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Ryan Wigglesworth

Ryan Wigglesworth is a pianist, conductor and composer.

He was born in Wincobank, Sheffield, attended King Edward VII School and was a Cathedral choirboy. After that he went to Charterhouse School then was organ scholar at New College Oxford.

Ryan went to Guildhall and lectured at Corpus Christi Cambridge for 2 years. He made his conducting debut in Sheffield during the summer of 2014 with the Halle as their Principle Guest Conductor and will be back in the coming seasons.

Elizabeth Watts

Elizabeth Watts was a chorister at Norwich Cathedral and studied archaeology at Sheffield University before attending the Royal College of Music and studying with Lillian Watson. She graduated in 2005 with distinction and was awarded the ‘Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother’ Rose Bowl for outstanding achievement.

Elizabeth won the 2006 Kathleen Ferrier Prize, the 2007 Outstanding Young Artist Award at the Cannes “MIDEM Classique Awards” and gained international recognition at the 2007 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, winning the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize and becoming a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

In the 10/11 season she performed for the Welsh National Opera and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
In 2011 she won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and was appointed as an Artist in Residence at London’s South-bank Centre.