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Dr Anna Beer (Saturday 13 May)

The distinguished researcher is a cultural historian and the author of biographies of Milton and Lady Bess Ralegh. She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford.

The up-to-date scholarship of her recent book “Sounds and Sweet Airs: the forgotten women of classical music”, which explores the lives and work of eight female composers across the ages, has made an irresistible case for listening again to their music. One of these composers is Elizabeth Maconchy, whose music is featured in the Pavão Quartet recital at Kimmeridge House on the day following Anna's talk at Arts University Bournemouth.

Anne-Marie Minhall (Saturday 13 May)

Best known as a popular presenter on Classic FM, Anne-Marie studied drama at Clarendon College in Nottingham, and started her radio career in the same city, where she worked on a wide range of projects. She joined Classic FM in 1996. She has also been presenter for a number of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra concerts.

Jordi Pons (Sunday 14 May)

Born in Barcelona, Jordi moved to London in the year 2000 to study at the Royal Academy of Music. In 2005, he continued his studies at the prestigious Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel, Switzerland, with François Benda, graduating with Diplomas of Excellence in both his Konzertdiplom and Solistendiplom courses. Since then he has been the recipient of several prizes and awards across Europe.

He has worked with many prominent orchestras, under conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutois, Sir Charles Mackerras, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Trevor Pinnock and Sebastian Weigle.

He is a member of the renowned ensemble The Swiss Chamber Soloists, playing alongside Heinz Holliger, Felix Renggli, Sergio Azzolini, amongst others.

Much sought after as both recitalist and pedagogue, Jordi holds professorships at two Swiss consevatoires.

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