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A Life in Music with Professor Margaret Faultless

Join us for an illustrated talk on her inspirational journey on performing music from Monteverdi to the present day.

We are thrilled to offer you the chance to come and listen to an illustrated talk with Professor Margaret Faultless.

Violinist and Director Margaret Faultless performs music from Monteverdi to the present day in a career that has included leading a West End Musical, a contemporary music ensemble a ballet orchestra and playing in the Academy of St Martin’s and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.  She has also guest-led the London Philharmonic Orchestra (London) and the Handel and Haydn Society (Boston).

A Life in Music with Professor Margaret Faultless

Event type:
Talk
Date:
01/02/2025
Time:
19:00
Entry fee:
£20
Fundraising for:
Alabaré
Location

Blackledge Theatre, Godolphin School, Milford Hill, Salisbury SP1 2RA

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Good to know:
  • The evening includes a glass of wine
  • Fully accessible to wheelchair users or those needing disabled access.

Now best known as a specialist in historical performance practice (playing on instruments in which the music was written) Margaret has directed and played in many of the best-known period instrument ensembles in the UK and Europe.

As a leader of The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment for over three decades, she performs at the Proms, the South Bank, and Glyndebourne. She has toured all over the world, working with some of the world’s greatest conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Roger Norrington, Ivan Fischer, John Butt and Maxim Emelyanychev. She directs the OAE Experience Scheme for young professionals – an exceptional initiative that brings together musicians from all over Europe.

As concertmaster, she led the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (Ton Koopman) in their ten-year Bach cantata project, performing and recording every cantata and touring worldwide. She was a member of The London Haydn Quartet for many years, whose CD of the Opus 9 quartets was hailed as ‘one of the great Haydn quartet recordings’.

She is well-known in Wiltshire as the Artistic Director of Music for Awhile, the ensemble she founded in 1996 with her husband, the late Simon Whistler. Their concerts in Alton Priors and other churches and venues have brought musicians of international standing to villages all over the county and beyond, and in performance spaces that invite an exciting intimacy with great music.

Margaret is also known as a performer-scholar, lecturing and broadcasting on performance; including her interest in leadership and social interactions in Haydn symphonies and Bach’s notation indications for performers.

A graduate and Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, she is bye-fellow of Girton College and Musician in Residence at St John’s College. She is the Artistic Director of the Cambridge University Collegium Musicum and holds the multi-faceted role of Director of Performance at the Faculty of Music.

She is the first holder of the Becket Chair of Historical Performance at The Royal Academy of Music, a Professor of the University of London and an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire, the city in which she grew up.

Margaret is also known as a performer-scholar, lecturing and broadcasting on performance; including her interest in leadership and social interactions in Haydn symphonies and Bach’s notation indications for performers.

A graduate and Honorary Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, she is bye-fellow of Girton College and Musician in Residence at St John’s College. She is the Artistic Director of the Cambridge University Collegium Musicum and holds the multi-faceted role of Director of Performance at the Faculty of Music.

She is the first holder of the Becket Chair of Historical Performance at The Royal Academy of Music, a Professor of the University of London and an Honorary Fellow of Birmingham Conservatoire, the city in which she grew up.

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