Since its formation in 1996, Concanentes has established itself as one of the leading ensembles specialising in the performance of music from the Middle Ages and the sixteenth century. Winner of the 1998 Bankers' Trust Pyramid Award, Concanentes went on to be selected for the 1999-2000 Classics West Business & Arts Partnership scheme. In 1999 the ensemble appeared in the International Early Music Network Young Artists' Competition and was selected for the late Yehudi Menuhin's Live Music Now! scheme. The year 2000 saw a debut recital in the Purcell Room in London as part of the Intrada series, as well as concerts in the Barcelona and Bruges Early Music Festivals and the National Early Music Showcase. As recommended artists for the 2000-2001 NFMS Concert Promoters' Network, Concanentes gave a number of tours around Britain. These successful performances led to the group being reselected for the 2003-2004 season. Earlier this year Concanentes gave a tour of the Netherlands for the Oude Musiek Organization in Utrecht (where one of their concerts was recorded for a later broadcast on Dutch Radio).

Concanentes has been featured on BBC Radio 3's early music programme Music Restored and Radio 4's Woman's Hour and has worked with actors by providing music for the medieval mystery plays. Their education programmes have led to projects with The Centre for Young Musicians in London, The National Centre for Early Music and The Pied Piper Project in Yorkshire, as well as recitals at a number of Universities in the UK.
Faye Newton joined the postgraduate early music course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1996, where she studied with Jessica Cash, Emma Kirkby and Philip Pickett. She is a founder member of the award-winning ensemble Concanentes, who specialise in medieval and renaissance repertoire and reached the finals of the York International Early Music Network Young Artists' Competition in 1999.

Faye works regularly with the New London Consort, directed by Philip Pickett, with whom she has recently given solo recitals in the Spitalfields Festival 2000, Purcell Room and York Early Music Festival 2001. She has also worked as a soloist with the Musicians of the Globe, Circa 1500, The Gonzaga Band, Quintessential Sackbut and Cornett Ensemble, and as an invited member of The Boston Camerata, directed by Joel Cohen, on the 25th anniversary tour of their Medieval Christmas programme in and around New England.

Faye works in a duo with lutenist Matthew Wadsworth for renaissance lute song recitals. She formed the duo Trobairitz with vielle player Hazel Brooks to specialise in the solo song repertory of the twelfth to the fourteenth century. Trobairitz was a finalist in the Antwerp International Early Music Competition 2000 and took part in the Belgium National Day of Early Music in Alden Biesen, 2001. Concerts in 2002 include a tour of Holland with the Dutch Early Music Network, concerts in Leuven, Belgium and at Beverley Early Music Festival.
Catherine Fleming was a finalist in the 1992 Bath Young Musician of the Year Competition. She went on to read music at the University of Hull where she was awarded the Andrew Brown Memorial Prize in Music (for the highest performance recital mark). Upon graduation she was offered a teaching post in the department coaching the student recorder players in preparation for performances in Beverley Early Music Festival. At the Guildhall School of Music and Drama she studied recorder with Pamela Thorby, baroque oboe with Gail Hennessy and took part in classes with Philip Pickett, Emma Kirkby, Nancy Hadden, David Roblou, Stephen Preston, the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet and the Palladian Ensemble. With guitarist Arngeir Hauksson, she won the 1997 Portallion Chamber Music Prize and in 1999 was a finalist in the Mermaid Chamber Music Prize, as well as winning the Deutsche Bank (formerly Bankers' Trust) Pyramid Award with Concanentes.

In 1996 Catherine formed The Flautadors recorder quartet, which reached the finals of the International Early Music Network Young Artists' Competition in 2001. The ensemble has performed both early and contemporary music in the Wigmore Hall, City of London Festival, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Chelmsford Cathedral and the National Theatre at the South Bank. Their particular interest in Scottish music took them on a tour of Scotland in 2000.

Catherine has given concerto performances, recitals and masterclasses all over the UK and directed workshops for North East Early Music Forum, Grantham Arts Centre, University of Hull and Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln. In 2001 Catherine performed as a guest soloist for the National Chamber Orchestra of Wales. As well as teaching privately, Catherine is deputy head of Tower Hamlets Centre for Young Musicians and works as a recorder tutor for the Music House for Children.
Hazel Brooks studied languages at Clare College, Cambridge, also spending time at universities in Russia and Germany. After graduation, she studied violin at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater 'Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy' inLeipzig. She was then awarded a scholarship to specialise in Early Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she studied baroque and classical violin with Micaela Comberti and won various prizes including the 1997 Christopher Kite Prize and the 1998 Bankers Trust Pyramid Award.

Hazel made her Purcell Room debut in April 2000 and now performs throughout Europe and America. In addition to freelancing with some of the leading period-instrument orchestras, including St James's Baroque, The Sixteen and Ex Cathedra, she appears frequently as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. She has played as a concerto soloist with Bradford Baroque and gives regular recitals with the harpsichordist David Pollock, including venues such as West Dean College, Sussex, St James's, Piccadilly, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She is also a founder member of Trio Mercurio, which specialises in music of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

As a medieval vielle-player, Hazel has participated in medieval masterclasses with Emma Kirkby and Catherine Bott, and studied in France with Shira Kammen, Anne Azema and Joel Cohen. She was a finalist in the York International Early Music Competition 1999 and the Antwerp International Young Artists' Presentation 2000. In addition to Concanentes, Hazel is now a member of the Boston Camerata and the Camerata Mediterranea. She also works with the soprano Faye Newton in the medieval duo Trobairitz, which specialises in the music of the troubadours and trouvères, and whose appearances include the Belgian International Day of Early Music, a Dutch Early Music Network Tour, the Beverley Festival and the Spitalfields Festival.
For further details contact: Catherine Fleming    |    Email: catherine@concanentes.org
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