“She walks onto a concert platform and suddenly transforms herself into an expressive instrument of sublime beauty.” The Guardian
Emma Johnson is one of the few clarinettists to have established a busy career as a solo performer. She is one of the UK's biggest selling classical artists, having sold over half a million albums worldwide. She has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras and has collaborated with artists such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Dame Cleo Laine, Julian Lloyd Webber, Lesley Garrett, the Takacs Quartet, Michelangelo Quartet, Pascal Rogé and John Lill. She is director of Emma Johnson and Friends, a versatile wind and string group, and is increasingly in demand to give talks about music and to curate concert series. Her programmes about Gerald Finzi and John Milton on BBC Radio 4 were both chosen as Pick of the Week.
Emma was a professor at the Royal College of Music and has given masterclasses in many countries. Her TV appearances range from a recital for Sky Arts TV to prime-time chat shows and gala concerts. Her radio work includes Artist of the Weekfor both BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Emma grew up in London and her career was launched when in 1984 at the age of 17 she won BBC YoungMusician of the Yearfollowed by the Young Concert Artists Auditionsin New York. However she decided to study Music and English at Cambridge University before embarking fulltime on a musical path. Emma was the first woman to be made an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge where in 2017 a portrait of her was commissioned to hang in the main hall. She was honoured by the Queen with an MBE in 1996. Emma plays an instrument made by the English clarinet maker, Peter Eaton.
Sara Trickey is an award-winning solo violinist and chamber musician. She read Classics at Trinity Hall,Cambridge University (where she achieved a double starred First) and violin at the Royal College of Music and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a Scholarship Student of Camilla Wicks.
Sara enjoys an exciting and diverse career as a solo violinist and chamber musician. Noted for her “fiery and passionate” performances (The Strad) and her “beautifully refined tone” (Musical Opinion). She performs at many of the major UK festivals and venues, including in recent months the Presteigne, Alwyn, Oxford May Music, York, and Wye Valley Chamber Music festivals. She plays regularly with pianist Dan Tong with whom she has recorded the Schubert Sonatinas to critical acclaim (“Irresistible!” – Barry Millington). A CD of Fauré and David Matthews has recently been released by Deux-Elles.
Sara has recently recorded all the violin sonatas by William Mathias for Naxos with pianist Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, the first time these pieces have been recorded. She has a strong interest in contemporary music, and the violin and piano pieceAdoniswas written for her by David Matthews, who is also in the process of writing a violin and viola double concerto for her and Sarah-Jane Bradley.
Sara has performed most of the repertoire for violin and orchestra, with orchestras that include the City of London Sinfonia and the Orchestra of St John’s (“The Beethoven violin concerto was quite simply perfection” – Seen and Heard International). As a chamber musician Sara was leader of the Bronte string quartet between 2001 and 2006. The quartet was a prize-winner at the 2005 international competition in Cremona and won first prize at the Royal Overseas League competition in 2003. Currently she is a member of the Rossetti Ensemble (with among others YCMF Artists Sarah- Jane Bradley, John Lenehan and Tim Lowe).
Sara has a strong interest in contemporary music. The violin and piano pieceAdoniswas written for her by David Matthews, who is also in the process of writing a violin and viola double concerto for her and Sarah-Jane Bradley.
Praised by the New York Times for his “great flair and virtuosity” and the (London) Times – “a masterly recital”, John Lenehan has appeared in concerts throughout the World from Abu Dhabi to Zurich and from Aberdeen to Zimbabwe. As a soloist he has appeared with orchestras such as the London Symphony at the Barbican and the Royal Philharmonic in the Royal Albert Hall. John Lenehan has also collaborated with some of the leading instrumentalists of our time and is recognised as an outstanding and versatile chamber musician.
John has made over 70 CDs covering a huge range of musical styles. Duo sonatas by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms rub shoulders with piano concertos by Michael Nyman and Vaughan Williams, chamber music with the Nash Ensemble and jazz repertoire with Emma Johnson. His four-disc survey of John Ireland’s piano music received great critical acclaim including a Gramophone award. His other solo recordings include three discs for Sony Classical of minimalist piano works and a disc of Erik Satie for Classic FM.
