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About The Braid Group

The London debut of The Braid Group, a trio focused on the highly melodic, beautiful works of Welsh composer David Braid. 
 
Consisting of highly versatile soprano Sophia Brumfitt, virtuoso violist Lowri Thomas, and guitarist/mandolinist/composer David Braid, this unusual and highly intimate instrumentation makes for a unique musical experience. Their repertoire includes settings of texts from a wide selection of poets including Philip Larkin, Michael O’Dea, Shakespeare, R.S. Thomas, Ho Hsiang-ning, Liao Chung-K’ai, and García Lorca. 
 
They will also present a selection of duos for viola and guitar, viola and mandolin, and some songs with just mandolin and voice. 

Steve Reich called David’s music ‘real honest stuff'.  

Covid-19 Precautions

We want to make sure you and everyone else around you is safe so we will allocate you specific seats according to the size of your party.

Every audience member will:

  • have their temperature checked on arrival. Anyone with a high temperature will not be admitted along with anyone in their household or 'bubble'.
  • asked to sanitise their hands.

Once we have checked your temperature and welcomed you, you will be shown to your seat.

Please help us to help you by following these instructions:

  • If you are displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 do not come to the show - please stay home in line with Government Guidelines. Check for Covid-19 symptoms HERE.
  • If you are a vulnerable person who should not be going out please stay home - we hope we can see you in person soon but want you to stay safe.
  • Wherever possible please stay 2 metres from people outside your ‘bubble’ or household.
  • Please wear a face covering.
  • Please co-operate with the stewards and volunteers when they show you to your seating area.
  • The toilets will be available and are regularly cleaned but please follow the instructions in relation to keeping a distance when/if queuing and follow good hygiene and hand washing regimes. Soap and disinfectant sprays are available for your use. Be careful and considerate.
  • Getting everyone settled will take longer than usual so please be patient – we promise not to start till everyone is in and comfortable.
  • The windows will be open to ensure good ventilation - please dress accordingly.

Sophia Brumfitt, SOPRANO

Sophia Brumfitt has performed as an oratorio soloist, with renaissance and medieval ensembles. Her versatile and agile voice has enabled her to work in areas spanning the entire spectrum of early music; from Medieval to Early Classical, through traditional Celtic and Sephardic song. Studying Music History and Performance Practice as a PostGraduate at Royal Holloway (RHUL) and Royal College of Music, Sophia has continued to research and devise many diverse programmes and collaborations with some of the country’s top Early Musicians, for television, stage and concert hall. 

Present projects include Maiden in the Moor with Rebecca Austen-Brown focusing on retelling Medieval and traditional stories through using traditional, historic forms alongside electronic treatments and looping. Maniera with Emma Alter and Toby Carr delve into the colourful world of Early Baroque repertoire that links instrument and voice. 

The 2020 Coronavirus Arts Shutdown meant that a number of singing engagements were cancelled this year, most notably the Canada Water performances of Theatre Volière’s Lyonesse and the the Easter Festival at St. Anne’s, Highgate West Hill.

www.sophiabrumfitt.co.uk

Lowri Thomas, VIOLIST

Lowri Thomas is a freelance Violist based in Cardiff. She was born and raised in Alltwen, Wales and
studied her undergraduate at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama graduating with First
Class Honours. She went on to study postgraduate with Jonathan Barritt at the Royal College of Music with the Irene Hanson Scholarship graduating with a Distinction. Whilst studying she won the RCM Viola Competition and received both the RWCMD Wolfson Foundation Fund Award and Cardiff Violins Strings Prize.

On leaving the RCM, Lowri successfully auditioned for the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Scheme and began trials with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Welsh National Opera. As a freelance, Lowri regularly performs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra and Sinfonia Cymru.

Lowri is a member of both Live Music Now and Music in Hospitals and Care with her duo ‘String Sisters’ and Viola, Flute and Harp group, ‘Vesta Trio.’ Lowri has been generously supported by Help Musicians UK, the Royal Society of Muscians, Arts Council Wales, Wales Arts Review, Kathleen Trust, Ryan Davies Memorial Trust, James Pantyfedwen Foundation, Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund and Craxton Memorial Trust.

David Braid, COMPOSER, GUITAR/MANDOLIN

David works have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and performed in the US, Germany, Poland, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, South America. Major UK performances have taken place at Wigmore Hall and The Purcell Room, King’s Place, et al.

Steve Reich said of this work: ” ‘Morning’. Integration of voice with string quartet beautifully done – particularly first entrance. Writing for instruments is solid and sounds very good to me. Very honest stuff”.

David studied at The Royal College of Music from 1990-94, going on to complete post-grad studies at the University of Oxford.

David is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including: The John Longmire Prize for Composition and The Jack Morrison Prize for Guitar (RCM); The Composition Prize for Youth Orchestra, Murcia, Spain; The Fine Arts Sinfonia Composition Prize (London); and SPNM Short-listed composer 2001, among others.

As well as concert music, David has written film scores. He also wrote the tutorial book/CD, ‘Play Classical Guitar’ that has entered three editions including a Spanish translation (Backbeat Books, 2000).

www.davidbraid.net