Richard Ormrod grew up in Cardiff and made his first concerto appearance at the age of 10 playing Mozart with the South Glamorgan Youth Orchestra before going on to study at Wells Cathedral School with Michael Young, and at King’s College, Cambridge, where he completed his MA. As a postgraduate, he was a student of Eliso Virsaladze at the Moscow Conservatory. (more…)
Heather was born in Adelaide, South Australia and came to the UK to take up studies at the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Christopher Bunting & Amaryllis Fleming, during which time she won the Australia Prize of the Royal Overseas League Competition. (more…)
Elisa Netzer is a young and emerging Swiss harpist. Despite her young age, she has performed as soloist with the Arturo Toscanini Symphony Orchestra, Solisti della Svizzera Italiana Orchestra, Parma Conservatory Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra mandolinistica di Lugano and Orchestra mandolinista di Modena. In 2013 Elisa made her international solo debut in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Hermitage Theatre with the Hermitage State Orchestra, invited by the Musical Olympus Festival as a young emerging soloist.
Since graduating in 2007 Mary has pursued a varied career as an orchestral and chamber musician and teacher. She has worked as guest leader of the Edinburgh Quartet as well as performing with the Endellion Quartet. Mary regularly plays with most of the leading chamber orchestras in Britain including Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata and Britten Sinfonia as well as period orchestras such as OAE and ORR.
Oliver was guest principal viola with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Schloss Esterhazy in Eisenstadt (where the composer Haydn lived and worked) and performed at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh Festival with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. He has recorded a CD of Handel arias with Classical Opera and the tenor Alan Clayton, and performed and recorded J.S.Bach and C.P.E Bach Magnificats as principal viola with the baroque orchestra, Arcangelo
Nia was born in Cardiff and has studied violin with Marion Mattison, Nina Martin, Peter Cropper and Kryzystof Smietana. A MacMyn scholar on the BMus course at Manchester University, she received weekly chamber music coaching from members of the Lindsay string quartet. She leads many orchestras including Swansea City Opera, British Sinfonietta, Dartington Festival Orchestra and the Welsh Session Orchestra.
Sioned Gwen was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales. She gained her M.Mus. degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and completed her post graduate studies on their Opera Course in 2012. Sioned Gwen is one of the first recipients of a Career Development Award from the Bryn Terfel Foundation.
Welsh soprano Sara Lian Owen is a graduate of the opera course at the Royal Academy of Music where she was the Howard Milner Scholar. She continues her studies with Janice Chapman.
In recent years, Sara has won the coveted Osborne Roberts Blue Riband Prize at The National Eisteddfod, was a semi-finalist in the Mozart Competition and finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary competition.