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Deborah Humble is among the most highly requested dramatic mezzo-sopranos of our time, performing regularly on the world’s most prominent stages, above all in Wagnerian and Verdian repertoire.

Beginning 2015 with one of her most important roles, that of Erda in Das Rheingold, in concertant performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under the musical direction of Jaap van Zweden, Deborah Humble made her Boston’s Symphony Hall in April with the role of Erda in Siegfried. In May she debuted the role of Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde with conductor Jan Latham-König in Mexico City. In August 2015 she will be featured as Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle in Melbourne, while further engagements of the 2014/2015 season include Catherine in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher and Elektra at the Hamburg Staatsoper with Simone Young, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane under the direction of Johannes Fritzsch, Elgar’s Sea Pictures in Bamberg, Parsifal in Birmingham with Andris Nelsons, the Verdi Requiem in London, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Singapore and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Hong Kong conducted by Jaap van Zweden.

nashThe Nash Ensemble, acclaimed for its adventurous programming and virtuoso performances, presents works from Haydn to the avant-garde, and is a major contributor towards the recognition and promotion of contemporary composers: by the end of the 2012/13 season the group will have premiered over 270 new works, of which 170 have been specially commissioned. An impressive collection of recordings illustrates the same varied and colourful combination of classical masterpieces, little-known neglected gems and important contemporary works. Recent releases include all the Mozart

Marianne ThorsenMarianne Thorsen has a varied career as a chamber musician, soloist and teacher. Leader of the Nash Ensemble since 2000, she is also a Professor at the Music Institute, NTNU in Trondheim, Norway. As a soloist, she has appeared with all the major Norwegian orchestras and the BBC Symphony, Philharmonia, Stockholm Philharmonic, City of Birmingham

ianbrownIan Brown's varied career embraces chamber music, solo playing and conducting. Widely regarded as one of the world's leading chamber musicians, he has partnered many distinguished soloists, among them Rostropovich, Szeryng, Galway, Isserlis and Dame Felicity Lott, most recently recording and touring in Russia with Vengerov. During his long

rosanne sandwijkMezzo soprano Rosanne van Sandwijk studied at the Rotterdam Conservatory with Roberta Alexander where she graduated Cum Laude. Currently she is coached by Margreet Honig and Anne Sofie von Otter.
At the operatic stage, she performed Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Constanza in Haydns L’isola Disabitata, Sesto in Händels Giulio

JorisAfter having passed with distinction both Bachelor and Masters degrees in The Hague, Joris van Rijn entered the Juilliard School, New York, studying with Glenn Dicterov

gilham3"He has an easy virtuoso technique, and already a capacity to make people stop and listen"
—Imogen Cooper (2009)
"Honest, intelligent and very beautiful music making"
—Leslie Howard (Wigmore Hall recital 2009)