The London-based ensemble Atéa Wind Quintet are the Associate Ensemble in Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire (since 2012), and Quintet in Residence at The Purcell School (since 2014), where they regularly perform and coach chamber music groups of the wind and brass department. They were formed in 2009 comprised of graduates from the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
They have toured the Czech Republic as part of the Young Prague Festival, the first British ensemble ever to have been invited to join the prestigious festival. The quintet have also regularly performed across the UK, including Brighton, Hastings, Southend and Appleby. They performed as part of the Cambridge Summer Music Festival and Colchester Institute’s CMPAlive, and performed in venues such as London’s St Martin-in-the-Fields, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, and The Forge, Camden. They are also the ensemble in residence in St James the Less, a church in London where they perform and organise a successful summer concert series. They have also played live on BBC radio.
Alongside the standard wind quintet repertoire, Atéa are also keen to promote newer and lesser heard repertoire, and have given the UK premier of Daniel McCallum’s ‘Omega Quintet’, Lansing McLoskey’s ‘Hardwood’, and world premiers of works by upcoming British composers as part of a collaboration with New:Dots.
Members of the group have performed with many of the UK’s Leading Orchestras including the English National Opera, English Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Philharmonia, the Hallé Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia.
Atéa also enjoys working with children, and they have given workshops in schools across the UK, including a performance in front of 700 children as part of the Cheltenham Summer Music Festival, followed by smaller group workshops. They also have a successful workshop in the Japanese School in Prague. The quintet are also part of the Live Music Now scheme, involved in concerts in hospitals, schools and care homes.
In 2014 Atéa Quintet took part in a Two Moors Festival residency, as well as the Tunnell Trust MusicColl. Since then the group have gone on to win the auditions for a concert tour of Scotland in February 2016 and are supremely pleased to be returning for the Tunnell Trust MusicColl 2015.
Upcoming concerts include a recital at the Wigmore Hall as part of winning a place on the Kirckman Concert Society’s scheme, an evening recital at St John’s Smith Square, as well as several other recitals and private events up and down the country.
Alena Lugovkina, flute
Alena Lugovkina, UK based Russian flautist, Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, holds a Bachelor of Music from the Royal Academy of Music with Distinction where she was awarded the highest woodwind exam mark of that graduating year. Here, she studied with William Bennett and Patricia Morris (piccolo). She received her Master of Music, with Distinction, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Here, she studied on the Orchestral Course with Philippa Davies, Sarah Newbold, Ian Clarke and Sharon Williams (piccolo).
At the age of 20, at a British Flute Society Convention, Alena Lugovkina performed a prestigious solo recital followed by playing duets with Principal Flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Emmanuel Pahud in his recital. The following summer, Alena was teaching assistant at the William Bennett International Flute Summer School where she also shared a recital and performed duets with Denis Bouriakov. She performed solo works with some of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra. Alena performed at the most prestigious UK venues including Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, King’s Place and performed last summer at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She has played concerts in Canada, Japan, UK, USA, Russia, Germany, Austria and Spain. Alena has won several prestigious awards whilst studying including the Hattori Foundation Award, The Leverhulme Trust Award, The Philharmonia MMSF Award, “Wolfson Foundation Award”, “Jo Weinberg Award”, “Elizabeth Spater Award”. She won 1st Prize at the RAM flute competition, 1st Prize and Sebastian Bell award at the British Flute Society’s Competitions as well as 1st Prize at the 13th International Flute Competition “Friedrich Kuhlau” in Germany duetting with Kayoko Minamino – Principal Flute of Orquestra do Norte (Portugal).
In 2013 she was awarded Exceptional Talent Tier1 visa to live and work in the United Kingdom awarded by the Arts Council of England and Home Office UK, making her one of only 35 professionals in the World to have received this visa that year. As an orchestral player, Alena has recently played as a Guest Principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She is currently on trial with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia and has been on trials with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and has been a member of the Verbier Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), Orpheus Sinfonia, London Mahler Orchestra and Britten-Pears Orchestra as well as taking workshops in Orchestral Academy Ossiach (Austria), where she played chamber music with soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Next masterclasseses and concerts Alena will be giving abroad, will be in Porto (Portugal) in ESMAE (Conservatoire of Music and Theatre) and other venues of Porto. Other concerts and masterclasses of Ms Lugovkina in 2014- 2016 include solo concert tours in Taiwan, Japan, Italy, Spain and USA.
Alena is also a keen chamber musician. Being a flute in Atéa wind quintet since it was formed, they are now the Associate Ensemble in Residence at Birmingham Conservatoire (since 2012) and have upcoming concerts in London and other cities of the United Kingdom including recital in Wigmore Hall. They were first wind group for many years to win Kirckman Concert Society’s audition. Their future engagements include several concerts in London, including Wigmore Hall, and other cities of the United Kingdom and performing at the Cheltenham Music Festival in England and Tunnell’s Trust chamber music festival in Scotland this upcoming summer. She was also selected to be one of the only 7 musicians to take part in the new Verbier Festival’s Outreach programme this upcoming summer.
