Fsusan milan flutelute – Susan Milan ARCM(Hons), FRCM, PgDip(GSMD)

Former Principal flute of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Chamber musician and recording artists. Member of the London Chamber Music Groups, Debussy Ensemble and Instrumental Quintet of London.  Professor of Flute, Royal College of Music, London. Adjunct Professor of Flute Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Founder and Director of the British Isles Music Festival.


Assistant Flute – Nina Robertson

Successful freelance musician, chamber musician and soloist as well as experienced teacher. She studied at the RCM with Susan Milan, winning numerous prizes and graduating with a B.Mus (Hons) and a Dip,RCM.


david theodore.oboe professorOboe – David Theodore

David Theodore studied the oboe at the Royal Academy of Music. At the age of twenty he was appointed Principal Oboe in the BBC Welsh Orchestra. He has held various London Principal positions,including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Chamber musician and soloist,  he has appeared with many of the leading orchestras. He has recorded the Mozart and the Vaughan Williams Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra for Chandos Records.


mark van de wiel clarinetClarinet – Mark Van de Wiel

Mark van de Wiel is established as one of Britain’s leading and most versatile clarinettists.Born in Northampton and educated at Merton College, Oxford, and the Royal College of Music, Mark was appointed principal clarinettist with Welsh National Opera and subsequently with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. He joined the Philharmonia as principal clarinet in 2000, and the London Sinfonietta in 2002. He is also principal with the London Chamber Orchestra.  He is a  member of the Endymion Ensemble and  Professor of Clarinet, Royal Academy of Music, London.


Clarinet – Barnaby Robson

From 1998-2013, Barnaby performed worldwide as principal clarinet of the Philharmonia Orchestra and in April 2014, joined the orchestra of English National Opera as principal clarinet. As a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, he has performed on numerous TV and film scores and have recorded albums for Sony, ASV, Hyperion, the BBC and Decca. He has composed music for TV, film, radio and the concert hall. His scores have been used in productions broadcast on the BBC, Channel Four, ITV and Sky and in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australasia and Japan. He has produced albums and tracks for Westone Music, EMI and Universal Music.


Horn – Timothy Jones

Timothy Jones studied with Ifor James and Frank Lloyd. After leaving school at the age of 17, he started his career as a professional musician playing second horn with the Munich Philharmonic.  He joined the London Symphony Orchestra as Principal Horn in 1986.  During his career, Timothy has performed as a soloist with both the Munich Philharmonic and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, both in the UK and abroad to great acclaim. He is Professor of Horn Royal College of Music.


Horn – Jeffrey Bryant

Jeffrey Bryant studied horn at RAM with Ifor James. He is currently horn professor at RCM having previously taught at GSMD for thirty years. He has held the position of principal horn in the LPO, LSO and RPO with whom his has frequently appeared as soloist. He has recorded the Mozart concerti and the Britten Serenade with the RPO. He is horn tutor with the iCulture Orchestra and previously held that position with EUYO.


martin gatt bassoon professorBassoon – Martin Gatt

Martin Gatt studied at the Royal College of Music with Archie Camden and was principal bassoon of the London Philharmonic Orchestra from 1958-66, of the English Chamber Orchestra from 1966-76, and of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1977-98. He was also bassoonist in the Barry Tuckwell Wind Quintet from 1967-91 and taught at Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1967-84. At the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts he founded the Department of Wind, Brass and Percussion. He is currently Professor of Bassoon at the Royal College of Music, London.


Violin – Philippe Honoré

Philippe Honoré was a principal player with the Philharmonia Orchestras from 2005–2011. After receiving top honours from both the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London, he was made Lauréat of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation of France in 1992 and was awarded an Honorary Associateship by the Royal Academy of Music in 2001. He is a former member of the Vellinger Quartet and a founding member of the Mobius ensemble and regularly appears as soloist with leading orchestras. He is professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music, London


Violin – Igor Keller

Recitalist and chamber musician based in Switzerland and 1st Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of St Gallen.


Viola – Yuko Inoue

Winner of the 17th Budapest International Viola Competition, Yuko has performed as a soloist throughout Europe and Japan with many orchestras.She performs frequently with Britain’s most eminent string quartets and chamber ensembles. She is a member of the Fibonacci Sequence Ensemble and Professor of Viola, Royal Academy of Music, and RAM Junior Department, London.


Cello – Robert Cohen

Robert Cohen  studied with William Pleeth, followed by Jacqueline du Pré, André Navarra and Mistislav Rostropovich. he won the Suggia Prize, Young Concert Artists (New York), Piatigorsky and Unesco International competitions and the English Speaking Union Scholarship to Tanglewood. He has developed a chamber music and solo career, performing concertos and chamber music worldwide. Professor at Royal Academy of Music, London.


