Dan Cornford, enjoys a busy career spanning many diverse and varied aspects of the music profession. He is in demand as both an Orchestral and Chamber musician and has enjoyed a long association with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne Opera Festival. Maintaining a keen interest in period music, he has been involved in several projects with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra, and Gabrieli Consort. He has also featured on the sound tracks of numerous film scores (such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit movie), and can be heard on the recordings of artists such as Travis, The Divine Comedy and The Spice Girls. Projects with the LPO’s Renga Ensemble saw him take part in performances of music which incorporated many ethnic, jazz and improvisatory techniques. As a soloist Dan has completed the four in a series of Organ Room recitals during the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and he has given recitals in the Mandeville Concert Series, Beckenham Music Festival and The Notting Hill Concert series. Since 2014 Dan has been Artistic Director of the Battle Arts and Music Festival in Sussex which he co-founded. This October he will be conducting the Battle Festival Sinfonia (an ensemble consisting of players from orchestras including the LPO, LSO and RPO) in a performance of Walton's Henry V Suite with actor Anton Lesser.
Marisa Cornford (Thornton-Wood) studied at Chetham’s School of Music between 1982-1990, learning piano with Ryszard Bakst and David Hartigan. She then went on to read Music at Edinburgh University, studying the piano with Peter Evans and composition with Nigel Osborne and Edward Harper. There, she won the main prizes and performed four concertos with orchestra. She gained a scholarship to study at Mannes College of Music in New York with the Cuban pianist Jacob Lateiner, where she completed a Masters degree in piano performance. Marisa has given recitals as an accompanist and soloist in France, Germany, Austria, the USA and UK, including at the Pump Room, Bath and St Martin-in- the-Fields. She began her teaching career in the piano faculty at Wycombe Abbey School in 1997, where she also composed and directed the music for five works for children’s theatre, including Peer Gynt and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Marisa's original music of the latter was performed in A Shakespeare Soirée at The Globe Theatre London in March 2016. Following teaching posts at The Purcell School for musicians and as Director of Music at St Piran’s School, Marisa is now a freelance musician, focusing on accompanying and composing. She is a professor of piano at the Junior department of the Royal Academy of Music, a post she has held since 2007. Marisa regularly plays in the Cornford Duo and the Loddon Piano Quartet, with husband, Dan Cornford. Future eventsinclude a screening of Hitchcock’s The Lodger with music by Marisa, played by herself and Dan.