Jessica Mogridge – Oboe
Jessica’s career as an oboist has taken her all over the world. After spending 3 years living in Hong Kong and playing Principal Cor Anglais with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra she is now based in London. Firmly established in the freelance world, Jessica is much in demand particularly as a Cor Anglais player, and works all over the country in addition to touring frequently. Amongst the orchestras she plays with are the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English National Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and City of Oxford Orchestra.
Jessica’s unique career combines orchestral playing with being a founder member of cutting edge oboe trio Pipers 3, who specialise in playing absolutely the best works for oboe trio. Highlights include being resident chamber ensemble at St Magnus Festival in 2011 and Bath Festival 2014, and broadcasting on Radios 3 and 4. They have played in all kinds of venues to all sorts of audiences, from a small church on a cliff edge in Orkney to Broadmoor prison, and even as part of a production of the Tempest in full costume and make up.
Jessica has become increasingly interested in the process of performance: how to
best prepare for, and enhance it. This has led to her training as a coach, enabling
her to work with performers of all disciplines, to realise their performing potential.
Gareth Twigg – Bassoon
Gareth Twigg is Principal Contrabassoon of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he has held since 2009.
Under the tenure of Chief Conductor Vasily Petrenko, highlights include recording the complete Shostakovich Symphonies for Naxos, touring Japan and playing the solo Contrabassoon part to Never Smile at a Crocodile.
He also has a busy freelance career, performing as both Guest Principal Bassoon and Contrabassoon with the UK’s leading orchestras and ensembles. These include the LSO, LPO, Britten Sinfonia, John Wilson Orchestra, Opera North, Aurora Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé and Philharmonia.
Gareth, who has also been known to play the heckelphone, graduated from the RNCM in 2001 with First Class Honours and two Professional Performance Diplomas (PPRNCM). He studied as a Postgraduate with Andrea de Flammeneis at the RCM, achieving Distinction in solo and orchestral performance.
Upon graduating, Gareth was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal. Prior to moving to Merseyside, he freelanced in London and was Associate Principal Bassoon with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.
He is a visiting tutor in both Bassoon and Contrabassoon at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and is heavily involved in the RLPO education department.