Sophia Brumfitt has performed as an oratorio soloist, with renaissance and medieval ensembles. Her versatile and agile voice has enabled her to work in areas spanning the entire spectrum of early music; from Medieval to Early Classical, through traditional Celtic and Sephardic song. Studying Music History and Performance Practice as a PostGraduate at Royal Holloway (RHUL) and Royal College of Music, Sophia has continued to research and devise many diverse programmes and collaborations with some of the country’s top Early Musicians, for television, stage and concert hall.
Present projects include Maiden in the Moor with Rebecca Austen-Brown focusing on retelling Medieval and traditional stories through using traditional, historic forms alongside electronic treatments and looping. Maniera with Emma Alter and Toby Carr delve into the colourful world of Early Baroque repertoire that links instrument and voice.
The 2020 Coronavirus Arts Shutdown meant that a number of singing engagements were cancelled this year, most notably the Canada Water performances of Theatre Volière’s Lyonesse and the the Easter Festival at St. Anne’s, Highgate West Hill.
Katherine is a talented viola player, who specialises in contemporary repertoire and performing works for singing violist. She enjoys working with composers to write new works for the viola, showcasing the depth and range of this underrated instrument. In 2018 she premiered four new works for singing violist, commissioned with funding from Arts Council England, and more recently she premiered Cantare et trepidare for singing viola by Sadie Harrison, written specially for her. With more commissions on the way, Katherine will continue to perform and contribute to this unique and exciting repertoire.
Having completed her undergraduate studies at the Royal College of Music, Katherine went on to achieve a Distinction in her Masters in Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2017, with scholarships from the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Guildhall School Trust. Last year, Katherine was awarded funding from the Help Musicians UK Transmission Fund for three lessons with violist and composer Garth Knox in Paris.
Katherine is a keen chamber musician and has performed with various ensembles at St John’s Smith Square, LSO St Luke’s, the National Gallery and the British Museum, and has recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
David works have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and performed in the US, Germany, Poland, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, South America. Major UK performances have taken place at Wigmore Hall and The Purcell Room, King’s Place, et al.
Steve Reich said of this work: ” ‘Morning’. Integration of voice with string quartet beautifully done – particularly first entrance. Writing for instruments is solid and sounds very good to me. Very honest stuff”.
David studied at The Royal College of Music from 1990-94, going on to complete post-grad studies at the University of Oxford.
David is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships including: The John Longmire Prize for Composition and The Jack Morrison Prize for Guitar (RCM); The Composition Prize for Youth Orchestra, Murcia, Spain; The Fine Arts Sinfonia Composition Prize (London); and SPNM Short-listed composer 2001, among others.
As well as concert music, David has written film scores. He also wrote the tutorial book/CD, ‘Play Classical Guitar’ that has entered three editions including a Spanish translation (Backbeat Books, 2000).