Formed in 2003 by conductor and Artistic Director Tom Hammond, sound collective comprises a group of distinguished musicians who share the ethos of aiming for exceptional performance standards, allied with innovative ways of communicating their passion for classical music with audiences. Working with composers, writers and educators, sound collective devises enterprising projects focusing on excellence, innovation and communication. sound collective has recently forged new collaborations with eminent and established chamber musicians, focusing on a variety of themed chamber music programmes. Co-Artistic Director and violist Sarah-Jane Bradley has led programmes at festivals and major venues throughout the UK.
Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1997, Sarah-Jane Bradley has established a distinguished international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician. Sarah-Jane is a pioneer of new works and has premiered and recorded a number of new concertos for solo viola, including those by David Matthews, Paul Patterson and Matthew Taylor. Sarah-Jane has worked as a soloist with the Philharmonia, Halle, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and Northern Sinfonia. Her acclaimed solo recordings include seven CDs of British viola concertos for Dutton Epoch, and two recital discs for Naxos. As a former founder member of the Leopold String Trio and subsequently a member of the Sorrel Quartet, she has recorded extensively for Hyperion and Chandos. Sarah-Jane is in high demand as a recitalist with pianist John Lenehan, and as a chamber musician; her work as a chamber musician has taken her around the world to festivals such as Marlboro and Kuhmo.
Sarah-Jane works with a number of chamber ensembles, and is currently Co-Artistic Director of “ sound collective”. Sarah-Jane also collaborates with the Aquinas Piano Trio, the Rautio Piano Trio, Ensemble 360, Fidelio Piano Quartet, Retorica, Karolos Ensemble and the London Soloists Ensemble.
Following studies at the Royal Academy of Music, and the Mozarteum Salzburg, Sarah-Jane won many awards and won first prize at Capellades and St Joan de Vilatorrada, Spain, in 1995. A prizewinner at the 1994 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, Sarah-Jane is now on the executive committee of the Competition and was on the jury in 2013. Sarah-Jane teaches viola at the Royal College of Music, The Purcell School and Trinity Laban. www.sarahjanebradley.com
Sara Trickey is well established as one of the foremost violinists and chamber musicians of her generation, acclaimed for her ‘fiery and passionate’ performance style (The Strad). She has a busy career as a soloist and chamber musician, notably as founding member of the Odysseus piano trio and the Joachim string trio, following six years as leader of the Bronte String Quartet. She was recently a Recommended Artist for Making Music with the pianist Daniel Tong, with whom she performs regularly. Her work has taken her to all the major UK concert venues and festivals. Sara has made concerto appearances with the City of London Sinfonia, the Orchestra of St Johns, the Welsh Sinfonia, Presteigne Festival Orchestra and many others. Recent recordings include the complete violin sonatas by William Mathias, a world premiere recording for Naxos, and a disc of Schubert violin and piano music for the Champs Hill Music label. Sara’s performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and Welsh television.
Working as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Tim Lowe enjoys a busy and varied career. He spends much of his time playing solo and chamber recitals up and down the country and has played many times in major venues including Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, QEH, Cadogan Hall and Purcell Room. Tim has played live on BBC Radio 3 as well as many radio stations in Europe .He has recorded chamber music works for various labels and has given world premieres of solo and duo pieces written for him. Tim is Co- Principal Cello of the English Chamber Orchestra and has been Guest Principal Cello with other major orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. His work with the ECO and the ECO Ensemble takes him all over the world. Tim is Cello Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also teaches and coaches regularly on courses and festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He is the Artistic Director of York Chamber Music Festival.
Ben Griffiths was born in 1979 and at the age of nine joined the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, where he was a chorister for four years. He was awarded a foundation scholarship to study the double bass with Caroline Emery at the Royal College of Music, where he gained a first class honours degree and a postgraduate diploma (distinction) in orchestral performance. In December 2012 he was appointed Principal Bass with Aurora Orchestra, one of the UK’s most exciting and versatile ensembles. Aurora, which has just released its second CD with Warner Classics, undertook a high profile trip to Melbourne in 2014 and appears annually at the BBC Proms. Ben also works with a wide variety of orchestras and groups including the LSO, the John Wilson Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and the Scottish Ensemble. Additionally, he plays for COOL Music and the English Session Orchestra, recording music for numerous TV and film productions.
In September 2011 Ben gave a performance of Mozart’s infamous aria Per Questa Bella Mano with Aurora orchestra at King’s Place. Mark Berry of the Boulezian website wrote “ Per Questa… benefited greatly from the obbligato playing of Ben Griffiths; a rare chance to hear such virtuosity and musicality from the instrument .” Recent highlights include performances with the Navarra Quartet at the Presteigne Festival, the Armida Quartet at the Cheltenham Festival, and a Trout Quintet and Rossini Duo with Adrian Brendel and friends at the Plush Festival in Dorset.