KATE ROMANO | CLARINET, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Kate founded the Goldfield Ensemble in 2011 and is the Artistic Director of Goldfield Productions, where her passion is to make collaborative ‘adventures in sound’ that take audiences into extraordinary, boundary-pushing worlds falling outside traditional musical genres. She established the first year-long Artistic Residency at Stapleford Granary for the Ensemble and has written their five education projects, which have been seen by over 7000 children. She has produced work for V&A Museum (Opera Passion) Nova Music Opera, Cheltenham Festival, Bristol and Kent Universities and Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and has a special interest in transcultural, site-specific and cross-arts work.
As a clarinetist, she has performed at most major venues and festivals as soloist and chamber musician. Kate has given over 70 premieres and has recorded for NMC, Metier and Minabel. Her debut solo CD was awarded 5* reviews from Gramophone and ‘Pick of the Month’ in the chamber music section for the BBC Music Magazine. Kate studied at the Royal Northern College of Music where she graduated with first class honours, she holds an MPhil from Cambridge University and a doctorate in composition from Kings College London. From 2003 – 2016 she held a senior academic post at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2014, Kate was awarded a Fellowship from the School. She is a writer for BBC Orchestras, Proms and has written and presented 50 short stories for BBC Radio 3.
BRIDGET CAREY | VIOLA
Bridget Carey grew up in Essex and studied jointly at the Royal Academy of Music and London University, becoming one of the RAM’s first Masters graduates in 1987. She then launched into a freelance career which has found her working in every size of ensemble and every genre of music. She has a particular passion for working with composers and creating new work, as evidenced by her role as principal viola with Almeida Opera, Music Projects/London and Ensemble Expose in the 1990s, and her decade as viola player of the acclaimed Kreutzer string quartet. These ensembles provided her with an international performance and recording profile, which she continues to add to with the experimental ensemble Apartment House, and guest appearances with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and London Sinfonietta. She is a founder member of the outstanding chamber orchestra Britten Sinfonia, with whom she continues to perform the world over. In addition to her playing work, she enjoys a considerable reputation as a coach and communicator, making creative projects with communities and young people.
RICHARD UTTLEY | PIANO
Noted for the integrity and breadth of his musicianship as soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, Richard won the British Contemporary Piano Competition in 2006 and was represented by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) 2011-2015. He has been recognised for his ‘musical intelligence and pristine facility’ (International Record Review), ‘amazing decisiveness’, and ‘tumultuous performance’ (Ivan Hewett, The Daily Telegraph). Richard has released three solo recital discs to critical acclaim and his playing has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Two, BBC Four, Classic FM and Sky Arts. Recent highlights include recitals at Auditorium du Louvre, Bridgewater Hall, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Klangspuren Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin and Wigmore Hall, and tours in China and Columbia.
Highlights in 2019 include premiering a new work written for Richard by Kate Whitley, solo recitals at Music on Main festival (Vancouver), the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano with Savitri Grier and Gershwin’s Concerto in F in Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Richard read Music at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating with a double first in 2008, and then studied at Guildhall School with Martin Roscoe. Richard teaches at City University, Guildhall School and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.