Alison Wormell is a bassoonist from Sydney, Australia. She is currently studying at the Royal College of Music for a Masters in Performance with professors Joost Bosdijk, Andrea de Flammineis, and Sarah Burnett. Her studies are generously supported by the Tegner Scholarship. In 2020, Alison won the RCM Woodwind Competition, was selected for the BBC Symphony Orchestra Pathways Scheme, and performed with the London Mozart Players.
Danica Hobden is a graduate and current student of the Sydney Conservatorium, having completed a BMus in Classical Guitar, before continuing her studies with a Bachelor of Jazz Performance. Following a keen interest in language learning, she completed 3 semesters of study at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen in Germany, under the tutelage of Andreas Wahl and Jens Wagner from 2019-2021. Danica is currently working on various personal projects & performing with Celtic Rock band Bread and Seaweed.
James Nguyen is an Australian artist and filmmaker based in Melbourne. He has been commissioned by institutions such as the Australian War Memorial, the Museum of Contemporary Art for the National 2019, and others. A past recipient of the Maddocks Art prize and the Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, James has had the opportunity to develop projects and work collaboratively on experimental documentary, research and curatorial exchanges in NYC, Europe and the Asia Pacific
Joel Spring is a Wiradjuri man raised between Redfern and Alice Springs who works across research, activism, architecture, installation and speculative projects. At present, his work focuses on the contested narratives of Sydney’s and Australia’s urban culture and indigenous history in the face of ongoing colonisation.
Justin Julian studied with Roger Benedict at the Sydney Conservatorium. He has worked with the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra Symphony Orchestras and the Opera Australia Orchestra. Justin was a 2017 Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and completed the 2018 Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program. Justin has also performed with the Omega Ensemble and was a founding member of the Pietra Quartet and Nautilus Ensemble.
Laura is a lecturer in human evolution at the University of Cambridge, and researches the evolution of the traits that set humans apart from other species. Following in the footsteps of Homo erectus, Laura is a keen visual artist and plays the whistle, in the manner of the Neanderthal musician that played the 60,000-year-old cave bear flute. Her favourite medium, however, is the written word. She has published poetry and short stories (in addition to academic papers).
Australian saxophonist Mary Osborn is currently based in Paris. Having completed a bachelors of music performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a performance diploma and Masters of music at the Versailles Conservatoire and Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin, Mary is forming her career as a classical and contemporary performer, creator and teacher. Mary has won numerous awards at international music competitions, she has worked closely with many composers.
By day, Jaap works as a researcher in Human Evolutionary Biology. At night he haunts the pubs of Cambridge with the Cambridge University Ceilidh band. Originally from the Netherlands, he is a self-taught guitarist who fell in love with British folk music when he arrived in the UK in 2013.
Praised by The Guardian for her “irrepressible sense of drama and unmissable, urgent musicality”, Lotte Betts-Dean is a mezzo soprano with a wide ranging repertoire, predominantly performing chamber music, art song and contemporary music. She is a Young Artist with Oxford Lieder, City Music Foundation, Musicians Company, Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia and Ensemble x.y, and graduate of the RAM. She won both the Overseas Prize and the Audrey Strange Prize.
Sebastian is a current student of the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, where he learns with Božo Paradžik, after having previously studied with Alex Henery for over a decade. He is a recipient of the International String Prize at Gisborne international Music Competition, winning other events such as the Melbourne Bass Day 2019, and the Edna Wilde award for Most Outstanding Instrumentalist, and he hopes to be able share his love of music and the double bass going forward.