Emily White studied baroque violin with Rachel Podger and Walter Reiter as a postgraduate student at Trinity Laban. She won the Bach Prize for her performance of Bach’s D Minor Chaconne and Rachel Stott wrote ‘Scylla and Charibdis – A Violin Concerto in the Fantastic Style’ for her. Emily has played violin for In Echo, I Fagiolini and Cavallieri del Cornetto. She also plays sackbut with The English Cornette and Sackbut Ensemble, is professor of sackbut at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and was awarded an ARAM for services to Early Music. She directs Sackbut Frenzy and their disc ‘A Cry Was Heard’ was released in 2022.
Leading the way in multi-instrumental talent for Chapel Perilous, Emily White is a fellow native of Gloucestershire along with Guy. After Guy was lucky enough to work with Emily’s ensemble Sackbut Frenzy, it became only a matter of time until Emily was asked on-board the good ship Chapel Perilous: Emily’s talents and drive to bring vocalists and instrumentalists to a greater shared knowledge and understanding makes her the perfect colleague for The Hidden Face.
Born in Budapest, Karolina began playing the violin at the age of five. Since 2022 she has been studying with the revered violin professor from the Royal College of Music, Lutsia Ibragimova. Karolina’s most recent professional engagements include the Andermatt Winter Music Festival with the English Classical Players (Switzerland), recordings of contemporary works, including Maria Antal’s Kron-Alias Violin Concerto (Budapest Music Center), as well as numerous recitals across London and Cambridge.
Karolina owes her entire choral upbring to her time as a choral scholar with the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge under Stephen Layton. After an additional year with the choir as a lay clerk, she has since sung for many distinguished directors, including Robert Hollingworth and Owain Park. She now directs her own choir, Accordare, recently recording their first album of contemporary choral works by Richard Lambert.
Violinist and vocalist Karolina Csáthy has been with Chapel Perilous since its creation. Karolina brings so much skill and enthusiasm to her many and varied roles in The Hidden Face and we’re absolutely thrilled to be working with her again.
Joseph Wicks is a prize-winning organist, conductor and tenor. His principle work is with The Gesualdo Six, an award-winning vocal ensemble who tour the world giving concerts and workshops, and whose recordings for Hyperion Records receive international critical acclaim. Other recent work has included concerts with Alamire, La Nuova Musica, Polyphony, Tavener Consort and Tenebrae, as well as playing for last year’s Advent broadcast from St John’s College, Cambridge at the last minute due to Covid infections.
Chapel Perilous is blessed to have tenor, organist and cameraman extraordinaire Joseph Wicks joining us for The Hidden Face. A alumnus of Cambridge, Joseph has many ties to the city, and his versatility and experience make him perfect for bringing to life the demanding repertoire of the Holy Minimalists.
Owain Park is a composer, conductor, singer and organist. As well as directing The Gesualdo Six, he regularly works with ensembles including the BBC Singers and Cappella Cracoviensis. Owain is also the Musical Director of Cambridge Chorale.
Owain’s compositions are published by Novello and have been performed internationally by ensembles including the Tallis Scholars and the Aurora Orchestra. While at Cambridge University he studied orchestration with John Rutter, before undertaking a Masters degree in composition.
Recent works include ‘Antiphon for the Angels’ for VOCES8 and Rachel Podger, and ‘Footsteps’ for Tenebrae and Nigel Short. His chamber opera ‘The Snow Child’ was performed over five nights at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and his compositions are regularly broadcasted on the BBC, Classic FM, and internationally. The Choir of Trinity College Cambridge recently released an album of his music on Hyperion Records which was nominated in the 2019 BBC Music Magazine Awards.
Owain is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO), and was awarded the Dixon Prize for improvisation, having been Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral and Trinity College Cambridge. He is a Tenebrae Associate Artist, and has worked with ensembles including Polyphony, the Gabrieli Consort and Alamire.
Introducing Inoko, who will be playing Oboe on July 9th!
Inoko Isobe is currently in her second year of postgraduate study at the Guildhall School, where she is the LSO Japan Scholar, studying with Gordon Hunt.
Born into a musical family in Takasaki City in Japan, Inoko completed her undergraduate studies in Cultural Sciences at Waseda University. Before moving to Europe, Inoko studied oboe with Mikao Hagimori and Mika Komiyama, and was the recipient of Young Artist Awards in both Gumma and Takasaki City. Inoko won the first prize at Crowther’s Oboe Competition at the GSMD in 2018.
Recent professional engagements include periods as Principal Oboe with Norwegian Radio Orchestra, the National Philharmonic of the Republic of Moldova and with Brasov Philharmonic Orchestra.
We’re proud to release a short video of Arvo Pärt’s setting of Vater unser, ahead of our concert in St. Michael’s Highgate on the 9th of July. Chapel Perilous will be featuring 4 pieces by the Estonian minimalist master. This 2011 work is his only work for voice and piano and was written for Pope Benedict XVI.