Lewes Baroquefest Performers

The small county town of Lewes is blessed with a diverse and exceptionally large group of highly talented baroque artists. Both professional and amateur groups flourish in the area. Lewes BaroqueFest will be showcasing top professional virtuoso instrumentalists and singers

Alison Bury

Alison Bury was a founder member and regular leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, appearing and recording with them as leader, soloist and director. As leader of the OAE she was usually to be found at Glyndebourne Festival Opera for performances of the operas of Handel and other baroque composers. In the 2007 season, she led the OAE in the Glyndebourne dramatisation of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and in 2009 she was there for Purcell The Fairy-Queen and Handel Julio Cesare. For the 2012 season, she played with the OAE in Purcell Fairy Queen and Mozart Nozze di Figaro. For over 20 years, Alison was the leader of the English Baroque Soloists and has taken part in numerous recordings and toured in Europe, Australia, the U.S.A. and the Far East, including the Millennium Tour of Bach’s Cantatas.

Alison Bury started playing the baroque violin while a student at the Royal College of Music. After completing her studies there she won a Boise Scholarship to study at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Sandor Vegh and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. While in Austria she performed and recorded with Concentus Musicus of Vienna. Alison also plays with the Raglan Baroque Players and accompanied them on their visit to the Baroque Music Festival in Australia. Recent chamber music activities include performances of the Beethoven Septet with other members of the OAE and recitals with harpsichordists Nicholas Parle, Maggie Cole and Malcolm Proud. She is highly regarded by singers with whom she has worked, including Andreas Scholl and Daniele de Niese, with whom she worked on a recording of Mozart arias.

Additional solo work includes performances and recordings with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Raglan Baroque Players and the Taverner Players

Piers Adams

Piers Adams is one of the greatest recorder players of our age, recognised for his "astonishing, all-out virtuosity" (New York Times), his breadth of repertoire and uniquely compelling style.   His concert tours have taken him to all corners of the globe, performing over 1000 concerts with his iconic baroque quartet Red Priest throughout Europe, North America, Russia, the Middle and Far East, Australia and New Zealand - as well concertos with international symphony and chamber orchestras, festival gigs with the Dodo Street Band, solo recitals and numerous outings on TV, radio and disc. 


Together with former Red Priest cohort, celebrated pianist and harpsichordist, Howard Beach, with whom he has worked for over 30 years, he brings a wealth of stylistic knowledge, creative freedom and an inimitable flair to the music of the past. 

Howard Beach’s uniquely wide-ranging style of keyboard playing has been developed through years of partnering fine musicians in many different fields of music. Since 1989 he has worked regularly with Piers Adams in concert and in the recording studio as both harpsichordist and pianist – including several performances in London's Wigmore Hall and tours throughout Europe, Canada and the Far East. He has also performed and recorded as a concerto soloist and continuo player with Les Arts Florissants, the Apollo Chamber Orchestra and the London Mozart Players, and has been consultant and performer for Channel 4 TV.

For a decade from 2000-2010 Howard formed an integral part of the iconic baroque quartet Red Priest, recording four acclaimed CDs, touring the world and appearing on radio and TV - including the South Bank Show, for which occasion he fashioned some noteworthy facial topiary.

Since leaving Red Priest Howard has pursued an eclectic career, working as accompanist, repetiteur, teacher, massage therapist and vendor of fine perfumes. He was also for several years tenor soloist at the iconic St Bartholomew's church in Brighton, known as the Cathedral of the South East. His concert and recording activities have continued, in particular in duo with guitarist Richard Durrant, and with his new trio Purcell’s Muse, with ex-Red Priest violinist Julia Bishop and soprano Ana Maria Rincon. They have just recorded their first programme, of music by Handel, Bach and Purcell.

Howard Beach
Maggie Cole

American born, Maggie Cole enjoys an international musical life playing and recording on harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano. Resident in England, she is best known through numerous recitals on BBC Radio 3 and appearances at leading British festivals. Abroad, she has performed in venues from Seattle to Moscow, and from Finland to India. In addition to a busy solo career, she enjoys duo partnerships with Michael Chance countertenor, Nancy Argenta and Julia Gooding sopranos, Philippa Davies flute, Steven Isserlis cello and Catherine Mackintosh violin. She also performs regularly with Trio Goya, her fortepiano trio with Kati Debretzeni and Sebastian Comberti, the Nash Ensemble, Britten Sinfonia and her Cambridge USA - based group The Sarasa Chamber Ensemble. With Sarasa, she has been able to extend her love of teaching to the development of a program which brings music, improvisation and poetry into facilities for youth offenders.

Maggie's recordings on harpsichord include Bach's Goldberg Variations, Soler Keyboard Sonatas, Poulenc's Concert Champêtre, Boccherini Sonatas with Steven Isserlis, Bach flute sonatas with Philippa Davies and the complete Bach violin sonatas with Catherine Mackintosh. On fortepiano, her CD of Haydn trios with Trio Goya will be followed soon by a recording of the Opus 1 Beethoven trios. On modern piano, Maggie has recently released a CD of music by Philippe Gaubert with flautist, Idit Shemer.

Maggie is a professor of fortepiano at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and teaches early keyboards at Dartington International Summer School.