The Inventus Quintet comprises of 4th year students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The quintet has a busy concert diary which takes it to various parts of the country. They have performed in numerous competitions, festivals and gigs all over UK. In 2018, they were invited to performed at the Chipping Camden and Leeds Music Festival and were winners of the Leamington Music Prize. This attracts a cheque of £1000 and a concert in the 2018/19 Leamington Music Winter Season. The Quintet also provides outreach programmes for schools.
Zulhafeez Zainuri - Clarinet
Zulhafeez Zainuri was born in Singapore and started playing the clarinet at 13 in his school band. He went on to Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts for three years to pursue a Diploma in Music Performance under Tang Xiao Ping, clarinettist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He continued to play in various wind ensembles and orchestras and was co-founder of the Neo Chalumeau Consort in 2012. He then served two years in the Singapore Armed Forces Band as a military musician. Performing for parades and functions and had the opportunity to play in Military Tattoos in Edinburgh and Basel.
At the Conservatoire, he is studying with Anna Hashimoto, Douglas Mitchell, Sally Harrop and Oliver Janes and is involve in various school orchestral and ensemble projects.
Tommy Hill - Oboe
Tommy Hill is from Hull and has since, been principal oboist of the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia ad City of Hull Youth Symphony Orchestra, played for the Hull Bach Choir, Hull Choiral Union and performed Marcello's Oboe Concerto in D minor with the Hull Invitation Orchestra. With the Northern Academy of Performing Arts, he has played in musicals like Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. More recently he has played with the CBSO Youth Orchestra and joined the BIrmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, which makes and annual tour in the United Kingdom.
Faith - Flute
Sijing Tu (Faith) was born in China and was raised in Singapore from the age of ten. There she was taught by Roberto Alvarez, principal piccolo of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. She has won a number of prestigious prizes in Singapore. Current she is studying at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under Marie-Christine Zupancic, principal flute of CBSO. Sijing has participated in masterclasses with well-known flautist including William Bennett, Denis Bouriakov, Paul Edmond Davies, Julien Beaudiment and Michel Bellanvance.
Mark Wilson - Bassoon
Mark Wilson grew up in Hertfordshire. Having achieved post grade 8 in bassoon, piano, organ and voice, he was awarded two scholarships to study at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2014. In 2016 and 2017, he won the Nicholas Hunka Bassoon Prize and Conservatoire Woodwind Prize respectively. He currently studies bassoon with Ben Hudson, John Orford, Gareth Twigg and Rachel Whibley and the baroque bassoon with Ursula Leveaux and Andrew Watts. He also plays the dulcian, crumhorn and other early reeds and sings counter tenor in the choir of Worcester Cathedral. He works as an extra player for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of Ancient Music.
Henry Wright - Horn
Henry Wright was born in Maidstone and took up the horn at age 8. After school in West London, he went to Purcell School in 2013 for two years, before winning a scholarship to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he is studying with Simon de Souza and natural horn with David Bentley. His involvement with Kent Music goes back nine years and includes membership of the County Youth Orchestra since 2012. He has been a member of the National Youth Wind Orchestra from 2015-2017 and the CBSO Youth Orchestra since 2015. He has also performed with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and the Young Musicians Orchestra