Gregory Rose has a wide international experience of orchestral, operatic and choral conducting. He is Music Director of the Jupiter Orchestra, Jupiter Singers and Singcircle, and has conducted the London Philharmonic, St Petersburg Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestras, and orchestras and ensembles throughout Eastern and Western Europe. Gregory studied with Hans Jelinek, and later with Egon Wellesz, both former pupils of Arnold Schoenberg. He has appeared in festivals throughout Europe, including two BBC Proms. Gregory has recorded for many international television and radio stations, and has made highly acclaimed recordings for Chandos, Hyperion, Wergo, Continuum, Naxos, Da Capo and October Music. His recent compositions include a large-scale music-theatre piece, Danse macabre, which received enthusiastic reviews following its premiere in Tallinn, Estonia. His performance of Verdi’s Requiem in Sri Lanka in 2009 was attended by an audience of over 2,000. He is a professor of conducting and staff conductor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
Gregory Rose has conducted Toshio Hosokawa’s Vision of Lear (UK premiere), Cabaret, Berthold Goldschmidt’s Beatrice Cenci (British stage premiere), Virgil Thomson’s Four Saints in Three Acts, Samuel Barber’s Vanessa, Nino Rota’s Il cappello di paglia di Firenze, a national tour of Bizet’s Carmen, Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha (British stage premiere), Stravinsky Rake’s Progress, Prokofiev’s Maddalena, Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, Jonathan Harvey’s Come, Stockhausen’s American Indian Songs, Paul Barker’s Wall, and A Ronne by Berio. He was Chorus Master for 1993 and 94 Wexford Festival Opera productions of Tchaikovsky’s Cherevichki, Ferdinand Hérold’s Zampa, Demon by Anton Rubinstein, La Bohème by Leoncavallo, and Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot, Harrison Birtwistle’s Masque of Orpheus, Act 2 (BBC), Kurt Weil’s Der Kuhhandel, and assistant conductor for Milhaud’s Les Malheurs d’Orphee, Satie’s Socrate and Weill’s Mahagonny.
Susannah began her professional life as an opera singer, performing principal roles in many of the world’s leading opera houses.
Since 2002, she has been a writer and stage director. Her first novel, Long Gone Anybody, was published by Black Swan in 2004, and short-listed for the Pendleton May Award and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award. Her second novel, Cold Comfort, published by Doubleday in 2006, featured on Radio 4’s Today programme as one of the first fictional novels dealing with the effects of climate change. She is currently completing her third. In 2004, she founded the production company, The Paddock, for whom she devised, commissioned and directed work in theatre, opera and dance, and whose projects included Red All Over, a play set in six rooms of a hotel, The Finnish Prisoner, a new opera by Orlando Gough and Stephen Plaice performed as a co-production with Finnish National Opera in a disused warehouse in Lewes, Something to Dance About, an outdoor dance festival involving 7 newly commissioned community dance pieces, Shoe Nail Dance, a street dance in 2009 involving 200 amateur dancers, and two new plays, Eat This/Drink That, set in a disused brewery depot.
From 2005–2012 she was an Associate Tutor in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. She is an online mentor for The Literary Consultancy, an Associate Artist at New Writing South, and has tutored for the Arvon Foundation. She also runs a busy, one-to-one literary mentoring service. In March 2013 she directed a new opera, Imago, by Orlando Gough and Stephen Plaice, at Glyndebourne Opera, and in November 2013, she is directing Chabrier’s Lucky Star (L’Etoile) for New Sussex Opera.
Nigel Foster was born in London and studied piano at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His teachers were Roger Vignoles, Graham Johnson and Iain Burnside. At both the Academy and the Guildhall he won every prize and award available for piano accompaniment, and has since been appointed an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Nigel enjoys a busy schedule performing on the concert platform. He has played for singers including Sergei Leiferkus, the late Philip Langridge, Sarah Walker, Yvonne Kenny, Roderick Williams, Louise Winter, Ian Partridge, Neil Jenkins, James Gilchrist, Jeremy Huw Williams, Katherine Broderick, Stephan Loges, Stephen Varcoe and Jane Manning, and instrumentalists including violinist Madeleine Mitchell. He has performed at major UK venues and has given concerts all over Europe, as well as in Asia, New Zealand and the Americas. He has broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM in the UK and on French, Welsh and Greek television.
He is the founder, director and pianist of the London Song Festival, an annual event that promotes the song repertoire. In his formative years Nigel played for Graham Johnson’s Songmakers’ Almanac, the Park Lane Group and several opera companies including Glyndebourne. Nigel has worked with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, playing for singers including Renee Fleming, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna. Nigel’s CD recordings include several discs of contemporary music and anthologies of songs of Alun Hoddinott and Mansel Thomas with Jeremy Huw Williams for the Sain label and collections of English song with Stephen Varcoe. He features on the soundtrack of the French film L’Homme est une Femme comme les Autres.