Voice – Patricia Rozario

Born in Bombay, Patricia Rozario studied at London’s Guildhall School of Music, winning the Gold Medal and the Maggie Teyte Prize. She went on to the National Opera Studio in London and won prizes at the Mozarteum’ s Hertogenbosch, B&H and IYCAC International Singing Competitions. Since then her career has developed in opera, concert work, recording and broadcasting. Her unique voice and artistry has inspired over 15 of the world’s leading composers to write for her. She is currently Professor of the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music.


Piano – Ian Brown

Ian is a musician of great versatility whose career embraces chamber music, solo and duo playing and conducting. His musical life began as a bassoon player, eventually concentrating on the piano when he became pianist-in-residence at Southampton University. As concerto soloist he has appeared with many of Britain’s leading orchestras playing a diverse solo repertoire from Bach to Rachmaninov and Bartók. He became pianist with The Nash Ensemble in 1978 and during this long association has played at all the important British music festivals. he is currently Professor of piano, Royal Academy of Music, London.


Harpsichord – Robert Costin

One of Britain’s leading harpsichordists, Robert has made numerous acclaimed recordings and travels internationally as soloist and chamber musician.


Composer in Residence – James Francis Brown

Widely acclaimed as an original musical presence in concert halls both in the UK and internationally. A recent CD released by Guild has received high critical praise and Mark Lehmann in American Record Guide wrote; “Seldom does one hear new music that marries such daunting technical skill and virtuosic demands with so much ease and life-affirming joy…”


Multimedia Artist in Residence – Brian Lock

Brian Lock is a composer who is equally well known for his sumptuous orchestral film scores and for being at the forefront of the classical/technological boundaries in musical composition.


190590_1004018295554_7584_nBody mechanics – Musicians health. James Gordon Lyman

Former Principal flute of the Seville Symphony Orchestra, Spain. Qualified in Reiki and Yoga. Flute teacher and specialist in musicians stress injuries and problems.



Resident pianists

Daniel King SmithDaniel King Smith studied at the Royal Academy of Music where he won numerous prizes for Chamber Music. He is now much in demand as a collaborative pianist and recitalist.

Leo Nicholson studied piano at the Purcell School, the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and at Trinity Laban where he was a consistent prize-winner. He is a much sought-after accompanist and has returned to Trinity as a faculty member.He has performed with the flautist Rosanna Ter-Berg at the Wigmore Hall, and with the saxophonist Anthony Brown. Together they have played all over the country.

Jill Morton is much in demand as both soloist and collaborative pianist. She spent a season as Pianist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada and has given masterclasses at universities and specialist music schools throughout Britain. She currently holds the position of Head of Keyboard at the Perse School in Cambridge.


Gillian Ure – Personal assistant to the Director. Library. Finance.

Antony Bailey – IT specialist and Activities Co-ordinator. BIMF Director liaison. Director of Blackdown Solutions, Fernhurst 

Oliver Parker – Warden. Assistant to the IT specialist and Activities Co-ordinator. Music degree from Chichester University. Trumpet.

Elliott de Vivo – Concerts Manager.  Clarinettist. Member of the Waldegrave Ensemble. Degree from Trinitylaban Conservatory of Music

Sarah Waycott –Assistant Concerts Manager. Musicians Health Programme co-ordinator Resident pianist liaison. Flautist. Teacher.

Ami Lodge -Warden. Professor Liaison  Asst Concerts Manager. Flautist. Teacher. MA from Trinitylaban Conservatory of Music

Gertrude Schmitz –  Social media specialist. Librarian. Lives in Detmold, Germany. Flautist

Narn McMoo – Social media all areas and specialising in Twitter and Instangram.


Philip Carne, MBE

We are delighted to have as our Patron Philip Carne. The Carne Trust is generously sponsoring a number of scholarships for applicants.

The Carne Trust provides financial support for talented artists in the performing arts, specifically in music and theatre. Each year, it furnishes bursaries to about a dozen individuals at the major music and acting academies, and funds 2 Junior Fellowship for chamber music ensembles at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance and The Royal College of Music. It also provides ongoing financial assistance, after graduation, to former music beneficiaries, to help them in the establishment of their commercial careers. The Trust is particularly interested in chamber  music education, and willingly supports initiatives, festivals and master classes in this area.

  • Dan Eley Foundation
  • Royal Overseas League Arts
  • Spoff’s Scholarship Fund 
  • Hilary Jenkins
  • George and Daphne Burnett
  • Michael and Gay McCart
  • Marley Common Friends of BIMF
  • John and Shirley Jeffrey
  • Top Wind 
  • Tarim Resources Recycling 
  • Master Classics Artists

Friends of the British Isles Music Festival

Mike and Gay McCart
Michael and Elizabeth Shaw
Hans and Micheline Norstrand                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nick and Kate Austin
Reidun Adams                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Barry and Chris Bateman
Sarah and Duncan Bain                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Elisabeth Hsu                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Jane Kaufman

Board of Trustees

  • Susan Milan – Festival Director
  • Michael McCart – Chairman
  • Philip Carne MBE
  • John Jeffrey MBE
  • Gillian Ure
  • Kenneth J Hsu
  • Christopher jepson
  • Martin Gatt