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.
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).