Jacqueline is a much soughtafter and respected solo, chamber and professional session cellist and has appeared in the U.K and many international venues. As a recitalist, she has gone on tour with her pianist to Dubai, Russia and many halls and churches in the U.K. Her career began when she was 7 and within 2 years, entered the Royal College of Music junior department and then received a scholarship to study at the prestigious Purcell School at the age of 12 . She studied under legendary teachers like Amaryllis Fleming, Joan Dickson, William Pleeth at the Royal College of Music and the Julliard teacher; Aldot Perisot at the Banff Centre of the Arts. Her talent led her onto winning the first cello prize in the international competition, Rovere d'ore in Italy and string finalist in both the Young Musician of the Year and The Royal Overseas League Competition.
She is an extraordinarily versatile musician with a polished technique and instinctive musical flair fora variety of genres. Such is her cool-headed versatility that she has beenseen playing solo cello with Marc Almond on his 2018 Concert Hall Tour whilst a few days later, performing Shostakovich's sonata with her pianist Richard Blackat the Arc Centre in Harlow. She has given many concerto performances including Boccherini 's B-flat concerto at the Purcell Room and the Walton under the great Norman del Mar.
As well as a busy solo and chamber player, she is highly regarded for her orchestral playing, performing with the BBC concert Orchestra, BBC N.O.W and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, guest leading orchestras namely The Irish Chamber, The London Concert Orchestra, amongst others.
She is currently guest principal of Scottish Opera since Oct 2018, performing Verdi 's Rigoletto, Janáček's Katya Kabanova and Mozart's The Magic Flute
At the age of 18 Ben was a Concerto Finalist in the BBC Young Musician Competition performing with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican. Highlights since then include his debut at the BBC Proms in 2018, appearances as soloist with the Lucerne Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Aurora Orchestra, English Chamber, City of London Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, the Prague Philharmonia and Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonie. In 2018 his debut album was released to critical acclaim, and he was selected as a BBC Music Magazine Rising Star and Gramophone Magazine One to Watch. He was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) in 2019.A committed chamber musician, Ben has collaborated with Julian Prégardien at Wigmore Hall, Sergei Babayan at the Verbier Festival, Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich at Salzburg Festival (Haus für Mozart) and in Buenos Aires, Matthias Pintscher at the Pierre Boulez-Saal and with Elena Bashkirova and Karl-Heinz Steffens at the Intonations Festival in Berlin. This season Ben makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra in the Mozartwoche Festival(Salzburg). He returns to give a solo recital at the Pierre Boulez Saal and takes part in the Vinterfest in Sweden, and the Jerusalem Festival in Israel. He continues to give recitals throughout the UK
This season Ben makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra in the Mozartwoche Festival (Salzburg). He returns to give a solo recital at the Pierre Boulez Saal and takes part in the Vinterfest in Sweden, and the Jerusalem Festival in Israel. He continues to give recitals throughout the UK. In demand as guest principal Ben has appeared with the Staatskapelle Berlin, West-Eastern Divan and Philharmonia Orchestras. In 2018, he performed the solo horn call from Wagner’s Siegfried in a semi-staged production with The Hallé conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
Born in 1997 in London, Ben is currently studying at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin with Radek Baborák (ex-principal Berlin Philharmonic). Prior to this he attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Susan Dent. Awards include the 2016 Philip Jones Memorial Prize at the Royal-Overseas League Competition and the Cox Memorial and Audience Prizes at the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra Competition. Ben is grateful for awards from the Dorothy Croft Trust for Young Musicians, Awards for Young Musicians, June Emerson Wind Music and the EMI Music Sound Foundation.
Cumbrian mezzo-soprano Emma Stannard trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and on the Royal Academy Opera Course (RAO).
Emma is now a student of Anthony Roden.Notable roles include Idamante Idomeneo, Enrico Elisabetta I and ensemble Macbeth (English Touring Opera), Flora La traviata (Opera Holland Park YAP), Mother Amahl and the Night Visitors (Bampton Classical Opera), Selene Berenice (La Nuova Musica), MinervaIl ritorno d’Ulisse in patria and Pepa Goyescas (The Grange Festival). For RAO Emma appeared as Ruggiero Alcina, Junon Orphée aux enfers, Hanna May Night and Poppea L’incoronazione di Poppea and was the recipient of a Regency Award for her successes with the company.
Emma also spent two years with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera chorus performing in Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, La traviata, Poliuto and Carmen. This summer Emma joins Opera Holland Park as Olga, Eugene Onegin.
On the concert platform, Emma has performed in an opera gala with the Xi’an Symphony Orchestra (China), L’Orchestre de Chambre de Geneve (Victoria Hall, Geneva) and for a televised performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Hallé and Kinshasa Orchestras from the Royal Festival Hall. Emma has studied at the Georg Solti Accademia, as a Britten-Pears Young Artist and on the Handel House Talent Scheme.
She has won the Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award, the Bampton Classical Opera Competition, the Audrey Strange Memorial Award at the Royal Oversea’s League vocal competition and was a finalist in the London Handel Festival singing competition and the Concorso Lirico Internazionale di Portofino.