Andrew Wilson-Dickson is the Musical Director and founder of the Welsh Baroque Orchestra. He came to Wales in 1984 to teach at the then Welsh College of Music and Drama. Although he sees himself primarily as a composer and pianist, he became increasingly seduced by the sound-world of period instruments. As a result, he is Head of Early Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and plays harpsichord continuo all over the UK and abroad. He is also a highly experienced conductor, choral and orchestral, having directed the Brandon Hill Singers in Bristol for some years and now has formed a new choir in Cardiff, the Welsh Camerata / Camerata Cymreig, specialising in 16th- and 17th-century music.
Apart from his work with the Welsh Baroque Orchestra, Andrew plays with L'Indiscret, a baroque period-instrument ensemble, all of whom are members of Welsh Baroque Orchestra (with Claire Heaney, baroque flute, Marc Elton, baroque violin, Lucy Robinson, viola da gamba); he works frequently with Buddug Verona James on Castradiva and other shows, plays continuo for other groups and individuals and piano for the contemporary music ensemble PM.
Marc Elton is the local leader and a significant driving force for the orchestra. He was first introduced to the world of period music-making at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he studied baroque violin under Margaret Faultless. Since then he has studied and played with many period instrument groups, including Devon Baroque (under Margaret Faultless) and participating in courses at Dartington Summer School and with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. His improvising abilities show that his maverick roots are by no means forgotten...
Kate Ayres administers the orchestra and is currently finishing her MMus degree in baroque cello at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She teaches and plays professionally in the South Wales area.
Jeremy Badcock is treasurer and general secretary of Early Music Wales, which administers the financial affairs of WBO. He is a fine tenor and an active member of Consort de Danse Baroque.
Other regulars in the WBO include:
Matthew Nisbet, a fine guitarist and theorbo player, with an MA from Manchester University, now teaching practical and academic courses at his old College, the RWCMD. He has an excellent plucked instrument duo with Daniel Jones called 'Campanella'.
Sophia McKenna, baroque oboist, immensely experienced from her countless recordings and concerts in the top period music bands.
Claire Heaney has been heard at the Wigmore Hall and many other venues, particularly in the south west. She holds an MA in modern flute at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, having won the Takemitsu Competition for the performance of new music in 1999. She has also studied the baroque and classical instruments and is much in demand on the period instruments.
Lucy Robinson, French music scholar, Head of Postgraduate Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, violist and viola da gamba player of long professional experience. She was a pupil of the viol-player Wieland Kuijken and has performed with many artists in Britain, Ireland, Australia and Morocco. Lucy has recently contributed substantially to the latest edition of the New Grove Dictionary.
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