Byron Adlam, Louisa Adlam, Leon Kussner – The Wykeham Ensemble are Music Scholars of Winchester College. The scholars are chosen by competition every year to form the core of what is an extremely vibrant musical community. Centred around the College Chapel Choir, the music scholars perform regularly both within the College and outside. Though a predominantly academic school, music scholars of Winchester College have gone on to be part of some of the most prestigious music ensembles of the country from the London Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia to the Royal Opera House and the English National Opera House as well as numerous other internationally recognised groups.
Rachel Carver began playing the harp aged nine and, at 11, gained a place in the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, where she was awarded a Leverhulme Scholarship for the top four auditions of any instrument. Inter alia, the scholarship paid for her to have a master class from internationally renowned harpist Susan Drake, who is now her teacher. At 14, Rachel successfully auditioned for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and enjoyed two years playing with them under the baton of conductors such as Vasily Petrenko and Kristjan Jarvi. With these orchestras, Rachel performed at a range of concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, as well as on Classic FM, Radio 3 and BBC TV for the Proms. Whilst studying at Oxford, Rachel enthusiastically participated in the musical life of the university. She was selected to be principal harpist in a range of ensembles including the Oxford University Orchestra, frequently accompanied college choirs and formed her own septet. Rachel has also had a varied solo career, playing at private events and public concerts in London and elsewhere. In 2014 she was the second highest-placed harpist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. She has won many awards including two music scholarships and Masterclass Awards at Oxford. Having graduated, Rachel is now a full-time harpist, based in Hampshire, and undertakes professional assignments with orchestras, choirs and as a soloist.
Adrian Neville & Jennifer Oborn
Adrian Adlam has been Head of Strings at Winchester College since 2000. A highly versatile musician, he successfully combines careers as a performer, conductor and educator. As a soloist and chamber musician he performs regularly throughout Europe. He has been invited to appear as concertmaster with several European orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hague Philharmonic, the Orchestre d’Auvergne, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and the Scottish BBC Symphony Orchestra in which he has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as Bernstein, Boulez, Mehta, Solti, Ozawa, Haitink, Maazel and Davis. His conducting repertoire comprises choral works as well as works for symphony and chamber orchestra. Most recently he worked together with Roger Norrington leading the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra. He has given frequent broadcasts for both radio and television, and his CD recordings, which have included major chamber music works of Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Tchaikowsky, have received international awards. As artistic director of the International Freden Music Festival in Germany he takes annual responsibility for the programming and commissioning of new works as well as directing the performances and live broadcasts of the Festival Ensemble.
The Thomas Weelkes Singers
Lester Simpson and Nigel Corbett – Will Ye Go To Flanders – One hundred years after the end of The Great War, Lester Simpson and Nigel Corbett present an alternative commemoration in songs and music accompanied on a variety of stringed instruments, accordion and bagpipes. Lester, best known for his work with acapella trio Coope Boyes and Simpson, first became involved with ‘Peace Concerts Passchendaele’ in 1994 and over the intervening years has written many songs and tunes inspired by frequent trips to the battle fields of Flanders and many concerts performed in the area. The show will use both Lester’s songs and others contemporary with WW1. Nigel has played with, amongst others, The Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, Prego, Feet First, and Some Antics. His musical collaboration with Lester began in 2000 with a ‘Peace Concerts Passchendaele’ production called ‘Standing In Line’ which premiered in the parish church of Passendale, and they have continued to perform together ever since on many projects.