Adrian France, bass sackbut
Adrian France
Adrian's career has spanned 25 years and has covered a broad spectrum of trombone playing ranging from Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods through to the modern trombone. He has performed with some of the world’s finest period instrument ensembles such as Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Hanover Band, King's Consort, English Concert, Collegium Vocale and Cappella Mediterranea, as well as working with modern symphony orchestras such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia (CLS & Opera Holland Park), The Ulster Orchstra, and the Royal Nothern Sinfonia.

In 2018, Adrian was appointed Professor of bass sackbut at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (the first such appointment in the UK) and for several years has held the position of head of brass studies and trombone tutor at Newcastle University.
He has also been invited to adjudicate for The Royal College of Music, BBC Young Musician of the Year and, in 2019, as a judge for the International Brass & Woodwind Competition, Varazdin, Croatia.

Adrian is a founder member and co-director of the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018 with a new CD release: 'Music for Windy Instruments'. In the same year he was invited to become a member of the Austrian period instrument ensemble Musica Antiqua Salzburg. The Concert Trombone Quartette - a new ensemble founded and directed by Adrian - specialises in historically informed performance practice based on a group of the same name founded in London in 1892. Performing on original instruments (or copies of) from over four centuries, the Quartette aims to further the work of its predecessors, and makes its debut concert in June 2019.


Tom Lees, sackbut
Tom Lees
Tom studied trombone at the Royal Northern College of Music before becoming the first full-time student of the sackbut at the RCM, winning a Countess of Munster musical scholarship to continue his early music studies.

Since then, he has joined with London Brass on a record of Venetian brass music, and has performed and recorded with many of the specialist period instrument ensembles, including The Gabrieli Consort and Players,
The English Baroque Soloists, The King's Consort, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Tafelmusik, with whom he recorded the Mozart Requiem trombone solo.

Tom is also a regular performer with The Musicians of the Globe, a group specially assembled to provide music at the reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe on London's Bankside.


Emily White, sackbut
Emily White
Emily studied sackbut at The Royal Academy of Music with Sue Addison. As well as her work with ECSE, Emily plays with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Sixteen, Gabrieli Consort and Players and the Academy of Ancient Music.

Emily also plays the baroque violin having studied with Walter Reiter and Rachel Podger. in 2012 she makes use of this doubling in concerts in Germany and Holland with Suonar Cantando and Scorpio Collectief. Emily has played in productions at Shakespeare's Globe since its opening season and is performing in the 2012 production of Twelfth Night.
Emily also plays modern trombone and is a member of Chaconne Brass and Pandora's Box which both explore contemporary music. Emily also freelances with English National Ballet, Orchestra of the Swan and the National Orchestra of Wales, with whom she is playing in the 2012 BBC Proms.

Emily also teaches sackbut at Birmingham Conservatoire and Dartington International Summer School. She has coached and given workshops at Trinity College of Music, The Royal Academy of Music, St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh, and she co-directs the Huntly Summer School.


Gawain Glenton, cornett
Gawain Glenton
Gawain is a specialist cornetto player whose work as a soloist and an ensemble musician takes him all over the world. He performs and records regularly with many leading international groups, such as Il Giardino Armonico, Concerto Palatino, l'Arpeggiata, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, Capriccio Stravagante, The English Concert, The Taverner Consort, Academy of Ancient Music, and the Nederlandse Bachvereniging.

Although now returned to the UK, Gawain spent several years living in Basel where he studied with Bruce Dickey at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. As a result of these years abroad, Gawain is closely involved with many 'next generation' ensembles,
such as Ensemble Leones directed by Marc Lewon, and the Basel-based I Fedeli, with whom he claimed first prize at the IYAP competition in Antwerp in 2009 and whose debut CD 'Codex Tarasconi' was released in 2013.

Gawain recently founded his own ensemble In Echo, whose debut CD 'Music in a Cold Climate' was released on Delphian in 2018 to widespread acclaim. Gawain is also a member of The City Musick and teaches at the annual Dartington International Summer School. He was also recently appointed director of the Cambridge Early Music Renaissance Summer School, which takes place from the 4th-10th August 2019.


Robert Howarth, keyboards
Robert Howarth
Robert is a graduate of the University of York who now has a growing reputation as a director and conductor of early repertoire. He holds the posts of Artistic Advisor and Guest Director of the Avison Ensemble, Assistant Artistic Director of English Voices and Co-Principal Keyboard player of OAE.

Robert's opera engagements have included Il Ritorno d'Ulisse for WNO, Birmingham Opera Company and ETO; Alcina for the Hamburg State Opera, Theater St Gallen and ETO; Monterverdi's Ballo Delle Ingrate and Il Combattimento di Tancredi for Birmingham Opera Company, and Tolomeo for ETO. He has also been assistant conductor in productions at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opéra de Paris, Netherlands Opera and Glyndebourne.
Concert engagements include Bach Lutheran Masses and a European tour and recording of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers with OAE; Messiah with the Irish Baroque Orchestra; Apollo and Daphne with The St James Baroque Players; Bach Cantatas with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and Angelika Kirschlager; Athalia for the Ambronay Festival and a baroque programme for Northern Sinfonia.

During the 2011/12 season he makes his Opera North début conducting a new production of Handel's Giulio Cesare, returns to St Gallen for THe Fairy Queen and directs programmes with OAE. Further ahead he will conduct Charpentier's Acteon for Dartington International Summer School and Messiah, again with OAE.


Conor Hastings, cornett
Conor Hastings
Born and raised in Dublin, Conor Hastings comes from a musical family and was exposed to a wide variety of music from an early age. Having studied recorder and then trumpet at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, he went on to study orchestral trumpet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. During the course of his studies he stumbled upon the cornett, and swiftly took to historical performance on original instruments. Whilst at the Royal Welsh he studied cornett with Jeremy West (His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts) and Gawain Glenton (The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble), and has since been an active performer in the UK. In 2014 he began his studies at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland under the tutelage of the legendary Bruce Dickey.
Since completing his studies, Conor has performed all over Europe and America with The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, The King's Consort, The Gabrieli Consort and players, His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts and Sestina to name but a few.

He has performed solo and ensemble recitals in Ireland as part of the Music in Monkstown Festival and The Galway Early Music Festival, and is dedicated to bringing the cornett to a wider audience in Ireland.

In addition to his performing schedule, Conor is a busy teacher of the cornett. He now tutors at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he hopes to interest as many students as possible in the world of early music.


Andrew Harwood-White,
bass sackbut
Andrew Harwood-White
Andy began his musical training as a chorister at Wells Cathedral and later, as a music scholar, studied bass trombone with Alan Hutt at Wells Cathedral School. Andy continued his training at the Royal College of Music, where he won the Fanny Hughes prize for brass.

Since leaving the RCM Andy has performed with many of the country's leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Festival Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and Bournemouth Sinfonietta.
In addition to his work in this country Andy regularly performs with the RTE Concert Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria and Athens Camerata.

On the bass sackbut Andy has performed and recorded with many period instrument ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Tafelmusik, Academy of Ancient Music, New London Consort, The Sixteen, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, King's Consort and at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London.