Howard Moody has a versatile career as a composer, conductor and keyboard player. As a conductor he aims to generate innovative and exciting events that break down barriers between different styles of music as well as commission new works. He is principal conductor and artistic director of Sarum Orchestra and has also conducted the BBC SO, the Hallé, Bournemouth Orchestras, RLPO, Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra delle Toscana, Opera Factory, Icelandic Opera, Netherlands Radio Chorus, Romanian State Chorus, Schola Cantorum, Salisbury Festival Chorus, and numerous choral groups throughout Europe. He has been music director on projects for the LSO and Norwich Theatre Royal and the BBC. He has also worked on the music staff of ENO and Glyndebourne. Recordings include BBC, Netherlands Radio, Chandos, and ECM. For more information please visit Howard’s website
Melanie Pappenheim is a singer, performer and composer. Her versatility has allowed her to explore several different genres. As a singer she has worked with leading contemporary composers including Jocelyn Pook, Gavin Bryars, Graham Fitkin and Orlando Gough. Her voice can be heard on soundtracks to Derek Jarman’s The Garden and Edward II, Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and most recently Caotica Ana and Room In Rome by the celebrated Spanish director Julio Medem. She garnered critical and popular acclaim for her vocal contribution to the TV series Doctor Who and appeared in a BBC prom dedicated to Doctor Who composer Murray Gold. Together with fellow Shout singer Rebecca Askew she has performed the successful duet FLAM (music by Orlando Gough, directed by Emma Bernard) nationally and abroad as well as other specially commissioned voice theatre works.
Sophie Harris graduated from Chethams School Of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, where she won numerous prizes. Moving to London, she spent five years with the award-winning Smith Quartet, following her passion for contemporary music. Since then her work has diversified both as a soloist and with ensembles, performing, recording, and commissioning new cello works with a range of composers and musicians including Steve Reich, Gavin Bryars, Michael Nyman, Kevin Volans, Django Bates, Graham Fitkin, Egberto Gismonte, Melody Gardot and jazz luminary Sam Rivers. She has collaborated extensively with composer Jocelyn Pook on soundtracks for film, most notably Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, and with Gavin Bryars on a specially commissioned score for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Sophie plays a wide repertoire in her extensive performances, CD recordings and radio broadcasts with many of Britain’s leading chamber ensembles – including the Brodsky Quartet, Hilliard Ensemble, Ensemble Moderne and Lontano. Sophie is the cellist in the Duke Quartet. Her cello was made by Daniel Parker in 1730.
The Schoolhouse 6 Ensemble is a collective of musicians brought together by Julian Marshall specifically to record and perform “Out of the Darkness” and future works written by him.