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Sam Pearce

Originally from East Sussex, Sam Pearce studied the French horn at the Royal College of Music, achieving a first class bachelor degree and postgraduate diploma. Since his graduation in 2010 he has enjoyed a varied career as a freelance musician, performing with many leading British orchestras and touring musical productions. He is the principal horn of the Covent Garden Sinfonia and the Orpheus Sinfonia, and has appeared on many occasions with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Aurora Orchestra. As a regular in the session orchestra Chamber Orchestra of London, Sam has more than twenty cinema and television credits to his name including Edge of Tomorrow, Ant Man, and the recent Scarlett Johansson film Ghost in the Shell.

In addition to his busy orchestral schedule, Sam is a member of the band for Mercury Prize nominated folk singer Kate Rusby and can be heard on her recent five-star Christmas album The Frost is All Over, and was a founding member of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning ensemble Oompah Brass. In March 2017 he appeared as a soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Friday Night is Music Night, not playing the French horn... but the hosepipe!


Lisa Ridgway


Lisa studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has been playing professionally both nationally and internationally as a freelancer since graduating, combining a mixture of orchestral, chamber and show work. Highlights include playing in the orchestra for the Sound of Music when it toured to Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. It was the first western musical to be performed in Jordan, with the King of Jordan in attendance. She was also involved in the UK tour of Oklahoma. Lisa has recorded music for the West End and also for Spartan Press. Lisa also teaches at some of the South of England's highly regarded independent schools, including the Royal Grammar School in Guildford and Cranleigh Prep School.

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