Belsize Village Musicians
Musicians who have residences in and around the Village
Artists can be contacted through the Village Association via the Contact page
Michel Barros Bessone
Musician Michel Barros Bessone sometimes plays in the local area. He is photographed here by Linda Grove playing the classical banjo very movingly outside St.Stephen's on Rosslyn Hill. Michel teaches the classical guitar, and performs in concerts or for small gatherings. He can be reached on 07452 018 662.
Pianist Hannah Gill – Pianist
Hannah Gill is the Organist and Director of Music at St. Peter's and St. Saviour's, Belsize Park. She is also the new Music Director of the Belsize Community Choir. Hannah lives in Belsize Square.
As a regular performer in concerts for the Guildhall Society of New Music, Hannah has a strong interest in contemporary music and has commissioned new works by both established and emerging composers. She has also enjoyed working with singer-songwriter Ana Silvera in performances at the Vortez Jazz Club and the Roundhouse Camden Town.
Nigel Kennedy – Classical and Jazz Violinist
A protégé of Yehudi Menuhin, Nigel Kennedy is the best selling classical violinist of all time. Nigel’s outstanding talent brings new perspectives to his varied repertoire which covers contemporary compositions, improvisations as well as classical works.
Nigel Kennedy and Friends performing in St Peters Belsize Square
Nigel lives in Belsize Lane and Krakow – Nigel Kennedy Record Store on Amazon
John Williams – Classical Guitarist
John Williams was initially taught guitar by his father who was an accomplished guitarist. From the age of eleven he attended summer courses with Andrés Segovia at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Later, Williams attended the Royal College of Music in London from 1956 to 1959, studying piano because the college did not have a guitar department at the time. Upon graduation, he was offered the opportunity to create such a department.
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Mo Foster – Noted Bassist & local author
In the mid 1960s Mo studied physics and mathematics at the University of Sussex. Once he graduated, a short spell as a laboratory research assistant convinced him that a career in music was preferable and, along with other ex-university pals, he formed a progressive jazz/rock group called Affinity, which was managed by the late Ronnie Scott.
From that time on his career blossomed into one of the most prestigious of any contemporary bass-guitar player. Mo is now established as a highly respected session musician, record producer, composer, author, and solo artist.
Mo lives in Belsize Village
David Stark – Drummer and Music Bizzer
Classic 60s/70s rock'n'blues and tribute band featuring drummer Dave Stark (of SongLink) with top players and singers including Dzal Martin, PJ Phillips and others.
Playing on the first Sunday of each month at North West London's top venue The Castle pub at 452 Finchley Road NW11, run by Denis Cook.
David David's music business is SongLink International
He lives in Belsize Crescent
Michelene Wandor – Writer, Musician and Poet
Michelene Wandor is a playwright, poet, short story writer, reviewer, broadcaster, theatre historian, musician and a teacher of creative writing. Michelene does readings of her own work, and performs Renaissance and Baroque music with my early music group, The Siena Ensemble.
Over the past decade the Early Music group has performed the previously little-known music of Salamone Rossi, the early 17th century Jewish composer from Mantua, contemporary of Monteverdi. They have produced a debut CD, Salamone Rossi Hebreo Mantovano (2002), the first CD produced in this country to contain a cross-section of Rossi's music. The CD was produced with the help of a Jewish Music Institute Millennium Lottery Fund Award.
Michelene lives in Belsize Lane