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Manus Wind Trio

The Manus Wind Trio consists of the following players:

Caroline Li – Flute

Caroline studied flute at the Royal Academy of Music with Sebastian Bell and Michael Cox where she gained her undergraduate and postgraduate degree with 1st class honours. On leaving the Academy Caroline went on to become Co-Principal flute with Southbank Sinfonia where she travelled extensively; she had since performed with a variety of orchestras including the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

During her career Caroline has performed on television with artists such as Elton John and Andrea Bocelli and currently performs regularly in the West End on the popular shows Les Misérables and The Phantom Of The Opera. Caroline has recently started to learn to play a variety of ethnic flutes such as the Indian Bansuri which features heavily in the Lion King, which is the newest show to her repertoire. Caroline is in high demand as a teacher and holds flute positions at the Junior Guildhall School Of Music, Westminster School, Radley College and Uppingham School.

David Rix – Clarinet

David has held teaching positions at the King’s school Canterbury, Wandsworth Boy’s School, for whose choir Benjamin Britten wrote several works, Alleyn’s School and currently Oakham. Throughout this time he has been solo clarinettist for Richard Hickox with whom he recorded all of Britten’s operas including Peter Grimes, which won a Grammy. David has performed with all the London Orchestras and been involved in two hundred or so commercial recordings. He is a regular guest at the BBC Concert Orchestra which usefully fulfills his love of lighter styles including recent appearances with Kylie Minogue and Andrea Bocelli.

Louise Watson – Bassoon

Louise Watson is from Manchester and began her bassoon studies aged 15 at Chethams’ School of Music before moving south to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London, gaining a BMUS (Hons), a LRAM teaching diploma and a postgraduate diploma. She has a keen interest in chamber music and is a member of the Camarilla Ensemble, who held a chamber music fellowship at the R.A.M for two years and won the Royal Overseas League competition in 2007. Louise has played with many major orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Halle, Philharmonia Orchestra, Welsh National Opera Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, and the London Sinfonietta and has played at Grange Park Opera for the last four years. She has worked on west end shows including the Wizard of Oz and Sweeney Todd and has performed with Andrea Bocelli, Katherine Jenkins, Sir Elton John, Michael Ball, Lesley Garret and the Kaiser Chiefs amongst others. Louise loves to travel and her musical adventures have taken her to places such as Mumbai, Rio de Janiero, Antartica, Kazakstan, the South Pacific, Chile and all over Europe. Louise also loves handbags and tries to buy one from each country she visits.