September 12, 2020
The principal players of Devon Baroque visit Wellhayes on the occasion of their 20th anniversary.
Gay Amherst, ‘Cello
Andrew Wilson-Dickson, Harpsichord
The Orchestra’s Leader and Artistic Director is Persephone Gibbs. Persephone has been leading the orchestra for the last two years. Born in the USA, she studied at Juilliard and gained degrees in English and law before moving to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music. Hailed as a ‘rising star of the baroque violin’, Persephone is leader, soloist and occasional director of the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists and Charivari Agréable and is guest leader with Florilegium and the Feinstein Ensemble. Her recent featured appearances include the Globe Theatre’s production of L’Ormindo and the Glorious Georges festival at Kensington Palace. Persephone is a member of the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort and regularly presents gigs with her chamber group Gut Instinct.
The Orchestra’s Director, Andrew Wilson-Dickson, trained as a pianist and organist (with John Lill and Nicholas Danby) at Cambridge and York Universities while maintaining a strong interest in composition. On these instruments and on harpsichord he has performed and recorded widely, from the UK to Ireland to Croatia, France and Germany. Since moving to Cardiff he founded the Welsh Baroque Orchestra which brings period instrument playing to Wales, alongside the Welsh Camerata choir which specialises in early repertoire. On retirement from teaching at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama he pursues active careers in playing, conducting and composing.
Devon Baroque concerts are renowned for sparkling performances complemented with fun and informative talks from Directors Persephone Gibbs and Andrew Wilson-Dickson.