Naomi Burrell is a violinist and creative workshop leader based in London. As a player her specialism lies in historical performance practice and she performs, tours and records regularly with many of the leading ensembles in the UK, including Solomon’s Knot, Academy of Ancient Music, Dunedin Consort, Brecon Baroque and La Nuova Musica. Also a keen singer, improviser and composer, Naomi enjoys embracing a wide variety of styles including with several bands: ‘Badinage’, a french pub songs folk ensemble, ’Quilta’ who perform english songs from across the eras and ‘Dissolute Society’, a free jazz collective. This eclectic taste in music is central to her philosophy and tool kit for her creative workshops in educational and community settings: to make all kinds of music accessible to all people.
She has shared music with young people in many different guises, as a workshop leader or player with Britten Sinfonia, OAE Education, London Music Masters, NYO Inspire, Glyndebourne, Creative Futures, Arts First, MiSST and Pro Corda. She has also devised and lead her own workshops for ensembles on repertoire such as Haydn’s Creation, Handel's Water Music, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Boccherini’s Fandango. She enjoys developing existing classical works such as a new community piece with composer Kerry Andrews for the Landmark Trust (2015) or devising completely new work such as a song writing project with primary schools for City of London Sinfonia Education (2016). Her developing interest in working with vulnerable adults has come to recent fruition through her time with Choir With No Name and Streetwise Opera, and through Pro Corda, she has lead some exciting SEN projects including a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Joseph' (2016).
Naomi integrates her Dalcroze and Kodaly training into workshops making the experience physical, creative and singing based. She draws on her intensive training with Spitalfields Music Learning and Participation Training Scheme, 2014-15 and lifelong experience of her own mother’s inspirational teaching as music therapist, Dalcroze practitioner and since 2014, Head of Early Years for Berkshire Maestros.