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Ilone Antonius-Jones

Born and educated in Southern Germany, Ilone now lives and teaches music in Oxfordshire. She has performed in both Germany and in the United Kingdom.

Although her first love is the flute she also teaches piano, and plays piano, organ and cello. She graduated from the University of Nurnberg, where she performed in many bands and orchestras. She has appeared with her two sisters, who are also flute players. Balancing a busy family life and teaching career, Ilone loves to perform both as a soloist and with the Antonius Players.

Ilone Antonius-Jones

Tina Gandy

Spotted by the flute teacher at Chethams School of Music aged 14, Tina was taught by Roger Rostron, the principle flute of the Halle Orchestra. She went on to study Music and French at Goldsmiths College in London, graduating with Honours in 1983. She is now Principal Flute with Trinity Camerata, and also performs with Chamber Variations - a mixed Chamber Music Group. She is also asked to play at Weddings and Social Events. She is a CTABRSM qualified teacher and combines this with her performing work and running her family. With the Antonius Players she has played everything from flute and Irish whistles to goat's feet!

Tina Gandy

Sunny Ormonde

Sunny has been playing the outrageous and wayward Lillian Bellamy in BBC Radio 4's The Archers for almost 10 years and loved every minute of it! She has roared around Ambridge on a Harley Davidson, drunk The Bull dry and very nearly absconded to Costa Rica with her beloved Tiger- fortunately the Radio 4 audience is very tolerant and Ambridge very forgiving! She is a prolific performer who has appeared in theatres throughout the land and appeared extensively on television.

Often invited to take part in Poetry and Writing Festivals, last year she performed with the historian, Michael Wood at The Stratford On Avon Shakespeare Festival and at The Cheltenham Festival in an evening celebrating the life of A. E. Houseman. She also appears regularly on stage with other Archers cast members in the show Come Rain, Come Shine and Wicked Women - a two person show with her great friend Sara Coward (Caroline Pemberton). Sunny is delighted to be performing with The Antonius Players!

Sunny Ormonde

John Telfer

John took a degree in Music Theatre at York University studying under Wilfrid Mellers and then trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School as an actor. Over the years he has appeared in many productions for the Bristol Old Vic Company, and has worked extensively in theatre including The London Old Vic and The Royal National Theatre, and abroad in Germany and The Middle East. Television work includes 5 years in Bergerac playing sidekick Willie Pettit and, more recently, Casualty, Beau Brummel and Skins.

He is visiting acting tutor, director and musical director at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, for whom he and Clive Hayward are busy writing their 4th panto - oh yes they are! He has directed Die Fledermaus for Bristol Opera, and produced for the Bristol Gilbert and Sullivan society for the last 4 years. Last year he directed the premiere of Eric Wetherell's opera A Foreign Field. He has contributed to BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please and Word of Mouth, and works as narrator with The Bristol Ensemble and The Brodsky String Quartet.

Since 2003 he has played the Reverend Alan Franks in The Archers.

Apart from his acting commitments he sang and played with rock band AFGM for 11 years. He composes and arranges for radio, television, and theatre-particularly for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. His and Alec Reid's musical Muscles premiered on the London fringe in 2004, and is currently under consideration for a major new production, funds permitting. If you are ever approached by someone looking suspiciously like him with a large hat asking for donations please give generously!!

John Telfer

Gerald Garcia

Gerald Garcia studied Chemistry at Oxford University and now lives in Oxford where he enjoys cooking, computer music, Taoist Yoga and conducting the odd chamber orchestra.

When not performing as a guitarist in Borneo or the Arctic Circle, he composes music for guitar and live productions. His music and arrangements have been published worldwide by Mel Bay, Holley Music, ABG publications, Guitarissimo and Cramer. Many leading guitarists have recorded his works.

His teaching experience has included educational workshops with Kent Opera, English National Opera and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the- Fields. He is at present musical director of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble which brings together young guitarists from all over the country to play guitar orchestral pieces. He has taken part in and created music workshops for both school children and teachers in Britain and Scotland and is a popular adjudicator at music festivals around the world.

As a session guitarist he has been heard in many films scored by Gabriel Yared, Michel Legrand, Stanley Meyers and Philippe Sarde, amongst others, and he has played with musicians, authors and actors such as John Mortimer, Barbara Streisand, Wayne Shorter, Eleanor Bron and many others.

He has recorded more than 12 CDs which have sold more than 40,000 copies world-wide. He has performed with many other musicians and actors, notably guitarists Paco Peña, John Renbourn and John Williams, and performs in a duo with Alison Bendy and with Simon Mayor's Mandolinquents as well as in an occasional Irish "ensemble" with Mick Henry, Bernard O'Donoghue, John Pethica and Tom Paulin. In October 1995 he toured China in a duo with guitarist John Williams playing to audiences of tens of thousands of Chinese guitarists and teaching at Beijing and Shanghai Conservatoires.

