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Patrick Hawes

Patrick Hawes has emerged as one of the most popular British classical contemporary composers. Born in 1958, Hawes studied at Durham University where he was an organ scholar, as well as being conductor for the university symphony orchestra and chamber choir. He then went on to work as a teacher of English and Music, before being appointed as Composer in Residence at Chaterhouse School located in near Godalming, Surrey.

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Edward Rogers

Edward Rogers is a Los Angeles based musician and composer for film, television and videogames. He has written the music for several critically acclaimed television series, including NYPD Blue (ABC), Over There (FX), and Warehouse 13 (Syfy) as well as numerous films, advertising spots and television movies. In 2010 he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for "Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music" for the Warehouse 13 theme.

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Benjamin Britten

Edward Benjamin Britten, Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, OM (22 November 1913–4 December 1976) was a British composer, conductor, and pianist. Life: Britten was born in Lowestoft in Suffolk, the son of a dentist and a talented amateur musician. He began composing prolifically as a child, and in 1927 began private lessons with Frank Bridge. He also studied, less happily, at the Royal College of Music under John Ireland and with some input from Ralph Vaughan Williams.

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Australian Chamber Orchestra

The Australian Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1975 in Sydney. Every year, this ensemble presents performances of the highest standard to audiences around the world, including 10,000 subscribers across Australia. The ACO’s unique artistic style encompasses not only the masterworks of the classical repertoire, but innovative cross-artform projects and a vigorous commissioning program. The outstanding Australian musician Richard Tognetti was appointed as Artistic Director and Lead Violin in 1990.

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Bernd Alois Zimmermann

Born nr Cologne 1918. Enigmatic and difficult to categorise, Zimmerman was an early exponent of the stylistic pluralism so prevalent in what is now labelled post-modernism, but which, during his lifetime, was not considered to occupy the vanguard of the new. He studied at Bonn, Konigsdorf and Berlin Universities while working as a labourer and playing for dance bands, and later taught at Cologne University and Hochschule.

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Leopold Stokowski

Leopold Stokowski (born Antoni Stanisław Bolesławowicz) (April 18, 1882 – September 13, 1977) was the conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Symphony of the Air. He was the founder of the New York City Symphony and The American Symphony Orchestra. He conducted the music for and appeared in Disney’s Fantasia.

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Dmitri Aleksandrovich Hvorostovsky (Russian: Дмитрий Александрович Хворостовский, born October 16, 1962), is a world-class baritone opera singer from Russia. Gifted with a powerful voice, Hvorostovsky is considered one of the most prominent baritones of the last century. Hvorostovsky was born in Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. He studied at the Krasnoyarsk School of Arts under Yekatherina Yofel and made his debut at Krasnoyarsk Opera House, in the role of Monterone in Rigoletto. He went on to win First Prize at both the Russian Glinka Competition in 1987 and the Toulouse Singing Competition in 1988.

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Vanessa Mae

Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson (born October 27, 1978), known professionally as Vanessa-Mae (in Chinese: 陳美, Chén Měi), is an internationally known British pop and classical musician, especially noted for her violin skills. Her music style is self-described as "violin techno-acoustic fusion," as several of her albums prominently feature the techno style.

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Only Men Aloud

Only Men Aloud! is a male voice choir from Wales. The choir came to national prominence in the UK when they won the Last Choir Standing competition run by BBC television during 2008. The choir was formed by Tim Rhys-Evans, a classically trained singer and former musical director of Welsh National Youth Opera. It has 18 members and is based in Cardiff. Following the Last Choir Standing competition, the choir signed a five-record deal with Universal Music and released their first album. They performed with Josh Groban at The Royal Variety Performance in 2008.

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