Ephyra Duo (saxophone and piano duo)
Charlotte Bradburn and Adam Caird have been performing together as Ephyra for six years. Winners in the 1999 Thames Valley Young Musicians' Platform and finalists in the Bromsgrove International Festival 2000, they appeared in the Park Lane Group New Year Series in the Purcell Room, London, in January 2001. They are active members of Lord Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now! Scheme and have also broadcast on BBC 2's 'Late Review'. Ephyra play regularly around the UK at music societies and festivals including performance at St-Martin-in-the-Fields Church, London. At the beginning of 2003, they were awarded a scholarship in order to take up a long term residency at The Banff Centre, Canada, where they recorded their debut album, 'Modern Standards'. Recent performances include a recital at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
Ephyra Trio (saxophone, piano and cello)
The Ephyra Trio is an innovative extension of the established Ephyra Duo. All three members studied at The Royal Northern College of Music, their working relationship commencing with Opera North's multimedia production 'O4E', an original and modern version of Montiverdi's 'Orfeo' which took place at The Lowry, Salford, in December 2000. From August 2001, they provided the live music for the world premiere of the Olivier-Award-winning 'Humble Boy' by Charlotte Jones, which ran first at the National Theatre and later at the Gielgud Theatre. More recently, the trio have performed their own original score for the classic silent movie 'The Passion of Joan of Arc' at the Cornerhouse Cinema in Manchester.
Charlotte Bradburn, Saxophones
Charlotte Bradburn graduated in 2000 with an honours degree and a Professional Performer's Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Rob Buckland. During her studies she was the recipient of the Stan Barker Memorial Prize for Jazz Improvisation and the Trevor Wye Award for Chamber Music. Charlotte has performed concertos with the RNCM Wind Orchestra and the Pennine Spring Music Festival Orchestra.
Adam Caird, Piano
Adam Caird graduated from the University of Manchester in 1999 with 1st class honours, and from the Royal Northern College of Music with a GRNCM in 2000 and an MPhil in Performance in 2002. He twice won the University of Manchester's Hargreaves Prize and has performed concertos with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra, University of Manchester Sinfonietta, Derby Concert Orchestra and Oxford Concerto Orchestra. Adam was awarded a Special Prize at the Dudley Millennium Piano Competition for his performance of Tippett's Second Sonata.
Vanessa Lucas-Smith, Cello
Vanessa Lucas-Smith studied with Eduardo Vassallo at the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating in 2001. She regularly freelances with professional orchestras, including the Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. As a soloist, Vanessa has performed Tchaikovsky's 'Rococo Variations' with orchestra. She is also a founder member of the Chichele String Quartet who were winners of the RNCM Sir John Barbirolli Prize for String Quartets and finalists in the Royal Over Seas League Chamber Music Competition. Together, they perform regularly throughout the UK. Vanessa was the composer and Musical Director for 'Grimms '03' which enjoyed a successful run at the Greenwich Playhouse
EVENTS in 2007