Seb Marshall / clarinet
Chloe Barnes / oboe
Max Boothby / french horn
Angel Pareja-Franciso / flute
Beatriz Carvalho / bassoon
The Tempest Ensemble was set up in 2019 and is formed of postgraduate musicians studying at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). In the short time they have been playing together, the ensemble has had the pleasure of working with tutors including Laura Jellicoe, Adam McKenzie, and Kevin Gowland.
Ángel Pareja Francisco is currently in the second and final year of his Masters of Music, studying flute, at the RNCM, and was the recipient of the Helen Rachael Mackaness Charitable Trust Award 2018-19 and the Waverly Fund 2019-20. Prior to his studies at the RNCM, Ángel completed his undergraduate degree at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, where he was taught by Professors William Dowdall and Patricia Morris. Included within Ángel’s extensive orchestral accomplishments are performances with the BBC Philharmonic for BBC 3, and for a number of other international broadcasting companies. In February, Ángel was awarded first prize and the title ‘Young Musician of the Year' at the Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Festival, and was invited to play in the Mrs Sunderland Festival Gala Concert at Huddersfield Town Hall. Ángel is an active chamber musician. In addition to the Tempest Ensemble, regularly performs with both the Belspa Ensemble and JAG-Trio. Ángel has had the opportunity to take part in masterclasses with a number of acclaimed flautists including Sir James Galway, and has performed under the baton of conductors such as Andrew Gourlay, Elim Chan, Kenneth Montgomery, and Clark Rundell.
Seb Marshall is a clarinettist, who returned to Manchester to study for a Masters of Music at the RNCM in 2018, following a two-year period of freelancing in London after graduating from the University of Manchester in 2016 with a first-class honours degree in music. Seb is actively involved in local music, not only as a clarinettist, but also as a conductor; he has recently performed with the Hallé in Bridgewater Hall and played principal clarinet with the Stafford Choral Society. He is currently the Musical Director of the Warrington Musical Society, and the Manchester University Barbershop Singers ladies’ chorus. While a student at Manchester University, Seb enjoyed playing a key role in the music society, often playing principal clarinet with the University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra, and also led the University of Manchester Wind Orchestra. In October 2015 he appeared as clarinet soloist in Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie with the University of Manchester Symphony Orchestra, and in March 2016 gave the world première of a newly commissioned double concerto for clarinet, sheng, and chamber orchestra.
Beatriz Carvalho has been into music from a very young age, and started the bassoon when she was seven. Before starting her Masters of Music at the RNCM in September 2019, Beatriz studied as an orchestral bassoonist under the tutelage of Roberto Erculiani and Vera Dias at Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra (ANSO), in Lisbon. Currently, Beatriz is studying under the prestigious bassoon tutors Stefano Canuti and Roberto Giaccaglia, and this year became a Leverhulme Arts Scholar. Whilst at ANSO, Beatriz had the opportunity to perform under the direction of a number of conductors including Kristjan Järvi, Evengy Bushkov, Magnus Lindberg, and Enrico Onofri, among many others. Beatriz has a keen interest in chamber music, and has performed in a multitude of ensembles exploring a variety of repertoire outside of and in addition to wind quintets.
Max Boothby completed his undergraduate degree at the RNCM, and is currently in his first year of a Masters of Music, studying French horn, gratefully supported by the John Fewkes Scholarship. During his time at the RNCM, Max has had numerous opportunities to play with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra, including repertoire such as Mahler’s 4th and 9th and Brahms’ 1st and 2nd Symphonies, and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe. With this ensemble, Max has performed most notably in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and at Montepulciano’s Cantirere internazionale d’arte 2019. Outside of the RNCM, Max has also performed with Manchester Camerata, Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Manchester, Michael Haydn Orchestra, and Northern Film Orchestras, and has taken part in workshops and masterclasses with The Hallé, Opera North, and Netherlands Wind Ensemble. Max is very much looking forward to performing Mozart’s Horn Concerto No 4 in March 2021 with the Oldham Symphony Orchestra.
Chloe Barnes read music at Christ Church College, Oxford before beginning her Masters of Music, studying oboe, at the RNCM this year, where she is a grateful recipient of the John Fewkes Scholarship. Whilst at Oxford, Chloe held the Ensemble Isis New Music Scholarship, which allowed her to take part in workshops with composers including David Blake, Bent Sørensen, and Tristan Murail. Additionally, she was awarded the William Ewald Exhibition for performance and an academic scholarship from Christ Church. Outside of Chloe’s academic pursuits, she was principal oboe of the Oxford University Orchestra and New Chamber Opera, and had the opportunity to play a wide range of core orchestral repertoire including Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique under the baton of Daniel Harding, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the chorus of Queen’s College. Chloe enjoys spending time in the outdoors, particularly with her four dogs, and is passionate about environmental conservation. She is a member of the Orchestra for the Earth (OFE) which raises funds and awareness through music inspired by nature and landscape. With OFE, Chloe has performed at the Eden Project’s 2019 Arts Festival and the Gustav Mahler Festival 2017-2019 in Steinbach am Attersee, and will be performing at the 2020 Mahler Festival at the Concertgebouw.
The Tempest Ensemble appears by kind permission of the RNCM.