A multifaceted performer on recorder and baroque flute, Emily Bloom is equally at home performing with an early music ensemble in the resplendent surrounds of St Martin-in-the-Fields as she is to presenting a contemporary work in a disused biscuit factory as part of a Nonclassical club night, and everything in between!
She is a member of the recorder quintet Consortium5 with whom she has recorder an album of English Renaissance music on the Resonus Classics label. She has performed widely across Europe with ensembles including Florilegium, AvisonEnsemble and The Feinstein Ensemble.
Her repertoire spans music for the 15th century through to the present and includes a work that she commissioned from the British composer Edwin Roxburgh.
Emily is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music.
Kathryn read music at Durham and subsequently studied Recorder with Daniël Brüggen and Peter Holtslag at the Royal Academy of Music, gaining her MMus in performance in 2006. She is committed to consort playing and is a founding member of Consortium5 with whom she has performed, recorded and broadcast Renaissance, Baroque and Contemporary repertoire. Keen to promote and explore the possibilities of the recorder, she enjoys working with and commissioning new works from composers in both a group and solo capacity. Kathryn recently worked with a group of composers from Trinity Laban on a project responding to the M. C. Escher exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, performing new works for solo recorder and guitar. Kathryn appears as an improviser at a secret cinema society and regularly leads improvisation and musicianship classes. She is passionate about education and alongside performance and research enjoys teaching individuals, leading workshops and coaching ensembles at Junior Trinity conservatoire and South Hampstead High School amongst other institutions. Kathryn has recently led a masterclass for recorder players in association with the One Handed Musical Instrument Trust, working with the newly developed Dolmetsch Gold Series one-handed recorders. Kathryn also appears as a guest conductor for the Society of Recorder Players and enjoys arranging repertoire for groups large and small. Together with Consortium5 Kathryn toured with the record label Nonclassical and DJ Mr Switch (4 x DMC World Champion) last year, performing live remixes of contemporary repertoire written for Consortium5. In 2016 she is enjoying the focus on English Renaissance music following the release of Consortium5’s album with Resonus Classics, bringing both the somber and gay imitative polyphony and complex cross-rhythms to audiences in 21st century England.
Oonagh Lee is a historical oboist and recorder player. Born in Glasgow, Oonagh studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Daniel Bruggen and the Koninklijke Conservatorium in The Hague with Frank de Bruine. Now based in London, she is a founding member of recorder quintet Consortium5 and is a regular performer with many period orchestras and ensembles across the world, with recent performances in the UK, Holland, Poland, Singapore, South Korea and Australia. Recent engagements include concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music, The Hanover Band, The Orchestra of the 18th Century, The Dunedin Consort, The Orchestra of the Antipodes and the Australian Haydn Ensemble, performing in venues including The Barbican, The Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms and The Wigmore Hall. Oonagh has recently recorded for ensembles including The Dunedin Consort and The Australian Haydn Ensemble on Linn Records and ABC Classics, and her playing has been heard on numerous radio stations in Europe and beyond.
In her spare time Oonagh is an ice cream and chocolate aficionado and enjoys any mildly perilous outdoor activity, as well as Munro bagging, cooking and eating in general.
Gail Macleod is a recorder player and animateur whose main aim in life is to inspire, celebrate and understand as much as possible about collective music making. This can mean taking to the concert platform with Consortium5, facilitating creative music projects with Soundcastle) or supporting the next generation of recorder players through teaching.
Gail founded Soundcastle (www.soundcastle.co.uk) in 2011, after graduating with distinction from the masters in leadership course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Uniting communities across London through captivating musical experiences, Soundcastle delivers dynamic music projects that enable people with any or no level of musical experience to create imaginative and thought-provoking new music.
Gail is also a committed educator working as a recorder teacher, ensemble coach and early year’s specialist for Redbridge Music Service and deputy teacher for the Royal College of Music Junior Department. This year has also seen her collaborate with Aldeburgh Young Musicians as a recorder teacher and project facilitator for a ‘Music as Theatre’ course lead by composer Luke Styles.
Roselyn Maynard was born and educated in Switzerland. She took her Masters degree in Performance and Teaching at the Hochschule der Künste Zürich.
She studied for her Postgraduate Diploma in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she played the world premiere of her first commission – Luke Styles‘ Recorder Concerto.
Apart from her activities with Consortium5, Roselyn has performed as a soloist and with various ensembles. Recent performances include a work for recorder together with a children’s choir by Stevie Wishart at the Colourscape Festival, and performances with Luke Styles’ Ensemble Amorpha.