Nicholas Logie (Strings)
ARCM, MA (Open), PhD (Open)
Nicholas Logie was a founder pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School. He went on to study at the Royal College of Music with Cecil Aronowitz, followed by studies with Bruno Giuranna at the Musikhochschule in Detmold (Germany) and Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Nicholas Logie spent many years in Vienna, working principally with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. In 1978 he returned to England to join the Chilingirian String Quartet, with whom he played for two and a half years. Recordings with the Chilingirian String Quartet include Mozart’s six string quartets dedicated to Haydn and Schubert’s Quintet in C. He has also recorded with members of the Amadeus String Quartet and Sara Watkin (Mozart oboe chamber music) and Vivaldi and Purcell with London Baroque.
From 1989 to 2000, Nicholas Logie was senior lecturer in viola at Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester) and Director of Early Music at the R.N.C.M. from 1998 to 2000. In addition to playing and teaching, Nicholas Logie has undertaken research at the Open University into the role of leadership in conducting orchestra.
At present he plays viola with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Anthony Williams (Piano)
MMus(Dist) DipRAM GRSM(Hons) LRAM
Anthony studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Reading University, and following international competition success has given public recitals and broadcasts around the world. As a piano teacher he has established an international reputation, many former pupils becoming professional musicians, and he is now based full-time at Radley College, Oxford combining this with a busy freelance career.
As an educator he has written articles and books on piano teaching and presents masterclasses, lecture-recitals and seminars on performance, repertoire and the art of teaching; these include talks on piano performance as part of the Radio 3 Piano Festival. Publications include ‘The Best of Grade’ and ‘Fingerprints’ (Faber) and ‘Teaching Notes’ (ABRSM).
Anthony is a regular consultant and presenter for ABRSM as well as a Moderator and Examiner (jazz and classical) and syllabus selector for the piano exams, performing some of the pieces for the accompanying CDs. He is an experienced and busy adjudicator and President of Chipping Norton Music Festival.
Keith Allen (Wind/Brass)
Keith Allen was born and educated in London – he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, London studying clarinet with Basil Tchaikov and piano with Bernard Roberts. He subsequently undertook post-graduate studies in Education at Birmingham University; has been awarded a Fellowship of Trinity College, London, and also holds a BA degree from Kingston University and a MMus degree from the University of West London. He played clarinet and saxophone in numerous orchestras, and has worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. He was the Saxophone Tutor at Birmingham Conservatoire and also held various posts with Birmingham Education Department, including being the Head of Music Service for the city.
Keith is the Music Director of Birmingham Symphonic Winds, Festival Director of ncbf (National Concert Band Festival UK) and conductor of Solihull Youth Wind Orchestra. Earlier in 2015, he was in Spain conducting Banda Sinfonica Municipal de Madrid and has invitations to conduct in Beijing in autumn 2016.
Neil Jenkins (Vocals)
Neil Jenkins has been singing all his life, joining his first choir at the age of 7. He was a Chorister at Westminster Abbey, and a Choral Scholar at King’s College Cambridge. Whilst there he was the tenor in the famous vocal group ‘The Kings Singers’, and sang in the first concerts given by John Eliot Gardiner’s ‘Monteverdi Choir’. He is now an internationally renowned tenor, conductor and music editor and has worked and recorded over 60 discs of opera, oratorio and song with many of the world’s leading conductors. In the 1970s he was appointed as an RCM singing professor by Sir David Willcocks, for whom he became a regular soloist with the Bach Choir, especially in the Bach Passions. Neil has carved out a unique career, being equally at home as an Operatic, Oratorio and Recital singer, combining this with an increasingly important role as a musicologist. He has translated and edited Bach’s major choral works for the New Novello Choral Edition, and has produced other editions for OUP & Kings Music. He runs his own international summer school – AIMS – every August, gives a regular series of master classes, is a well-known Music Festival adjudicator, and sits on international singing juries.
Jenny Thornton (Drama)
Jenny trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and, having led a performing arts team, now enjoys running her own performance centre, delivering drama, dance and musical theatre to students from 4 years to adults. Her work in a local secondary school involves A Level Drama and Theatre Studies and she also works in drama clubs. She is an Assistant Principal for Edexcel, examining GCSE practical performances and an adjudicator for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Kit Berry (Creative Writing)
Kit Berry is the author of Stonewylde, a five book series for adults and teens set in Dorset, where she lived for many years before moving to Berkshire. Stonewylde reflects Kit’s love of nature and wildlife, and the natural forces that shimmer all around. Kit is currently busy with several writing projects: a children’s picture book series, a novel for 8 -12 year olds, and an adult novel set on the Isle of Portland during the Civil War. She also writes psychological thrillers under a different pen name.
Kit formerly worked as a school teacher, and nowadays as an author she visits many schools giving inspirational workshops in creative writing and the importance of reading fiction. She has an enormous family with dogs, cats and chickens and two little granddaughters, so she’s never short of ideas for her next books. But nor does she have enough time for her favourite pastime of reading!
Claire Dyer (Poetry)
Claire Dyer is a novelist and poet from Reading. Her poetry collections, Eleven Rooms and Interference Effects are published by Two Rivers Press. Her novels, The Moment and The Perfect Affair and her short story Falling for Gatsby are published by Quercus. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and is a regular guest on BBC Radio Berkshire’s Book Club with Bill Buckley. Claire also teaches creative writing at literary and writers’ festivals and for Bracknell & Wokingham College and runs Fresh Eyes, an editorial and critiquing service. Her website is www.clairedyer.com
Francesca Perryman (Poetry)
Francesca Perryman is the What’s On Reporter for the GetReading news website. She recently graduated with a degree in Journalism from Southampton Solent University.
As well as covering all the latest arts and entertainment news, and events in Reading, Bracknell, Wokingham and Berkshire, her role also includes reviewing shows and restaurants, and interviewing celebrities. Al Murray, singer Nathan Sykes (previously in The Wanted), The Hoosiers, Lee Nelson, Frank Turner to name but a few. Francesca has previously written for her university newspaper, a music news website and was a food blogger for the Cheddar Valley Gazette as well as working as a broadcast journalist, reporting for Solent News – her university news station, both for TV and radio.