Sonic Coast [3] The Drill Hall – Biographies


Laura Garwin – Trumpet
Rob Willson – Trumpet
Andy White – Trombone
Jonathan Heeley – Bass trombone

Meridian Brass has performed all over Europe, from concert halls in Lucerne to the summit of Mount Snowdon! Since its formation in 2010, the group has worked with a host of musicians, actors, dancers and artists, putting on unique performances at festivals and venues across the country and further afield. The group has played at venues including the National Theatre, the indig02, the Royal Festival Hall and the Old Royal Naval College chapel in Greenwich. Meridian Brass has received numerous commissions, including a fanfare for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at the opening of the National Maritime Museum’s Sammy Ofer Wing. Other notable clients include Lord Sebastian Coe, the Lord Mayor of London and Google.


Antonis Anestis was born in Thessaloniki in 1985. He studied Harmony, Counterpoint, Fugue and Orchestration at the Macedonian Conservatory of Thessaloniki and continued his studies in Composition with the established composer and conductor Professor Theodore Antoniou.

In 2006 he was awarded the 2nd national composition prize at the “Dimitris Dragatakis” composition competition for his work Concertino and in the same year, the 1st national composition prize at the “Young Composer’s prize at the “Young Composer’s Workshop” held in Patras University Cultural Centre, for his work A game of chess. In 2008 his work Villa R. – homage a Paul Klee, has been awarded the 1st national composition prize at the “Young Composer’s Workshop” held in Megaron, Athens Concert Hall, organized by the Greek Ministry of Culture for the program “Athens-Berlin: Bridges of culture and civilization”. His work April quintet was a commission for the 2nd World Symposium on multi-scale material mechanics and engineering sciences held in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in May 2009. In March 2013, his work Two monograms won 3rd prize at the international composition competition “Artistes en herbe”, held in Luxembourg under the authority of Luxembourg’s Ministry of Culture and in the same year, he received 1st prize in rarescale’s 10th anniversary international composition competition for his work “Nights”, held in the Royal College of Music, London.

His music ranges from solo instrumental works to works for ensemble and orchestra, with or without the use of electronics. He has also composed music for documentary films, theatrical plays and websites. His works have been performed by renowned ensembles such as ALEA III, rarescale, dissonArt, Hellenic Group of Contemporary Music and others, in Greece, France, Scotland, Germany and U.S.A. Music of his has been released on tetractys publishing and on rarescale records.

He has attended seminars with Th. Antoniou, G. Schuller, H. Tulve, G. Kouroupos, L. Hadjileontiadis, I. Konitopoulos, J. Papadatos, M. Lapidakis and C. Samaras. He is also a professional music engraver and has cooperated with Athens State Symphony Orchestra as well as with many individual composers, and a professional bouzouki player.

Litha and Effy Efthymiou are twin sisters who have worked as composers of contemporary art music for over nine years. They work both individually and collaboratively and have written music for numerous acclaimed soloists and ensembles, including most recently, Ensemble Bash, Consortium 5, Darragh Morgan, William Whitehead, Tom Kerstens, Jane Chapman and the London Myriad Ensemble.

Their music has been performed at Kings Place, Westminster Abbey, the Southbank Centre’s Ether Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Handel House, Kettle’s Yard, Riverside Studios, The Sage Gateshead, Bath Assembly Rooms, Blackheath Halls, the London New Wind Festival and the National Maritime Museum, to name but a few venues.

They have each scored over 15 theatre productions in and around London and have won various composition prizes, including the ‘St Paul’s Sinfonia Orchestral Composition Competition’, the ‘Association of Young Composers of the Mediterranean Composition Competition’, the PRS Women Make Music award, and the ‘Greenwich International String Quartet Composition Competition’.

Litha and Effy are also both published composers with a solo and duo release on Edition HH.

