Toby Hughes, double bassist

My greatest challenge is ongoing: showing everyone that the double bass can be a soloistic instrument and can hold its own in the musical world.

Richard Harvey, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? Initially and very much, my father, who was a talented “evenings and weekends” composer. He let me develop the mindset that there could be a “composer” within the walls of one’s own house, not just adorning the pages of history…

Shirley J Thompson, composer

Who or what inspired you to take up composing, and pursue a career in music? I have always composed music for fun, starting at school where I wrote short pieces for friends (yes, we the ‘A’ Level Music nerds) to perform. I continued writing for fun while studying for my first degree in musicology at…

Christina McMaster, pianist

As well as musical influences, everyday life and occurrences influence me. What I bring to the stage is not only my performance and understanding of the music, but my personality, experience and perceptions. The work I do is affected by everything I encounter and perceive. So I go to lots of concerts and meet lots of different people, and generally feel open to new possibilities.