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Charis Jenson


Charis Jenson

violin

 

Charis started the violin in Bristol with Kathryn Hardman, a student of Gyorgy Pauk, and spent her early years playing with the Helios Quartet, co-leading the National Youth Orchestra GB and appearing as soloist throughout the South West. In 2005 she accepted a full ABRSM scholarship to study with Yossi Zivoni at the Royal College of Music, and on completing her undergraduate studies with a First, she was accepted into the class of Maciej Rakowski for the duration of her masters and artist diploma courses. During this time she was grateful for the support of Sir Roger and Lady Stephanie Carr, and a Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship Award. Numerous prizes whilst at the RCM included two Musicians Benevolent Fund Awards, a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award, and the Helen Just and Susan Connell Prize For Chamber Music twice. As a founding member of the Cavell Quartet, she attended the Trondheim International Chamber Festival and the London String Quartet Symposium, and performed at the Wigmore Hall, the opening of King's Place, and Cadogan Hall. She has also participated in solo masterclasses with musicians such as Michael Davis, Zsolt Tihamer-Visontay, and the late Hugh Bean CBE. While a student leading the RCM orchestras, Charis caught the attention of John Wilson, who went on to engage her to play in his orchestra. She has since gone on to establish herself as a core member of the John Wilson Orchestra, guesting Principal 2nd and Co-Principal 2nd. Recent projects include both Brahms Sextets at the Rottweil Sommersprossen Festival, performances with the Aurora Orchestra in a chamber Royal Opera House/Opera North co-production at the Royal Opera House and Snape Maltings, invitations to play Guest No. 2 with the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin,  leading the Winslow Opera Orchestra and a sold out performance of Brahms Double Concerto with sister Kirsten Jenson at St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol. Charis plays a Hendrik Jacobs from the 1680s, owned by Dr Michael and Jutta Wilson and kindly on loan from the Beares International Violin Society.

 

 

Charis Jenson


Charis Jenson

violin

 

Charis started the violin in Bristol with Kathryn Hardman, a student of Gyorgy Pauk, and spent her early years playing with the Helios Quartet, co-leading the National Youth Orchestra GB and appearing as soloist throughout the South West. In 2005 she accepted a full ABRSM scholarship to study with Yossi Zivoni at the Royal College of Music, and on completing her undergraduate studies with a First, she was accepted into the class of Maciej Rakowski for the duration of her masters and artist diploma courses. During this time she was grateful for the support of Sir Roger and Lady Stephanie Carr, and a Leverhulme Orchestral Mentorship Award. Numerous prizes whilst at the RCM included two Musicians Benevolent Fund Awards, a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award, and the Helen Just and Susan Connell Prize For Chamber Music twice. As a founding member of the Cavell Quartet, she attended the Trondheim International Chamber Festival and the London String Quartet Symposium, and performed at the Wigmore Hall, the opening of King's Place, and Cadogan Hall. She has also participated in solo masterclasses with musicians such as Michael Davis, Zsolt Tihamer-Visontay, and the late Hugh Bean CBE. While a student leading the RCM orchestras, Charis caught the attention of John Wilson, who went on to engage her to play in his orchestra. She has since gone on to establish herself as a core member of the John Wilson Orchestra, guesting Principal 2nd and Co-Principal 2nd. Recent projects include both Brahms Sextets at the Rottweil Sommersprossen Festival, performances with the Aurora Orchestra in a chamber Royal Opera House/Opera North co-production at the Royal Opera House and Snape Maltings, invitations to play Guest No. 2 with the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin,  leading the Winslow Opera Orchestra and a sold out performance of Brahms Double Concerto with sister Kirsten Jenson at St George's Brandon Hill, Bristol. Charis plays a Hendrik Jacobs from the 1680s, owned by Dr Michael and Jutta Wilson and kindly on loan from the Beares International Violin Society.

 

 

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Steven Crichlow


Steven Crichlow

violin

 

Steven Crichlow enjoys a varied musical career that combines orchestral performance with chamber music. He currently lives in Cardiff, where he is a member of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. As a freelancer, he played in orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, and the English National Ballet, among others, and has performed in major cities in Europe, China, the United States, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. His interest in playing new music led him to Crossing 32nd Street, a contemporary music ensemble based in Phoenix, Arizona. As one of its founding members, he worked closely with various composers, and went on to present several new works across the United States. Since moving to the United Kingdom, his passion for new music has led him to play with the London Sinfonietta and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Steven was also the 2nd Violinist in the Kaxan String Quartet, with whom he performed at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, Frome Chamber Music Series, and toured Bahrain – performing at the Bahrain Music Institute, playing live on Bahrain Radio, and serving as Guest Principal 2nd Violin with the Bahrain Sinfonia. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Steven strives to retain musical ties to his native country. He enjoys playing non-classical music and has appeared numerous times as a member of the Reggae Philharmonic, including performances at the O2 Arena with Reggae artist Sir John Holt. Steven’s primary teachers include Mateja Marinkovic, Katie McLin, Christian Teal, and Gerald Greer.

