David Adams, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Credit: Jake Moreley

David Adams


David is leader of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and also the violinist of the London Bridge Trio. Alongside these commitments he teaches at the RWCMD and is co-Artistic Director of the Penarth Chamber Music Festival with his wife, cellist Alice Neary. In his role at WNO David has performed several concertos with the orchestra and enjoys directing concerts from the violin. He has appeared as guest leader with most of the orchestras in the UK.

  • Read more

    As a chamber musician David is equally at home on violin and viola and makes regular guest appearances, recordings and broadcasts with the Nash Ensemble, Endellion String Quartet, Gould Piano Trio and Hebrides Ensemble. He has recorded the complete Brahms Piano Quartets with the Gould Piano Trio and the Beethoven String Quintets with the Endellion String Quartet. He regularly attends the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove.

    David belongs to a musical family - his father, John Adams, was Principal Viola of the Halle Orchestra. After being encouraged and guided by his father, his principal teachers included Daniel Phillips, Zvi Zeitlin, Malcolm Layfield and Misha Amory (viola). 

Alice Neary, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Credit: Jake Morley

Alice Neary


Alice enjoys a varied performing career as a chamber musician and as Principal Cellist of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Familiar to listeners of Radio 3, festival performances include BBC Proms chamber series, Malboro (USA), Bath International, Santa Fe (USA) and Lofoten. Her discography includes the Mendelssohn cello sonatas and concertos by Howells, Patterson and Tovey.

  • Read more

    Alice was a member of the Gould Piano Trio from 2001-2018 - career highlights included the complete piano trios of Beethoven, Schubert and Dvořák at the Wigmore Hall, the commissioning of new works from Sir James MacMillan and Mark Simpson, regular tours of USA and over 25 CD releases. She collaborates with pianists Viv McLean, Benjamin Frith and Daniel Tong and has appeared as guest cellist with the Nash Ensemble, Ensemble 360 and the Endellion, Elias and Heath quartets. Regular visits to Wye Valley Festival and International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove provide ongoing inspiration.

    Alice studied with Ralph Kirshbaum at the RNCM and, as a Fulbright Scholar, with Timothy Eddy at Stonybrook, USA. Alice teaches at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she was awarded a Fellowship in 2015. She and her husband, David Adams founded the Penarth Chamber Music Festival in 2014. Alice plays a cello by Alessandro Gagliano of 1710.

Robin Green, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Robin Green


'A light touch and an engaging tone' The Strad magazine
Robin Green enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor.

Robin’s CD, Dialog mit Mozart released on the Gramola label, was Editor’s Choice in the Strad Magazine. His recording Games Chorales and Fantasie released on the Claves label was reviewed by Gramophone: “Green…an intelligent and sensitive musician with a genuine flair for imaginative programming.”

  • Read more

    Robin regularly performs in festivals in the UK and abroad. Recent highlights include the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Interlaken Classics Festival, Davos Young Artists Festival, the International Musicians Seminar ‘Open Chamber Music’ Festival at Prussia Cove, the Pharos Trust, Penarth Chamber Music Festival and the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier. 

    Chamber music forms a central part of Robin’s life as a musician. Former recipient of the Leverhulme Chamber music fellowship at the Royal College of Music, Robin was the first prize winner of the Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competion, the Concours Nica in Switzerland and runner up prize winner at the International Schubert duo competion. He is currently a member of the Odysseus Piano Trio and has collaborated with Gordan Nikolitch, Valeryi Sokolov, Bogdan Bozovic, Christoph Richter, Christian Elliott, Catherine Manson and Alice Neary amongst others.

    Robin is a Piano Professor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He lives in Cardiff with his wife and two children.

Lesley Hatfield, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Lesley Hatfield


Lesley Hatfield leads a distinguished and varied musical life, combining her position as Leader of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with chamber music, solo playing and teaching. After graduating with First Class Honours from Clare College, Cambridge, she studied at the Royal Academy of Music. During her early career, as a chamber musician and member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, she worked with Sandor Vegh and Nicholas Harnoncourt, both of whom had a lasting influence on her musical approach. She was co-Leader of the Northern Sinfonia and Leader of the Ulster Orchestra before taking up her current position.

