We have recently been working with:
Will Collett (Visual Artist)
Thanet based artist Will originally started as a fashion stylist, working for various brands on visual shoots in London. Photography and visual art was always more of a hobby, creating obscure and unseen views of local towns and street art. This project offers Will the chance to branch out into devising and producing workshops, creating the sculptures and visuals which are an important element of the Flotsam event.
Anna Drysdale (French Horn)
Anna is a London-based hornplayer, regularly broadcast on Radio 3 with ensembles including National Youth Jazz Orchestra (BBC Proms) and Royal Northern Sinfonia (Sage Gateshead). She is passionate about solo playing, appearing solo for the British Horn Society and with the Amadè Players, and about travel, having recently toured the Baltics with EUYO, Germany with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and La Scala Milan with Spira Mirabilis.
Depi Gorgogianni (Choreography)
Depi is a Dancer and a Movement Director. She worked with the choreographers Miguel Verdecia, Gerrard Martin, Jorge Crecis, Jo Meredith, David Lakein, and Mariela Nestora (YELP danceco). Depi trained at Rallou Manou Professional Dance School and was selected for a professional development with Jasmin Vardimon Company. She holds an MA in Movement Studies from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. As choreographer, Depi worked alongside Siân Williams at Shakespeare’s Globe for the productions; Measure for Measure and A Misummer Night's Dream directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Other credits include Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour directed by Vicky Featherstone (production of SFP & NT, Duke Of York’s Theatre).
Patricia Hammond (Mezzo Soprano, Autoharp)
Mezzo-soprano Patricia Hammond was born in a small town on the West Coast of Canada, to parents who worked in marine salvage, popularly known as 'Beachcombing'. She has been collecting old sheet music since the age of nine, and making cassettes out of old 78s since the age of ten. She has sung in opera in Wexford and Athens, solos under Sir Simon Rattle, and was featured on BBC Four TV demonstrating an Edison Tone Test, and the making of a cylinder. Her CDs are frequently played on the radio and she has just taken up the nose-flute, to her neighbours' disgust. Her book on women Parlour-song composers, with accompanying CD, will be out later this year on Valley Press.
Jon Musgrave (Piano)
Jonathan studied at the Royal College of Music and is now active as piano soloist, accompanist and repetiteur. He has performed in venues including the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall, to critical acclaim. He has a particular attraction to early 20th-century British music, and has edited the manuscripts of Ivor Gurney.
Davide Stramaglia (Roland Piano)
David goes by the name of David's Pianosound. He started playing piano at fourteen. He studied at classical music at the Civic Music Institute, Alba, the Antonio Vivaldi Conservatory in Alessandria and jazz at the Music School in Asti (Italy). His experience covers pop, rock, folk, blues, funk and latin music. Davide moved to London in 2012 where he began composing and he now performs all over Europe, in prestigious concert venues such as Berlin Philarmonic Hall to public pianos at St Pancras Station. His arrangement of Pirates of the Caribbean/Game of thrones together went viral with over a million hits. His first album was published in 2017 and his latest gets airplay worldwide.
Steve Tasane (Novelist, Poet)
Steve has been poet in residence at Battersea Dogs Home, Hamleys Toy Shop, Maidstone United Football Club and the Dickens 2012 Bicentennial Celebrations. He has two novels published by Walker Books, Blood Donors and Nobody Saw No One, the latter being one of the Guardian Children's Books of the Year. His latest novel Child I was published by Faber in May 2018
Mark Mr T Thompson (Poet)
Performer. Educator. Creative. The order of priority certainly changes, but these are the three professional pillars on which Mark’s career has been built. Whether he’s singing backing vocals to two thousand people at London’s Scoop, covering a year eight PSHE lesson to twenty-nine as a supply teacher, or crafting a new workshop or poem alone, I am usually leaning on at least two of these skill base. Mark has been a youth worker, a professional actor, a drama teacher and spoken word performer, using it to facilitate workshops on culture, identity and poetics since before he published his first collection ‘Mixed Messages’ in 2009. Mark as toured internationally, as far afield as Johannesburg, and has appeared in London venues from the Hackney Empire to the Paralympics.
‘Philosophers can keep interpreting the world, it’s us who needs to change it!’
Lou Yates (Actor, Landscape Designer, Singer)
Lou Yates studied Landscape Architecture at University before becoming a professional actress, like you do. Offered an Equity card to play a lead in a new musical, she has spent the last 25 years getting a pain in the neck and so tries not to look back. Having worked in theatre and television all over the UK , the USA and Europe, she now concentrates on designing gardens in and around SE19. As an accomplished jazz singer she can’t resist a good acoustic. She still has a theatrical agent... Allegedly.
Rosemary Yung (Musician - Pipa)
Rosemary honed her skills at the age of 8 and through years of training at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. She has been touring and performing in Europe since 2005. Her music is peaceful and therapeutic, while bringing a subtle twist of Western elements to the classical Chinese style.
As well as our core team, we also work or perform with a wide range of practitioners who fill the gaps in our portfolio of experience. These have included…
Claire Booker - poet, dramatist
Graham Campbell - poet
Jazzman John Clarke - beat poet
Hayley Don Hill - actor
Dylan Fox - artist, provocateur, activist
Kate Fox - poet
Leah Georges - Limb to Limb
Racheal Joseph - poet, actor
Fran Landesman - poet, librettist
Lorna McGinty - actor, arts education practitioner
Agnes Meadows - poet
David Mosey - singer songwriter
Mel Nugent - restaurateur
John Paul O’Neill - poet
Jessie Pie - musician
Jonathan Pigram - artist
Jonathan Polkest - artist
Jo Shapcott - poet
Mel Simpson - dancer, choreographer
Ian Toothill - musician
Sarah Mae Tuson - writer, editor