Musicians

These are the musicians performing in concerts in 2022

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Nicolette Moonen

Nicolette Moonen grew up in Amsterdam bilingually, in a Dutch-French musical family – an experience that later encouraged her to learn the main European languages. In 1992 she moved to live in London. Her taste in music has been shaped by a love of languages. She is passionate about the connection between language and music, and has a special affinity for French music. In 1996 she founded The Bach Players of which she is the artistic director and leader. She teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has directed the baroque orchestra at Dartington from 1998 to 2013. Nicolette studied with Jaap Schröder and Sigiswald Kuyken, and has played with most British and other European baroque orchestras (Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, among many). She has been invited to lead ensembles such as Collegium Vocale Gent, La Chapelle Royale, Ex Cathedra, the European Union Baroque Orchestra, and English Touring Opera.

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Pawel Siwczak

Pawel Siwczak is a Polish & British musician based in London. He has a passion for historical keyboards: harpsichord, clavichord, virginals, chamber organ and fortepiano, which he studied extensively and continues to explore. Following the completion of postgraduate piano studies at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (2004), he went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London receiving his master’s degree in 2008). Pawel’s performance history and recording career is diverse, ranging from solo recitals, working with singers and conducting from the harpsichord, to collaborations with numerous orchestras and ensembles in the UK and abroad. He has given solo recitals as part of Waterloo Festival, Galway Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Manchester Pride, an independently organized series at the Cello Factory (Art Gallery in London), Olsztynskie Lato Artystyczne (PL). His recordings include Dialogues for guitar and harpsichord by Stephen Dodgson, and improvisations with PC music artist Danny L. Harle originally recorded for BBC Radio 3. He has presented a project of music for two harpsichords (under the name of Double Entendre) with a flamenco dancer: performances that celebrated new art shows by The London Group. His collaboration with Danny Harle was featured by BBC Radio as ‘five of the BBC’s weirdest live sessions ever’ – a concise summary of Pawel’s experimental spirit combined with traditional classical training. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and is a director of the Bach Club, a Social Enterprise presenting series of concerts on historical instruments and providing rehearsal space for musicians. His website is here: www.pawelsiwczak.com