Poppy Beddoe (Co-Artistic Director - clarinet)
I am a professional clarinettist based in London. Since finishing my Master of Music degree at the Royal Academy of Music I have specialised in Chamber Music, performing extensively throughout the U.K and Europe.
With the Oriole Quartet, I have performed at the Barnes Festival, the Clifton International Music Festival and in Carmona Spain. In 2014 I formed the Temple Ensemble, a mixed Chamber Ensemble which expands and contracts according to the chosen repertoire. The group have performed at the Wigmore Hall, Gloucester Cathedral, at the Pastel en Scène and Marcilhac Festivals in France and tour in Europe each year.
Recently I’ve been doing more solo work and have recently been invited to be the Artist in Residence of the 2021 Clifton International Music Festival. Upcoming Concerto performances include Malcolm Arnold’s Second Concerto with conductor Mathew Taylor in December 2019, the Mozart Concerto at the Clifton International Music Festival in 2021 and I have recital engagements at the Marlborough Summer School and St Martin in the Fields.
I am passionate about teaching; I am a Chamber Music coach and Musicianship Teacher at the Junior Royal Academy of Music and I teach Clarinet and Chamber Music at Bradfield College. I am so excited about being the Co-Artistic Director of the Berkshire Chamber Music Festival and I look forward to bringing such amazing music to audiences and schools across the county.
Matt Lowe (Co-Artistic Director - cello)
Before becoming Director of Music at Bradfield College, I led a busy and diverse life as a professional musician; playing the cello and teaching.
My musical journey started at the age of four, when my mum taught me the cello. I became a chorister at York Minster, something I look back on with great fondness, but it was my cello that enabled me to win a major music scholarship to Eton. I enjoyed a very successful school career becoming President of the Eton Society (Headboy), Secretary to the Eton College Musical Society, House Captain, Captain of the 1st XI football to name but a few. I then went on to study as a cellist at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2008 I was invited to go to the Menuhin Academy in Switzerland, where I continued my studies and also played in the Lysy Camerata, a chamber orchestra which performed across Europe.
On my return to London, I became a freelance cellist playing regularly with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. As part of my freelance work, I was invited to trial for the post of Principal Cellist (no. 2) with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, as well for a position with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. I have also played with the English Chamber Orchestra, English National Opera and Aurora, among others.
Over the last decade my teaching has seen me work alongside some of the leading cellists in Europe at the Eton International Cello Course and the International Cello Gathering (Bryanston), and as assistant to Alexander Baillie on his summer school in France (Carteret). Until my recent appointment, I had spent a decade teaching cello and chamber music at Eton College, having also taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Junior Department, City of London Girls’ School and St Mary’s, Ascot.
I continue to enjoy performing recitals and giving masterclasses, as well as directing the summer course for the Cello Gathering (www.cellogathering.com). I remain as passionate as ever about the importance music plays in lives of youngsters and wider society and is the main reason for taking up my post at Bradfield.
Courtenay Cleary (violin)
I am currently a scholar at The Juilliard School in New York, studying with violin professor Naoko Tanaka whilst completing my Master of Music degree. Last year I received my Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London, where I studied with professor Maureen Smith.
In 2017 I performed as a soloist for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other distinguished guests at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Commonwealth Service which was broadcast live on BBC television. I was then asked again to perform for the HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace for the 2018 Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. As a soloist I have performed at prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, St James’ Piccadilly, the Regent Hall, Colston Hall and the Lincoln Centre. I recently performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in Sydney and gave the Australian premiere of David Lang’s Mystery Sonatas.
I am a Tait Memorial Trust and ABRSM scholar, and was recently awarded second prize at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition as well as the the Dame Joan Sutherland Award from the American Australian Association and the Guy Parsons Award from the Portland House and Australian Music Foundations.
Marina Moore (viola)
I completed my undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London and my Master of Music Degree and Graduate Diploma at the New England Conservatory in Boston, both with scholarships. At this time I studied with, Lutsia Ibragimova, Andriy Viytovych, and later with Uwe-Martin Haiberg.
While in Boston, I was invited to participate in projects dedicated to contemporary performance and in genres including contemporary composition and improvisation. In New York, I worked closely with filmmakers at the Albert Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem.
I have participated in music festivals in Europe and the US, including The International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove, Yale’s Summer School of Music, Ravinia Steans Music Institute and Itzhak Perlman’s Music Program and Alumni. Since 2015, I played in the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden. I worked on the Babylon Berlin Netflix Series recordings for Bryan Ferry, playing both violin and viola. Since 2017, I have been touring with Bryan Ferry, playing solo violin, viola and keys. I particularly enjoy composing music and videos and using effects to create soundscapes.
Jonathan Ferrucci (Piano)
Hi, my name is Jonathan. Yes, I am a pianist. No, I do not have a plan B!
I grew up in Italy and Australia, and being bilingual has always enriched my cultural identity. Alongside my training with Giovanni Carmassi in Florence and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School in London, my artistic sensibility has been profoundly influenced by my studies with Angela Hewitt, Robert Levin and Aldo Ciccolini, and by masterclasses with Murray Perahia, Richard Goode, Christian Zacharias and Peter Frankl.
I have had the fortune of travelling around the world to play music, performing in big cities and small towns, on islands and in deserts, in Wigmore Halls and small living rooms. This is my favourite part of the profession. Each experience is unique to its time and place.
In 2015, I co-founded Made in Music, a non-profit organization through which we organised two festivals, bringing together musicians from eight different countries. I strongly believe that music is a universal language that can unite people from different cultures and backgrounds.
Parallel to my time spent at the piano, I practise Ashtanga Yoga daily, and consider it an integral part of my work, and essential to life.
Samuel Andrews (violin)
I am a violinist, originating from Brisbane, Australia. I attained my Bachelor of Music and Masters degrees from the University of Queensland with first class honours and now frequently appear with various ensembles throughout the country. I have toured across Europe and South East Asia performing with the Australian Youth Orchestra and with the Queensland Youth Symphony. Currently I teach the upper strings students at John Paul College and am a founder member of the indie-classical group, Nonsemble.