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 Grouops, 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.


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.


Harp – Ieuan Jones

At 13, Ieuan was the youngest member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. He went on to join the National Youth Orchestra of GB, and then gained a scholarship to study with Marisa Robles at the Royal College of Music where he won the Tagore Gold Medal and the Queen Mothers Rose Bowl for the most distinguished student of his year.  In 1985 he won the Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition  – only the second harpist to do so in 50 years. Ieuan tours the world regularly with his harp.  He is Professor of Harp at the Royal College 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 – 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.

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

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