Carollyn Eden was born in Ashton-under-Lyne and grew up in Leeds where from a very early age music became one of her greatest joys. She took every opportunity to sing and play music, learning the flute and the piano and becoming a cantor at Leeds Cathedral. At eighteen she won the  Harrogate Young Musician of the Festival as a pianist and that year came to London to study piano at the Guildhall School of Music. Her true passion being singing, on leaving the Guildhall she set out on the journey of becoming a singer, studying with many highly esteemed teachers such as Mary Hammond, Paula Anglin, Emma Kirkby and Sally Burgess and  also studying acting at Richmond Drama School and with the inspired coach Delia Lindon. She immersed  herself in all styles of music including classical, jazz, folk, celtic rock and musical theatre. This led her to songwriting and performing as Astraea, through which she met her husband to be, composer Mark Glentworth and with whom she has collaborated on songs and as a librettist on two operas. As a singer Carollyn has performed in a diverse cross section of music from early music groups to experimental projects, including  performances at the Brighton Festival, Waterloo Tunnels and the ICA with composer Alex Nikiporenko and artist Matthew Stone.

Carollyn is  a founder member of  the Nightingale Consort and Nightingale Opera.

Alex McCartney (1991-) is a lutenist studying at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. His current tutors are William Carter and David Miller. Prior to taking up the lute, Alex studied classical guitar, first with Mark Curry and then with Robert Brightmore at GSMD.   

Continually in demand as an accompanist and soloist, Alex has performed extensively in the UK, working alongside artists such as Emma Kirkby and the Royal Ballet. Alex also enjoyed his recent television debut on BBC1.

Future plans include a solo lute CD on the early music label Veterum Musica.

In December 2010 Alex founded Poeticall Musicke, an early music group specialising in Renaissance to Mid-Baroque music.

www.alexmccartney.co.uk




Hannah Monaghan (neé Lloyd) began learning cello at age seven and at the age of twelve began studying with Nancy Green at the Junior Guildhall, and later with Selma Gokcen.  She embarked on a music degree at Royal Holloway College, University of London in 1998, staying on to complete a masters degree in performance and ethnomusicology.  She then became a scholarship holder at the Royal College of Music where she undertook a post graduate diploma in early music. Hannah’s performing experience has been exciting and diverse, from playing in cello ensembles at the Wigmore Hall as part of the inaugural concert of the London Cello Society, to frequently being seen busking with a string quartet in Covent Garden!  As well as performing extensively with string quartets and other chamber groups up and down the country she has also appeared on stage with various pop/rock bands, notably with the jazz/funk band Winter Roberts and with the electric pop band Temposhark. 
Counterbalancing Hannah’s love of early music is a strong enthusiasm for contemporary music.  Hannah has taken part in various projects with EMFEB (“Every Music For Every Body”), a Hackney-based ensemble which focuses on bringing newly composed works into the public arena.  Hannah has worked closely with contemporary composers in the past, including film composer Kim Halliday for whom she recorded part of his soundtrack to the horror film “Credo.”.

Hannah is also a founder member of the Nightingale Consort.