About us

Margaret Faultless "Maggie's tuition was phenomenal!"

Margaret Faultless performs music from Monteverdi to the present day, but is best-known as a performer of eighteenth-century repertoire and historical performance practice. With a reputation as a distinguished leader and director of both period instrument and modern orchestras, Margaret is also instrumental in fostering the talents of the next generation of musicians in her capacities as Head of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, Director of Performance at the University of Cambridge and Director of Studies for the European Union Baroque Orchestra. For over twenty years she has been a co-leader of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directing the orchestra on a regular basis; she also plays a significant role in their education programme for young professionals. For twelve years, Margaret led the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, notably as concert-master and soloist in their ten-year project to perform and record J.S Bach's Cantatas. As Artistic director of Music for Awhile she shapes the artistic programme of the ensemble including its annual Summer Festival. A passionate chamber musician, she was a member of the London Haydn Quartet for ten years, and played in a duo focusing on the sonatas of Beethoven and Brahms, investigating nineteenth-century performance traditions. Margaret also lectures on performance practice, her special interests being leadership and social interactions in ensembles before the age of silent conducting. She is an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music.

Olwen Foulkes

Olwen Foulkes, whilst known professionally primarily for her recorder playing, has been an enthusiastic dancer since she was small. Whilst a student at the RAM, she became impassioned with Baroque dance, particularly to inform instrumentalists how to understand the character and stress of the works they perform. She currently gives lectures on eighteenth-century dance and ornamentation at the Royal Academy of Music.
On the recorder Olwen released her debut album ‘Directed by Handel’ on Barn Cottage Records in Winter 2017. Olwen was selected as a Handel House Talent artist in 2015 and she particularly enjoys programming chamber recitals for intimate venues such as the Foundling Museum and the Wallace Collection with her regular duo partner, harpsichordist Nathaniel Mander and chamber group Flauti d’echo. In larger settings, Olwen has performed with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, La Serenissima, and Hampstead Garden Opera.

Lucy Robinson and Andrew Wilson-Dickson

Marnaves Summer Baroque is organised by the husband and wife team of Lucy Robinson (BA (York), PhD (Cantab)) and Andrew Wilson-Dickson (LRAM, ARCO, MA, Mus B (Cantab), D Phil (York)) who have been involved in early music for many years: performing, teaching and enabling.

Lucy is passionate about performing Baroque music on historically accurate instruments, not only studying the techniques of the time but also exploring the environment in which it was written - even what the musicians read and ate. While completing her PhD on the Forquerays, Lucy studied at the Brussels Conservatoire with Wieland Kuijken. Lucy has subsequently performed in venues from the Wigmore Hall to Fez to Sydney Opera House. Lucy has an international reputation for her research into Baroque music, especially into the viol and French music. She has published editions of Bach (Faber) and Couperin (Le Pupitre), and over 20 articles for The New Grove; she reviews regularly for Early Music. After 12 years as Head of Postgraduate Studies and Research at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama - where she currently teaches the viol - she has recently published a cookery book: The Grain-free Vegetarian.

Andrew's interest in historical performance practice arose from the collision of the experiences of teaching at University (Leicester) and Music College (Cardiff). Although primarily a composer, he has always been seduced by the colours and articulation of baroque period instruments, which he evokes by playing solo and continuo music for harpsichord and organ. In South Wales, Andrew conducts the Welsh Camerata, a choir dedicated to the performance of a wide variety of period music. He is also at the centre of the period orchestra Devon Baroque. He recently completed a reconstruction of JS Bach's St Mark Passion for performance in Cardiff in 2016.

Tim Soar

Tim Soar is an Alexander Technique teacher with many years' experience working with musicians. He has a particular reputation for the quality of his hands-on work. Tim divides his working time between Alexander teaching and making viols, and he is nearing the end of a major commission for a ground-breaking set of five late-sixteenth-century viols. Tim is an amateur recorder player, viol player and Aikido practitioner.