Commonwealth Musician of the Year, First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition, Huw Wiggin is one of the most popular saxophonists of his generation. Highlights of 2016 include the commissioning of a Saxophone concerto, appearances at Brighton, Newbury and Ripon festivals, a return visit to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the release of a concerto CD. He was born in Reading in 1986 and studied at Chethams School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, graduating in 2008 with a 1 st Class honours degree. Subsequently he studied in Cologne and at the Royal College of Music. Awards include a Star Award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, a Music Education Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund and a Martin Musical Scholarship Award. In 2012 Huw was selected as a Park Lane Group Artist. He is professor of saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is leader of the Ferio Saxophone Quartet and regularly performs with them in the UK and abroad.
South Korean born New Zealand pianist, Somi Kim graduated this year from the Royal Academy of Music with an Advanced Diploma in Performance, receiving the HRH Princess Alice The Duchess of Gloucester's Prize for exemplary studentship. Last year Somi gained her Master of Arts with Distinction, receiving a DipRAM and the Christian Carpenter Prize for the Best Recital. Somi is the winner of several prestigious prizes for accompanists. She is sought after as a chamber musician, song accompanist and répétiteur. She is an artist for the Park Lane Group, Kirckman Concert Society, Concordia Foundation and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.