  • Read more

    Chamber music has always been an important part of her musical life. Lesley is a member of the highly acclaimed Gaudier Ensemble and is regularly invited to participate as a guest in a wide range of ensembles and chamber music festivals, also collaborating with pianists such as Ian Brown, Alasdair Beatson and Huw Watkins. Participation in the International Musicians'Seminar at Prussia Cove has become a fixture in her diary.

    She has appeared as soloist and director with many orchestras around the UK, recorded for Chandos and Naxos labels, and is regularly heard on BBC radio 3.

    She is an enthusiastic exponent of contemporary music and has had a number of pieces written for her, including John Casken's 'Apres in Silence' which she performed in the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra. She is much in demand as a teacher, and has a busy schedule of students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2008 she was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.

Lenny Sayers, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Lenny Sayers


Lenny Sayers is the Principal Bass Clarinet player of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and tutor in clarinet at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He studied Music at York University and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

  • Read more

    Education and outreach work plays a very important part in Lenny’s work as a musician. As well as playing an active part in the outreach work of BBC NOW, he has had a long association with Live Music Now and tutors on the ‘Outreach Skills’ and ‘Teaching Skills’ modules at the RWCMD. From 2016-2018 he worked as a Creative Agent on the Arts Council of Wales Lead Creative Schools scheme. As an animateur Lenny has devised and presented the family concerts for the Penarth Chamber Music Festival since it began in 2014. In 2019 he made his presenting debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in December 2020 will be leading and devising the family concerts for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

    His compositions have been performed on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Scotland. Three of his works for orchestra with audience participation, ‘A Very Silly March’, ‘Plinky Plonk Polka’ and ‘A Wibbly Wobbly Waltz’ have featured in the BBC NOW Family Concerts.

Rebecca Evans, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Rebecca Evans


Rebecca Evans was born in South Wales, and studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Recent highlights in Rebecca’s schedule include the title role in Rodelinda for the English National Opera, Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier for the Welsh National Opera and Alice Ford in concert performances of Falstaff opposite Sir Bryn Terfel in the title role with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko. This season she makes her debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid as Alice Ford in a new production of Falstaff.

  • Read more

    She has sung Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, Mimì La bohème, Pamina Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina Don Giovanni and Despina at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Ginevra Ariodante, Despina, Ilia Idomeneo and Susanna Le nozze di Figaro at the Bayerische Staaatsoper, Munich and Despina at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. At the English National Opera she has sung the title role in Rodelinda, Governess The Turn of the Screw and Romilda Xerxes and Ginevra. Her many roles for the Welsh National Opera have included the Marschallin Der Rosenkavalier, Angelica Orlando, Liu Turandot, Mimì, Contessa, Pamina and Gretel Hänsel und Gretel. In the USA she has sung Susanna and Zerlina for the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Susanna in Santa Fe; Pamina and Adèle Die Fledermaus for the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Zerlina, Anne Trulove The Rake’s Progress and Adina L’elisir d’amore for the San Francisco Opera.

    In concert she has appeared at the Salzburg, Edinburgh, Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals and she is a regular guest at the BBC Proms. Recent highlights have included Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester/Blomstedt and with the London Symphony Orchestra/Gardiner, A Child of our Time with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg/Rizzi, The Apostles with the Hallé Orchestra/Elder and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Accademia Santa Cecilia/Pappano.

    A Grammy Award winning artist, she has recorded prolifically including Marzelline, Pamina and Gretel with Sir Charles Mackerras, Ilia with David Parry and Laila with Brad Cohen (Chandos); Nanetta with Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Philips); a series of Gilbert and Sullivan recordings with Sir Charles Mackerras and a solo recording of Italian songs (EMI).

    Rebecca is a Trustee of the Colwinston Charitable Trust and patron of several charities, among them Shelter Cymru, Ty Hapus and Music in Hospitals Cymru/Wales.

