Dori Raphael is a freelance percussionist and timpanist based in London. She was educated at both the New Zealand School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama- graduating in 2016 with a First Class Masters of Performance in Orchestral Artistry. She was a Kiwi Music Scholar for 2015 and 2016, with added support from the Fame Trust and the Adams Foundation. She was an Artist Fellow at the Guildhall for 2015/16 as part of Beaten Track Ensemble- of which she is a founding member.
She has made multiple recordings for BBC Radio 3 through chamber music performances for BBC Symphony Orchestra’s Total Immersion at The Barbican and with Beaten Track at the Tate Modern for the UK premier of Calder Piece. She has played with major orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Cambridge Philharmonic and was Sub-principal percussion for Orchestra Wellington for four years.
Since 2011 she was a core member of New Zealand’s premier percussion ensemble Strike Percussion (NZ) for stage shows Between Zero and One by John Psathas and Elemental. This included critically acclaimed performances at NZ International Arts Festivals, a season at Q-Theatre (Auckland) and a tour to China.
She now performs regularly with orchestras and contemporary groups in London, is in collaboration with singer-songwriter Jo Girdlestone and teaches for Blackheath Conservatoire and Marie de Bry Arts Academy. She makes scheduled visits to her hometown of Wellington to perform each year. Dori is passionate about accessible and community music and is experienced in class teaching and workshop leading with Community Music Junction (NZ) and The Rig, London Music Masters and In Harmony Lambeth (UK).
Rosie Bergonzi is is a graduate of The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, having completed her masters in Advanced Instrumental Study in 2016 and being awarded a Fellowship in Percussion until 2017. She studied at Goldsmiths, University of London for her BMus, awarded in 2014 with First Class Honours. Her studies were generously funded by the Nick Jack Award and the Hilda Martindale Foundation.
She is now an active musician, with notable performances including a BBC prom with the Chineke! Orchestra; Musical Rumpus, an interactive opera for toddlers (2017); A sell out performance of Drumming, performed to Steve Reich himself (2016); a solo set in the Barbican’s Sound Unbound Festival (2015) and winning the Goldsmiths Concerto contest (2014) allowing her to perform as soloist in the Ney Rosaruo Vibraphone Concerto (2015).
Rosie is a founding member the all female percussion quartet Beaten Track Ensemble. She recently co-created Handpan and Saxophone duet Bubakiki who will release their debut EP in December 2017.
In addition to performing, Rosie is also passionate about creating music in a community setting. She leads and facilitates workshops including collaborative song-writing and instrumental pieces; delivering games and warm ups; and presenting sharings. She’s recently worked with English National Opera, Spitalfields Music, Wigmore Hall and the Chineke! Foundation to deliver music sessions to groups across the UK.