About

TIM BURTON

Tim studied viola da gamba under Dr Lucy Robinson during his time at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama as a cellist, and has since incorporated playing viol in the Royal Welsh Consort in a diverse freelance career as a Record Producer, Engineer & Editor, and cellist.    

Tim spends much of his time freelancing for orchestras such as Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, London Concert Orchestra, and British Sinfonietta.

​He is passionate about music of the 16th and 17th centuries. As a baroque cellist, he has performed with eminent period violinists such as Rachel Podger and Maggie Faultless. He has performed with the Royal Welsh Consort of Viols in festivals and in masterclasses to world renowned Viol players such as Hille Perl, Vittorio Ghielmi and Fretwork members Sam Stadlen, and Richard Boothby.

As a RecordProducer, Engineer & Editor, he has worked extensively on projects for major record labels and orchestras worldwide. Recent commercial releases include recordings with Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic (University of Maryland), Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, Colorado MahlerFest Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Welsh National Opera.

Tim currently plays a treble viol by Jane Julier, generously loaned to him by Linda Hill. 

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MATTHEW FARRELL

Matthew graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in July 2020, where he studied the Viola da Gamba and Double Bass under Lucy Robinson (Viol) and David Stark (Double Bass). Matthew was awarded the Simon Clarkson Memorial Award, which is awarded for general musicianship to the best all-round musician in the College. During his time at RWCMD, Matthew’s love of early music has flourished, with performances of the Monteverdi Vespers, Bach Passions and other oratorios in various roles. In January 2020, Matthew successfully auditioned to be a member of Rosafresca, a Bristol-based ensemble that specialises in performing early music from the English and Spanish Courts.

Matthew is also a professional singer, currently singing as an Assistant Layclerk at Hereford Cathedral, as well as being a regular deputy with the Cathedral choirs of Gloucester, Worcester and Llandaff. During his five-year relationship with the Hereford Cathedral Choir (2015-16, 2017-18 and 2020-present), Matthew took part in the Three Choirs Festival, both in 2016, and 2018, which included notable highlights such as singing the Monteverdi Vespers with Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque. In June 2018, Matthew went to Rome with the Hereford Cathedral choir to take part in a week of singing in the Vatican, including a concert in the Sistine Chapel with the Choir of the Sistine Chapel.

He is also a member of the Genesis Sixteen 2020/21 cohort.

As well as being a classical musician, Matthew is regularly involved in musical theatre productions and session work around the country, including some touring. Most recently, Matthew has taken part in a touring production of The Last Five Years, by Jason Robert Brown. This was the Welsh professional premiere of this show, and it toured Wales throughout November and December 2018.

Whilst living in Hereford, Matthew is also working as the Administrator of Ludlow Gin.

As a member of  Arculo, Matthew plays his own David Rubio 6 string consort bass after Chris Meares (1975), and his treble by Timothy Soar, after John Rose (2020). In Rosafresca, he plays a renaissance viol by Richard Jones, generously loaned to him by the group.

ROWAN BIDMEAD

Rowan has been playing the viol from the age of seven, regularly attending the bi-annual International Viola da Gamba Festival in Asfeld, France. Her love of Early Music continued throughout her course at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she studied under Dr Lucy Robinson (viol) and Anna Menzies (‘cello). She graduated in 2019, gaining a BMus (Hons) degree in both instruments.

During her time at conservatoire, Rowan’s solo masterclasses included Hille Perl, Reiko Ichise, Richard Boothby and Sam Stadlen. She also performed each year at the Royal College of Music’s International Viol Festival, both as a soloist and in consort for Vittorio Ghielmi and Sarah Cunningham. Dartington International Festival became a highlight of her summer holidays, being tutored by various members of Fretwork.

Whilst living in Cardiff, Rowan regularly performed with the Welsh Camerata at various local venues and, in her final year at College, was also given responsibility for teaching two groups of beginner viol students. This teaching experience opened her eyes to both the importance and pleasure of introducing new players to the viol and she has since been offered the position of Junior Tutor at the Easter Early Music Course 2020. 

For the past five years, an important highlight has been playing at the Brecon Baroque Festival led by world renowned Baroque violinist Rachel Podger, both in the gathered orchestra and as viol player for the Tea Dance Ensemble. Alongside performing, she was also employed as a Festival Assistant, where she discovered her interest in arts management. She is now based in London and is employed at one of the world’s leading arts management companies, Askonas Holt.

Rowan plays a 7-string bass viol by Merion Attwood and is generously supported by the Denne Gilkes Memorial Fund.

CAI WAVERLEY-HUDSON

On the cusp of entering the professional world, Cai Waverley-Hudson is equally at home playing music from the Renaissance to the 21st century. During his time at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama he has had the opportunity to study baroque cello with Claude Cassidy. Additional tuition in the early music field has come from the likes of Rachel Podger, Bojan Čičić, Jane Rodgers, Jeremy West, Simon Jones, Lucy Robinson and Andrew Wilson-Dickson. His approach to music is informed by historical research and his inquisitive attitude has helped him to build a personal sound. Cai has appeared with the Brecon Baroque Festival Orchestra, RWCMD Badinerie, Manaves Summer Baroque Orchestra alongside Maggie Faultless and has been a member of Arculo since its inception in 2018. Additionally, his passion for the Viola da Gamba has resulted in masterclasses with Richard Boothby and Sam Stadlen.

Cai studies modern cello with Nikki Thomas and has appeared numerous times with the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square providing him with a wealth of experience in symphonic repertoire. Other ensembles he has played with include the Studio Orchestra and  the Royal Welsh college of Music and Drama Symphony Orchestra with which he sat principal.

As a chamber musician Cai has recently formed the Ebenum Quartet to play music from the classical to late romantic eras with an informed approach.

TIM EDWARDS

Tim Edwards is a recent graduate from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. His main study was on double bass and has enjoyed playing orchestral music with a range of orchestras from British Sinfonietta to the Strand Chamber Orchestra. He also plays a variety of other genres of musical, most notably with the Welsh Musical Theatre Orchestra, which he has toured to Malta with, and Freds Folks, a long standing ceilidh band of which he is a
current member. Tim has also performed alongside Rachel Podger at Brecon Baroque Festival in the gathered orchestra in 2018. 
Tim’s second study instrument is the viola da gamba and is taught by Dr Lucy Robinson. He enjoys playing a range of early and contemporary music with Arculo, and has also played with the Welsh Camerata. Tim is also a competent bass guitarist and has broadened his experience of more modern music with a number of concerts including music such as SHOUT! the musical, and ABBA. He works regularly with the organisation Music for Everyone who provide ensembles and short music courses for both adult and younger amateurs in and around the East Midlands.