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Duncan Honeybourne

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Branded "the heroic Duncan Honeybourne" by Musical Opinion and commended for the "suave confidence" of his playing by International Piano magazine, Duncan enjoys a colourful and diverse career as pianist, writer and in music education.

His debut in 1998 as concerto soloist at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, was broadcast on radio and television, and he gave recital debuts in London, Dublin, Paris, and at international festivals in Belgium and Switzerland. Duncan’s first solo disc was described by Gramophone magazine as “not to be missed by all lovers of English music”, whilst BBC Music Magazine reported: “There are gorgeous things here. Hard to imagine better performances.”

Honeybourne has toured extensively in the UK, Ireland and Europe as solo and lecture recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, appearing at many major venues and leading festivals. He has been a frequent soloist on radio networks worldwide including BBC Radio 3, Irish, French, Belgian, Swiss, Finnish and German Radio, SABC (South Africa), ABC (Australia) and Radio New Zealand. Duncan’s many acclaimed recordings reflect his long association with 20th and 21st century British piano and chamber music, and include works dedicated to him by several celebrated composers.

Duncan Honeybourne has written widely on musical topics for journals ranging from Classical Music magazine to The Times. He is a Piano Tutor at the University of Southampton and Sherborne School and gives regular masterclasses and adjudications.

Stella Brading

Stella Brading

Stella started performing solo at the age of 11, having classical singing lessons until she was 21. Her love for the works of Gilbert and Sullivan stemmed from performing their operettas at Weymouth Grammar School, and later singing with the Portland Singers choir.

She joined Weymouth Operatic Society in 1995, where she is still an acting member and currently Chairman. She has taken numerous leading roles with the company including Queenie in Showboat, Yum Yum in Mikado, twice as Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Phyllis in Iolanthe, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Lilli in Kiss Me Kate, Adelaide Adams in Calamity Jane, Svetlana in Chess, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly and the challenging Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar.

Stella has sung semi-professionally at weddings, funerals, private and charitable events since the age of 14, and she is a lover of all genres of music.

She was fortunate enough to be the Unexpected Star of the Show in BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Big Show in November 2017 and was then selected by Michael himself to be interviewed in January of this year to star in his one-off show – Michael McIntyre’s Big Surprises – something which she feels very privileged to have been chosen for.

Tumlyn Brass Quintet

Tumlyn Brass Quintet

The Tumlyn brass quintet was formed in 2017. It consists of Dorset-based musicians who meet in various combinations on the professional circuit, and who are passionate about making good music. They perform a wide variety of styles, such as only perhaps a brass quintet allows, drawing in a huge range of experience and skills. This ranges from the likes of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, to D’Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra, to playing in and conducting Bournemouth Brass, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, cruise ship work, and being on the Lord Of The Rings soundtrack!

David Ansell (horn) grew up in Dorchester, studied horn and piano at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal
College of Music and has spent some years teaching, and playing professionally in orchestras on horn, trumpet, keyboard and drums. He now plays in several chamber ensembles and many professional orchestras, teaching all brass instruments and piano. He conducts the Dorset Sinfonia - a group he was involved with as a youngster.

Since retiring from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Denis Curlett (trumpet) has focused on teaching, and coaching the National Childrens’ Orchestra and the Ulster Youth Orchestra.He has been a member of Welsh Opera, the National Orchestra of Wales, the Halle Orchestra, and was a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for 11 years. He has played on numerous soundtracks for films, including ‘‘Lord of the Rings’ and played on backtracks for groups such as The Who, Deep Purple and the Bee Gees.

Winston Leese (trumpet) was born in North Staffordshire and began playing the cornet in the local brass band at the age of 6. He graduated and taught trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department before accepting a full time post of Senior Brass Teacher for the East Riding of Yorkshire. Winston joined the D’Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra and later worked
on several West End shows, with opera and ballet companies including three seasons with Ballet Rambert. He has been based in Dorset since 1985 and in addition to his teaching and playing commitments, he has produced a number of plays.

Robert Taylor (trombone) graduated from Trinity College of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in 2014. He spent two years playing trombone on various cruise ships before returning to Bournemouth in January of this year where he now plays trombone and drums for various groups across the country.

Bill Willis Bill (tuba) plays with the Bournemouth Concert Brass Band, where he is also their resident conductor. He plays with many local orchestral and musical ensembles. He studied music with a number of orchestral musicians such as Alwyn Green and Malcolm Wheale. In his spare time he composes and arranges music for vocal and brass groups, much of which is regularly performed at at time times recorded.

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