Performers

Grayshott Concerts are proud to have hosted many well known and world famous musicians, choirs, performers and composers. On this page we feature those performers who have taken part in our concerts since our first concert in 2004.

Sir Karl Jenkins

Sir Karl Jenkins

Sir Karl Jenkins is one of the most performed living composers in the world. Educated at Gowerton Grammar School, Cardiff University and the Royal Academy of Music, London, The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace alone has been performed over 2000 times in 20 different countries since the CD was released while his recorded output has resulted in seventeen gold and platinum disc awards.

He was awarded a Knighthood in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours for 'services to composing and crossing musical genres'.

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Sir Karl Jenkins has performed at Grayshott Concerts on a number of occasions

Howard Shelley OBE

Howard Shelley OBE

As pianist, conductor and recording artist, Howard Shelley has a distinguished career performing worldwide at major venues and with renowned orchestras. Most of his current work is in the combined role of conductor and soloist and is reflected in a discography that now exceeds 170 albums and the works of over seventy composers.

In 1994 an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Music was conferred on him and in 2009 he was awarded an OBE for services to classical music.

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Howard Shelley has performed at Grayshott Concerts on a number of occasions

Nicola Benedetti CBE

Nicola Benedetti CBE

Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe.

Nicola was awarded the Queen's Medal for Music in 2017, the youngest ever recipient, and was appointed as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours. She was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours, "For services to Music".

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Nicola Beneditti performed at Grayshott Concerts in January 2018

London Mozart Players

London Mozart Players

The London Mozart Players, the UK's longest established chamber orchestra, celebrated its 70th birthday in February 2019. Founded in 1949 by Harry Blech the orchestra is known for its unmistakable British roots.

Over the last seventy years, the LMP has developed a reputation for adventurous, ambitious programming from Baroque through to genre-crossing contemporary music, and continues to build on its long history of association with many of the world’s finest artists. The orchestra enjoys an international reputation, touring extensively throughout Europe and the Far East and records frequently for Naxos, Convivium, Chandos and Hyperion Records.

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The London Mozart Players are the orchestra in residence for Grayshott Concerts

Polyphony

Polyphony

Polyphony was formed by Stephen Layton in 1986 for a concert in King's College Chapel, Cambridge. Since then the choir has performed and recorded regularly to great acclaim and is universally acknowledged as one of the finest choirs in the world. Stephen Layton is one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation and has had a profound influence on choral music over the last 30 years.

Polyphony's extensive discography on the Hyperion label encompasses works by Britten, Bruckner, Cornelius, Grainger, Grieg, Jackson, Lauridsen, Lukaszewski, MacMillan, Pärt, Poulenc, Rutter, Tavener, Walton, and Whitacre. In the USA Polyphony's recordings have twice been nominated for Grammy Awards.

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Polyphony performed at Grayshott Concerts in  2015 and 2019

Raphael Wallfisch

Raphael Wallfisch

With a discography of over 70 discs Raphael Wallfisch is one of the most recorded classical artists in the world. A BBC survey named Wallfisch’s recording of the Dvorak Cello Concerto the best recording of the work in the past 25 years.

Raphael Wallfisch has been at the forefront of playing and commissioning new works by contemporary composers, working with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kenneth Leighton, James MacMillan, Rodion Schedrin, John Tavener and many others.

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Raphael Wallfisch performed at Grayshott Concerts in September 2017

Tasmin Little OBE

Tasmin Little OBE

Tasmin Little is one of today's leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the most prestigious venues of the world. Her multi-award winning and varied career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, master classes, workshops and community outreach work. Tasmin's discography and performance schedule reflect her wide-ranging repertoire and she has given numerous World Premiere performances.

In 2012, Tasmin Little was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List, for Services to Music.

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Tasmin Little performed at Grayshott Concerts in March 2011, April 2013 and June 2016

Michael Collins MBE

Michael Collins MBE

With a distinguished career as a soloist Michael has in recent years also become highly regarded as a conductor. Guest conducting and play-directing include engagements with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. From 2010 - 2018 he was Principal Conductor of the City of London Sinfonia. Michael is also Clarinet Professor at the Royal College of Music London.

Michael records for Chandos, and in his recordings has covered a wide range of solo repertoire, which includes releases on Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, EMI and Sony.

In 2015 Michael was awarded an MBE for his services to music. He plays on Yamaha clarinets.

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Michael Collins performed at Grayshott Concerts in March 2013 and January 2019

The Sixteen

The Sixteen

The Sixteen arose from its Founder and Conductor Harry Christophers’ formative experience as cathedral chorister and choral scholar.

His enterprise, launched in 1979, built on the best of the British choral tradition while setting new standards of virtuosity and musicianship. The Sixteen’s professional female and male voices create a distinctive sound of great warmth and clarity. Although refined over four decades, that sound has remained remarkably consistent, always responsive to the emotional content of words and music, ever alert to subtle nuances of colour and shading.

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The Sixteen performed at Grayshott Concerts in November 2017

Anne Denholm

Anne Denholm

Anne Denholm is one of Britain's leading young harpists and served as Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales from 2015-2019

Anne freelances with orchestras and choirs across England, most recently working with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Northern Ballet Sinfonia and Sir John Eliot Gardiner's Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. She has recorded for CDs with The Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, The Temple Church Choir and The Carice Singers. Anne is also Principal Harpist with Ensemble Cymru, a group championing chamber music throughout Wales.

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Anne Denholm performed at Grayshott Concerts in June 2018

Alison Balsom OBE

Alison Balsom OBE

Alison Balsom has performed with some of the greatest conductors and orchestras of our time and has appeared as soloist at the Last Night of the BBC Proms.

Alison is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards and from 2018-19 was Artistic Director of Cheltenham Music Festival. Building upon her recording catalogue for EMI Classics and later Warner Classics of over 12 solo albums, Alison released her latest recording entitled Royal Fireworks on Warner Classics label in November 2019.

Alison was awarded an OBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music

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Alison Balsom performed at Grayshott Concerts in November 2011

The Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars

Over four decades of performance and a catalogue of award-winning recordings for Gimell, Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars have done more than any other group to establish sacred vocal music of the Renaissance as one of the great repertoires of Western classical music.

They have sought to bring Renaissance works to a wider audience in churches, cathedrals and venues on every continent. The Tallis Scholars continue to develop their exclusive sound, praised by reviewers for its supple clarity and tone, and to bring fresh interpretations to music by contemporary as well as past composers.

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The Tallis Scholars performed at Grayshott Concerts in May 2012

The following artists have also performed at Grayshott Concerts :


 Joo Yeon Sir
 Chloe Hanslip
 Excelsis Choir
 Adrian Butterfield
 Paul Lovatt-Cooper
 Marylebone Camerata
 Emma Halnan
 Benjamin Baker
 Tim Ridout
 Laura van der Heijden
 Jamal Aliyev
 New London Sinfonia
 London Handel Orchestra
 Britten Sinfonia
 Tenebrae Choir
 Clive Osgood
 David Gibson
 Occam Singers
 Royal Corps of Signals Regimental Band
 Royal Corps of Signals Motor Cycle Display Team
 Opera Box
 John Suchet
 Zands Duggan
 Iestyn Davies
 Hilary Davan Wetton
 Roxanna Panoufnik
 Elim Chan
 Strangeface Theatre Company
 Guildford Shakespeare Company
 Septura

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