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 Debussy Ensemble, Instrumental Quintet of London and Milan Trio. Professor of Flute, Royal College of Music, London. Guest 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

Principal positions include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the London Philharmonic, where he was Principal for twenty years. Professor of Oboe, Royal College of Music, London



mark van de wiel clarinetClarinet – Mark Van de Wiel

Principal clarinet of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Chamber musician and recording artists. Member of the Endymion Ensemble. Professor of Clarinet, Royal Academy of Music, London.



Clarinet – Barnaby Robson

Principal Clarinet of the English National Opera. Professor of modern and early clarinet at the Royal College of Music Barnaby has given master classes at all of the UK’s leading conservatories and in Switzerland, Singapore, Australia and Iceland.


Horn – Timothy Jones

Principal Horn of the London Symphony Orchestra.  Professor of the Royal College of Music,  London.



martin gatt bassoon professorBassoon – Martin Gatt

Former Principal bassoon of the London Symphony Orchestra. Chamber musician and recording artists. Professor of Bassoon, Royal College of Music, London.



Violin – Philippe Honoré

Soloist, chamber musician and guest leader of world’s leading orchestras. Former principal player of the Philharmonia Orchestra, member of the Vellinger Quartet and a founding member of the Mobius ensemble. Professor of Violin, Royal Academy of Music, London.


Violin – Igor Keller

Recitalist and chamber musician, member of the Amar Quartett, Switzerland and 1st Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of St Gallen.


Viola – Yuko Inoue

Recitalist and chamber musician.member of the Dante String Quartet and Fibonacci Ensemble. Professor of Viola, Royal Academy of Music, and RAM Junior Department, London.

Cello – Christopher Jepson 

Recitalist and chamber musician, member of the Amar Quartett, Switzerland and Co-Principal Cello of the Basel Symphony Orchestra.


Patricia Rozario voice professorVoice – Patricia Rozario

Internationally acclaimed soprano. Chamber musician and recording artists. Professor of voice at the Royal College of Music, London.


Piano – Ian Brown

One of Britain’s foremost chamber pianists. Recording artist, conductor and member of the Nash Ensemble. Professor of piano, Royal Academy of Music, London.


Harp – Caryl Thomas

One of Britain’s foremost harpists, Caryl Thomas is Head of the Harp Department at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. An international soloist and experienced chamber musician, Caryl gives masterclasses at home and abroad, adjudicates international harp competitions and sits on the Board of the World Harp Congress.


Harpsichord – Robert Costin

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


Resident Composer – 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…”


190590_1004018295554_7584_nBody mechanics – 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.

siu chui li resident pianistSiu Chui Li is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music. She mainly works with string players and especially the Doric Quartet.

Tony Ingham studied at both the Royal Academy of Music (with Alexander Kelly) and the Royal College of Music (with Niel Immelman) as a pianist and joint first study cellist. He works regularly as piano accompanist for the RCM junior department and has worked as official accompanist for the orchestra of St-Martin-in the fields, the Royal College of Music, Trinity, London College of Music and the Purcell School.

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

Allison Conlan – Concert manager.  Associate Director of Education at the Houston Symphony, USA. Flautist.

Ruth Knight – Assistant concert manager. Recently graduated with a 1st degree from the Royal College of Music. Flautist.

Adrian Peakman – Activities co-ordinator. Works at TRW Automotive. IT specialist. Flautist.

Gertrude Schmitz – Assistant activities co-ordinator.  Lives in Detmold, Germany. Flautist


Olivia Bell – Librarian. Cambridge University studying English. Singer.


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
  • Michael and Gay McCart
  • John and Shirley Jeffrey
  • Top Wind 
  • Oxley Flutes
  • Simmonds Music 
  • Tarim Resources Recycling 
  • Master Classics Artists
  • Susanne Pikullik-Bastian

Friends of the British Isles Music Festival

Mike and Gay McCart
Michael and Elizabeth Shaw
Hans and Micheline Norstrand
Reidun Adams
Margaret Worthington
Elisabeth Hsu
WindWorks Philadelphia
Martin and Janet Hilton
Sarah and Duncan Bain
Mr & Mrs Peter Buckley
Veronica Powell
Susan Glenn-Pegler, LTA. LSSM, RSA, Winston Churchill Fellow 1984
Miss Patsy Corr


Board of Trustees

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