Linda Grace (Producer)
Linda is a Mezzo-Soprano who regularly performs in the Sussex area and has also sung as a soloist with Opera South-East. Baroque Opera Live is a project close to Linda’s heart as it combines a number of her skills with her love of baroque music.
Dr Brian Hick (Baroque Adviser)
Born in Shrewsbury in 1945, Dr Brian Hick has led a complex professional life. Trained at Birkbeck College and Drama Centre, London, he worked in professional theatre before coming into education.
He has directed opera, theatre and musicals, including the first modern revival of Kipling’s The Harbour Watch and the world premiere of Ken Robert’s Quel Weekend. In the Baroque repertoire he has twice directed Handel’s Acis and Galatea. He has written for a range of newspapers and for over twenty years been a feature writer for Musical Opinion. He is currently Editor Emeritus and a regular contributor to The Organ, which he edited for 15 years.
He lectures regularly and has presented illustrated talks on Handel at the Buxton and Three Choirs Festivals, with extensive research on the use of the organ as a continuo instrument in baroque opera and oratorio. During the Handel anniversary year 2009 he directed a large range of events under the title Handel in Hastings.
He undertook the research which supported the full restoration of the 1760 Snetzler organ in Hastings Unitarian Church and wrote the fully illustrated account of this in The Hastings Snetzler, published in October 2010.
He has presented his own verse at the St Leonards Festival and subsequent events both locally and across the country, and has two poetry collections currently in print as well as contributing to national poetry collections.
He holds a Doctorate in Education from Sussex University, and is currently a Senior Consultant with Education London, and lives with his wife in St Leonards on Sea, where they been since 1980.
Duncan Reid (Musical Director)
Duncan Reid was born in South East London, where he studied the piano with Alice Goossens and Herbert Shead. Having read music at Cambridge University, subsequent years were spent gaining experience in Italy. He now lives in East Sussex, enjoying a freelance musical career as a choir director, piano teacher, accompanist, arranger and composer. As Music Director of Winchelsea Singers and InHouseOpera, Duncan has been associated with costumed and concert performances of various works including Handel’s Jephtha and Semele, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Gluck’s Orfeo, Mozart’s Magic Flute and Bizet’s Carmen. He is also the regular accompanist for Battle choral society and loves accompanying singers in general.