Performers for 14th May – Woodwind concert

Karen Jones – Flute

Karen is equally well known as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, teacher and orchestral player and is in constant demand by composers and conductors alike. She is the fifth generation of a family of professional musicians and was a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra by the age of 15.

Subsequent successes include winning the woodwind section of the BBC TV competition Young Musician of the Year and later the gold medal for the Shell/London Symphony Orchestra prize. Fresh from music college, she was appointed as principal flute of the Bournemouth Symphony, a post she held for five years before returning to London, where she is principal flute of the London Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and is also a professor at the Royal Academy of Music. You are most likely to have heard Karen on a film score as she has recorded on soundtracks of over 500 movies, including Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and James Bond! Karen lives in Green Street Green.

Ursula Leveaux – Bassoon.

Introducing our first non-local professional player! We couldn’t resist the temptation when Karen suggested this upcoming concert of woodwind duets, so we’ve gone well out of the area and invited Ursula down from the Lake District. Ursula Leveaux is a sought-after chamber musician and is currently the bassoonist of London’s Nash Ensemble, the resident Ensemble at the Wigmore Hall.

Ursula and Karen have a number of things in common. Ursula was also a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra and won the gold medal in the Shell/LSO competition (a few years earlier than Karen!) Ursula was still studying baroque bassoon in The Hague when she was appointed principal bassoon with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a position she held until 2007. These days, as well as the Nash Ensemble, Ursula is principal bassoon with the Academy of Ancient Music and the City of London Sinfonia – another thing that Ursula and Karen have in common! Ursula is frequently invited to appear as guest principal with major orchestras and ensembles around Europe and her solo work has included concertos with the LSO, Liverpool and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras. On early instruments, Ursula has also performed as a soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music and the English Concert. Ursula is much in demand as a masterclass teacher and for the juries of prestigious international competitions. When not travelling and performing Ursula lives in the Lake District with her husband and teenage daughter.

Past Events – Concert for Ukraine.

Carmine Laurie – Violin

Photo of Carmine Lauri
Carmine Lauri

“I listen to music all the time. If I don’t listen to music it is playing in my head, I can’t stop it! The only time I don’t listen to music is when I’m asleep (if I’m lucky)!”

Carmine is the Co-Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, joining the orchestra during his final year of study at the Royal Academy of Music. From Malta, Carmine is guest concertmaster of the Malta Philharmonic, where he often returns to play concertos, and leader of the Oxford Philharmonic. He has also appeared as guest leader with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, among many others. Carmine has played concertos with many international orchestras including the LSO, LPO, Czech Philharmonic and the Guanajuato Symphony in Mexico.

He is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and was made an Associate and Fellow of the Academy for his achievements in his career. Carmine’s talents were acknowledged by his country of Malta, which bestowed upon him the National Order of Merit.

Naoko Keatley – Violin

Naoko is also a member of the London Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Australia (she has just returned from her first visit in 3 years, surviving the journey with her young child!), Naoko moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music – and never left! She now lives in Orpington with her husband (a trumpet player) and three year old. Previously a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Naoko was appointed to the LSO 9 years ago. As a soloist, she has played in venues around the world, including the Sydney Opera House, London’s Wigmore Hall and Esbjerg Musikhuset, Denmark. She has also appeared as a member of the Australian World Orchestra. Despite moving to the UK, Naoko doesn’t feel the cold and never stops smiling!

Gillianne Haddow – Viola

Gillianne is originally from Scotland and now lives in Beckenham with her husband (also a viola player and Worlds End Music alumni!) and extended family. She is the Co-Principal violist of the London Symphony Orchestra, joining just in time to record the soundtrack to Star Wars the Phantom Menace. For several years she combined her position within the orchestra with that of principal viola in the acclaimed Scottish Ensemble. Gillianne has attracted solo commissions from composers such as Sally Beamish and Edward Maguire and has appeared as guest principal with the Hebrides Ensemble and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys the flexibility of combining her LSO work with studio work, recording movies, and small chamber music concerts. Gillianne plays on an 1812 Rivolta viola, lent to her by the LSO. Her talented sons include Scott Storey, who has appeared at Worlds End Music in our The Seasons concert and Samuel, who is studying composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. (photo to follow.)

Andy Harper – Clarinet

Orpington resident Andy Harper leads a varied career as a freelance musician. Having left Australia at age 21, he has previously held positions in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. He is now seen regularly with many of the UK’s leading ensembles such as the LSO, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

At home in a variety of musical styles, Andy’s musical experience away from classical music includes performing with artists such as Kool and the Gang, Joe Cocker, Harry Connick Junior, Nat Adderley and DJ Pete Tong. When not performing, Andy is often found teaching Clarinet and Saxophone at multiple local schools or watching his beloved Australian Cricket team.

Rebecca Gilliver – Cello and founder, Worlds End Music.

Rebecca Gilliver

Rebecca was born in Farnborough but has to admit to considering herself as coming from Dorset. She moved back to the Orpington area in 2012 and now lives in Green Street Green with her husband and two large, hairy dogs. She is the Principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra. Early success in national and international competitions led to critically acclaimed debut recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall, New York.

Rebecca has appeared in major music festivals both as a soloist and as a chamber musician and has recorded in many guises, from classical CDs with the Nash Ensemble to movie soundtracks such as Star Wars and Harry Potter. As a soloist, she has played concertos with orchestras such as the Halle, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the London Symphony Orchestra. Rebecca is also committed to teaching and is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as well as running the Dorset Cello Classes, a course embracing both conservatory level and amateur cellists. ( Rebecca is fairly obsessed with her dogs, enjoys kayaking, and harbours a guilty love of Formula One racing!

Nina Kiva – cello, WEM Young Artist.

Ukrainian British cellist Nina Kiva is currently studying at the Royal College of Music towards an Artist Diploma Degree, with Melissa Phelps. She is supported by a Jag & Linda Arora Scholarship and the Tillett Trust, including a generous legacy from the Bill Barclay fund, and the Colin Keer Trust.

As an orchestral player, Nina has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bath Festival Orchestra, English National Opera and the Royal Opera House. She is a current trialist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Nina was selected for the apprenticeship scheme with the Budapest Festival Orchestra by Ivan Fischer.

She is an experienced chamber musician, and has performed in many concert halls across the UK and internationally. She recently performed alongside Steven Isserlis at the Stauffer Centre for Strings in Italy. Nina has been invited to the 2022 Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, which takes part in Vermont, USA.