Meet the Players
Clare, a professional cellist, is one of the groups Carrot recorder players. Clare studied at the Royal Academy of Music and has since gone on to play on some of the biggest stages in the world with artists such as Kanye West, Michael Ball and many more. You can see Clare as a regular performer in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as in vegetable patches from here to Dubai!
After training as a biochemist Tim started making recorders..... Of Course!! When approached by Tyrell's crisps, he quickly turned his hand to making recorders out of carrots instead of trees! This led to him finding musicians from The Royal Academy of music to form a musical group. That musical group has now grown into what you see today, The London Vegetable Orchestra.
Simon is one of the groups longest serving members. He was given a full scholarship to study courgette, sorry TRUMPET! at the Royal Academy of Music. Simon is a busy young entrepreneur who has just started his new range of music theory videos "Music Outlined". You will find Simon playing a courgette, with a bell made from a pepper and a mouthpiece made from carrot
As a founding member Tom is the group’s percussionist and you will find him using various techniques to get percussive effects from both Pumpkins and/or various Squash. Outside the group Tom has a prolific reputation in the freelance world. Tom has played with the London Symphony Orchestra, The Aurora Orchestra and in 2013 was featured as a guest soloist at the Proms.
Upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Music as a trombonist, Faye was told to go and be creative. So naturally she turned her hand to comedy. Explaining her comedy act as a mix of clown and musical stand-up, Faye brings us a fast-paced energetic performance of popular culture, satire and general silliness. This coupled with a Vegetable instrument in her hand really adds to what you see on stage.
Jack studied trumpet performance at the Royal Academy of Music and is now a freelance musician based in London, having played first for The London Vegetable Orchestra in 2013 Jack is now a "Seasoned" Veg performer. He first discovered his skills for playing a courgette whist making a meal believe it or not and approached the orchestra, something the LVO are very thankful for!
Principal Carrot and Master Instrument Maker
As a clarinetist Emma is currently studying for a Master of Performance degree at the Royal College of Music. Emma has performed with English National Opera, Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Vitae. Emma's great energy and sound was a perfect match when asked to perform last July. Now a regular member you can look forward to seeing Emma whole lot more!
Principal Courgette Trumpet
Principal Butternut Squash Trombone
Principal Pumpkin Percussion
David enjoys a busy and varied career as a freelance trumpet player, dividing his time between performing, teaching and outreach work. Having toured all over the world with some of the finest orchestras and ensembles, it came as no surprise that he ended up becoming a regular with the LVO. After standing in last year at short notice, David became enthralled by the sound of vegetables and everybody is always thrilled when they see him appear with the group. His energy and passion shines through the lovely sound he manages to create from his personalised courgette!
Butternut Squash Trombone
Philip Dewhurst held the second trombone seat with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra until 2014 and has toured the world playing with Elton John, Alexandra Burke, Jessie J. He now divides his time between his consultant job in London and freelance musician, arranging and performing across the world. Philip's enthusiasm for the LVO and passion for creating new music is such an asset to group such as this.
Elsa is lucky enough to enjoy a very varied freelance career. She plays regularly with many of the major UK orchestras and is an active chamber musician on the London contemporary music scene. With Yorkshire blood proudly running through her veins, Elsa loves the outdoors and anything green. Unfortunately, the only green vegetable to feature in her LVO percussion set up are leeks ("brushes") which mostly decorate the front row of the audience.
Following his studies in Manchester, Birmingham and Vienna, Chris regularly performs with leading orchestras worldwide. Chris also works in the west end and can be found performing in costume for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He tutored at Birmingham Conservatoire's Junior School and became Head of Brass at Sir William Borlase's Grammer School in Marlow-on-Thames preceding his dream chasing move to Vancouver, BC..... we still fly him back as his courgette playing is some of the best in the world!