Naomi is Head of Saxophone at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She studied at Chetham’s School of Music, the Royal College of Music and Northwestern University, Chicago. She has performed across the UK as part of the Countess of Muster Recital Scheme and also for ‘Live Music Now!’ As a chamber musician, Naomi has been part of several groups – including Paragon Saxophone Quartet (BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM broadcasts), Zephirus Quartet (R.O.S.L prize winners and Tunnell Trust Artists) and she is currently performing with contemporary music group, Syzygy who haved performed at HCMF, Purcell Room, Proud in Camden and more. She also performs with Masahito Sugihara giving masterclasses and concerts across the USA and Europe.
She has given masterclasses at a number of institutes including the Royal College of Music, Trinity College of Music, Chetham's School of Music, the Purcell School, the 2017 Andorra SaxFest, the Royal Conservatoires of Antwerp, Brussels and Ferrara. She was Musical Director of the 2007 London Saxophone Festival and Artistic Director the 2015 Birmingham Conservatoire Saxophone Day.
After completing an undergraduate degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2012, Luke moved to the UK and completed an MMus (Performance and Pedagogy) and MMus (Performance) studying with Jo Patton and Mark O’Brien. During his time at the Conservatoire, Luke was awarded a place on the CBSO training scheme, competed as a finalist in the woodwind prize and was awarded the Town Hall Symphony Hall Prize with the Verbunkos Trio.
As an advocate of new music Luke has given several premieres in the UK and South Africa and always strives to perform challenging and exciting repertoire. Luke is also a passionate educator and currently works as a Teaching Artist with Opera North alongside projects with the Philharmonia Orchestra Education Department and Young Composers Project.
Clare Loveday is a Johannesburg-based composer. Striving to convey through music the complications of life in a post-colonial society, her works have been described by critics in turn as 'obstinate and fierce, big-boned and raw', 'subtle' and 'elusive'. She is best known for her ‘straight’ saxophone compositions and interdisciplinary collaborations and has worked with a number of award-winning artists including the Gerhard Marx and Nandipha Mntambo. She has received numerous awards, grants and commissions from organisations such as the Mellon Foundation, SAMRO Foundation and performers such as Duo Montagnard, Ensemble Reconsil Vienna and Guy Yehuda. She has had works performed throughout South Africa and in Australia, Europe, England and the US, including at the ISCM World New Music Days, Juilliard New York, the Royal College of Music in London and Festival d'Automne à Paris. Clare lectured music theory and composition for many years at Wits University and was awarded a Doctorate of Music in 2009
Born in 1982 in Mbabane, Swaziland, Mntambo lives in Johannesburg. She graduated with a Master’s in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, in 2007.
Material Value, a solo exhibition of her work was shown at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa(2017). Mntambo won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art in 2011, for which she produced the national travelling exhibition Faena. She has had seven solo shows at Stevenson in Cape Town (2007, 2009, 2012: 2015) and Johannesburg (2009; 2014; 2017); and two at Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm (2013 and 2015).
Mntambo was shortlisted for the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize in Canada in 2014 and was a Civitella Ranieri Fellow for 2013.