Stacey Boal was born in Revelstoke, BC in 1951. The eldest child in a large musical family, Stacey first played recorder with her parents and their friends. In her teens, she played consorts and took recorder workshops in BC and California, studying with Martha Bixler, Kenneth Wollitz, and Michel Piguet. She also worked for a number of years with James Kennedy in Victoria, both as a disciple and as a colleague. Stacey earned her degree in violin at UBC, and joined the Victoria Symphony in 1976. She continues to play viola in the Symphony and to teach recorder and upper strings at the Victoria Conservatory, and is acknowledged as the foremost proponent of recorders and recorder music in Victoria.
Stacey plays recorder, crumhorn, cornamuse and drums
Ann Fraser hails from the US, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in violin performance at the University of Idaho at Moscow. She emigrated to Canada in 1982, and played violin with the Victoria Symphony until 1991. Injuries forced her out of a full-time position, but she was able to regain her violin playing and broaden her skills into other disciplines, including early music, writing and arranging. Her musical training also includes piano, flute, oboe, recorder and voice. She lends her talents to groups such as the Palm Court Orchestra, the Vancouver Island Symphony, Vox Humana, the St. Christopher Singers, and now we are happy to welcome her to "A Great Noyse". (And yes, she and Bob are married, for 20 years now).
Ann plays recorder, crumhorn, rebec and drums
Born in Neepawa, MB, Robert is a graduate of three universities: Brandon (music education), McGill (trombone performance), and Victoria (M.A. in performance/musicology). His interest in Early Music comes mainly through choral singing, most recently with the St. Christopher's Singers of Christ Church Cathedral and the chamber choir, Vox Humana. Best known to Victoria audiences as the bass trombonist in the Victoria Symphony, Robert also performs with groups as diverse as Hermann's Monday Night Big Band and the Palm Court Orchestra. When he purchased a sackbut on eBay in September 2007, word got out and he was quickly invited to become a part of A Great Noyse.
Bob plays recorder, crumhorn, cornamuse, sackbut and drums
Born and raised in Edmonton, Katrina Russell holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Performance from The University of Victoria and a Graduate Diploma in Historical Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. In 1992 Katrina moved to London, England where she spent eighteen years playing both modern and historical bassoons. She has played and recorded with many of the period instrument ensembles in Britain and Europe, including The English Concert, The King’s Consort, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music, The Hanover Band, The Gabrieli Consort and Players, L’Orchestre de la Champs Elysees, The Orchestra of “The Sixteen”, and The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. In 2010, she and her husband moved to Vancouver Island near Ladysmith. Katrina is on faculty at the Nanaimo Conservatory of Music and makes regular appearances with the Vancouver Island Symphony as well as the Victoria Baroque Players, Pacific Baroque Orchestra and Early Music Vancouver.
Bill Jamieson graduated from the University of Toronto in 1976 with a Bachelor of Music Performance, majoring on French Horn. While at university, he also got hooked on Medieval and Renaissance wind music, studying and performing in the early music program. After a brief symphonic career on horn, Bill made the difficult decision to pursue a different career path. Six years later, emerging as a freshly minted Chartered Accountant, Bill returned to playing professionally on a part-time basis, as Principal Horn with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra for several seasons. While maintaining his busy accounting practice in Victoria, Bill rekindled his old passion for early music, co-founding A Great Noyse in 2007.
Bill plays recorder, crumhorn, cornett, smallpipes, shawm and drums
Born in Ithaca, New York, with Cornell University as his childhood playground, Cuyler became a musical omnivore due to all the concerts at the campus. Early music became a personal passion while attending the UBC School of Music in the early 1960s. In 1969 he was a founder of the Vancouver Society for Early Music. During 30 years in the Okanagan, he played bassoon with the Okanagan and Kamloops Symphonies and many other performing groups; and in the 1970s, co-founded the Early Music Band, dedicated to Renaissance music. Cuyler plays recorder, crumhorn, shawm, dulcian and drums.
In 2012, Cuyler moved to the Interior of B.C. and is no longer a regular performer with A Great Noyse. As a founding member of the group, he continues to be an influence and inspiration to the group.