Čičić leader
Known for his intelligent and virtuosic playing on both the violin and viola d’amore, Bojan Čičić specialises in repertoire ranging from the late 16th century to the Romantic period. A principal player of the Academy of Ancient Music for many years and appointed leader in April 2018, he has appeared as director with both AAM and the European Union Baroque Orchestra and been a guest leader and soloist with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

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Frank de Bruine oboe
Antony Pay was born in London, studied at the Royal Academy of Music and read Mathematics at Cambridge University. He has been principal clarinettist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta (of which he was a founder member) and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and is a member of several chamber ensembles including the Nash Ensemble, the Tuckwell Wind Quintet, the Academy of St Martin-in the-Fields Chamber Ensemble and Hausmusik.

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Leo Duarte oboe

Leo is Principal Oboe of the Academy of Ancient Music and appears regularly as guest-principal with, among others, the English Baroque Soloists, the Sixteen, the Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo, La Nuova Musica, the English Concert, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. As a chamber musician and concerto soloist, he has performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and live on BBC Radio 3.

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Judith Evans double bass

Judith Evans was a joint first-study Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music on violin and double bass. During her time at the RCM she was the only female double bass player in the European Community Youth Orchestra and won the Birmingham Final of the Shell-LSO Music Scholarship. After leaving the RCM, she worked in L’Orquesta Nacional de Espana and L’Opera de Lyon before being offered a position in the English Baroque Soloists by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. This prompted her move into early music and she stayed with Gardiner’s orchestra until the end of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000. She has been principal bass with AAM since 1992.

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Benedict Hoffnung timpani

“I have always been fascinated by drums and drumming ever since, at the age of three, my father presented me with an ancient bass drum, rescued from the back of a skip outside Boosey’s in Regent Street. A kettledrum has magical properties and the tonal nuances of newly mounted calfskin on hand beaten copper allow me to underpin the entire orchestra with a depth of sonority in a most satisfying way. I feel honoured to be associated with the AAM, especially now with Richard, whose driving force is propelling the orchestra to new heights.”

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Reiko Ichise viola da gamba
Reiko was born in Tokyo and began her musical training as a pianist. She read musicology at the Kunitachi College of Music where she started playing the viola da gamba, having lessons with Yukimi Kanbe and Tetsuya Nakano.

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Ursula Leveaux bassoon
Ursula was appointed Principal Bassoon of the AAM in July 2011, the latest development in a career which has featured acclaimed performances on both modern and period instruments as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral member.

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Sarah McMahon cello

Sarah McMahon began her cello studies with Nora Gilleece at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin in 1987. In 1995 she moved to London where she studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange, Jenny Ward-Clarke and Colin Carr, graduating in 2001 with a first class BMus and a DipRAM distinction.

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Antony Pay clarinet

Antony Pay was born in London, studied at the Royal Academy of Music and read Mathematics at Cambridge University. He has been principal clarinettist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta (of which he was a founder member) and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and is a member of several chamber ensembles including the Nash Ensemble, the Tuckwell Wind Quintet, the Academy of St Martin-in the-Fields Chamber Ensemble and Hausmusik.

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Jane Rogers viola

Jane Rogers is one of the UK’s leading exponents in baroque and classical viola. At the age of sixteen she was awarded a music scholarship to St Edward’s College Liverpool and went on to study viola at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During this time she gained a place in the European Union Baroque Orchestra and then began freelancing in the field of early music.

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Alistair Ross keyboards

Alastair Ross was a chorister at Christ Church, and an organ scholar at New College, Oxford, where he gained a First in Music. He has worked as a freelance harpsichordist and organist for thirty five years. He is principal keyboard player of the Academy of Ancient Music and The Sixteen, with whom he played a Handel Organ Concerto in the 2009 BBC Proms. He also plays with Canzona, with whose director, Theresa Caudle, he teaches every year on courses of baroque chamber music at Benslow and Jackdaws.

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