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Our Leaders

Julia Bishop

Julia discovered her love of Early Music during her studies at the Royal College of Music when one day she heard the Baroque orchestra being directed by the inspiring Cat Mackintosh. Thirty years later Julia is recognised as one of the leading Baroque violinists of her generation, touring the world extensively and making numerous recordings with the period instrument orchestras of the United Kingdom including the London Classical Players, the Hanover Band, the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, of whom she was a member for six years, and as leader and soloist with the Gabrieli Consort and Players. Her playing has been described in BBC Music Magazine as "psychedelic".

In 1997 Julia co-founded the ensemble Red Priest with recorder player Piers Adams and enjoyed nineteen years of huge success touring Europe, the Far East and America and making six highly acclaimed CDs before handing over to the violinist Adam Summerhaze to spend more time at home with family.

Recently Julia has become increasingly popular for her lively and informative teaching on workshops and courses around the United Kingdom and abroad. She is head of the newly formed Early Music department at Chichester University and is also guest Baroque violin teacher at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music. She has also been greatly enjoying developing concert repertoire and performing concerts with soprano Ana-Maria Rincon and harpsichordist Howard Beach in their new chamber music ensemble Purcell's Muse.

Simon Standage

Simon Standage is well known as a violinist specialising in seventeenth and eighteenth century music. As leader and soloist with the English Concert from its foundation until 1990 he made many recordings (including Vivaldi's Four Seasons, nominated for a Grammy award). He also recorded solo and chamber music, including all of Mozart's violin concertos with the Academy of Ancient Music, of which he was, with Christopher Hogwood, Associate Director from 1991 to 1995. Since his founding, with Richard Hickox, of Collegium Musicum 90, he has made numerous acclaimed recordings for Chandos Records.

As soloist and director of chamber orchestras and as a chamber musician, he is active both in Britain and abroad. He is leader of the Salomon String Quartet (founded by him in 1981), which specialises in historical performance of the classical repertoire. He is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.


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Kati Debretzeni

Born in Transylvania, Kati studied the violin with Ora Shiran in Israel, and the Baroque violin with Catherine Mackintosh and Walter Reiter at the Royal College of Music in London.

Since the year 2000 she has led the English Baroque Soloists under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner. Her playing can be heard on their recordings of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, and on the recently released B Minor Mass and Matthew Passion. In 2008 she was appointed as one of the leaders the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and has worked with Simon Rattle, William Christie, Roger Norrington, Ivan Fischer, Adam Fischer, Robin Ticciati, Emanuelle Haïm, Ottavio Dantone etc. She often appears as soloist and director with the orchestra, and has recorded Vivaldi's Four Seasons. She features as soloist on two versions of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, with the European Brandenburg Ensemble under Trevor Pinnock (Gramophone Award 2007), and with the English Baroque Soloists.

She is a member of Trio Goya whose recent recording of the Beethoven Opus 1 piano trios for Chandos Chaconne was desribed in Early Music Review as "exceptionally satisfying". In demand as guest-leader and director, she has worked with the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, the King's Consort, Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), Victoria Baroque Players (Canada), Barokkanerne (Norway), Amarillis (France), Barokkada and the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra (Israel). Her most recent recording features concerti by Telemann with Barokkanerne, and was released last year to critical acclaim. She teaches the Baroque and Classical violin at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague.

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Lucy Russell

Lucy Russell was a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music and read music at the University of York. While still at university she was invited to play with London Baroque, the English Baroque Solists and by the City of London Festival as a solo violinist in their production and recording of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea.

Lucy has been a member of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet since 1988, brecoming its leader in 1995. She has recorded for Channel Classics, Hyperion, DG and Deccawith other ensembles, having been leader of Florilegium, Concerto Caledonia, Classical Opera Company, Retrospect Ensemble, the Finchcocks Quartet, the King's Consortand the New Chamber Opera Band of Players, as well as a director of the Scottish Early Mucis Consort and a solo violinist in the New London Consort. When time allows she still leads the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, Armonico Consort, the Dunedin Consort and has also been guest leader of the City of London Sinfonia under the late Richard Hickox. Her disc of the six obligato violin sonatas by JS Bach, accompanied by John Butt, was released by Linn records in 2015. Lucy also plays regularly for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

She has taught and given masterclasses all over the world and is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music. She likes to divide her time between performance on period and modern instruments, exploring the music from Purcell to the present day.

Her baroque violin is by Charles Harris of Adderbury.

Our Soloists

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Sara Deborah Timossi


Sara made her debut in her native Germany at the age of fifteen. Since then she has been a member of many of the leading Baroque ensembes in the UK and Europe. Sara graduated from the Royal College of Music with an M.Mus. and Artist Diploma in 2007.

In 2017 Sara Deborah won the prestigious competition, the Premio Bonporti, Rovereto and also won the audience prize, playing concertos by Tartini and Bonporti.

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David Pollock


David was inspired to take up the harpsichord because of a long standing love of the music of JS Bach. Since winning the Croft Early Music First Prize at the Royal Academy of Music he has appeared frequently at prestigious venues across the UK and abroad. His solo and chamber music recordings have received international critical acclaim.

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Sophie Middleditch



After graduating from Lancaster University in 1995, Sophie went on to study recorder, modern and baroque flute at Trinity College of Music. She has performed widely as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing at many festivals throught the UK and has also been a member of Essex Baroque Orchestra and the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra. Sophie has been recorder tutor at Chichester University since 1996. Sophie formed her own Baroque period chamber group, The Parnassian Ensemble, in 1998.

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Lynden Cranham


Lynden studied at the Royal Academy of Music and with Maurice Eisenberg at Juilliard. A keen chamber musician, she toured and broadcast in Britain and Europe with the Burnell Piano Trio. Moving to America, she taught at Cornell and toured the US and New Zealand with the Accordo Perfetto Piano Quartet. Soloist in the Elgar Concerto and the Brahms Double at Cornell, she gave regular recitals on period and modern instruments, including the US premiere of Lutoslawski’s Grave: Metamorphoses for Cello and Piano. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky wrote Voyages for Cello and Orchestra for her, which she premiered at Yale and in New York City. Lynden specialises in historical performance, and has recorded and toured worldwide with England’s major period orchestras, with conductors including Gardiner, Rattle and Hogwood. She performs frequently in many parts of the country as a chamber-music and continuo player, and recitalist. Lynden has recently completed a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, on the topic of music in 19th-century London.