Our International Artists

Below are details of the artists that played at the festival in May 2021, details of the 2022 lineup will appear when the programme has been finalised.

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Diane Clark – Double Bass

Diane Clark has been a member of the Scottish Ensemble since 1993 as solo double bassist. She spent ten years in London freelancing with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Philharmonia, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and other major orchestras and has also been a member of Manchester Camerata since 2008.

Manon Derome – Violin

Manon Derome was born in Montreal and started the violin at the age of four. Eight years later she entered the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal, where she gained her Premiere Prix de Musique de Chambre in 1982 and won the violin prize in 1984. Two years later, she travelled to London for further studies … Read more

Imogen East – Violin

Imogen East started playing the violin at the age of 6 and won an exhibition to the RCM Junior Department aged 11. When she joined the local youth orchestra the same year, the first piece she played was Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony and she realised that this was the excitement she wanted for life – being … Read more

Clio Gould – Violin

Clio Gould enjoys variety in her career as a violinist and performs as soloist, chamber musician, director and concertmaster internationally and at home in the UK. She has held major and longstanding positions as Concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra , Principal Violin of the London Sinfonietta and Artistic Director of Scottish Ensemble, directing from … Read more

Andres Kalijuste – Viola

Estonian Andres Kaljuste was originally trained as a violinist. In his early twenties, he developed an affection towards the viola and this relationship has flourished ever since. After studies in Sweden Andres went on to work in the UK with orchestras such as the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra both as violinist and violist. He … Read more

Alison Kay – Viola

Alison Kay, viola, grew up in Swansea before graduating in London, and while still studying viola with Jack Glickman at GSMD she was offered a sub-principal position in Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra where she remained for 12 years. During this time, she worked in other orchestras including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, other freelance ensembles … Read more

Helen Keen – Flute

Flautist Helen Keen studied languages at Cambridge University before deciding to make music her career after being awarded a scholarship to Guildhall School of Music and Drama. As well as being a founder-member of the Endymion Ensemble, she was Principal Piccolo with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for fifteen years. She has played guest principal flute … Read more

Rebecca Knight – Cello

As cellist in the Lawson Trio since 2007, Rebecca Knight has performed at London’s Wigmore Hall, South Bank and King’s Place, and given live concert broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Australian Classic FM. The ensemble’s debut CD of newly commissioned British music met with critical acclaim, receiving a 5-star review in BBC Music Magazine. … Read more

Joely Koos – Cello

Joely Koos, cello, has established herself as a versatile and compelling performer, pursuing a varied musical career as soloist, orchestral musician and chamber musician. Joely has appeared at numerous music festivals and is committed to championing new cello works. As soloist she has premiered several works in the last few years including Haddad’s “In Contradiction” … Read more

Karen Jones – Flute

You have most likely heard flautist Karen Jones many times before without realising it, as she has played on most film and commercial scores to have been recorded in London for the past fifteen years, for films such as James Bond, Bridget Jones and Harry Potter. Karen is also principal flute of the London Chamber … Read more

Jonathan Morton – Violin

Jonathan Morton, violin, is a musician equally at home in old and new music who enjoys collaborating with musicians and artists from different traditions. He is Artistic Director at Scottish Ensemble, where his eclectic and engaging programming has been enthusiastically praised by audiences internationally, offering fresh perspectives on familiar repertoire and championing new works. Under … Read more

Sophia Rahman – Artistic Director

Sophia Rahman made the first UK recording of  Florence Price’s piano concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, broadcast on BBC Radio 3. She has also recorded Shostakovich’s piano concerto Op. 35 with the Scottish Ensemble for Linn Records and over thirty chamber music discs for a host of labels. She teaches chamber music … Read more

Rachel van der Tang – Cello

Rachel van der Tang was born in Guernsey & started learning the cello aged 12. She studied at Chetham’s School of Music, the Royal Academy of Music & the Hochschule in Vienna. Whilst she is a member of both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & the City of London Sinfonia, Rachel also works with other major … Read more

Katie Tertell – Cello

A former member of the RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, American cellist Katie Tertell enjoys a rich and varied experience as a freelance artist in the UK, Europe and the United States. In addition to working with leading symphony and chamber orchestras, Katie also performs regularly in chamber music series and festivals internationally. Her … Read more


The Artistic Director reserves the right to find a substitute for any of these artists should it prove necessary to do so.