Dr. Jane Oakland
Jane’s professional singing career started with Scottish Opera, singing in the chorus as well as undertaking several small roles. In 1990 Jane moved to Holland where she sang primarily with De Nederlandse Opera, but also with Nationale Reis Opera, Groot Omroep Koor and Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp. She has worked with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Carlo Rizzi and Simon Rattle. Her work has taken her to opera houses in Venice, Frankfurt, Mannheim, Santander, Paris, Luxembourg, the Salzburg Festspiel and the London Proms, in addition to concert performances in the Cayman Islands. In 2007 she created the role of ‘Betty’ in the world premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s Opera ‘Wagner Dream’ for De Nederlandse Opera , a role she also performed for Welsh National Opera in 2013. Jane returned to the UK in 2009 and completed a PhD researching career stress for professional musicians. She has published several articles on this subject and has presented papers at conferences world-wide.
Lisa Timbs – Pianist
B.A. (Hons), F.I.S.M., SEDA Accredited Teacher
Lisa is a freelance accompanist and is Principal Pianist for a number of award winning, Dorset based Choirs. She has been fortunate enough to perform with them for John Rutter and in workshop and concert settings under the baton of composer Will Todd. Her work has led to performances at The Royal Festival Hall, St. John Smith’s Square and The American Embassy in London. She has had successful partnerships with other musicians including a popular series of concerts for two pianos and a competition win which led to two recitals in Sydney, Australia sponsored by Qantas airlines.
Her solo work includes playing at National Trust properties and other historic houses, such as the Jane Austen House Museum, as part of a project she began in 2012 called ‘Musitiquity’. Her successful group of musicians combine their passions for music and history by playing period music in a period setting with authentic costume, in order to bring the past
Her mentor and inspiration for over a decade was International Pianist and Composer Clifford Benson, whose musicianship and insight she has always endeavoured to pass on to her own students, both during her ten years as Piano Tutor at Southampton University and in private practice.