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The Holloway-Schmitz Duo  comprises Michelle Holloway, recorders and Micaela Schmitz, harpsichord. 
The members of the duo are established early music specialists in their own right. Michelle Holloway and Micaela Schmitz first came together in 2011, playing music to accompany dances of Jane Austen’s day. They are now developing programmes and educational work to share the riches of the Baroque era with a wider audience.

French baroque music, like French wine, is the best the art can offer; subtle, sophisticated and exuding a rare majesty. The duo aim to give listeners a friendly tour, making familiar the art of the Baroque at its height.

Since graduating from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2010 with a first class honours degree, Michelle Holloway has developed a varied musical career. As a performer, she plays with the 7-piece folk band The Bonfire Radicals and the contemporary ensemble Decibel which sees the recorder as an integral part of a 9 piece amplified ensemble.  She has performed in venues up and down the country, including King’s Place and the ‘Cadogen Hall’ in London, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, and a variety of folk clubs and festivals. Additionally, she has recently completed a European tour of Sebastian Mattias’ ‘Danserye’, a music and dance collaboration based on the work of the same name by the Renaissance composer Theilman Susato.
Michelle has a passion for music education, teaching all ages in a wide ranger of environments. In September 2011, she became the Conductor of the Birmingham Schools’ Recorder Sinfonia, and also conducts for the National Youth Recorder Orchestra. Michelle also volunteers with several community music projects, including songwriting projects with mental health service users and a homeless choir.

Micaela Schmitz (originally from the U.S.) specialises in early keyboard instruments, including harpsichord, fortepiano and clavichord. She earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts under Arthur Haas at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, New York. This was pre-ceded by a first degree in Music at U.C. Berkeley, and a Masters in Choral Conducting. She spent two years studying with Jacques Ogg and Bart van Oort at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. As a soloist she has received acclaim for her performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which features a pre-concert talk.

She has performed with Laurence Cummings, Paul Simmonds (duo keyboard repertoire); gambist Jacqui Robertson-Wade, and with Cathryn Dew, recorders.  Her ensemble Lady Georgianna offers costumed 18th-century presentations and she performs with Nella Hunkins in the Bach Duo. She delivers arts workshops with Early Music in the Vale, is Education Officer for the Chipping Campden Music Festival, and has run early music ensembles for young people. She edits the magazine Harpsichord & Fortepiano, and received a Finzi Trust Scholarship in 2008-9 to research and edit 18th-century songs.
 

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