Eleanor Turner - Harpist and founder
Eleanor lives in Stamford and is mum to a 14 year old boy and a 5 year old girl.
Eleanor made her concert debut in London when only fifteen years old, leading on to many high profile concerts and competition prizes. Her achievements include winning the Cardiff European Harp Competition in 2007 (she won a £20,000 concert harp) and being placed 3rd and winning the Peutz Audience Award in the 2010 Dutch International Harp Competition.
Eleanor has several CDs out, on her own 'Arts in Fusion' label and on Signum Records and Champs Hill Records. She has performed live on Classic Fm and at the Wigmore Hall.
Eleanor's concert performances have taken her all over the world but she is happiest in her home town of Stamford! It has been her dream to set up a concert series for babies and children for many years, so she is extremely happy that Cosy Concerts are here and going strong!
www.eleanorturner.com or www.facebook.com/eleanorstrings
Rowena Calvert - Cellist
A year after beginning the cello with her Father, Rowena began her musical education at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, with Ruth Beauchamp. After her Queens Hall debut when she was twelve years old, several concerto opportunities and masterclasses from masters including Mstislav Rostropovich, Steven Isserlis and Steven Doane, Rowena transferred to the Yehudi Menuhin School to study with Leonid Gorokhov. It was here that she performed in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, Manchester Cello Festival, UK, Kronberg Cello Festival, Germany, and in the UNESCO Celebrations, Paris.
Rowena then went to The Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Paul Watkins and was a string finalist of BBC Young Musicians 2002. Her studies continued at the Royal Northern College of Music with Hannah Roberts. Here she was the winner of the RNCM Gold Medal, the Sir John Barbirolli Prize, Busenhart Morgen Evans Award from the Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Tillett trust Education Award, The Haworth Trust award for Cellists, an Ian Fleming Award from the MBF, a Countess of Munster Star Award, The Jellineck Award, The Myra Hess Award, The Oglesby Education Award and a bow from the Scottish Arts Council; she also enjoyed being a part of the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme.
Solo and chamber music engagements have taken her as far afield as Europe, India and Thailand. Concerto engagements include performing Haydn C major with the London Mozart Players and the Darwin Ensemble that was broadcast live on Classic FM.
HAPPY JAZZ QUARTET
Happy Jazz Quartet perform their vibrant, danceable, tight-knit Dixieland Jazz classics with joy and style whether they're busking around the local counties, playing for a village fete, weddings, parties or anywhere where they're invited to entertain and delight the public with their infectious, cheery music making. We are so blessed to have them on our Cosy roster!
Lisa Nelsen - Flautist
Lisa lives in Leicestershire with her husband and her daughter. Lisa’s overriding passion for the stage is evident in concert, classes and adjudications for festivals. She grew up on a pig farm in Western Canada, and fed on all kinds of music, from opera to rock to jazz. Aquilae Duo is her exciting partnership with harpist Eleanor Turner. Lisa gives concerts in venues across Europe, Canada, the United States, and most recently Hong Kong. Lisa has just become the newest Professor at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, teaching flute and coaching wind chamber groups and the orchestral winds. She is a passionate educator and is thrilled to be on the Cosy Concerts roster! www.lisanelsen.com
Alan Thomas - Guitarist
Alan lives in Leicestershire with his wife Anne, a concert pianist, and his three children. He was born in Atlanta and grew up playing a variety of guitar styles from folk to heavy metal. However, it was after moving to England in 1997 that he really made his mark as one of the leading guitar soloists in the World, following his impressive First Prize win at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition in The Netherlands (a competition in which Eleanor actually took second prize in back in 2011 after having lessons with Alan!)
Alan has performed extensively across Europe and the USA as a soloist in concerts and festivals. He has released several of his own CDs and also features on countless albums by pop stars, in his capacity as a session musician.