Mike Escreet first came to music through singing in choirs, both at church and at school, and sometime after his voice broke realised he was missing all the music making he had done, so when the headmaster advertised for someone to learn the double bass he volunteered. (more…)
Sara is from Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, where she was taught the violin by Almut Bone and Margaret Scourse before taking up the viola at the age of 15. (more…)
Dublin-born Lucy is currently enjoying a busy career as a chamber musician and teacher. She graduated with highest honours from the Royal Northern College of Music with a Bachelor Degree, a Master Degree in Solo Performance and an International Artist Diploma in Orchestral String Leadership, completed in conjunction with the Hallé. Her teachers have included Simon Aspell of the Vanbrugh Quartet, the late Roger Bigley, and Louise Lansdown. (more…)
Welsh violinist Elenid Owen has, for the past twenty-four years, been a member of the Paris based Ludwig String Quartet, giving over 1500 concerts and master classes worldwide and recording 20 CDs for ‘Naxos’, ‘Naïve’ and ‘Universal’ labels. In 2012 she was made Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Ministry for Culture for her contribution to music in France.
Originally from Carmarthen, Anne Denholm is one of Britain’s leading young harpists and is Official Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales. Anne received her Master’s degree from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London with distinction, graduating with a Regency Award for notable achievement and as the first ever harpist to win the historic RAM Club Prize. (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.