Patrons

La Folia is supported by outstanding musicians of our time.


Matthew Barley

Matthew Barley

Cello playing is at the centre of Matthew Barley’s career, whilst his musical world has virtually no geographical, social or stylistic boundaries. He is a world-renowned cellist, performing internationally at the highest level. He collaborates with artists ranging from professional orchestras to jazz musicians, DJs and VJs, and Indian musicians.

matthewbarley.com

Sir John Eliot Gardiner CBE

Sir John Eliot Gardiner CBE

A conductor of world repute who needs little introduction. Renowned for his intelligent and absorbing interpretations of ‘early’ music, largely with his own ensembles – the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique – he is also a keen advocate of Schumann, Brahms and the like through live concerts and a wealth of recordings.

monteverdi.co.uk

John Lubbock

John Lubbock

John Lubbock is a conductor of international standing, particularly with his own renowned Orchestra of St John’s. He is also director of the charity ‘Music for Autism’. His pioneering work in and out of the concert hall has inspired music groups all over the world to expand their work whilst maintaining the highest quality of music making.

osj.org.uk

Mark Padmore

Mark Padmore

A tenor of international repute, Mark Padmore has an established career in opera, concert and recital and an extensive discography; he is also artistic director of St Endellion Summer Music Festival. Mark is particularly associated with La Folia’s the singing trust, having taken part in Magna Songs, of which he said: “Too rarely do we get the chance to be truly inspired – to feel the intake of breath that stimulates both mind and spirit – but yesterday was such a chance. Let’s do it again!”

markpadmore.com

Dr Alec Roth

Dr Alec Roth

Composer Alec Roth is probably best known for his collaboration with writer Vikram Seth, including the opera Arion and the Dolphin, the oratorio The Traveller and song cycles such as Songs in Time of War. His ideas about music are much influenced by his work with Javanese gamelan and creative education and outreach projects. Posts held include Founder and Director of Royal Festival Hall Gamelan Programme and Music Director of the Bayliss Programme at English National Opera.

alecroth.com

 

Dr Richard Seal

Dr Richard Seal

A consummate musician whose original vision of a girls’ choir in Salisbury crowned his 29 years as Organist and Master of Choristers at Salisbury Cathedral – an historic moment in the history of church music. In his retirement he continues to support music making in Salisbury and beyond and to be a much-valued mentor to his former pupils, choristers and colleagues.

 

John Surman

John Surman

Composer/multi-instrumentalist and a key figure in British and European jazz, he has long been acknowledged as an improviser of world class. He is also the composer of a body of work extending beyond the perceived boundaries of the jazz repertoire. Winner of countless prestigious awards, he is active in music education, leading workshops and projects with youth jazz orchestras, and at music colleges, universities and schools in addition to his concert and recording work.

johnsurman.com

 

Stephen Warbeck

Stephen Warbeck

Stephen Warbeck is composer of over 50 film scores, including Mrs Brown, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Billy Elliott and the Oscar winning music for Shakespeare in Love. He has also been music director for the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as writing music for numerous stage productions including the National Theatre.

Stephen Warbeck on imdb.com

 

Peter Wilson MBE

Peter Wilson MBE

Producer of, among many other West End and Broadway productions, The Woman in Black and Stephen Daldry’s An Inspector Calls. Also chief executive of Norwich Theatre Royal, where the Norwegian National Opera’s Ring Cycle was the centrepiece of the Year of Opera and Musical Theatre, and where he directed Twelfth Night with Stephen Fry, Mel Smith, Matthew Kelly, Des Barrit, Harriet Walter, Derek Griffiths, Jamie Glover and Sasha Behar.

pwprods.co.uk