Classic Rhythm has met with astonishing success, playing to sell-out audiences all over the UK as well as broadcasting on Classic FM and being featured on BBC2.
Audiences are always fascinated by the vast array of instruments: from marimba to tam-tam, from piccolo to cabasa, they are brilliantly woven into a sparkling evening’s entertainment.
The group combines the talents of Helen O’Connell (flute, piccolo and recorders), Adrian Sutcliffe (piano and keyboards) and Chris Brannick (percussion – tuned and untuned), all of whom studied at the Royal Academy of Music and were prizewinners in their various fields. All three are widely travelled musicians – between them they have performed at all the major concert venues in the UK, as well as travelling further afield to Africa, the Far East, the USA and all parts of Europe.
Helen studied flute and recorder at the Royal Academy of Music, where she gained the Recital Diploma, together with many prizes for solo playing, ensemble work and baroque performance. As a professional flautist she has played in most of the country’s top venues, in West End shows and has featured on both Classic FM and BBC Radio. Alongside performing she has enjoyed many years of teaching. One of her current posts specialises in teaching blind and visually impaired students.
Adrian’s work has ranged from solo performances in Eastern Europe and New Zealand to frequent performances at the Royal Opera House and West End Shows, whilst his compositions and arrangements have been featured on Classic FM, BBC television and at Sadler’s Wells. As an examiner and trainer for ABRSM he has travelled from Africa to the Middle and Far East to the USA, India and China.
Chris is an adventurous performer with a taste for the eclectic. He is a founder member of the leading contemporary percussion group Ensemble Bash, performs in cabaret with his show The Brannick Academy, and he acts, composes and arranges. He holds both maths and music degrees, is a professor of percussion and until recently was CEO of the Newham Music Trust, an educational charity.
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