Scott Dickinson, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Scott Dickinson


Scott Dickinson was born in Glasgow and studied there and in Manchester, London and Salzburg, where he won the 1996 Mozarteum Concerto Competition. He has appeared with the Brodsky, Chilingirian, Elias, Navarra and Royal Quartets, regularly with the Hebrides, Nash and Red Note Ensembles and as guest principal viola with numerous orchestras including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, the John Wilson Orchestra and the World Orchestra for Peace.

  • Read more

    For five years he was a member of the Leopold String Trio, performing worldwide ( including Carnegie Hall, New York, Musikverein, Vienna and frequently at the Wigmore Hall, London ) and since 2002 he has been principal viola of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has also regularly appeared as soloist, including 3 performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante to celebrate Donald Runnicles’ 60th birthday and “Jubilus” by Jonathan Harvey on CD which was nominated for a Gramophone award. Scott is passionate about the benefits of music in all areas of society, teaches at the Royal Conservatoire is Scotland and is an Artistic Advisor to the Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians.

Ben Goldscheider, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Ben Goldscheider


In 2020 Ben makes his debut at the Mozartwoche Festival in Salzburg.

At the age of 18 Ben was a Concerto Finalist in BBC Young Musician Competition. Highlights since then include his debut at the BBC Proms, solo appearances with the Lucerne Symphony, Britten Sinfonia, Aurora, English Chamber, Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Prague Philharmonia and Sinfonie Orchester Berlin at the Berlin Philharmonie. In 2018 his debut album was released, and he was selected as a BBC Music Magazine Rising Star and Gramophone Magazine One to Watch.

  • Read more

    A committed chamber musician, Ben has collaborated with Julian Prégardien at Wigmore Hall, Sergei Babayan at the Verbier Festival, Daniel Barenboim and Martha Argerich at Salzburg Festival and Matthias Pintscher at the Pierre Boulez-Saal.

    This season Ben makes his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra in the Mozartwoche Festival (Salzburg). He returns to give a solo recital at the Pierre Boulez-Saal.

    In demand as guest principal Ben has appeared with the Staatskapelle Berlin, West-Eastern Divan and Philharmonia Orchestras. He studies at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin with Radek Baborák and was selected by YCAT in 2019.

    Ben Goldscheider is YCAT’s inaugural Ann Driver Trust Artist.

    '...the horn soloist, Benjamin Goldscheider, was superb.' The Times / Halle Orchestra - Sir Mark Elder - Siegfried / 2019

Tom Poster, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Tom Poster


Tom Poster is a musician whose skills and passions extend well beyond the conventional role of the concert pianist. He has been described as “a marvel, [who] can play anything in any style” (The Herald), “mercurially brilliant” (The Strad), and as having “a beautiful tone that you can sink into like a pile of cushions” (BBC Music).

  • Read more

    Since his London concerto debut at the age of 13, Tom has appeared in a wide-ranging concerto repertoire of over forty major works. Equally at home in the high-octane virtuosity of Rachmaninov or Ligeti as directing Mozart and Beethoven from the piano, Tom has appeared as soloist with the Aurora Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, China National Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallé, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, St Petersburg State Capella Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestra, collaborating with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nicholas Collon, Thierry Fischer, James Loughran, Robin Ticciati and Yan Pascal Tortelier. Two outstanding new concertos have been written for Tom: David Knotts’ Laments and Lullabies, commissioned by the Presteigne Festival; and Martin Suckling’s Piano Concerto, commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

    Tom features regularly on BBC radio and television and has made multiple appearances at the BBC Proms, and his exceptional versatility has put him in great demand at festivals across the world. He is a regular performer at Wigmore Hall, and is pianist of the Aronowitz Ensemble (former BBC New Generation Artists) and the Aronowitz Piano Trio. Tom enjoys established duo partnerships with Alison Balsom, Guy Johnston and Elena Urioste, with whom he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2018. He also collaborates with Ian Bostridge, Steven Isserlis and Matthew Rose among many others, and has performed piano quintets with the Brodsky, Callino, Carducci, Castalian, Danish, Elias, Endellion, Heath, Martinu, Medici, Navarra, Sacconi, Skampa and Tippett Quartets.

