Violinist Rebecca Whitling rose to the occasion with startling grace, sometimes foregrounding one pure note while drawing reedy harmony form one or two others. Allen Stiles, on piano, was also immaculate” - Alex Varty, The Georgia Straight

The Musicians

AK Coope, clarinet

Clarinettist AK Coope is frequently heard with the Vancouver and Victoria Symphonies, Turning Point Ensemble, Victoria’s Aventa Ensemble, and the Vancouver New Music Ensemble, among others. She has performed both nationally and internationally including recent concerts across Eastern Canada, New York City and in Bali, Indonesia, and closer to home, in the tunnels and concentrator mill of Britannia Mine. As a composer, she has worked with members of Vancouver’s dance and theatre communities and in 2006, her first full-length musical, How I Became Queen, was premiered by Coquitlam’s Evergreen Cultural Centre. AK holds degrees from UBC and Northwestern University in Chicago and is on faculty at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

Rebecca Whitling, violin

Rebecca Whitling is a member of the first violin section of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and is Principal Second Violin of the CBC Radio Orchestra. A graduate of McGill and Indiana Universities, Rebecca has appeared as a chamber and orchestral musician at Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Ojai, Cabrillo, and Mountain View music festivals. As a member of the prize-winning Plymouth String Quartet, she performed at festivals and concert series in the U.S., Europe, and South America. Rebecca plays regularly with great musicians in all kinds of musical groups in Vancouver, including the Vancouver New Music Society, the Babayaga string quartet, the New Orchestra Workshop, the NU:BC ensemble, the Hard Rubber Orchestra, and the Tony Wilson Sextet. She has performed as soloist with the Vancouver Philharmonic, the Semiahmoo Strings, the Prince George Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Peggy Lee, cello

Cellist Peggy Lee performs frequently in Vancouver and elsewhere with the Turning Point Ensemble, Talking Pictures, the Tony Wilson Sextet, the New Orchestra Workshop, and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra. Her own group, the Peggy Lee Band, has released three CDs on Spool.

Allen Stiles, piano

Born and raised in Bella Coola, BC, Allen received his Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia studying under Lee Kum Sing. He is a founding member and artistic director of The Little Chamber Music Series That Could Society, and is a member of the contemporary chamber group Standing Wave. He is also a highly respected freelance pianist and teacher in the Vancouver area, and is on faculty at both the Langley Community Music School and Douglas College’s Community School. Recently Allen has expanded his interests to include conducting, and is currently Music Director for the Richmond Gateway Theatre’s annual winter musical theatre productions.

Vern Griffiths, percussion

Percussionist Vern Griffiths is quickly establishing himself as one of the prominent players in Vancouver's musical community. He joined the Vancouver Symphony as Principal Percussionist in 1997, and is also a member of the CBC Radio Orchestra, Standing Wave, and the percussion quartet Four Gallon Drum. He has earned degrees from UBC and the Manhattan School of Music, and now teaches at the UBC School of Music. He can also be heard on soundtracks to movies by Disney, Imax, PBS, and Dreamworks.

 

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