Jamie Savan – director, cornett / mute cornett
Jamie Savan is a member of His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, as well as the founder-director of the Gonzaga Band. He is also active as a solo recitalist, and as an orchestral principal with the English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. He has performed with many other of the world’s leading period-instrument ensembles, including Concerto Palatino, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, and Bach Collegium Japan to name but a few, and continues to be in great demand as a freelance player of the cornett, mute cornett, and the oft-neglected ‘lizard’ or tenor cornett. Jamie’s main passion is in discovering previously unknown music in old manuscripts and original printed part-books, and in bringing it to life though the process of transcribing, editing, performing and recording – both with The Gonzaga Band and with HMSC for which he has researched and directed a number of innovative new programmes. Jamie is lucky enough to combine his performing career with teaching and research as a Senior Lecturer in Music at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Faye Newton – soprano
Faye Newton enjoys a diverse repertoire spanning some six centuries and embracing many aspects of the solo voice, from intimate lute-song recitals and consort singing to baroque opera and collaborations with some of the leading orchestras and choirs on the European scene for historically-informed performance. For much of the past decade she has performed as a soloist with the New London Consort, most notably at the BBC Proms and in Jonathan Miller’s productions of Monteverdi’s ‘Orfeo’, and Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’, delighting audiences across four continents. Faye can often be heard performing solo-voice Bach Cantatas with the Feinstein Ensemble at St Martin in the Fields and the Southbank Centre, London. Faye has a particular love for the music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries and in addition to her work with The Gonzaga Band she features on Andrew Parrott’s recording of Monteverdi’s Orfeo released in 2013, singing the role of ‘Euridice’ opposite Charles Daniels in the title role. Other notable recordings include ‘The Language of Love’, songs of the troubadour and trouvères with Duo Trobairitz, released by Hyperion and selected as American Record Guide Choice of 2007; music by Giovanni Battista Grillo with His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts; and a recent recording of English rounds and grounds entitled ‘Twenty waies upon the Bels’ with Pellingmans’ Saraband.
Steven Devine – harpsichord / organ
Steven Devine enjoys a busy career as a music director and keyboard player working with some of the finest musicians. Since 2007 Steven has been the harpsichordist with London Baroque in addition to his position as Co-Principal keyboard player with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He is also the principal keyboard player for the Gonzaga Band, Apollo and Pan, the Classical Opera Company and performs regularly with many other groups around Europe. He has recorded over thirty discs with other artists and made six solo recordings. His recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations (Chandos) has received critical acclaim – including Gramophone Magazine describing it as “among the best”. Volumes 1 and 2 of the complete harpsichord works of Rameau (Resonus) have both received five-star reviews from BBC Music Magazine and Steven’s new recording of Bach’s Italian Concerto has been voted Classic FM’s Connoisseur’s choice. Since 2016 Steven has been Curator of Early Music for the Norwegian Wind Ensemble.