    Tom’s passion for bringing wonderful musicians together, and for creative and innovative program- ming, has led him to found the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, an ensemble with a flexible line-up and an ardent commitment to diversity. Kaleidoscope’s recent and forthcoming highlights include res- idencies at Wigmore Hall, Kettle’s Yard, and the Cheltenham and Ischia festivals. Tom has previously been invited to curate series for BBC Radio 3, the Roman River Festival and Wilton’s Music Hall.

    Tom’s critically acclaimed recordings include solo discs for Champs Hill Records (In Dance and Song) and Edition Classics (Light and Shadows); three discs for Chandos with Jennifer Pike and the Doric Quartet; Finzi’s Eclogue with Aurora Orchestra for Decca Classics; works by Thomas Ades for EMI; and a duo album with Alison Balsom for Warner Classics. His most recent releases are a duo disc with Elena Urioste, Estrellita, on BIS Records, which includes Tom's own arrangements; and the premiere recording of Cliff Eidelman’s Symphony for Orchestra and Two Pianos with the London Symphony Orchestra. Tom also regularly features as soloist on film soundtracks, including the Oscar-nominated score for The Theory of Everything.

    Tom studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and at King’s College, Cambridge, where he gained a Double First in Music. He won First Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition 2007, and the keyboard section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition in 2000.

    As a composer, Tom’s recent commissions include two pieces for Alison Balsom, Turn to the Watery World! and The Thoughts of Dr May, the latter recorded for Warner Classics; a set of songs for Matthew Rose commissioned by Wigmore Hall; and The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare the Freak, a chamber opera for Wattle & Daub, which received a critically acclaimed three-week run at Wilton’s Music Hall in 2017. A lifelong devotee of the Great American Songbook, Tom’s arrangements of Gershwin, Cole Porter and others have been extensively performed, broadcast and recorded. Tom has also recently appeared on stage as conductor, cellist, recorder player, swanee-whistler and Reciter in Walton's Façade. His other passions include Indian food, redwood forests, yoga, contrabassoons, bright blue skies, wild freestyle dancing and animals with unusual noses.

Elena Urioste, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Elena Urioste


Elena Urioste is a musician, yogi, writer, and entrepreneur, as well as a lover of nature, food, animals, and connecting with other human beings.

  • Read more

    As a violinist, Elena has given acclaimed performances as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia, Cleveland, and Minnesota Orchestras; New York, Los Angeles, and Buffalo Philharmonics; Boston Pops; and the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, among many others. Abroad, Elena has appeared with the London Philharmonic, Hallé, Philharmonia, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras; the BBC Symphony, Philharmonic, and National Orchestra of Wales; the Orchestra of Opera North; as well as the Malaysian Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Edmonton Symphony, Würzburg Philharmonic, and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok and MAV Orchestras. She has collaborated with celebrated conductors Sir Mark Elder, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Vasily Petrenko, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Spano, Karina Canellakis, and Gábor Takács-Nagy. She has regularly performed as a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Kennedy Center, Konzerthaus Berlin, Sage Gateshead, Bayerischer Rudfunk Munich, and Mondavi Center. Elena is a former BBC New Generation Artist (2012-14) and has been featured on the covers of Strings and Symphony magazines.

    Recent musical highlights include the release of Elena’s second album on BIS Records, Estrellita, a collection of miniatures for violin and piano with pianist Tom Poster; as well as debuts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, and as soloist at the Barbican Centre in London. Upcoming engagements include a European tour as soloist with the Chineke! Orchestra, debuts with the San Diego Symphony and Louisville Orchestra, a return performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, and the release of her fourth studio recording, a collection of Grieg sonatas and songs with Tom Poster.

    An avid chamber musician, Elena is the founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Music by the Sea, an annual festival on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Ravinia, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, Moab, and Sarasota Music Festivals, as well as Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, the Cheltenham Music Festival, Switzerland’s Sion-Valais International Music Festival, and the Verbier Festival’s winter residency at Schloss Elmau. Elena has collaborated with luminaries such as Mitsuko Uchida, Kim Kashkashian, and members of the Guarneri Quartet, and performs extensively in recital with pianists Tom Poster and Michael Brown.