Alena also has regular duo partners – pianist Pavel Timofejevsky (Notting Hill Duo) and American harpist Katherine Ventrura (Verbier Ensemble). With both duo partners she performs regularly in UK, Russia and has upcoming concerts in USA. She performed with such ensembles as Azalea –UK ensemble of contemporary music and Classics–Art soloists ensemble, Russian ensemble comprised of musicians from Moscow Virtuosi orchestra and professors of the Gnessins Special Music School.
Anna Hashimoto, clarinet
Anna Hashimoto made her London concerto debut at the age of fifteen playing Weber with the English Chamber Orchestra at Barbican Centre. She has since been invited regularly as a soloist with the orchestra, most recently at London’s Cadogan Hall. She was the winner of the International Clarinet Competitions in Kortrijk (Belgium) in 2010, in Carlino (Italy) in 2009, and the Young Clarinettists Competition in Tokyo in 2003.
Anna has performed in major venues in the UK, Europe, USA, Mexico and Japan, including South Bank Centre and Wigmore Hall in London, Dvorak Hall in Prague and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. She has played concertos with orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Filharmonie Hradec Kralove, Japan Philharmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, and the Chamber Orchestra of the NHK Symphony. She has been broadcast on NHK TV and FM, FM Tokyo, ABC Radio and BBC Radio 3, including BBC Radio3’s ‘In Tune’, NHK-FM’s ‘Best of Classic’ and NHK TV’s ‘Classic Club’ (joint recital with Michael Collins). Anna’s debut solo album ‘A Touch of France’ has had very favourable reviews in UK, USA and Japan.
Anna was born in Japan in 1989, and moved to London six months later. She studied at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music with Charles Hine, the Purcell School and Royal Academy of Music with the world–renowned soloist Michael Collins. There she was awarded a full Associated Board Scholarship and numerous prizes including the Leverhulme Scholarship, Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize, and Regency Award on graduation. She was awarded a Meaker Fellowship in 2011, and since 2012 her ensemble ‘Atea Quintet’ have been Associate Artists in Residence at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where they regularly perform and coach chamber music.
As a soloist Anna has worked with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Paul Watkins, Douglas Bostock and Jan Latham-Koenig. She has performed chamber music collaborations with artists such as Michael Collins, Leon McCawley and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and string quartets such as Solstice, Alberny, Ciurlonis, Kodaly and Prazak Quartets. As a keen orchestra player she has been a guest principal with the UK’s leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and is currently on trial as principal clarinet of Philharmonia. Forthcoming concerts include concerto performances in Osaka, Hiroshima, Yamagata and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras.
http://annahashimoto.com/ ‘Stylish phrasing and a lovely, liquid tone’ New York Times
Ashley Myall, bassoon
Ashley studied at Leeds University with Laurence Perkins and Ben Hudson, Hochschule für Musik Köln with Georg Kleusch, and then at the Royal Academy of Music with John Orford, Gareth Newmann and contra bassoon with David Chatterton where he completed his studies in 2011. Whilst at the Academy, Ashley was awarded the Nicholas Blake Prize for chamber music and the June Emmerson Launchpad Prize with his ensemble the Ellipsis Quintet, and was highly commended in the Florence Woodbridge Bassoon Prize.
Ashley is involved in numerous chamber music ventures, he performs regularly with the ‘Atéa Quintet’ throughout the UK and abroad most recently at Manchester’s’ Bridgewater Hall as part of the Manchester mid day concert series. Atéa are also “Associate Ensemble in Residence” at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where they give recitals, and take classes in the Wind Faculty. The group were recently selected by the Kirckman Concert Society to perform at London’s Wigmore Hall, and were recently selected for the Tunnell Trust Coll Chamber Music Course.
Ashley is the bassoonist of Rare-Scale Contemporary Music Ensemble, Azalea Ensemble and the Size Zero Opera Company as well as performing with the London Contemporary Orchestra, with whom he gave the European premiere of Gabriel Prokoﬁev’s concerto for Bass Drum and Orchestra in The Roundhouse,Camden at the Reverb Festival 2012. He plays with orchestras throughout the UK including Orpheus Sinfonia, Orion Orchestra, The Croft Orchestra, London Contemporary Orchestra, Multi-Story Orchestra and the Faust Ensemble. He has performed at venues throughout the UK including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, Leeds Town Hall, Kings Place, Dora Stoutzker Hall – RWCMD, Dukes Hall – RAM and The Forge – Camden. This year he is playing bassoon with the Jules Verne Symphony Orchestra on the Rick Wakeman ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ tour as well as the Orion Orchestra with Deep Purple at the ‘Sunﬂower Jam’, Royal Albert Hall.
He has worked on a number of music education projects, including Wigmore Hall Learning, ‘Young Persons Guide to Chamber Music’, a Brighton schools tour with Atea and last year a concert presentation to pupils at the Prague Japanese school as part of the ‘Young Prague Music Festival’. He teaches bassoon at Whitgift School Croydon.
