Benedict Rogerson

Benedict Rogerson is a member of both the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Mozart Players, and enjoys freelancing with the John Wilson Orchestra.

He spent ten years with the Irish Chamber Orchestra with whom he toured all over the world and gave concerts with artists including Maxim Vengerov, Steven Isserlis, Anthony Marwood and Nigel Kennedy.

His life with the BBC Concert Orchestra involves a more eclectic range of music making, giving concerts and recording music for TV, radio and CD.  Amongst the artists they have worked with are Jeff Lynne and the ELO, Earth Wind and Fire, Gary Barlow, Kylie Minogue, Sinead O’Connor and Dame Edna Everidge.

Other highlights from his professional life include “Peter Grimes” and the Terry Gilliam directed  “Damnation of Faust” at English National Opera. At the Endellion Festival, under the baton of the late Richard Hickox: “Tosca”, “Peter Grimes” and performing as soloist Shostakovitch’s Cello Concerto Number 1.

Guest Principal Cello work includes City of London Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and Opera North.

He studied at the Royal Academy of Music where his cello teacher was Derek Simpson, and at SUNY Purchase with Julia Lichten.

As a boy Ben was a chorister at Westminster Cathedral when Stephen Cleobury and then David Hill were the Masters of Music.

For several years he coached the cello section of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. He was also a faculty member of Con Corda, the chamber music course founded in Ireland by the late Hugh Maguire.

He maintains links with his home town, Chichester, by giving chamber music concerts with the Minerva Ensemble.

Nick Holland

Spanning all areas of performance, Nicholas enjoys being a versatile cellist of the 21st Century.

At the unusually young age of 16, Nicholas won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music to study under Florence Hooton, Derek Simpson, Douglas Cummings and Lynn Harrell. After concluding his studies there with many prizes and a first, he subsequently achieved first prize at the coveted Jacqueline du Pre Award from The Royal Society of the Arts. With kind support from various trusts, he continued lessons under Aldo Parisot and Janos Starker. During this time he was also a finalist in an international cello competition.

At the age of 19, Nick became principal cellist in the Italian Toscanini orchestra where he remained for a year before moving on to tour the world as principal cellist and soloist of the Heidelberg Kammer Orchestra. Nicholas is a keen chamber musician having recorded flute quartets for the EMI label (BMV, Holland) and having been a member of the English String Quartet for six years, notably participating at their London Festival of Chamber Music – a regular feature of the classical music scene in London every autumn.

Nicholas is a member of the ‘Balanescu Quartet’ who tour the world, performing in such venues as Sydney Opera House, La Scala (Milan), QEH & Festival Hall (England) and more popular music venues including Paradiso Club (Amsterdam) and the Electric Picnic (Ireland). The quartet has had much critical acclaim for their latest folk/classical album entitled ‘Maria T’ on the EMI label. The group have also recorded eleven albums under Decca and Mute labels. Their collaborations have included performances and recordings with Rabi Abu Khalil, David Byrne, Spiritulized, Petshop Boys, and Kraftwerk. Nicholas regularly records albums, films from ‘The Mission’ to ‘Harry Potter’, BBC Idents and TV dramas including being soloist for the recent period dramas, ‘Emma’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’.

Nicholas began work with Tim Arnold on Sonnet 155 in 2007 and is responsible for all cello recordings throughout the album.

Adrian Bradbury

Adrian began playing the cello at the age of seven and became a principal player of the National Youth Orchestra. After studying Veterinary Science and Music at Churchill College, Cambridge he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music.

He has made chamber music broadcasts on BBC Radio with London Sinfonietta, Jane’s Minstrels, The Composers’ Ensemble, Trio Gemelli, Chamber Domaine and the Scottish Ensemble and has recorded on CD with all those groups together with Touchwood piano quartet (Daily Telegraph ‘CD of the Month’ earlier this year). More lucrative recordings include singles with Boyzone and Westlife.

Chamber music concerts have involved tours of Europe, USA and the Far East, with repeated appearances at the Wigmore Hall, the South Bank and the Carnegie Hall, together with major festivals (Cheltenham, Huddersfield, Orkney, Turku and Aarhus) and the Prom chamber music series. In addition to this he has performed concertos in seven European countries, and is in demand as guest principal with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic…cello – superbly played by Adrian Bradbury… Fiona Maddocks (The Observer).

There were big cheers too for cellist Adrian Bradbury…and rightly: his long, passionate solo in the third movement, Museum Statues, was the other highlight of the piece. Stephen Johnson (The Scotsman).

Christopher Allan

After graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Christopher joined the acclaimed contemporary group ‘the gogmagogs’.
He is a member of the Le Page Ensemble and performs with the Britten Sinfonia, and as principal cellist with Chroma, the Orchestra of the Swan, Music Theatre Wales and the Clod Ensemble.

Christopher was solo cellist with the Mike Westbrooke company for a number of years and has collaborated with numerous composers, including John Tavener, Django Bates, Stephen Warbeck, Paul Clark and, most recently, for Hofesh Shechter’s new work for the Royal Ballet.

He has given workshops at the Julliard School, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, for Music Works and annually at Con Corda in Kilkenny.

Recent projects include performing as solo cellist for “Here All Night”, an exploration of music in Beckett, in Paris and at the Brighton Festival, at the London Jazz Festival with string trio “Red Angel”, with “The Clogs” for the Steve Reich Festival at the Barbican Centre and, playing solo cello on Avie record’s critically acclaimed recording of Hans Gal’s Sinfonia Concertante.