Jennifer Brown – Clarinet
Jennifer Brown, grew up in Helensburgh in the west of Scotland. She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and at the Indiana University School of Music with James Campbell.
She was Principal Clarinettist with the Orquestra do Algarve, Portugal, for four years, before returning to Scotland in 2006. She has freelanced with orchestras including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. As soloist with the Orquestra do Algarve Jennifer has performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, both Krommer Concertos for two clarinets, and the Mercadante Concerto for clarinet, bassoon and flute. She has performed the Strauss Duet-Concertino for clarinet and bassoon with the Helensburgh Orchestral Society.
As a chamber musician Jennifer has performed at the Algarve International Festival, at the Aldeburgh Festival, in St-Martin-In-the-Fields Church, and has broadcast on BBC Radio 3. With Trio Ecossaise she has given numerous concerts for music societies across Scotland including a tour of venues across Argyll and Bute and performances at Glasgow University and at the Jacqueline du Pre Concert Hall in Oxford.
Jennifer has a strong interest in music education and community music projects. She has performed for Live Music Now!, an organisation set up by Yehudi Menuhin to bring music to venues and people who do not have easy access to concerts, and has recently been involved in training musicians on the LMN! scheme. She also works for Music in Hospitals and trains school teachers
Elena Xanthoudakis – Soprano
Greek-Australian Soprano, Elena Xanthoudakis has been based in Scotland for nearly a decade, coming back to her family roots in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Elena has performed for prestigious operatic companies such as ENO, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival, Scottish Opera, Opera North and the BBC Proms and sung with many orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, RSNO, OAE, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Melbourne Symphony and the London Philharmonica. A versatile artist, Elena is also at home on the recital platform and is passionate about bringing chamber works written for Piano, Voice and Clarinet to new audiences.
After studying in Melbourne and Florence, Elena completed her Master of Music with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and has won over 80 first prizes in singing compeitions in both Australia and Internationally including the Maria Callas International Grand Prix (Oratorio – Lied), and the Salzburg International Mozart Competition.
Claire Haslin – Piano
Claire Haslin comes from Glasgow, where she studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with Jean Hutchison. There she won prizes for Solo and Chamber music, including the Peter Morrison Prize for All Round Excellence and represented the Academy in recital tours of Iceland and Russia. Claire then completed the Advanced Solo Studies course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Paul Roberts, and whilst there was chosen to represent the college in the Paxos Chamber Music Festival. In 1997 she won the prestigious Sir Henry Richardson Award for piano accompaniment, and she has subsequently performed throughout Britain and Europe, including at the Purcell Room (London), the Edinburgh Festival, the Montalcino Festival in Italy and the Queen’s Hall (Edinburgh).
Claire is very active both as an instrumental and song accompanist encompassing a wide variety of music, from accompanying Ann Murray at the Vivartes Festival in Surrey and Christine Cairns at an Opera Gala in Ayr, to touring Switzerland with a group of cabaret singers and playing chamber music recitals for music societies throughout Scotland. She is a staff repetiteur at Scottish Opera, a Crear Scholar, and holds accompaniment and teaching posts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow University music department, and the music school of Douglas Academy, as well as accompanying the NYCoS Training Choir.