Matthew Redman - organ and keyboard
A Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Matthew has given recitals in many of the UK’s finest venues, including Bristol, Wells, Lichfield and Chichester Cathedrals, Bath Abbey, Birmingham Oratory (where he twice gave complete performances of Messiaen’s La Nativité), and St Catherine’s and Corpus Christi Colleges, Cambridge. He has also given complete performances of Vierne’s Organ Symphonies I & III.
Matthew is now Director of Music at All Hallows Prep. School, Cranmore where he leads a busy and expanding Music Department.
James Lawrence - Baritone and trombonist
James was awarded a scholarship to the RAM at seventeen where he studied with Kenneth Bowen. He won many singing prizes, developed a busy concert schedule, and took part in Master-Classes with Robert Tear, Luigi Alva, James Bowman, David Thomas and Tom Krause.
After leaving the Academy James was sponsored by the Countess of Munster Trust to continue his studies with Yvonne Minton, CBE. His concerts include Mahler’s Song cycles with orchestra, Don Giovanni with Sir Colin
Davis, Fauré’s Requiem in Cardiff Cathedral, Brahms’ Requiem in St John Smith's Square and numerous performances in St Martin in the Field's including Bach's Cantata 82.
James’ vocal range is large and whilst he prefers the baritone range, he has successfully performed as a Tenor and Bass soloist. His versatility also extends into the Jazz field as both a singer and especially as a trombonist.
Clare Leavold - cornet and lyric soprano
Trained as a lyric soprano at Trinity College of Music, and Milan, Clare sang 'Queen of the Night' in the course of a professional career singing or stage managing operas - a career that eventually gave way to teaching music. She moved with her family to Somerset in 2013 and has continued to teach music: in addition to playing the cornet, the guitar and the organ - including our own organ at Maperton - Clare has written the Fanfare for today’s recital.
David Bertie - trumpet
David was born in Ontario, Canada. David joined the British Army as a musician, served 24 years and leaving as Warrant Officer Class One (Bandmaster). He served with the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, The Normandy Band of the King’s Division, The Light Division, and The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.
David is a graduate of the Open University, a Fellow of the Trinity College, London and a Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal Winner. He teaches trumpet at Downside Abbey, King’s School in Bruton, and Somerset Music. He is also the proprietor of ‘Have Trumpet, Will Travel’ which specializes in music for wedding services. As a trumpet player he has worked for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and many of the local orchestras in Somerset and Dorset.
Peter Shave - drums and percussion instruments
Peter has been playing drums and percussion instruments for a number of bands over the last 50 years or so. Frequently awarded or nominated for the accolade of “the best percussionist in Somerset”, Peter has appeared on TV and radio with bands or groups, most notably recording with Dorset group The Yetties for the Radio 2 production of "Winter Wassail".
Chicco Allotta - keyboard
A surprize appearance by this talented professional jazz pianist who had recently arrived in London from Sicily.
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Disabled Access: This is an old building: it is not designed for wheeled access and compromises have to be made. There is a two-inch step up into the porch and nave, but access beyond the nave is restricted.
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