Martin Seymour

Martin is the Director of Music at Romsey Abbey where the 900-year-old singing tradition continues to this day. An experienced tutor, composer and church musician his time is spent training upper and changing voices as well as running the busy music department including organising a hectic concert schedule. In non-COVID times Martin conducts a chamber choir in France and has been an abcd national council member for several years. In his spare time he continues to enjoy working on Italian and vintage motorcycles.

The Gesualdo Six

The Gesualdo Six is an award-winning British vocal ensemble comprising some of the UK’s finest consort singers, directed by Owain Park. Praised for their imaginative programming and impeccable blend, the ensemble formed in 2014 for a performance of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories in Cambridge and has gone on to perform at numerous major festivals across the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. Notable highlights include a concert as part of the distinguished Deutschlandradio Debut Series, and collaborations with the Brodsky Quartet, London Mozart Players, Luxmuralis, William Barton and Matilda Lloyd.

The ensemble integrates educational work into its activities, regularly holding workshops for young musicians and composers. The Gesualdo Six has curated two Composition Competitions, with the 2019 edition attracting entries from over three hundred composers around the world. The group have recently commissioned new works from Joanna Ward, Kerensa Briggs, Deborah Pritchard, Joanna Marsh, and Richard Barnard alongside coronasolfège for 6 by Héloïse Werner.

Videos of the ensemble performing a diverse selection of works filmed in Ely Cathedral have been watched by millions online. The group released their debut recording English Motets on Hyperion Records in early 2018 to critical acclaim, followed by a festive album of seasonal favourites in late 2019, Christmas and an album of compline-themed music titled Fading which was awarded Vocal & Choral Recording of the Year 2020 by Limelight.

Rakesh Joshi

Rakesh is Artistic Director of two Indian choirs: BHARATIYA VRUND GAAN – BVG: The Indian Choir of England and SHIVA – The Indian Youth Choir of England, the first Indian choirs in the UK.

He has been Music Educator at the Bhavan Centre, Manchester, since 2000 and is also Artistic Director of RAGA JYOTI, a traditional Indian orchestra.

He has performed music concerts across the USA, India, Europe and the UK and composed Indian music for well-known musicians, dancers and choir. Past music collaboration workshops include the Hallé, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and the Royal Northern College of Music. He is currently engaged in doctoral research into Indian music at the University of Salford.