As a team, Litha and Effy have won numerous awards from Arts Council England, the National Lottery and the Wellcome Trust to create large-scale multidisciplinary performances, working with collaborators from the fields of film, theatre and dance. Their collaborative projects include:

  • Parting, performance at Kings Place as part of the Out Hear series, 2014.
  • Fragments of Sun, performed at the Riverside Studios as part of the Tete a Tete Opera Festival, 2012.
  • Reminiscence, performed at Jackson’s Lane Theatre and supported by the Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England and The Playground Studios.
  • Wherever I Hang: A Hip Hop Ballet, performed at the Arcola Theatre and supported by the National Lottery and the Scarman Trust.

Adolphus Hailstork received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University, where he was a student of H. Owen Reed. He completed earlier studies at the Manhattan School of Music under Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, the American Institute at Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and Howard University with Mark Fax.

Dr. Hailstork has written in a variety of genres, producing works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra. His early compositions include Celebration, recorded by the Detroit Symphony in 1976; and two works for band (Out of the Depths, 1977, and American Guernica, 1983), both of which won national competitions. Consort Piece (1995), commissioned by the Norfolk Chamber Ensemble, was awarded first prize by the University of Delaware Festival of Contemporary Music.

Dr. Hailstork’s works have been performed by such prestigious ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic, under the batons of leading conductors such as James DePreist, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, and Lorin Maazel.

1999 saw the premieres of Dr. Hailstork’s Second Symphony, commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, as well as his second opera, Joshua’s Boots, commissioned by the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Kansas City Lyric Opera. Dr. Hailstork’s second and third symphonies were recently recorded by the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, under David Lockington, on a Naxos label disc released in January 2007.

Recent commissions include Earthrise, a new large scale choral work premiered by James Conlon and the 2006 Cincinnati May Festival, Three Studies on Chant Melodies for the American Guild of Organists 2006 National Convention, and Whitman’s Journey, a cantata for chorus and orchestra, premiered by the Master Chorale of Washington, D.C. (under Donald McCullough) at the Kennedy Center in April 2006. Rise for Freedom, an opera about the Underground Railroad, will be premiered in the fall of 2007 by the Cincinnati Opera Company. Other premieres in the spring of 2008 were Serenade for chorus and orchestra, commissioned by Michigan State University, and Set Me on a Rock, also for chorus and orchestra, commissioned by the Houston Choral Society.

Dr. Hailstork, who has received honorary doctorates from Michigan State University and the College of William and Mary, resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and serves as Professor of Music and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

Richard Stanbrook was born in Newbury, Berkshire in 1954. Upon leaving school in 1971, he enlisted in the Army and served with the Royal Corps of Transport Staff Band. In October 1977, Stanbrook transferred to the Royal Military Academy Band Corps, Sandhurst and was its Music Arranger until expiry of contract in July 1981.

Stylistically, Stanbrook’s music does not conform to any school or “ism” and eschews modernity for its own sake. The language, although tonal, has an uncompromising directness which some have found alarming.

Works include Five Small Marches, Two Dartmoor Rhapsodies and Two Postludes (Wind – Band); Study and Three Places in Southern Scotland (Brass – Band); Sinfonietta and “Dun Rig:” Prelude (Orchestra), and Two Woodwind Trio (Flute, Oboe and Clarinet).

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Ken Davies. Wisconsin USA native Ken Davies holds an M.A. in trombone from Middle Tennessee State University at Murfreesboro and an M.M. in composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he was a Cecil Effinger Fellowship composition student. During the 1970s, he was trombonist with Gabriel’s Brass, a 12-piece jazz-rock show band based in Orlando, Florida, often appearing at Walt Disney World. He has worked as a commercial arranger and session producer for nationally broadcast record and television projects. Since 2002, he has resided in south Mississippi where he teaches brass, and runs his publishing company, Kenvad Music (see at His works include acoustic and electronic pieces that have been performed nationally at conferences and festivals by Society of Composers, Southeastern Composers League, Electronic Music Midwest, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers, Parma Music Festival, International Trombone Festival, and concerts. Honors include ASCAP awards, the Mississippi Performing Artist Fellowship in Composition for 2006-2007 and 2012-2013, grants from Mississippi Arts Commission and a listing on the Mississippi Artist Roster. His Three Pieces for bass trombone and piano won the 2009 Eastern Trombone Workshop National Composition Competition. He was the 2013 Mississippi Music Teachers’ Association commissioned composer.   He has collaborated with his poet wife Judy to create a CD of poetic soundscapes featuring narrated poetry and electronic soundscapes. Their studio cats Little Fluff and Darius Meow supervise each piece of new music.

