Sergio Bucheli – Lute

Born in Mexico City, Sergio Bucheli started playing the classical guitar before moving to the UK to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School. His studies there were funded by the Rolling Stones and the British Music and Dance Scheme. Since September 2016, Sergio has been dedicated full time to the study of the lute family and was awarded the ABRSM Scholarship to pursue his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Elizabeth Kenny. Recent highlights have included playing continuo for Royal Academy of Music Opera production of Handel’s Semele as well as accompanying Rachel Podger in the launch of the 2019 Brecon Baroque Festival. Sergio is also an accomplished cook and was Head of Catering for the 2018 Alderney Chamber Music Festival.

Charlotte Victoria La Thrope – Soprano

English soprano Charlotte La Thrope graduated with first class honours in Music from the University of Durham, majoring in performance, and in her final year received ‘Most Outstanding Soloist’ award. She then studied on the Masters course at Royal Academy of Music and graduated in 2018 with distinction. Charlotte currently learns with Lillian Watson and Christopher Glynn. This year Charlotte is particularly excited to be joining the Monteverdi Choir as one of it’s 2018/19 apprentices.

Alice Trocellier – Viola da Gamba

Born in Paris but now established in England, Alice Trocellier specialises in performance and research of the viol and its repertoire. Whilst undertaking her BA in musicology at the University of Bristol, she was awarded best performance and best dissertation prizes for her work on French musical taste in early 18th-century viol music. Alice just finished her Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Jonathan Manson, thanks to the generous support of the Countess of Munster Trust. Twice co-winner of the Nancy Nuttall Prize, her keen interest for French 18th century music has lead her to explore this repertoire in chamber music settings with her two ensembles Les Laurentines and Theodora. Performance highlights include a performance of François Couperin’s three Leçons de Ténèbres with Les Laurentines (Raynham Hall, Norfolk), and recitals with Theodora (Utrecht Early Music Fringe Festival, MA Brugge Fringe Festival).

Louise Ayrton – Violin

Raised in France, Louise Ayrton is a violinist specialising in historical performance. After studying Philosophy at Trinity College Cambridge, she completed a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music where she was fully supported by the Enlightenment and Christopher Hogwood scholarships. She has taken part in orchestral projects and masterclasses with Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, Laurence Cummings, Margaret Faultless and Rachel Podger. In April 2016, she made her St John’s Smith Square debut with Voces8 and Les Inventions and also appears on the Signum Classics record “A Purcell Collection”. In November 2018, she took part in the Toyota Classics 2018 Asia tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Recent achievements include winning the 2017 Mica Comberti Bach Prize, performing a solo recital at Wigmore Hall as part of the final of the 2018 Royal Academy Patrons Award and co-winning the 2018 Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize. Louise is looking forward to performing a solo recital in September 2019 at Raynham Hall as part of the Rising Stars series.