katy HamiltonDr. Katy Hamilton is fast becoming one of the UK’s most sought-after speakers on music, providing talks for a host of organisations including the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, BBC Proms, Ryedale Festival and Oxford Lieder Festival. In addition, she regularly writes programme notes for the Salzburg Festival, North Norfolk Festival and Naxos music, and is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 3’s Record Review. Katy is an editor of the Brahms in the Home and the Concert Hall (2014) and Brahms in Context (2019) and has also published widely on the music of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She has taught at the Royal College of Music, the University of Nottingham, Middlesex University and City Lit.

Karl Lutchmayer is renowned as both concert pianist and lecturer.  A Steinway Artist, he performs across the globe and has worked with conductors including Lorin Maazel and Sir Andrew Davis, and performed at all of London’s major concert halls. He has broadcast on Radio 3, All India Radio and Classic FM, where is known as a forceful advocate for contemporary music.  Karl is a regular guest lecturer at conservatoires around the world including New York’s Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.  He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and the Moscow Conservatoire, and was recently awarded the Bharat Gaurav lifetime achievement award.  Currently based at New College, Oxford, alongside his busy performing career, Karl is pursuing research into the piano concert arrangement and its challenge to the work concept.         

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.