“Vibrant, wistful and full of concentration and commitment.”

Gloucester Citizen, April 2015

KATE ROMANO | Clarinet and Director

Kate studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where she graduated with first class honours, she holds an MPhil from Cambridge University and a doctorate in composition from Kings College London. Since 2003 she has held a senior academic post at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2014, Kate was awarded a Fellowship from the School.

As a clarinetist, she made her London solo debut at the age of 22 (Purcell Room) and has performed at most major venues and festivals as soloist and chamber musician. In 2014 she was resident clarinetist at the Presteigne Festival and subsequent Presteigne Tour where she gave recitals at venues including St Georges Bristol and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Kate has given over 70 premieres and has recorded for NMC, Metier and Minabel. Her debut solo CD was awarded 5* reviews from Gramophone and ‘Pick of the Month’ in the chamber music section for the BBC Music Magazine.

For the Goldfield Ensemble, she has created and produced over 30 events including establishing the first year-long Artistic Residency at Stapleford Granary and writing three education projects, the most recent of which (The Paper Forest) was presented to over 2500 children as part of the BBC 10 Pieces scheme. In 2013, she produced and raised funds for the touring opera Tokaido Road (composed by Nicola LeFanu for chamber ensemble Okeanos), a composite of Japanese art, Western and Japanese instruments, music, poetry and mime, which premiered to critical acclaim at Cheltenham Festival in July 2014. She has recently taken up a place as a producer-in-residence at Oxford Contemporary Music Festival 2015-16. Kate is a frequent public speaker and her writing has been published in The Guardian and various Arts journals.


After finishing her studies at Chetham’s school of music in Manchester, Nicola won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Whilst there she received chamber music coaching from members of the Amadeus Quartet and solo masterclasses from Anne Sophie Mutter. In her postgraduate year she concentrated on her chamber music as a member of the Kayser Quartet winning many prizes.

Her freelance career takes her all over the world with various ensembles and orchestras, recording and playing live broadcasts regularly on the radio. She is one of the founder members of the Britten Sinfonia and plays regularly with the BBC symphony orchestra which gives her the opportunity to play regularly at the Royal Albert Hall during the BBC Proms season. She regularly performs with the English National Opera and has just completed a highly acclaimed run of Wagners Mastersinger’s at the London Coliseum.


Originally from Great Hampden in Buckinghamshire, Alexandra read Music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, graduating with first class honours in 2006. She then attended the Royal Academy of Music as a student of Erich Gruenberg, graduating with Distinction in 2008. Two years later she was appointed No. 3 Second Violin in Britten Sinfonia with whom she tours the UK and abroad. Recent highlights include appearing in the BBC Proms and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as well as performing Vivaldi’s Autumn with the orchestra in the City of London Festival.

Alexandra has also worked with the London Sinfonietta, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Aurora Orchestra, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She plays frequently with the London Chamber Orchestra, with whom she was privileged to perform at the Royal Wedding in 2011. Alexandra is also excited to be leading a new professional orchestra in Canterbury: CantiaQuorum. As a keen chamber musician she is a member of the Hampden Quartet, Goldfield Ensemble, and Pirani Trio, as well as performing in a Violin Duo with her sister.


Bridget Carey studied jointly at the Royal Academy of Music and London University, graduating in 1987 with a Masters degree in Performance.  Since that time she has pursued a varied freelance career based in London, and has developed a particular reputation in the field of new music.  For 15 years she premiered new chamber opera for the Almeida, whilst working in dance scores  with Siobhan Davies and Rambert companies, classical contemporary with Opus 20 and Music Projects/London and  new complexity with Ensemble Expose. From 1995-2005 she was viola player with the Kreutzer string quartet. More recently, her chamber music interests include east/west fusion group Okeanos and the RPS award-winning experimental music group Apartment House, with whom she continues to add to her chamber music discography.  She has been a member of Britten Sinfonia for the last 20 years, and is a regular guest with London Sinfonietta and BCMG, among others.


Toby Turton is a prolific orchestral, chamber and solo cellist. As an orchestral musician Toby is the Co-Principal cellist with Northern Ballet Sinfonia; appointed in May 2014. Toby also continues to work on a freelance basis for many of the UK’s finest chamber and symphony orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St.Martin in-the-Fields, City of London Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has toured USA, Canada, Europe and Russia extensively over a thirteen month period with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and been as far afield as Northern Norway to work for the Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic in winter. Toby performs regularly at the Proms during the summer and played at the first night with Sir Andrew Davis in 2014. Other highlights of last year included Principal/Solo work for both Royal Ballet Sinfonia & Northern Ballet and sitting Co-Principal to Aleksei Kiseliov in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for several concerts, as part of his trial for Assistant Principal with the orchestra. As soloist Toby has performed over one hundred cello and piano recitals across the UK as well as all of the major cello concertos with a variety of orchestras – most recently Haydn’s C major concerto with the Rosemary Consort in 2013. Toby plays on a fine and rare cello made by Charles Boullangier in 1877.


James Sherlock performs widely as a pianist specialising in chamber music. In 2014 he made his debuts at the Carnegie and Tchaikovsky Halls, and this year returns to major halls and festivals throughout Europe, alongside a UK-wide tour of Bach’s Das Wohltemperierte Klavier. He has collaborated with artists including Angelika Kirchschlager, Sarah Connolly, Sir Thomas Allen, and is a winner of the Royal Overseas League Piano Competition and the ROSL award for accompanists, Das Lied International Song Competition, the BBC Performing Arts Trust and Award for Young Concert Artists. His recordings have won awards from Gramophone, BBC Music and International Piano Magazines