    Elena is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School. Notable teachers and mentors include Joseph Silverstein, David Cerone, Ida Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Claude Frank, Rafael Druian, and Ferenc Rados. The outstanding instruments being used by Elena are an Alessandro Gagliano violin, Naples c. 1706, and a Nicolas Kittel bow, both on generous extended loan from the private collection of Dr. Charles E. King through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

    Elena has being practicing yoga for over a decade and received her RYT-200 hour certification from the Kripalu Center in June 2019. She is the co-founder of Intermission, a program that combines music, movement, and mindfulness, aiming to make music-making a healthier, more holistic practice for students and professionals alike through yoga and meditation. Intermission offers Sessions for students, Retreats for professionals, and an App for absolutely everyone.

    Miscellaneous accomplishments include first prizes at the Sphinx and Sion International Violin Competitions; an inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence presented by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (they immediately bonded over their matching red formalwear); spreads in Latina and La Revista Mujer magazines; and the 2015 Brooklyn Film Festival’s Audience Choice and Best Original Score awards for But Not For Me, the independent feature film in which Elena acted as the lead female role. Writing is another passion for Elena — you can find many of her musings on her website’s blog.

    In addition to her love for hiking in lush forests, swimming in the ocean, and marveling at the stars, Elena’s heart melts around corgis, vibrant vegetarian and southern Italian cooking, and beautifully crafted literature. She enjoys knitting the occasional scarf to keep her fingers busy on airplanes. Finally, Elena believes that we should all strive to spend less time looking at screens, that Oxford commas should be required, and that people should clap whenever they feel moved to do so during concerts.

Robert Plane, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Robert Plane


Robert Plane’s hugely varied career has seen concerto appearances in Europe, Asia and the USA, with performances of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in Madrid with the City of London Sinfonia, Beijing with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and in the USA with the Virginia Symphony.

  • Read more

    He made his BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011 with Simon Holt’s double concerto ‘Centauromachy’. Exploring a wide range of repertoire and commissioning new works, highlights of past seasons have included Piers Hellawell’s Agricolas with the Ulster Orchestra and RTE Symphony Orchestra, Finzi with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Christian Jost with the Dortmunder Philharmoniker and Stanford with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

    Rob has tirelessly pursued a particular passion for British clarinet music in concert and on disc, his Gramophone Award winning account of Finzi’s Concerto and Gramophone Award-shortlisted Bax Sonatas being just two of a large collection of recordings of works by the great English Romantics. He has performed and recorded with the Gould Piano Trio for over twenty five years, and their recording of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time to mark the composer’s centenary was hailed by BBC Music Magazine as the ‘finest modern recording’ of this epic masterpiece. He also appears on the Goulds’ recorded cycles of Beethoven and Brahms Trios and makes regular tours to the USA with them. They commissioned Huw Watkins to compose ‘Four Fables’ for them in 2018 in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival which they direct together in Northumberland. He looks forward to collaborating with the Elias String Quartet in Bliss’ Clarinet Quintet in 2020.

    Rob has explored the clarinet quintet repertoire with a number of the finest string quartets, opening BBC Radio 3’s ‘Brahms Experience’ with a live broadcast from St. George’s Bristol of the Brahms Quintet with the Skampa Quartet. He has given concerts in Germany and the USA with the Mandelring Quartet and at home in the UK with the Maggini, Carducci, Tippett, Brodsky, Dante and Sacconi Quartets. Rob has enjoyed a 25 year long relationship with the Royal Over-Seas League since winning the competition’s Gold Medal in 1992, highlights of which have included a recital tour of New Zealand and a gala performance of Bruch’s Double Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka in Colombo as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

    Always keen to take on a challenge, Rob gave his first performance of Boulez’s ‘Dialogue de l’ombre double’ at the Belfast Sonorities Festival in 2018, a work he subsequently revived in Manchester’s Stoller Hall in 2019. His delving into unjustly neglected works has unearthed concertos by Iain Hamilton, Ruth Gipps and Richard Walthew which he recently recorded, for Champs Hill Records, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. A disc of Hungarian repertoire for this same label, ‘Contrasts’, including the premiere recording of Tibor Serly’s Chamber Folk Music, was praised by the Guardian as ‘a little gem’ on its release last year.

