Adrian Butterfield is a violinist, director and conductor who specialises in performing music from 1600-1900 on period instruments. He is Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society and Associate Director of the London Handel Festival and regularly directs the London Handel Orchestra and Players as well as working as a guest soloist and director in Europe and North America. The London Handel Players perform regularly at the Wigmore Hall and throughout Europe and North America and their Handel recordings have received glowing reviews. Adrian's world premiere complete recordings of Leclair's Books 1 and 2 violin sonatas were released in 2009 and 2013 on Naxos Records, and the LHP's recording of Geminiani's Op.1 sonatas (SOMM) in 2012.
He also works annually with the Southbank Sinfonia, is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music in London, gives masterclasses in Europe and North America and teaches on the Aestas Musica International Summer School of Baroque Music and Dance in Croatia.
Recent highlights have included conducting the LHO in Bach's B Minor Mass, St. John Passion and Magnificat at Tilford and Handel's Israel in Egypt at St. George's, Hanover Square and La Resurrezione at the Wigmore Hall, directing the London Mozart Players in Bach and Mendelssohn and appearing on Croatian Television with LHP as well as appearances at the Brighton, Gregynog, Kings Lynn and Buxton Festivals.
Plans for the 2014/15 season include LHP's debut at Carnegie Hall, the Halle Handel Festival in Germany and the York Early Music Festival as well as their return to the Wigmore Hall. Adrian will appear again with the Croatian Baroque Ensemble in Zagreb and direct a programme of Leclair and Locatelli at the Greenwich Early Music Festival. RDR's 25th anniversary celebrations will open with concerts for the Tilford Bach Society and at St. John's, Smith Square. Adrian will also direct one-singer-per-part performances of the St. Matthew Passion at the Tilford Bach Festival and at St. John's, Smith Square in June with the LHO.
Kathryn Parry has a rich and varied career as an orchestral and chamber musician, solo recitalist and teacher. She studied at Selwyn College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music where she was awarded several prizes and the prestigious Dip.RAM for ensemble playing. She has played with many of the UK's leading orchestras, including the Academy of St Martins in the Fields, City of London Sinfonia, Britten Sinfonia and London Mozart Players, and was a member of the London Philharmonic and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, living in Edinburgh for eight years and performing with the Hebrides Ensemble, Scottish Ensemble and as guest leader of the Edinburgh Quartet. As a member of the Bell'Arte Ensemble she gave the inaugural chamber concert in Birmingham's Symphony Hall playing piano quintets with Sir Simon Rattle, and as a recitalist she has performed for music clubs and festivals nationwide and abroad.
In the arena of historical performance Kathryn is a member of the Gramophone Award winning, virtuoso string ensemble La Serenissima and string quartet The Revolutionary Drawing Room, and plays with the London Handel Orchestra, ETO and the OAE. She has played on numerous film soundtracks and is a named artist on Sting's album Ten Summoners Tales and the Ship's Fiddler in Alexander L'Estrange's Ahoy!
Kathryn has worked as a primary school specialist music teacher and is much in demand as a chamber music coach, workshop leader and festival adjudicator. She is a celebrated teacher and has been awarded an ARAM in recognition of her services to the music profession.
Rachel Stott read music at Churchill College, Cambridge and subsequently undertook postgraduate studies in viola at the GSMD. She has since pursued a career as both composer and viola player and has performed across the UK and Europe with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Hanover Band, New Music Players and other contemporary music groups.
Her works have been performed at major London venues, at the Spitalfields, Greenwich, Cheltenham and Swaledale festivals in the UK, and abroad in Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Japan and Slovenia. She has produced a CD, Airborne, of contemporary song which includes two of her own song cycles and features her playing on the viola and viola d'amore. In 2001 she wrote the series Harmony and Invention for BBC Radio 3 and the following year was commissioned by Yorkshire Arts to compose one of four 'Yorkshire Quartets' for the Fitzwilliam String Quartet. In 2003 she was Composer-in-Residence at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, which led to a number of works inspired by observation of medical procedures. In 2004 she composed a children's opera, 'The Cuckoo Tree', based on the book by Joan Aiken, which was premiered in July at the Frome Festival. She has recently completed a second string quartet, 'The Enchanted Lyre' for the Dante String Quartet.
Ruth Alford has established herself as a well-respected chamber musician and continuo-cellist with many ensembles and chamber groups in London. She graduated from Manchester University with an honours degree in music and the Proctor Gregg Performance Award after studying cello there with Bernard Gregor-Smith and the Lindsay Quartet. Further studies followed at the Royal Academy of Music in London with David Strange, Amadeus Quartet, Sidney Griller, Jenny Ward-Clarke and also William Pleeth, whilst gaining performing experience in a wide variety of musical genres ranging from solo recitals to jazz and music theatre.
Indeed, Ruth still thrives on a broad musical diet from Baroque to Contemporary as well as sharing her enthusiasm for music through various educational outlets. She performs and records widely throughout Europe, the Far East and America as a principal player and continuo-cellist with the English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as chamber ensembles including Brandenburg Consort, The Music Collection, Fiori Musicali, Florilegium, Configure8 and The Revolutionary Drawing Room.