Antonina Machowska 

A graduate of Musicology at the Jagiellonian University, since 1995,  A-Level teacher and deputy director of the Polish Saturday School in Milford (Surrey). Vice-President of the Polish Education Society in London. During her activity at PSS in Milford ran a school instrumental group. Jury member since the beginning of the Festival of Applause.

Interests: music, mountains, travel and everything related to nature. She is currently working at one of the London City companies.

Marcin CHatys 

Bassist and double bassist, graduate of the bass guitar at the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the Music Academy of Karol Szymanowski in Katowice and the Krakow School of Jazz Music in the classes of bass and double bass. He is a session musician active for about 20 years. He had the pleasure of working, among others, with Ronnie Burrage, Kevin Mahogany, Gerald Smith, Wane Ellington, Peter Francis, Mieczysław Szcześniak, Marek Bałata, Ryszard Rynkowski, and Michał Wierba. He also works for the Juliusz Slowacki Theatre, Ludowy Theatre and New Theatre in Krakow.

Andrzej Jaworski 

He graduated from High School Henryk Sienkiewicz in Kędzierzyn-Koźle. A graduate of the Music Academy Karol Szymanowski in Katowice in the direction of Jazz and stage music, the speciality of jazz guitar in the class of prof. Karol Ferfecki. In addition, he graduated from the University of Economics in Wroclaw at the faculty in Jelenia Góra and the University of Economics in Krakow. In the years 2012-2014, he was active in the Krakow music milieu. He lives in Warsaw since 2014. As a session guitarist and music producer, he collaborates in creating works for many artists and performs commercial productions. In addition to his activity as a musician and music producer, he runs his own concert agency, in which he books concerts for well-known artists from the Polish artistic world. As a guitarist, he permanently collaborates with such artists as: Marcin Sójka, Szymon Chodyniecki, Accantus Live Band and performs in the music program entitled "What's the melody?". In his career so far, he has played hundreds of concerts throughout Poland and abroad. As a session musician, he performed on one stage with many Polish and foreign artists such as: Bryan Adams, Shakin 'Stevens, Sandra, Gordon Haskell, Thomas Anders, Marcin Sójka, Szymon Chodyniecki, Accantus, Leszek Stanek, Mikołaj Krawczyk, KASA, Jorge Blanco, Liroy, Cleo, Aleksandra Szwed, Lanberry, Sabina Sago, Krzysztof Kiljański, Honorata Skarbek, Natalia Niemen, and Andrzej Dąbrowski.

Kacper Gruntkowski 

Vocalist. He set his first steps on stage at the age of nine, for about 10 years sang in 3 different choirs in Wyrzysk (inter-school, chamber and male), under the conduct of Piotr Jańczak.

He won two awards during the 11th International Italian Song Festival "La Scarpa Italiana".

Collaborated with Simon Ellis, (producer including Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Westlife), with whom they created the song "These tears run dry", with which they took part in Polish preselections for the Eurovision Song Contest.

From the beginning associated with the Aplauz Festival.

Maksimilian Pach 

Drummer. Born in Tarnow. Been playing drums since he was 11 when he started attending Tarnow Music School. He is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Krakow and Katowice at the department of jazz and stage music. Individually, he is the winner of the competition on the percussion set as part of the international Opole percussion festival, as well as other competitions and festivals. Taking parts in loads of radio and television programs in Poland. He has collaborated with Janusz Muniak, Mikołaj Krawczyk, Anna Wyszkoni, K.A.S.A, Honorata Skrabek, Paulla, etc.

Paweł Harańczyk

Pianist, composer, producer and arranger. A graduate of the Academy of Music in Krakow and the Academy of Music in Katowice at the department of jazz and stage music. Took lessons from the best Polish pianists in the sphere of jazz, entertainment and classical music, such as: Wojciech Niedziela, Piotr Wyleżoł, Wojciech Świtała, Mirosław Herbowski, Piotr Grodecki, and Elżbieta Hoffman. 1st prize winner and Grand Prix in the 3rd Małopolska Piano Competition. Ignacy Jan Paderewski Tarnow - Kasna Dolna.

