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PAVLOVA WIND QUINTET

nCHRIS BRITTON flute
nCAROLYN KING oboe
nBARBARA STUART clarinet
nJENNY MORGAN horn
nSIMON PAYNE bassoon


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Pavlova Quintet at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
Chris Britton was born in London and received his first serious musical training as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, subsequently at Birmingham University, where he read music and German. After a period of working as an orchestral flautist with the BBC he settled in Oxford in 1983 where he built up a substantial teaching practice, both private and in schools. In 2007 he gave up his school-teaching to focus more on his playing career. As well as recording (he is currently engaged on a CD of music for flute and guitar by Bach), he enjoys a busy and varied playing schedule, including with local professional orchestras, the guitarist Raymond Burley and the Pavlova Wind Quintet.

Carolyn King studied the oboe with Natalie James and Anthony Camden. She read biochemistry at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and at University College, London. She completed several years of post-doctoral research in Oxford before relinquishing her scientific career to concentrate on music. She has subsequently built up a busy free-lance career both as an orchestral and solo player, and has toured extensively in Europe with the City of Oxford Orchestra where she was the principal oboe for many years. She is in great demand as a teacher in the region and is the founder of the New Oxford Ensemble and a member of the Pavlova Wind Quintet. She is very interested in how dyslexia affects music sight-reading and has recently completed an MA at Reading University on this subject. .

Barbara Stuart studied the clarinet at the Royal Academy of Music with John Davies and Georgina Dobrée where she specialized in the E flat clarinet, studying with Richard Addison (Principal, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra). In her final year at the RAM (and on her twenty-second birthday) she won the MidNorthumbrian Arts Goup National Clarinet competition with the amazing prize of any clarinet she chose, and the opportunity to perform a concerto with the Northern Sinfonia at Alnwick Castle. Barbara's day job is working for Oxford University Press marketing printed music. At the beginning of her business career she won the LCCI's Secretary of the Year Award, then became Assistant Music Officer for Southern Arts, the regional arts board based in Winchester. Barbara plays regularly with local orchestras including the Oxford Sinfonia and Isis Chamber Orchestra and plays the E flat clarinet with several others. She was first invited to join the Pavlova Wind Quintet for their Christmas concert in 2001. .

Jenny Morgan studied the horn under the tuition of Alfred Dowling in Liverpool and Anthony Halstead in London. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain from 1989 - 1993, and has regularly played with numerous orchestras in the North West, including the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. Jenny read Music at Jesus College, Oxford, where she undertook a wealth of orchestral and chamber playing, notably performing the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and the Schubert Octet with the Allegri Quartet. She was also Musical Director of OUDS where she wrote the scores for over a dozen university productions. On graduating, Jenny pursued a career in financial services in London. She became a member of the Pavlova Quintet in 2005, and now combines playing and teaching with looking after her two young children. .

Simon Payne was brought up in Colchester and started playing clarinet, changing to bassoon at 14. He played in many local orchestras, in the Essex Youth Orchestra for six years, and the British Youth Symphony Orchestra for two years. While reading Classics at New College, Oxford he played the bassoon in the University and Oxford Symphony Orchestras, and in two wind quintets, and began teaching bassoon in Oxford schools. After working for some time in London as a publisher and playing bassoon for Morley College wind group and for Abbey Opera he returned to Oxford and played regularly in a wind sextet performing 18th century wind music in costume in country houses. He plays with the Oxford Symphony Orchestra, Oxford Sinfonia, Cotswold Chamber Orchestra, Kidlington and Woodstock Operatic Societies, Bampton Opera, Henley Symphony Orchestra and various wind ensembles. Founder member in 1999 of the Pavlova Wind quintet, as chairman of The Oxford Sinfonia he helped to increase its profile and attract top-quality conductors and soloists. He was Development Manager for the Oxford Philomusica from 2009 to 2013, and is currently General Administrator of the Orchestra of St John's, director John Lubbock http://www.osj.org.uk.
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