Gerald Garcia
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Rey Lear

Rey Lear lives in Brackley and is a primary school music specialist in South Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. He was the director of Brackley Music School for thirteen years and as such is well known to many in the town.

He took a diploma in classical guitar at the Royal Academy of Music in 1989 but now mainly uses his guitar to accompany children's singing. He is, however, adept at playing in many guitar styles and is equally at home on the bass guitar, the classical and the steel-string guitar. He also taught folk guitar for many years for the Adult Education Service.

He plays electric bass guitar in quite a few bands these days, ranging in style from big band jazz to a folk group called Scarecrow who perform at many folk clubs and festivals around the country. In this group Rey also plays flute, recorder and Irish whistle.

Rey Lear

Anna Lockett

Anna Lockett studied the harp at Colchester School of Music where she gained her degree and then later studied with Imogen Barford, Professor of Harp, at Guildhall School of Music obtaining her harp teachers licentiate. She is now a freelance harpist, which includes recitals, concertos and performing at weddings and other functions. She also performs in a locally renowned folk band. She has worked with orchestras in Oxford and the Midlands, including Oxford Symphony Orchestra. Anna also teaches the harp and coaches for the Oxfordshire County Youth Orchestra.

Anna Lockett

Matt Platt

Matt Platt began lessons on the cello at 7, but it was the piano that became his passion and instrument of choice. In 1985 he gained his music degree and performer of the year at Cambridge, and teaching diploma at the Guildhall School of music. In a varied and exciting career, he has written numerous pieces of music for TV and film and has featured on Radio 2. Matt has recorded and played for Whitsnake, Albert Lee and other artists. From solo piano to full band, he has entertained clients from Tim Rice to Max Clifford. He formed MP3 in 2000 (the Matt Platt trio) a jazz funk outfit which led to countless gigs and a strong following in the Buckinghamshire and surrounding counties. Matt has written and produced many original albums and has put together sessions in many genres. He has toured major theatres, from the Hammersmith Apollo to The Stables, which is one of Matt's favourite venues locally. Matt was MD for the successful Memphis King tours for two years. He coaches all styles on the piano, and leads performance groups of young people to a top level at professional venues, producing sell out shows at the Mill Arts centre in Banbury for the last 7 years.

Matt Platt

Emma Pountney

The Antonius Players are occassionally joined by Emma Pountney.

Emma started learning the clarinet at eight years old. After playing with the Essex Youth Orchestra for three years, she toured with The European Youth Wind Orchestra in 1995. She studied for a degree at Trinity College of Music, London and recently completed a postgraduate in performance at the University of Stavanger, Norway. During her time in Norway, she formed a quintet with members of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and worked there as a conductor, teacher and freelance clarinettist.

She now lives and works in Nottingham and is principal clarinet with the Nottingham Philharmonic.

Emma Pountney

Martin Quinn

Martin studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Anthony Roden and is currently learning with Justin Lavender. He has worked with many of Britain's leading opera companies, roles include: Ruiz Il Trovatore and Morales Carmen (Stowe Opera), Leonard Merryll Yeomen of the Guard (BYO, Lindbury Studio, Covent Garden), Strephon Iolanthe (Guildford Opera), Ernesto Don Pasquale (Pavilion Opera-Manila, Philippines), Dr Blind Die Fledermaus/ Goro Madam Butterfly (Opera Box). He has also worked extensively in opera chorus: The Abduction from the Seraglio (BYO, Lindbury Studio, Covent Garden), Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, Rusalka, Der Rosenkavlier (Spoleto Festival, Italy) and La Traviata/ Don Giovanni (English Touring Opera). Recent concert engagements have included: Mozart Requiem (Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford) and Coronation Mass with Emma Kirkby, Messiah, West Side Story Suites 'Action' (Oxford Philomusica), Song of Creation by Will Todd (premiere), Mahler's Symphony No.8 (Wholsey Orchestra, Ipswich under Peter Stark) and Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings (Stamford Chamber Orchestra), Beethoven Symphony No.9 (Bardi Orchestra), Mozart Coronation Mass (Woodstock Music Society), Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle/ Bach St. John Passion/ Israel in Eygpt (St. James Singers, Warwick) and Don Jose Carmen (Bicester Choral Society).

Martin has recorded for Chandos, BBC Music Magazine, BBC Television and has appeared at the Classical Brit Awards 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2008.

Martin Quinn

Rachel Selvidge

After achieving a distinction in Performance at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Rachel played professionally with the highly acclaimed Chameleon Wind Quintet for several years. She left full-time playing to work in Music Education, firstly at the Wigmore Hall, then as Manager of the Education Department at the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, leaving to work as a freelance consultant in this field. Luckily she still manages to squeeze in time to do the odd concert with the Antonius Players and the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra!

Rachel Selvidge

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