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Oliver Phillips - Oboe
Rachael Chesney - Clarinet
Benedict Holmes - Bassoon
Tansman - Suite for Wind Trio
Bozza - Suite Breve en Trio
V Allegro vivo
Hidas - Oclaba-Trio
VII Animato Giocoso
Oliver born in Guernsey completed a Bachelor of Music on the oboe at the Royal College of Music, studying with John Anderson. He is now completing the final year of a Master of Orchestral Performance postgraduate degree at The RCM as a John Nickson Scholar and holder of A Musicians Benevolent Fund award. He is studying with Fabien Thouand, Gareth Hulse and Christine Pendrill.
He regularly plays principal oboist with the Royal College of Music Orchestras, he has worked with Conductors Bernard Haitink and Sir Roger Norrington. Oliver performed the Oboe Concerto "Elegy for Ur" by Edwin Roxburgh with the RCM Wind Orchestra, the reviewer Phillip Scott writing for WASBE World wrote "Oliver Phillips was the outstanding soloist, negotiating the Concerto's many technical and emotional challenges with mature mastery."
Outside of the RCM Oliver performed with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group for the premiere of the Lighthouse Keepers at the 2013 Cheltenham Music Festival. He played the Concerto for Violin and Oboe by JS Bach with the St James Sinfonia, the Concerto for Oboe and Strings by Vaughan Williams with the Guernsey Sinfonietta and the Mozart Oboe Concerto with the St James Chamber Orchestra.
Oliver's regularly performs with his wind trio the Oak Trio; he is also on the Extras List for Northern Sinfonia. The Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund awarded Oliver June Allison prize for an outstanding woodwind player.
Rachael born in Newcastle studied Clarinet at the Sage Gateshead Weekend School for Young Musicians with Jennifer Murray. She then went on to complete a Bachelor of Music degree at the Royal College of Music studying under Richard Hosford, Barnaby Robson and E flat Clarinet with Peter Davies.
She is currently in her final year of a two year Masters in Orchestral Performance at the RCM. Rachael is studying clarinet with Richard Hosford, Timothy Lines, Janet Hilton and bass clarinet with Paul Richards.
Rachael has given solo performances and chamber recitals around London and the North East. She performed principal clarinet with the Young Sinfonia at The Sage, Gateshead as well as Principal Clarinet with The RCM Philharmonic and RCM Symphony Orchestra. She was one of the first musicians to perform with her wind quintet in Hall One of The Sage, which was televised on the BBC Culture Show. Rachael recorded the Brahms Trio for a BBC Radio 2 programme presented by Howard Goodall.
Rachael is supported by the Cherubim Trust, the Kathleen trust, Countess of Munster, the Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award and the Sammy Johnson foundation.
Benedict began playing the bassoon aged 12, in 2010 he became a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Benedict took up a place at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge to read music, where he studied the bassoon privately with Shelly Organ and Martin Gatt. During his time at university Benedict was an instrumental award holder, performing both ensemble and solo recitals across the university, including Vivaldi's bassoon concerto in E minor (RV484) with Cambridge University String Ensemble.
He spent two years as principal bassoon of Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra performing under the likes of Sir Mark Elder and Sir Roger Norrington, making a CD recording with the latter and playing in a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast under Stephen Cleobury.
Benedict graduated from Cambridge in 2013, winning the Johnson-Jary Prize and WF Reddaway Prize for academic achievement.
He is now studying for a Masters in Performance at The Royal College of Music, where he is generously supported by a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Award.