    Rob is principal clarinet of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and has held the same position with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia. He will take up the position of Head of Woodwind Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in September.

David Stark, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

David Stark

Double Bass

David graduated with a first class BMus Hons Degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2011, studying with Graham Mitchell and Duncan McTier. David has been Principal Bass of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales since 2013 and has been guest principal of most of the symphony orchestras and chamber orchestras in the UK, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the John Wilson Orchestra. David is also Associate Principal Bass of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a position he has held since January 2017.

  • Read more

    David teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and regularly takes classes at the Royal Northern College of Music. David plays on a William Fendt Double Bass 1848.

Kate Gould, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

Kate Gould


Kate Gould is a member of the London Bridge Trio with Daniel Tong and David Adams. They recently received glowing reviews in the Telegraph, BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone for the first installment of their ‘Leipzig Circle’ discs (the complete trios by the Schumanns and Mendelssohns including Clara and Fanny). They recently performed at Martin Randall’s ‘Beethoven at The Castle’ series in Taunton, including performances of two Beethoven Cello Sonatas which Kate played with Martin Roscoe. Before the lockdown, the trio were due to give the London premiere of ‘Hidden Agenda’ by Colin Matthews at the Wigmore Hall, which was commissioned for their festival in Winchester in 2018.

  • Read more

    Kate was a member of the Leopold String Trio from 1991 to 2008. They gained many schemes and awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society, BBC New Generations Artists, ECHO Rising Stars and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and sustained a distinguished international career, culminating in their swan song - a live Radio 3 broadcast of the Tippett Triple Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at London’s Barbican Centre. They were Hyperion recording artists and collaborated with many wonderful pianists, recording discs of Schubert, Mozart and Brahms with Paul Lewis and Marc Andre Hamelin.

    Since 2007, Kate has been the artistic director of the flourishing Winchester Chamber Music Festival, at which the London Bridge Trio is resident each year, and she also directs the Ironstone Chamber Music Festival with her sister, Lucy Gould. Kate recently performed at the Aldeburgh Festival and the Peasmarsh, Sacconi Folkstone, Corbridge and Wye Valley chamber music festivals. She is a regular guest at the Festival de los Siete Lagos, Argentina, also giving classes for its course participants. In 2019 she performed in Jack Liebeck’s series at the Laeszhalle, Hamburg, and in also Cologne for an Offenbach theatre project using gut strings.

    She has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 2000 and often works as guest principal cellist in most of the British chamber and symphony orchestras, as well as ‘Les Siecles’ in Paris and ‘Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique’ on gut strings. Kate has been a professor of cello at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and coached last year on the ‘Cadenza’ summer course. This summer she was due to coach on courses in Bergamo, Italy, and at the Welsh National Youth Orchestra summer course.

James Lea, Penarth Chamber Music Festival

James Lea

Musicologist and Lecturer

Pianist and academic James Lea holds a masters in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Ian Hobson. James's academic interests have always been broad, encompassing music analysis, ethnomusicology, and philosophy.

  • Read more

    He co-edited a volume entitled Identity and the Arts in Diaspora Communities, and his doctoral dissertation explores the work of the American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce in relation to the aesthetics of music. James has lectured at the University of York, and frequently gives master classes at Cardiff University. He currently lectures at the Royal Welsh College of Music.

The Festival

World class concerts against a backdrop of stunning seascapes. Our distinguished musicians bring the international stage to Penarth.


The Artists

Our distinguished musicians bring the international stage to Penarth.

Artistic Directors

  • David Adams and Alice Neary


  • Rebecca Evans


  • Rhys Taylor
  • Geraint Talfan Davies
  • Samantha Maskrey
  • Catherine Porteus
  • Lisa Entwistle-Evans
  • Robert Fokkens
  • David Adams