He played and collaborated with such artists as: Kevin Mahogany, Junior Robinson, Harriet Lewis, Mieczysław Szcześniak, Janusz Szrom, Ewa Uryga, Ryszard Rynkowski, Ania Wyszkoni, Mateusz Mijal, Renata Przemyk, Liber, Mateusz Ziółko.

He has performed in England, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Russia, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine and many Polish cities.

He is an active musician who plays in bands: Susanna, SHA, Haranczyk-Marek, Kaśka Sochacka, Sync Wave, and Liebentrop.

A composer of theatre music. Composed music for several dozens of theater performances. For three years associated with the New Theater in Krakow, in which he composes, arranges and performs live music for theater performances. He also created his music at the New Theatre in Łodz, the Fredro Theatre in Gniezno, the Second Sphere Theatre in Warsaw, the Ludowy Theater in Krakow, the New Theatre in Slupsk, and the Barakah Theatre in Kraków. Took part in international theatre festivals: Primavera d'Europa 2014 in Turin, Solo Festival - Moscow 2017, Dialog Festival - Wroclaw 2013, Divine Comedy - Krakow 2013, Festival de Liege - Belgium 2015, ProTeza Festival - Bratislava 2016.

Darren Bathell

A versatile performer from Sydney, Darren started his professional career in stage shows

performing at such venues as The Opera House, The Capitol Theatre, Sydney

Entertainment Centre and The Enmore to name a few.

Darren has played all over the Sydney club circuit while still involving himself in stage

shows including the multi-million dollar production of Peter Pan at The Capitol Theatre.

The last 10 years has seen Darren performing all over the world from cruise ships to 5-

star hotels around Europe and most recently The Savoy, The Dorchester and the UK’s

most exclusive country hotel, Cowarth Park.

Bartosz Drzewiecki 

He is most associated with choral music, although he loves music in every form. Studied Music Education with Choir Conducting under the supervision of prof. Leszek Bajon, however, did not graduate with a diploma. For many years sang in the chamber choir of the Academy of Music in Poznań "Motet et Madrigal" with which gave concerts many times at various European festivals. Took part in the operas of Rossini and Wagner, and also appeared on the boards of several opera theatres in Europe. In spite of his musical passions, Bartosz is a psychologist. He graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.

In Peterborough he is a teacher of rhythmics at the Polish Saturday School.

The most important part of Bartosz's music life is running the English Glebe Singers choir at Market Deeping for the last 6 years, of which he is a conductor and music director.

He is supporting other local choirs and occasionally a friendly chamber choir Fermata from Poznan under the direction of Dr. Mateusz Sibilski.

In the past, he successfully led the Cantus Polonicum choir from Peterborough and the Fantazja children school band from Polish Saturday School.

Mariusz Urbaniak

Vocalist and vocal coach. Began his musical adventure in the amateur musical movement. Took part in the preparations for the musical "Romeo and Juliet" in the Buffo theatre in Warsaw. He took part in "Chance for the success"- national Polish Tv show- with Ewa Bem repertoire. In 2012, took part in the TV Show "Battle for voices" where he and the musical team of MEZO reached the final of the program. In the same year, he released his first single "Dzwonie do Ciebie", which appeared in the TV series "Colors of happiness" on national TVP2. Since then, he has been giving concerts and preparing material for a solo album.

 

Owner of the MEGAFON Recording Studio, which promotes young talented singers by inviting them to various festivals and concerts. Together with the Appetite for Culture Foundation, organises Danuta Rinn Festival in Poland. 

 

For 17 years, has been working with youth as a vocal coach, trying to pay attention to the "naturalness" of the vocalist. In addition to the knowledge gained in many courses, workshops, etc., he tries to share his stage experience. His students take part in many international and national competitions, they also succeed in television programs, including "From Kindergarten to Opole", "Little Giants", "The Voice Kids".

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