Stephen Montague. Stephen is a composer, pianist and conductor born and educated in the USA but living in Europe since 1972 first as a Fulbright Scholar (Warsaw, Poland, 1972-74) then as a freelance musician based in London but touring worldwide.

His music has been performed on major festivals here and abroad including the BBC Proms (Royal Albert Hall), Warsaw Autumn Festival, Paris Festival d’Automne, Venice Biennale, Bang on a Can (New York), and the Singapore and Hong Kong Festivals.

His compositional interests cover a wide range and variety of genres from symphonic works, to music theatre and cutting edge experimental. He has worked with many of the world’s leading composers such as John Cage, Mauricio Kagel, Steve Reich, Conlon Nancarrow and Astor Piazzolla.

Adam Fergler. Adam Fergler (b. 1984) is a UK-based composer, conductor, and arranger whose work spans a range of styles and musical approaches. His interests include the relationship between audience and performance, the (in)flexibility of different notational forms, the link between music and expression and the relationship between music and space (physical, political and social). He is particularly interested in how ‘openness’ works in music and believes strongly in music as a shared experience.

In 2006 Fergler’s Universal Necrophilia won the LUUMS Composition Competition. He has been commissioned by the Worker’s Union Ensemble, Lauren Redhead, ‘Howl for Now’ and in 2013 by the London Sinfonietta as part of ‘Writing the Future’. He has worked as an arranger and conductor with rock band Starling on their two studio albums. In 2013 his piece Image, Music, Textwas recorded and released by organist Lauren Redhead on Sound/Image/Resonance.

Marc Yeats’ music is performed, commissioned and broadcast worldwide. Transduction, complex surface relationships, asynchronous alignments, contextual, harmonic and temporal ambiguities, polarised intensities and a visceral joy of sound are all primary concerns.

. . . . . ‘how sour sweet music is,
When time is broke and no proportion kept!’ . . . .
(William Shakespeare: Richard II, 5.5.42-9)

Marc Yeats is a composer and visual artist. His intense music has received performances and broadcast around the world including The Edinburgh String Quartet (UK), the Chamber Group of Scotland (UK), Psappha (UK), Richard Casey, Stephen Combes, the London Sinfonietta (UK), the Endymion Ensemble (UK), Lonba (Argentina), Paragon Ensemble (UK), the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (UK), illegal harmony (UK), 175 East (N.Z.), Sarah Watts, SCAW (UK), Sarah Nicolls, Federico Mondelci, the Commonwealth Sinfonietta (UK), Contempo Ensemble (Italy), Rarescale (UK), The Scottish Clarinet Quartet (UK), Symposia (UK), the New York Miniaturists Ensemble (USA), Trio IAMA (Greece), The International Concert Brass Soloists (Switzerland), Dirk Amrein (Germany) Expatrio (UK), Chroma (UK), Kokoro (UK), Consortium5 (UK), Ensemble Amorpha (UK) Chamber Cartel (US), Auditiv Vokal (Germany), the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (UK), the Hallé Orchestra and Chorus (UK) conducted by Sir Mark Elder, Tokyo City Philharmonic (Japan) and Gewandhaus Radio Orchestra (Germany), with broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland as well as US, German, EU, Hawaiian, Japanese and New Zealand radio.

Marc is Composer-in-Association with: Manchester Pride [Manchester UK] Chamber Cartel [Atlanta, Georgia US] SATSYMPH [Bristol/Crewkerne UK]

Composer Curator with Sound and Music for 2014/15

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