About Us

Roy Mowatt

Roy originally trained as a ‘modern’ player and moved across to playing period instruments in the early 1980s. He was a founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and for 30 years has also has played for John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists as well as holding the position of principal second violin in Kent Opera and in the English Baroque Soloists. For much of the 1980s he led his own group ‘Lilliburlero’ which specialised in 18th century British music. For the last 20 years or so he has also worked as a recording producer and has over 50 albums to his name so far. His Interest in programme planning has initiated many projects for the OAE and he has also planned programmes for the English Concert.

Jill Samuel

After a first degree from the RNCM, Jill gained her M.Mus as a Fulbright Scholar in the US from the Eastman School of Music. Since then she has worked as a violinist with period and modern instrument groups, touring extensively and performing at many of the finest concert halls and music festivals in the world with orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.

She enjoys a career playing at pitches from 392 to 465 in an eclectic range of repertoire from Rameau to contemporary music, which includes recording with Radiohead and being a deputy in Phantom of the Opera.

Jill is a visiting professor at the University of Bucknell, Pennsylvania and is a member of the Education team at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment planning and running workshops and study days across the UK.