katy HamiltonDr Katy Hamilton is a freelance researcher, writer and presenter on music. Her area of specialism is the music of Johannes Brahms and his contemporaries, and she has also been involved in projects covering subjects as diverse as the history of the Edinburgh Festival, the role of émigré musicians in post-1945 British musical life, and variety shows at the Wigmore Hall in the early twentieth century. She has provided concert introductions and programme notes for a wide range of venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, National Gallery, University of Nottingham, and St George’s, Bristol.

Katy has taught at the Royal College of Music, the University of Nottingham, City Lit and Middlesex University, published and assisted on projects focussing on nineteenth-century vocal music, and been active as a chamber accompanist and repetiteur, having worked with instrumentalists, singers and choirs in England, Ireland, Spain and Germany. She is a regular contributor to Record Review on BBC Radio 3.

Public engagement is particularly close to Katy’s heart, and through programme note writing, delivering pre-concert talks, and offering presentations for local music societies and schools, she hopes to share some of her knowledge and enthusiasm for her subject.

Stephen Johnson is a music journalist who has broadcast frequently for BBC Radio 3, 4 and World Service, major projects including fourteen programmes about the music of Bruckner for the composer’s centenary in 1996, and written regularly for the Independent, Guardian, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone. His Radio 3 documentary, Shostakovich: Journey into Light, was nominated for a Sony Award in 2007, and in 2009 another Radio 3 documentary, Vaughan Williams: Valiant for Truth, won him between creativity and mental illness is reflected in his work for the charitable trust The Musical Brain, and for Cheltenham Festival science projects.

Jo Lewis is an artist trained at Edinburgh University, Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Valence, France. Based in London, Jo also works as a freelance gallery educator and artist teacher, mainly at the National Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery. Recent projects include a large-scale commissions for Paris Baguette’s flagship store in Beijing, and in London, for the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. In September 2017 she was invited to present her work and travel in south-west China, and will also be showing in Paris in May-June 2018.

Karl Lutchmayer is equally renowned as a concert pianist and a lecturer. A Steinway Artist, Karl performs across the globe, but he also holds an academic professorship at Trinity College of Music, London and is a regular guest lecturer at conservatoires around the world, including the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York and the Mehli Mehta Foundation in Mumbai, his family home. Karl studied at the Royal College of Music in London and the Moscow Conservatoire, and was recently awarded the Bharat Gaurav lifetime achievement award.

Jeremy Sams is an internationally acclaimed director, writer, translator, adaptor and composer, who works with enviable authority in repertoire as diverse as Shakespeare, Sondheim, Mozart, Wagner and film (his 2005 score for Enduring Love won an Ivor Novello Award). Sams’s dazzlingly diverse talents have taken him inter alia to ROH, ENO, Garsington Opera, Welsh National Opera, Metropolitan Opera New York, Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Almeida, London’s West End and Broadway.