The players:

The quartet:

NB: these biographies and high-resolution versions of the photographs can be downloaded from the publicity page

Adrian Butterfield
Violin I

Adrian Butterfield is a violinist, director and conductor who specialises in performing music from 1600-1900 on period instruments. He is Musical Director of the Tilford Bach Society and Associate Director of the London Handel Festival and regularly directs the London Handel Orchestra and Players as well as working as a guest soloist and director in Europe and North America.

As well as the Revolutionary Drawing Room, he leads the London Handel Players who perform regularly at the Wigmore Hall and throughout Europe and North America and their Handel and Geminiani recordings, on Somm, have received glowing reviews. His solo recordings include CPE Bach sonatas (ATMA), Handel's Violin Sonatas (Somm) and Leclair's Book 1 sonatas (Naxos). Leclair's Book 2 sonatas were released in the summer of 2013, also on Naxos.

He works annually with the Southbank Sinfonia, is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music in London, gives masterclasses in Europe and North America and teaches on the Aestas Musica Baroque Course in Croatia.

Recent highlights have included conducting the LHO in Bach's St. John Passion and Magnificat at Tilford and Handel's La Resurrezione at the Wigmore Hall last Easter, directing the London Mozart Players in Bach and Mendelssohn and appearing on Croatian Television with LHP as well as appearances at the Newbury and Regensburg Festivals and a special collaboration between LHP and the Scottish fiddler, Alasdair Fraser, at the opening of the Spitalfields Winter Festival.

Plans for the 13/14 season include a Canadian tour and further appearances at the Wigmore Hall and the Goettingen Handel Festival with LHP, conducting Israel in Egypt with the LHO, performing and recording Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Luc Beausejour in Montreal and also working there with the McGill University Baroque Orchestra as well as performances of the Spohr Octet and an RDR quartet recording in January 2014.

Adrian is married to the period-instrument flautist and recorder player, Rachel Brown, and they have one daughter.

"Technically and musically, Butterfield is a marvel."
Julie Anne Sadie, Gramophone Magazine, Leclair Book 2, Sept 2013

Kathryn Parry
Violin II

Kathryn Parry read music at Selwyn College, Cambridge, then studied the violin with Howard Davis at the Royal Academy of Music where she won several prizes for chamber music and was awarded the prestigious Dip RAM for ensemble playing. She has performed for music clubs and festivals worldwide, as well as playing with many London orchestras, including the Academy of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, London Mozart Players, Britten Sinfonia and English Touring Opera. Kathryn was a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and then the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and for eight years lived in Edinburgh with her husband and three children.

In the arena of historical performance, Kathryn is a member of Gramophone Award winner La Serenissima and of the string quartet, the Revolutionary Drawing Room, whose new recording of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with Colin Lawson recently reached the dizzy heights of no.17 in the Classical Charts. She also performs regularly with the London Handel Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She teaches at Ipswich School and Latymer Upper School in South West London. She was recently honoured with an ARAM by the Royal Academy of Music in recognition of service to the music profession.

Rachel Stott

Rachel Stott read music at Churchill College, Cambridge and subsequently undertook postgraduate studies in viola at the GSMD. She has since pursued a career as both composer and viola player and has performed across the UK and Europe with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Hanover Band, New Music Players and other contemporary music groups.

Her works have been performed at major London venues, at the Spitalfields, Greenwich, Cheltenham and Swaledale festivals in the UK, and abroad in Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Japan and Slovenia. She has produced a CD, Airborne, of contemporary song which includes two of her own song cycles and features her playing on the viola and viola d'amore. In 2001 she wrote the series Harmony and Invention for BBC Radio 3 and the following year was commissioned by Yorkshire Arts to compose one of four 'Yorkshire Quartets' for the Fitzwilliam String Quartet. In 2003 she was Composer-in-Residence at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, which led to a number of works inspired by observation of medical procedures. In 2004 she composed a children's opera, 'The Cuckoo Tree', based on the book by Joan Aiken, which was premiered in July at the Frome Festival. She has recently completed a second string quartet, 'The Enchanted Lyre' for the Dante String Quartet.

Ruth Alford

Ruth Alford has established herself as a well-respected chamber musician and continuo-cellist with many ensembles and chamber groups in London. She graduated from Manchester University with an honours degree in music and the Proctor Gregg Performance Award after studying cello there with Bernard Gregor-Smith and the Lindsay Quartet. Further studies followed at the Royal Academy of Music in London with David Strange, Amadeus Quartet, Sidney Griller, Jenny Ward-Clarke and also William Pleeth, whilst gaining performing experience in a wide variety of musical genres ranging from solo recitals to jazz and music theatre.

Indeed, Ruth still thrives on a broad musical diet from Baroque to Contemporary as well as sharing her enthusiasm for music through various educational outlets. She performs and records widely throughout Europe, the Far East and America as a principal player and continuo-cellist with the English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Revolutionaire et Romantique and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as chamber ensembles including Brandenburg Consort, The Music Collection, Fiori Musicali, Florilegium, Configure8 and The Revolutionary Drawing Room.

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