John is increasingly drawn towards jazz and particularly early 20th Century styles including ragtime and stride piano and has recently been performing in a two-piano collaboration with the acclaimed improviser Jason Rebello. He also composes, with compositions published by Faber, Novello and Schotts. His Fantasy on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker has recently been recorded by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra. He has written and arranged for a long list of soloists and orchestras including Nigel Kennedy, Emma Johnson, Nicola Benedetti, Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, the BBC Concert Orchestra, RPO and Hong Kong Philharmonic. Highlights this year include a recording for Chandos with long-time collaborator Tasmin Little and an appearance with the RPO at Cadogan Hall.
John Lenehan (piano)
British violinist Martyn Jackson was described by the legendary violinist Ida Haendel as “one of the most exceptionally gifted violinists I have ever encountered.” Martyn made his recital debut at the Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room, as part of the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Prize Winners’ Recital Scheme. Martyn’s recent concert schedule has included solo and chamber music performances at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Musikverein, Berlin Konzerthaus, Queen Elisabeth Hall, Gasteig Philharmonie, Purcell Room and King’s Place. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Berliner Capella. He has performed chamber music with principle players from the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Milan and Rome. He is leader of the Allegri String Quartet.
In 2008 Martyn featured alongside internationally renowned violinist and conductor Shlomo Mintz in the Holocaust documentary film “Amnon’s Journey”, a film depicting the intricate relationship between musicians and their instruments while giving voice to a lost generation. He has also broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Suisse Romande Television et Radio, Suddeutsches Radio and on BBC 4 television.
As an orchestral musician, Martyn has frequently served as Assistant Concertmaster of the LSO, Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC SSO.He is guest leader of Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa da Música in Portugal.He performs on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume kindly on loan to him from Frau Angela Schmeink.
Martyn Jackson (Violin)
Since her debut at Wigmore Hall in 1997 Sarah-Jane Bradley has established a distinguished reputation as a soloist and chamber musician. She was a founder member of the Leopold String Trio and subsequently the Sorrel String Quartet with whom she recorded extensively for Hyperion and Chandos. Sarah-Jane is in demand as a chamber musician which takes her all over the world to festivals such as Marlboro and Kuhmo.
Sarah-Jane is a pioneer of new works and has premiered and recorded a number of new concertos for the viola including by David Matthews, Paul Patterson and Matthew Taylor. She has played as soloist with the Philharmonia, Halle, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Her acclaimed solo recordings include CDs of British viola music for Dutton and two recitals for Naxos.
With John Lenehan she is co-artisitc direct of the newly formed Rossetti Ensemble and works with many chamber ensembles; I Musicanti, Aquinas Piano Trio, Ensemble 360 and the London Soloists Ensemble. David Matthews is in the process of writing a violin and viola double concerto for Sarah-Jane and Sar Trickey.
She teaches at the Purcell School and is a teaching professor at the Royal College of Music.
Sarah-Jane Bradley (Viola)
Following his recent Wigmore Hall recital Tim’s playing was described as “... compelling in every respect: probing, virtuosic and yielding by turns – a true example of outstanding musicianship.” (Musical Opinion)
Tim spends much of his time playing solo and Chamber recitals throughout the UK and Europe and has played recitals many times in major London venues including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, QEH, Cadogan Hall and Purcell Room. He has played most of the major cello concertos in recent seasons and is also the cellist of the Rossetti Ensemble.
Tim has played live on TV and radio in the UK and across Europe including regularly on BBC Radio 3.
He has recorded chamber music CDs for various labels, including recently for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, and Champs Hill - the latter was highly recommended by Andrew McGregor on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review (Reynaldo Hahn).
Tim’s orchestral work sees him being Guest Principal Cello with many major UK orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
Tim is a Cello Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he has a large class and also coaches chamber music. He teaches and coaches regularly on courses and festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He is the Artistic Director of York Chamber Music Festival. He plays a cello made by Carolus Tononi in Bologna in 1716.