Kirsty McLean is a recent graduate from The Guildhall School of Music and Drama graduating with distinction and hold a 1st class BMus from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has been supported by Draper's Hall, Baroness de Turkheim Scholarship and was a Guildhall Scholar.
She is a 2018-20 Britten Pears Young Artist and on the Wigmore Hall's Young artist French Exchange set to make her Wigmore Hall debut in 2021.
Kirsty recently covered the role of Jano in Jenufa for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden but unfortunately the shows were unable to go ahead, she had the immense pleasure of rehearsing the role on the Royal Opera House stage with full orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski singing alongside Asmik Grigorian.
During the lockdown period Kirsty was privileged to play 1st Witch in the GSMD's Opera Schools' virtual production of Dido and Aeneas. In September she played Lucy in Menotti's The Telephone in a live stream production with Anand Productions. She has also greatly enjoyed carrying on working and performing with classical crossover quartet Ida most recently at Tonbridge Castle.
Philippa studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Philippa now performs extensively as a chamber musician and has given performances and live broadcasts worldwide. Recent solo tours have taken her to Australia, Brazil and China.
Concerto appearances include a world premiere in Truro Cathedral as part of the innovative Online Orchestra Project with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires as well as John McCabe's Les Martinets Noirs in Sweden.
Philippa recently completed her series, Partita Fantasia Caprice at the gallery Sladers Yard in Dorset, exploring the complete solo works of JS Bach and Telemann in the context of earliest solo violin repertoire right through to contemporary works.
In 2018, Philippa founded the series Philippa [email protected] Nights and gave ten solo and duo concerts with international guest artists. She continued the series into early 2020 as Philippa [email protected] Curtain in Shoreditch.
Philippa has released critically acclaimed recordings for the NMC, Dutton and Nimbus labels. She was appointed Senior Lecture in Violin at Leeds College of Music and awarded Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2015.
Philippa has just won the Future Classic Women Awards 2020 held by the Women’s Radio Station.
Neysun Rouhani - Piano
Neysun Rouhani holds a BMus (Hons) in Performance, a PGDip in Piano Pedagogy and a Masters in Piano Performance from Trinity College of Music.
He started learning piano at an early age under the tutelage of his father, esteemed British-Iranian composer, Mehran Rouhani. He then went on to study with professors Gagik Babayan and Raphael Minaskanian in Iran and Gerhard Geretschläger in Vienna.
His greatest influence came from his teacher and mentor Benjamin Kaplan in London. In addition to his training as a pianist, he had the privilege to participate in masterclasses with Menahem Pressler, Charles Rosen and Martino Tirimo.
His performing career has taken him all around the world. As a Soloist he has appeared with a number of orchestras such as Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra, Docklands Sinfonia, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra and the Graz Chamber Orchestra and at the Oxford Piano Festival (where his performance was highly praised by the festival’s Founder, Marios Papadopolous). He has performed at the Graz Summer Music Festival as an orchestral conductor.
A notable solo recording includes the album ‘3 Piano Pieces’ featuring piano music composed by Mehran Rouhani (released on Hermes Records and available on Spotify).
Kelvin Lim - Repetiteur, Accompanist
Kelvin Lim trained at the Royal College of Music and has worked for companies including: The Royal Opera House, ENO, Glyndebourne, Opera Holland Park and Grange Park Opera. He is Co-Director of Postgraduate Opera and Vocal Coach at Trinity Laban, and has coached for ROH Jette Parker Young Artists. He was also conductor for Vox Integra’s inaugural Opera Course in Feltre, Italy.
He has gained wide recognition in Wagner repertoire as official accompanist for the Wagner Competition and recipient of the Bayreuth Bursary Prize, and as repetiteur for all Wagner productions at Longborough Festival Opera.
Kelvin has accompanied Sir Thomas Allen, Sir John Tomlinson and Stuart Skelton in recital and on Radio 3. He has worked with Nelly Miriciou, Sir John, Keith Warner, Dame Anne Evans, Susan Bullock, Aida Garifullina and in masterclasses with Sir Antonio Pappano, Brigitte Fassbaender and Gwyneth Jones. Kelvin has performed at the Wigmore Hall, St Johns Smiths Sq, The London Coliseum and the Royal Festival Hall Clore Ballroom (the latter as musical director for Opera Forge for the Wagner 200 celebrations in 2013).
He has been musical director of Aylesbury Opera since 2017 conducting all their recent productions, and is due to conduct Jenufa in 2021.