Crispian Steele-Perkins is a trumpet soloist who is world-renowned for the quality of his performances and wide-ranging musical experience. On graduating from the Guildhall School of Music, Crispian spent his early career playing with the English National Opera and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He then spent 15 years working in recording, TV and film studios, developing a body of work which is universally recognizable today, from Handel to James Bond themes and pop classics. His interest in collecting and restoring antique trumpets led him to begin performing on them - you may have heard Crispian’s playing introducing the BBC’s ‘The Antiques Roadshow’. His unique performances and recordings on genuine historic instruments led Continuo Magazine to describe him as ‘the world’s leading player of the Baroque trumpet’.
Lesley-Jane Rogers is heralded as one of the most versatile soloists of today, and is renowned for her captivating and evocative performances. An established concert soloist, she specialises in oratorio, “vocal concertos”, solo cantatas, recitals and contemporary music, and has a vast repertoire of several hundred works. She studied singing and piano at the Royal Academy of Music where she won several prizes, and in 2003 was made an ‘Associate’ in recognition of her eminence in the profession. She has worked with many conductors and orchestras, and her discography numbers several new-music releases for the specialist label Metier, various English composer CDs for the Campion/Cameo label, as well as discs for Toccata Classics, Hyperion, Divine Art and Prima Fascie. She has also released two CDs, one of Schubert Lieder and one of English Song on the Penchant label with the pianist Christopher Ross.
Margaret McDonald is a renowned international singer and voice-coach. She sings regularly in major venues and cathedrals in the U.K. and abroad. She works with many leading conductors, encompassing an extensive repertoire of oratorio and concert work, opera, contemporary and light music, as well as singing with numerous choral societies nationwide. Maggie now combines a busy singing schedule with her Vocal Consultancy work, being in demand for master classes, workshops and examining. She is vocal coach for the Hallé Choir and the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, and has taken workshops for other choral societies as well as male voice and gospel choirs. She has also been the vocal coach for the production of Amadeus at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Mama Mia at the Palace Theatre in Manchester and at present at the Opera House in Manchester for the new musical Ghost.
Mark Wilde was born in Scotland and was a chorister at Dundee Cathedral. He went on to study at the University of East Anglia and the Royal College of Music.
Michael George, now firmly established as one of Britain’s most versatile bass-baritones, was a chorister at King’s College Cambridge under Sir David Wilcocks. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London where he was a major prize winner.
Pro Arte Orchestra (Leader: Paul Willey)