Chris Beagles, horn
Chris first began to play the horn at the age of 12 and won a scholarship to attend the Junior Royal Northern College of Music where he studied with Tom Redmond and Laurence Rogers. Whilst there he won the Zochonis Scholarship and the Brass playing Prize.
He won an entrance scholarship in 2006 to the Royal Academy of music where he studied with Michael Thompson and Richard Watkins. In his time there he won the Nicholas Blake Prize and was Very Highly Commended in the Dennis Brain Horn Prize. Whilst at the Academy he performed a solo recital tour with the Royal Academy of Music’s Harp Ensemble. Upon graduating, Chris gained a place in the Southbank Sinfonia, Britain’s leading Orchestral Academy, for their 2011-12 season.
He has recently performed in venues throughout the United Kingdom such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, the Sage, Birmingham Symphony Hall and LSO St Luke’s. He also has performed in such exotic locations as Zimbabwe and Bahrain.
Chris has played with many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Southern Sinfonia, London Contemporary Orchestra, Britten Pears Orchestra, Royal Academy Soloists and Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra.
He has participated in side by side scheme’s with orchestra’s including the LPO, ENO, BBC Philharmonic and the Hallé. He also participated in the Academy’s prestigious side by side scheme with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Chris is a keen modern music enthusiast and has premiered many new works including a piece by Matthew King commissioned by the Wigmore Trust. He gave the UK premiere of a piece for wind quintet by Stockhausen. He also played 1st solo horn in a piece by Robert Peate with the Royal Academy of Music Concert Orchestra.
He has worked in commercial recordings for television for companies including McDonalds, Sony and Lighterlife and played in numerous recordings for both BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Chris has performed several recitals throughout the UK and also recently participated in a performance of Bach’s B Minor Mass with the West London Bach Players. He has performed Strauss’s 1st horn Concerto with both the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra and the Tallis Chamber Orchestra. He has also played Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the Birmingham Conservatoire String Orchestra. In 2014, he will be returning as a soloist to the Tallis Chamber Orchestra to perform Britten’s Serenade once again.
Philip Haworth, oboe
Philip was born in Lancashire and recently finished a Masters of Music at the RCM under the tutelage of Christopher Cowie and John Anderson. Prior to this he studied at the RNCM with Hansjörg Schellenberger, Melinda Maxwell and Hugh McKenna, and also took Cor Anglais lessons with Rachel Pankhurst. His pre-undergraduate education took place at Chetham’s School of Music for two years under the guidance of Rachel Clegg. He has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses with Celia Nicklin, Stephane Rancourt and Rainer Gibbons.
As a keen chamber musician, Philip has performed with many chamber groups in venues across the North West, London and Scotland.
He is currently a member of the Atéa Wind Quintet whom have performed at venues such as Linton Parish Church, David Joesfowitz Recital Hall and Colchester University, where they also gave a masterclass to the woodwind students. In January 2008 he played an active role in the RNCM Mozart festival, performing in both Mozart wind octets. As an orchestral musician, Philip has given concerts with the RNCM/RCM Symphony Orchestra, also playing in the opera production of Eugene Onegin, The Magic Flute, The Bartered Bride and Die Fledermaus. Whilst at the RNCM Philip had the rare opportunity to record a premiere of Edwin Roxburgh’s oboe trio – Shadow Play, with the renowned oboist Paul Goodey.
In 2007 he was awarded a place on the Hallé Access Scheme which gave him an opportunity to work with the Hallé Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester. 2010 saw Philip gain a place on the the LSO/BBC Symphony Orchestra Side-by-side scheme working with the players of both orchestras for a year.
In 2006 Philip was invited to tour Spain as a soloist performing Belini’s oboe concerto with the Lancashire Students Symphony Orchestra, of which he was a member for 8 years.
Philip has recently worked with such orchestras as the Orchestra of Opera North, The Beumont Ensemble playing at St Martin in the Fields and gained the Principal Oboe position in the London Musical Arts Orchestra. He was also recently appointed the second oboe of The Symphony Orchestra of India whom he tours with twice a year. He has played with charity orchestras such as the Charities Philharmonic and the CLIC Sargent Symphony Orchestras at venues around London.
Concert at Home
If you are unable to come along to today's concert, here instead is a selection of links to recordings of the same or similar works for your listening enjoyment.
Our concert today features just two suites of pieces by two little-known composers. They are each, however, a delight in their own way. Firstly, let's hear this slightly quiet recording of Danzi's Wind Quintet in G minor, from his Opus 56:
The second suite is by Cuban composer Paquite D'Rivera. Aires Tropicales seems to start with an empty stage:
We hope you have enjoyed your Concert at Home and indeed, all of this year's Concerts at Home. Look out for our AGM Concert on Thursday 25th February 2016, at the later time of 3pm(following on from the AGM at 2pm)