Biographies

Nicholas Mumby

Jonathan Bridcut

Alexandra Campkin

Claire Eadington

Eleanor Fletcher

Richard Gratwick

Rhydian Griffiths

Julia Hailstone

Naomi Ives

Rachel Johnson

Gaelyn Pilmoor

Marissa Pueschel

Greg Tassell

Charlotte Woolley

David Somerville Wright

Jonathan Wikeley

Robin Whitehouse

Nicholas Mumby, Musical Director

Nicholas Mumby

Nicholas Mumby is the Principal Conductor and Director of Music for the Oxford Spezzati Soloists & Orchestra. He graduated with a degree in Classics in 2003 from Exeter College, Oxford, where he was also an Academical Clerk. He is a qualified lawyer and currently works as an associate solicitor in the commercial property department at …

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Jonathan Bridcut

Jonathan Bridcut began his musical career as a Quirister at Winchester College, where he was a treble from 1993 to 1998, before moving on to Radley College, where he gained grade eight piano with distinction and led the school orchestra. Jonathan developed his interest in composition at Oxford University, while a choral scholar at Exeter …

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Alexander Campkin

Alexander Campkin started a Masters in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2006. In 2005 he finished his BA in Music at the University of Oxford, where he was Choral Scholar at St Catherine’s College, Assistant Organ Scholar at Trinity College, and conductor of the Oxford Chamber Choir and Arcadian Singers …

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Claire Eadington

Claire Eadington was born in Northumberland and grew up in the Lake District. She graduated from St Hugh’s College, Oxford in 2006 where she read Music, specialising in early choral repertoire and appearing regularly as both soloist and consort singer. Now based in London, Claire studies with Robert Rice and has received coaching from Roderick …

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Eleanor Fletcher

Eleanor started the ‘cello at the age of six, learning with the inspirational Alison McNaught in Cambridge. She continued her luck in finding excellent teachers at the Junior Academy (RAM), studying first with Penelope Lynex and latterly Rebecca Gilliver, with whom she took her ATCL diploma. At university she joined every ensemble that asked her …

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Richard Gratwick

Richard Gratwick

Richard started playing the violin at the age of seven at school in darkest Teesside, taught by Martin Bainbridge, ex-leader of the London Festival Ballet Orchestra. He studied with Martin for the next fifteen years, and was admitted a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in 2001. In 2003 Richard went up to Magdalen …

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Rhydian Griffiths

Rhydian Griffiths, a native of Swansea, South Wales, read music at Jesus College, Oxford, graduating with honours in 2005. As a soloist he has enjoyed success in many competitions, including first prizes at the Urdd National Eisteddfod and the National Eisteddfod of Wales on numerous occasions. Furthermore, he was also a finalist in the Rotary …

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Julia Hailstone

Julia Hailstone studied Psychology and Physiology at St Catherine’s College, Oxford, graduating in 2003, and is currently a researcher at the Institute of Neurology, University College London, looking at the neuropsychology of dementia. Julia played the violin and viola from a young age, learning both with John Humphries and Julia Clare. For the past three …

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Naomi Ives

Naomi Ives started singing as a music scholar at Malvern College under the direction of Rory Boyle and Iain Sloan. At the age of 16 Naomi joined the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. After graduating from Durham, where she played the flute in the University Symphony Orchestra and sang in various choirs including Keith …

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Rachael Johnson

Rachael Johnson was born in Boston, USA. She began her musical training as a chorister in the Hildegard Choir, Oxford. After graduating with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Leeds she studied for a Masters in Music at the University of York, specialising in Baroque performance practice, where she began singing professionally, including …

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Gaelyn Pilmoor

Gaelyn Pilmoor enjoyed a successful Purcell Room recital at the age of 17, and went on to graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied the flute with Peter Lloyd and the baroque flute with Lisa Besznosiuk. While in Manchester she was also involved in education projects with the Hallé Orchestra and …

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Marissa Pueschel

Marissa Pueschel read Music at St Peter’s College, Oxford, graduating in 2009. She attended the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music during her last two years of school, where she studied with Sarah Francis, and was principal oboist of the Oxford University Orchestra. A former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great …

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Greg Tassell

Greg Tassell was born in Pembury, Kent and attended Dulwich College Prep School before being awarded a Choristership to Durham Cathedral in 1990. He studied music at Exeter University and in 2008 completed his studies at the Royal Academy of Music where he learned with Ryland Davies and Robert Aldwinckle and continues to study with …

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Robin Whitehouse

Robin Whitehouse completed a Maths degree in 2003 at St Peter’s College, Oxford. Before coming to Oxford he spent a year studying horn and singing at the Royal College of Music with Simon Rayner and Kenneth Woolham. Oxford credits include Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, the Duke of Dunstable in Patience and since then …

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Jonathan Wikeley

Although Jonathan Wikeley was photographed playing the piano aged just one, he only started having lessons aged nine, when his hands were large enough to stretch an octave. Having studied both piano and violin during his schooldays at Liverpool College, from 1997 he read music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he also took harpsichord lessons …

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Charlotte Woolley

Charlotte Woolley is currently finishing a DPhil in Laser Physics at Keble College, where she also completed her undergraduate degree. She began playing the clarinet at school and has studied with Phillip Lee in Northampton. While at Oxford she was awarded an instrumental scholarship by Keble and has been an enthusiastic supporter of student music …

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David Somerville Wright

David Somerville Wright was a chorister at Durham Cathedral, and subsequently a choral scholar at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He now combines his musical life as a soloist and consort singer with a career in the software industry. David has sung across the country with a number of groups, notably the early music ensemble …

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