Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome international prize-winning violinist Miriam Davis! Miriam is a British violinist based in Norway. She performs extensively throughout the world, both as a soloist as well as in various chamber ensembles, and has won numerous international competitions – including a First Prize at the International Grand Virtuoso Competition (May 2019). Other recent prizes include 1st prize from IMKA competition, Virtuoso Belcanto International Competition dedicated to Paganini, and the North Online International Competition. Recent solo performance venues include Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Royal Albert Hall and Stavanger Konserthus, among many others.
At the young age of 12, Miriam performed as concertmaster of
the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, in concert at the Queen
Elizabeth Hall (London). At the age of 13 she was accepted to the National
Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, in which she went on to perform as Co-Leader
at the BBC proms in Royal Albert Hall London. Since 2017, Miriam has studied
with renowned French violinist, Philippe Graffin, including receiving her
Artist Diploma at Hague Royal Conservatory in 2018.
Miriam’s greatest passion lies in the Romantic and Early 20th Century repertoire, whilst still enjoying a versatile spectrum of musical
styles — ranging from the Baroque to new, personally commissioned works from contemporary
composers. She is also currently embarked on a Debut CD recording, featuring
several of the Ysaÿe Solo Sonatas. Miriam performs regularly with leading Dutch
pianist, Jelger Blanken; 2020 saw a return to her native UK in concerto
engagements, USA debut concert and further upcoming concert-tours.
Polyphony Arts is delighted to welcome Edwin Roxburgh to the Polyphony Arts team!
Distinguished composer and virtuoso oboist,
Edwin has won numerous prizes and Fellowships. As a student, he was recipient
of the Elgar Trust Award through a BBC Symphony Orchestra commission, as well
as a British Academy Award for his Oboe Concerto, An Elegy for Ur, and a Cobbett
Medal for Services to Chamber Music.
musical works encompass a broad range of instrumental setting, adventuring
through a variety of sophisticated, fascinating sound worlds. His work Saturn, with a tribute to Holst,
explores the mythical characters of its moons and satellites, in “an epic
orchestral and electronic space-scape effortlessly blending Roxburgh’s
understanding of Boulez and Stockhausen with a Birtwistle-like sense of ritual”
(The Wire). He awaits a performance
of his opera Abelard (libretto
by Edwin and Julie Roxburgh), published by United Music Publishing under the
auspices of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. Other commissions include How
Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear, for narrator and orchestra, produced on ITV’s Aquarius with Vincent Price and
Diana Menuhin as narrators. Recordings of Edwin’s works are available on
various prestigious labels, including NMC, Naxos, Warehouse and Metier.
his busy career as a composer, Edwin’s artistic activities include performing,
conducting and teaching. He is currently a visiting tutor and researcher at the
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, where he
was awarded an Honorary Fellowship, and has conducted numerous premieres – originally with
the Twentieth Century Ensemble of London, which he founded, and later with
several other principal orchestras of the UK.
Polyphony Arts is delighted to be working with a new, exciting company: The Come and Sing Company (CASC)! CASC brings people together in song, with the aim of creating tailor-made musical workshops and events to help people connect through music. To deliver this, CASC’s exceptional team of performers, conductors, workshop leaders (and more!) share decades of musical experience.
Co-founded by Tom Appleton and Elenor Bowers-Jolley, CASC’s clients include the National Trust, Silver Spoon, Wexford Mental Health Association, Snape Maltings, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Wellington College, among many others. With Norfolk Music Hub (NMHub), CASC brought 27 primary schools together in a fusion of Norfolk folksongs and the music of South Asia. Among the numerous projects, a partnership with Arts and Gardens (supported by the National Trust) gave rise to ‘Lyveden New Bield–A Secret Concert’ and ‘Come and Sing in Secret’, with the aim of making a visitor’s experience closer to founder Thomas Tresham’s original vision for the site, whilst better connecting with the local, regional and national audience.
CASC led a number of other events, such as choral workshops for adult choirs, vocal and conducting technique CPD sessions for teachers, prep school choral days, come and sing Disney/musicals, health and wellbeing sessions, and many teambuilding days for businesses.
Polyphony Arts is thrilled to welcome composer and all-round artist Edward Cowie! Described as ‘one of the most distinctive musical minds of our time’ (Observer), Cowie’s music frequently fuses his rich knowledge and interest in science, nature and the visual arts. Many of his works are preceded by pre-compositional drawings—many of which have been presented in numerous public exhibitions; in addition, studies and collaborations with leading physicists led to a body of new works that directly translate scientific theory and experiment into music.
Edward Cowie has been a composer in Association with the BBC
Singers (2003-5), and the first Artist in Residence with the Royal Society for
the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Among Edward’s prestigious successes as a
composer, his numerous awards include a Gulbenkian Award to study at The Royal
Ballet, The Radcliffe International Composer’s Prize and a Chopin Fellowship to
study with Lutosławski in Poland. His work for television has included a major
film on Edward Lear for Granada TV, and his acclaimed BBCTV2 film ‘Leonardo of
1986’. As an academic, Edward has held major professorships in two Australian
and one British University; his reputation continues to grow worldwide, and new
CDs emerge with high praise and appreciation.
We are very excited to welcome Duo Tandem (Necati Emirzade and Mark Anderson) to Polyphony Arts’ performers! The instrumental guitar duo, with an emphasis on story-telling through music, has been hailed as “trad[ing] musical ideas back and forth so effortlessly” by Classical Guitar Magazine and described as “pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on classical guitars,” by Minor7th.
Their shared artistic vision blends their distinct,
individual cultural backgrounds into a unique, combined musical voice. The duo
formed in 2012, while studying at the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory of
Music. Since then, the ensemble captivated audiences with performances across
both the United States as well as Europe. Recent engagements include their
album “Watching the World Go By”, chosen by Blair Jackson (editor of Classical
Guitar Magazine) as a top-ten 2018 album. In 2020, Duo Tandem will release a
further album on the Naxos label, and will include the Cypriot composer Kemal