Laura Cannell MMus BMus – Director (p/t)
Laura Cannell was appointed as Director of the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust in October 2017. She has a keen interest and background in traditional music, rural customs and folklore. After completing her masters at the University of East Anglia she was a research assistant to the renowned British Folklorist and author, the late Jennifer Westwood, for her penguin published bestseller The Lore of the Land
Laura studied the recorder at London College of Music graduating with 1st class honours in Performance and where she was also a Woodwind Fellow, she was awarded a Masters in Performance Studies at the now defunct music department of the University of East anglia which was a great source of inspiration and where being only one of two people on a performance masters, she side-stepped to attend lectures and seminars in Electro-acoustic music and Sonic Arts and began composing and experimenting with new ways of playing old music.
She is a self taught fiddle player learning to play by ear around Norfolk and Suffolk sessions from the age of 16 and touring folk festivals in Canada at age 18.
Laura has released four critically acclaimed solo albums and is regularly broadcast on the BBC and international radio including Polish National Radio, BBC 6Music and BBC Radio 3 and 4 she has recorded live for Late Junction, In Tune, The Early Music Show, Radio 3’s Breakfast, Hear and Now, The World Service and Radio 4’s 15 minute play. She has performed on ITV, been featured in The Guardian, The Financial Times and has appeared in numerous End of Year lists, including The Wire Magazine’s Top 50, MOJO Magazine’s Top Ten Underground Albums and The Quietus Top Albums of the Year.
Laura regularly performs throughout the UK and Europe, recent festivals include Unsound Poland, Flow Helsinki, Meteo France, Norway, Holland and Denmark. She has performed solo at The Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and LSO St Luke’s and composed sound tracks for short films – recent work is hosted by the BFI. Recent projects include commissions for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, The Zuckerman Museum of Contemporary Art (US), and tours with the cellist Lori Goldston (Earth, Nirvana), a duo with This Heat drummer Charles Hayward and a series of new music/word performances under the heading Modern Ritual which tours the UK in 2018 and is funded by the Arts Council of England National Lottery Funding. www.lauracannell.co.uk
Alex Bartholomew – Administrator (p/t)
Alex joined the team in 2001 with no background in traditional music, but lots of enthusiasm. She still has bags of enthusiasm, and has also taken to folk music like a duck to water! Alex is also a classically trained violinist and music teacher, and plays in a ceilidh band who perform throughout East Anglia called Skylarking
All in a day’s work! Alex Bartholomew investigates an old custom at the EATMT Winter Tales event in 2004. Wassail Cup made by Hedingham Fair.