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Braimah Kanneh Mason


Feb 20223

Braimah Kanneh-Mason is a dynamic and versatile young violinist. He has performed throughout the UK, Europe, USA and the Caribbean. An avid chamber musician, Braimah is a member of the Kanneh-Mason Piano Trio, Cassadó Ensemble and Kaleidoscope Collective. He has performed at venues and festivals such as the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall and Kings Place. Braimah is a passionate advocate for equal opportunity and diversity in music education and is a Junior Ambassador for Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST). He has been a mentor at Sistema England, Junior Music Works and a violin tutor for consecutive years at the Antigua Music Camp. He is currently an artist in residence at Brighton College.

Braimah is currently studying with Barnabás Kelemen and Eszter Perenyi at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he was a scholarship student with Mateja Marinkovic and Jack Liebeck, winning the Harold Craxton Prize, the John McAslan Prize and the Dame Ruth Railton Chamber Music Prize. 

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Lucy Scotchmer


June 2022

Lucy Scotchmer graduated from both the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music with First Class Honours. A scholar at both institutions, she won three major prizes for undergraduate cellists at the RCM before continuing baroque cello at the RAM, where she was awarded a DipRAM for an outstanding postgraduate recital. She then studied in The Netherlands, where she worked with a number of renowned early music ensembles across Europe. Lucy has performed with The English Concert, Dunedin Consort, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The King’s Consort and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, among others. Orchestral work over the years has taken her as far as Buenos Aires, and in March 2023 she will perform in New York's Carnegie Hall as well as venues along the West Coast of the USA. Lucy is passionate about teaching and will take up the post of Head of Strings at King's College School, Wimbledon in September.

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Sarah Parkes-Bowen


Feb 2022

British flautist Sarah Parkes Bowen is a postgraduate student (Master of Performance) from the Royal College of Music in London where she studied flute with Gitte Marcusson and Simon Channing, Baroque/Classical studies with Rachel Brown and piccolo with Kathleen Stevenson. She is a Fishmongers' Company Beckwith Scholar and is also supported by a TalenAid Award from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. Sarah has enjoyed the position of principal flute with the RCM Symphony Orchestra (live streamed event), as well as performing Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony with the RCM Philharmonic Orchestra, and Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen with RCM's Opera Orchestra. During her undergraduate, Sarah spent her third year abroad - on an Erasmus exchange to the Conservatorio Superior de Castilla y León, Salamanca, Spain.

Nurry Lee


Nov 2019

Nurry is a South Korean-British pianist who started playing the piano at the age of 6 with her Mum as teacher. Her progress was astonishingly quick, through winning a concerto competition aged just nine, a full scholarship to the Wells cathedral school at 11, to recently completing her undergraduate and masters degrees at the Royal College of Music. Already she has extensively toured as a soloist in Europe, America, Asia and West Africa, and you may have been lucky enough to hear her play Beethoven’s “Emperor” piano concerto at “The Anvil” with the BSO.

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James Lisney


Nov 1998

James Lisney musical integrity and pianistic command fuel a career that takes him seamlessly from concerto and recital soloist – to chamber musician, song accompanist and pianist director. Initiatives, such as his  Schubertreise series at London`s South Bank Centre, his extensive Beethoven Project or the recording company Woodhouse Editions, provide a platform for his wide-ranging musical sympathies.

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Yulia Chaplina


Nov 2022

Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra

 are delighted to welcome  the brilliant prizewinning  pianist Yulia Chaplina who is no stranger to the Anvil stage.


She will perform Rachmaninov’s ever-popular Piano Concerto No. 2.


Yulia was born in Rostov-on-Don (Russia). and gave her debut performance aged 7, performing Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in F minor with the Rostov State Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has performed extensively in Europe and Asia.

Yulia last performed at the Anvil

in November 2017.

Anthony Flaum


June 2022

Anthony Flaum is a London born lyric tenor who has had an unusual route into the industry. He originally studied Business & German at the University of Nottingham and then entered full-time employment in the financial world.  His musical career began in 2005/2006 when he studied Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. Since 2010, he has concentrated on developing his classical tenor voice and was chosen to join the "Singers of the Future" programme run by the National Opera Studio (NOS) in 2011. He completed the full-time course at the NOS in 2013. During his year of study, he was kindly sponsored by English National Opera and generously supported by Grange Park Opera, the John Wates Foundation, the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust, the Robert Vivian Trust and Michael Ward. He was awarded the Nicholas John Fellowship award for outstanding merit during his year at the NOS.

Roberts Balanas


Nov 2021

, Latvian violinist Roberts Balanas s a musician of eclectic artistry enjoying a wide range of musical interests and aims to tear down the boundaries between different genres of music. Combining his background in classical music with the sound worlds of pop, rock and funk, his solo violin arrangements have amassed millions of views across the web. 

Having made his solo debut at London’s Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall at the age of 16, Roberts has performed extensively across the UK, Europe and Asia ever since. His musical collaborations include eminent artists such as Trevor Pinnock, Miloš Karadaglić, Jess Gillam and Edward Gardner. His performances are regularly featured on Classic FM, The Violin Channel, BBC Radio 3 and Scala Radio amongst others.

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June 2017

Sara Deborah is a multi-facetted musician and violinist. An alumni and scholar at the GSMD and RCM, London, and a former Philip & Dorothy Green Young Artist Award Holder, she now appears as a soloist, and in chamber and duo recitals, and performs with early music groups in the UK and Europe as well as running her own festival in Hampshire where she also directs, teaches and composes.


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