As a Federation accompanist Stewart works annually at the Alderley Edge, Crosby, Hazel Grove, Heaton Mersey and Southport Festivals and has also worked for Blackburn, Buxton, Burnley, Fleetwood and Lytham Festivals. He has toured throughout Europe with the Concordia Opera Trio, been heard as an accompanist on Classic F.M, B.B.C Radio and Television, worked as an accompanist for Welsh National Opera, recorded several compact discs and appeared at many top venues including the Purcell Room, St. David’s Hall, and Barbican Centre. He is a founder member of Travelling by Tuba who currently perform in excess of 200 concerts a year.
Jill trained at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. She won the Senigallia International Young Pianists’ Competition in Italy when she was 18, then continued her piano studies with Edith Vogel at the Guildhall School of Music in London. She also took the repetiteur’s course at English National Opera.
Jill has performed extensively throughout the UK, as both soloist and accompanist. She accompanies singers and instrumentalists of all ages for festivals, recitals, auditions, diplomas and exams. She has accompanied singers at Glyndebourne, Opera North, Clonter Opera, and both singers and instrumentalists at Manchester University and the Halle. She has worked as an accompanist at the Royal Northern College of Music Vocal and Opera Studies Department, playing for post-graduate opera and under-graduate recital classes, as well as being an accompanist for The British and International Federation of Festivals. She is known for sensitive and intuitive accompaniment and skilled sight reading.
Jill also works as a freelance vocal coach and practice assistant (keyboard department) at Chetham’s School of Music. She coaches a wide variety of students of all ages. She is based in Manchester. For more details please see www.jillfogden.co.uk
Catherine has a busy and varied career as pianist, accompanist and teacher. She studied piano and organ at Birmingham Conservatoire and later went on to specialize in accompaniment with David Lloyd at the Royal Northern College of Music. Whilst there she was awarded the John Ireland Prize for accompanists, the Dora Gilson Scholarship and, most memorably, a time of study at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Since settling in Glossop with her family some twenty years ago, she began her freelance career as a pianist to the Education Unit of Northern Ballet Theatre. She now teaches both privately and at Bolton School, and is regularly in demand as a Festival accompanist throughout the North West.
Michael read Music at Christ Church, Oxford under Simon Preston and Francis Grier and continued his studies as a piano accompanist with Paul Hamburger and Gordon Back at the Guildhall. He has accompanied Renée Fleming, Dame Kiri Te Kinawa and Dame Judi Dench and has played piano rehearsals for Leonard Bernstein and Leonard Slatkin. He has worked on many productions for the Royal National Theatre, the Donmar and in the West End as pianist and Musical Director. Michael gave the first performance of the Philip Marshall Piano Concerto in Lincoln Minster and was a member of Piano Circus for four years. He has accompanied singers and instrumentalists on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. Having competed extensively in the Derby Arts Festival as a child he is very happy to be a Federation accompanist.
Robin is a graduate of the University of Birmingham and a holder of the prestigious Diploma in Professional Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied piano accompaniment with David Lloyd. A Principal Lecturer at the RNCM, Robin has been chief repetiteur on most of the award-winning college opera productions. He has appeared with the Manchester Camerata, has been Musical Director for Feelgood Theatre Productions and, from 1990-2000, Opera & Concert Productions (Worldwide) Ltd with whom he toured throughout the Gulf, the Indian sub-continent and the Far East. As well as being an Accompanist for The British and International Federation of Festivals, Robin has a particularly close association with Clonter Opera Theatre, where he regularly works as Assistant Musical Director and Accompanist.
Tim studied music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and is now a freelance musician based in Manchester. As well as being a piano accompanist, he also works as a professional singer, vocal coach and organist. He has worked as a festival accompanist for the British and International Federation of Festivals since 2006, and is now a regular official accompanist at a number of competitive music festivals across the North of England, including those in Alderley Edge, Bowdon, Burnley, Chester, Cleethorpes, Hazel Grove and Heaton Mersey.
He is a staff repetiteur for the School of Vocal and Opera Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, playing for singing classes, assessments and recitals. Tim often accompanies musicians at Manchester University, and plays for auditions for the National Youth Choir. He is the rehearsal pianist for the Tatton Singers (Knutsford) and Unlimited Voices. Tim is a staff accompanist for the solo singing course “The Art of Singing” at Sherborne School every summer, working with renowned international singers Ian Partridge, Julie Kennard and John Huw Davies. He regularly accompanies singers in recital.
For more detailed information, his website can be found at www.tim-kennedy.co.uk
Anne is a regular accompanist for Sir James Galway, regularly appearing in concert with him, including the Sherborne Abbey Festival, Slovenian Flute Festival, Koerner Hall in Toronto and St John Smith Square London. Anne is the principal accompanist at the Galway Flute Conventions in the USA, Switzerland and South Africa. Anne is also a regular accompanist for other flute festivals, including Whole Musician in London, Toronto and Boston; Trevor Wye’s Flute Course in Cheltenham and the Canadian Flute Convention.
Anne has accompanied many distinguished artists, including Samuel Coles (London Philharmonia Orchestra), Lorna McGhee (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), Stefan Hoskuldsson (Metropolitan Orchestra New York), Joanna Westers (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Julie Stewart-Lafin and Marina Piccinini. She is also an accompanist for The British and International Federation of Festivals.
Broadcasts include accompanying Sir James Galway on BBC Radio 3 “In Tune”, Slovenian National Radio and Canadian Classic 96.3FM.
Anne has a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal College of Music in Advanced Performance, with accompaniment as principal study, under teachers Andrew Ball and Roger Vignoles. She was a recipient of an Associated Board Scholarship, and received bursaries from the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and the Apollo Music Trust going on to become an Accompanist Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music, supported by the Anthony Saltmarsh Trust.