Camerata of London Wind Quintet is formed of principal wind players from the orchestra. As a quintet they have made a feature of popular ‘Sunday afternoon tea concerts’ in and around London and the South East. In addition they have given lunchtime concerts at such prestigious venues as St John’s Smith Square alongside section principals from the orchestra's string section, performing such works as Spohr's Nonet. They play a diverse range of music, using repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day, with a typical afternoon tea concert featuring such works as 'Tico Tico non fuba' and 'Music from the Roaring Twenties', alongside works by Ibert, Arrieu, Mozart and Jim Parker. They are equally at home giving a formal music society concert or playing background music for social events such as weddings. Each player also has extensive solo experience, in addition to their work as both chamber and orchestral musician.
Hilary Dennis (oboe) – principal oboist with Camerata of London since its inception, Hilary also works as freelance musician playing in shows and concerts particularly in London and the South East. Concertos with the Camerata of London, Milton Keynes Sinfonia, Surrey Sinfonietta and the London Rehearsal orchestra have included works by Richard Strauss, JS Bach and Alwyn, also the first performance of Alan Clay’s oboe concerto. As a chamber musician she has been a member of Arlequinade trio, Syrinx Octet and the Mildmay Wind Quintet, with performances taking her to the Shetland Islands and Dubai. Recordings with Camerata of London have included a Christmas Album featuring soloists from the Royal Opera House. In addition to playing and teaching she has recently begun work as an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Michelle Andrews (clarinet) – is a busy freelance musician working predominantly in the South East and has performed with the Philharmonia, the Haydn Chamber orchestra and London Mozart players. She has also toured extensively in Europe, including a performance of the Weber Concertino in the Eglise Saint-Merri in Paris. In addition to solo recitals in such places as Stowe and the Barbican she is also a busy chamber musician, having given concerts in the Foreign Office, Wigmore Hall and St James’ Piccadilly. Whilst playing with Sussex Symphony orchestra in the Brighton Dome, composer Paul Carr heard Michelle and was inspired to write his second clarinet concerto for her, which she premiered in October 2011.
Howard Dann (bassoon) – Howard had early success as a chamber musician, winning the ‘June Emerson Launch-pad Prize’ for chamber music with the Emerson Quintet whilst studying for a postgraduate diploma at the Royal College of Music with Martin Gatt. He has played principal bassoon for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on a number of recordings, including two critically acclaimed operas with Opera Rara. With the same orchestra he has performed at Glyndebourne, the Lincoln Centre NY and throughout Europe. Howard has worked with the English National Ballet, English Chamber Orchestra, Swansea City Opera, Bristol Ensemble, Opera de Baugé, Sinfonia Cymru and the New Queens Hall Orchestra. As well as playing the bassoon, Howard is also a drummer and percussionist, playing in a Balkan gypsy folk band. He also has a keen interest in music production, which has led to working with all sorts of styles of music, including world music, jazz, folk, pop and classical.
Martin Grainger (horn) – In addition to playing with Camerata of London, Martin currently holds the position of sub-principal horn with the London Mozart Players, which he combines with a busy freelance career. He has worked with such orchestras as the BBC Symphony and Concert orchestras, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, English National Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. As a chamber musician, Martin also plays with Brass Monkeys Brass Quintet and the Locke Brass consort, as well as the LMP chamber ensemble and Brandenburg Sinfonia. He recently performed Mozart’s second Horn Concerto K417 with Forest Philharmonic, records regularly with the LMP and has played with groups as diverse as progressive rock band ‘The Enid’.
Melanie Jones (regular guest artist, piano) – Following four years at York University, Melanie completed her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in July 2009, where she studied with Malcolm Martineau and Daniel-Ben Pienaar. Melanie has played in venues including The Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square, St James’ Piccadilly, Cheltenham Town Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. Festivals of which she has been a part include the Norwich and Norfolk Festival and the York Late Music Festival. Melanie was a Park Lane Group Young Artist for 2014/15 and has recently performed recitals at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and the Wigmore Hall.