Steven Crichlow


Steven Crichlow

violin

 

Steven Crichlow enjoys a varied musical career that combines orchestral performance with chamber music. He currently lives in Cardiff, where he is a member of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. As a freelancer, he played in orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, and the English National Ballet, among others, and has performed in major cities in Europe, China, the United States, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. His interest in playing new music led him to Crossing 32nd Street, a contemporary music ensemble based in Phoenix, Arizona. As one of its founding members, he worked closely with various composers, and went on to present several new works across the United States. Since moving to the United Kingdom, his passion for new music has led him to play with the London Sinfonietta and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Steven was also the 2nd Violinist in the Kaxan String Quartet, with whom he performed at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Wigmore Hall, Frome Chamber Music Series, and toured Bahrain – performing at the Bahrain Music Institute, playing live on Bahrain Radio, and serving as Guest Principal 2nd Violin with the Bahrain Sinfonia. Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Steven strives to retain musical ties to his native country. He enjoys playing non-classical music and has appeared numerous times as a member of the Reggae Philharmonic, including performances at the O2 Arena with Reggae artist Sir John Holt. Steven’s primary teachers include Mateja Marinkovic, Katie McLin, Christian Teal, and Gerald Greer.

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Tadasuke Iijima


Tadasuke Iijima

violin

 

Tadasuke Iijima was born in Japan, and has previously studied under the guidance of Boris Kuschnir, Toshiya Eto, Zakhar Bron, Mayumi Fujikawa, and Rivka Golani. He has won numerous competitions, including the highest award at the Tokyo’s “New Stars of Music” Competition, First Prize at the Toshiya Eto Violin Competition, First Prize in the Soloist Competition with the Hamamatu Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Special Prize for performing a Contemporary Piece at the Heifetz International Violin Competition, and First Prize at the Uralsk International Violin Competition. He has also been awarded the Harold Craxton Prize and David Martin Concerto Prize at the Royal Academy of Music, and won the Vera Kantrovich Prize, Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto Competition, and the Trinity Laban Soloist's Competition at Trinity College of Music. Tadasuke has appeared as a soloist alongside the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo New City Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Kanagawa Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the West Kazakhstan Orchestra and has attended masterclasses by Ida Haendel and Edith Peinemann.

Tadasuke Iijima


Tadasuke Iijima

violin

 

Tadasuke Iijima was born in Japan, and has previously studied under the guidance of Boris Kuschnir, Toshiya Eto, Zakhar Bron, Mayumi Fujikawa, and Rivka Golani. He has won numerous competitions, including the highest award at the Tokyo’s “New Stars of Music” Competition, First Prize at the Toshiya Eto Violin Competition, First Prize in the Soloist Competition with the Hamamatu Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Special Prize for performing a Contemporary Piece at the Heifetz International Violin Competition, and First Prize at the Uralsk International Violin Competition. He has also been awarded the Harold Craxton Prize and David Martin Concerto Prize at the Royal Academy of Music, and won the Vera Kantrovich Prize, Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto Competition, and the Trinity Laban Soloist's Competition at Trinity College of Music. Tadasuke has appeared as a soloist alongside the Japan Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo New City Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Kanagawa Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and the West Kazakhstan Orchestra and has attended masterclasses by Ida Haendel and Edith Peinemann.

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Tam Mott


Tam Mott

violin

 

Tam was born and raised in Brighton, and for the past few years has been based in London. He read Music as an undergraduate at King’s College London, and then completed his Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was also awarded the LRAM. Most recently, he has studied under Professor Yair Kless, and during his time at the Academy, Tam studied under Diana Cummings. Before this, he learnt with Gabby Painter at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a member and Wingate Fellow of the Southbank Sinfonia during it’s 2014 season, where he also led the orchestra several times; a particular highlight was leading the orchestra in performances of Mozart’s Requiem in Notre-Dame de Paris with La Maîtrise Notre Dame de Paris (remarkably, a premiere performance in that venue), and in St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Early in his freelance career, Tam worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra before joining the Welsh National Opera Orchestra full time. He loves to play a diverse range of music, especially orchestral and chamber music, and solo performances have included concertos by Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, as well as the solos to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade and Capriccio Espagnol. You can also hear him on several albums, such as Katie Melua’s recent release, Ketevan. In his spare time, he loves to cycle, enjoy coffee, and to create decorative food art in a Japanese style. Tam plays on a contemporary violin my Marcello Villa, made in 2013. 

Tam Mott


Tam Mott

violin

 

Tam was born and raised in Brighton, and for the past few years has been based in London. He read Music as an undergraduate at King’s College London, and then completed his Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, where he was also awarded the LRAM. Most recently, he has studied under Professor Yair Kless, and during his time at the Academy, Tam studied under Diana Cummings. Before this, he learnt with Gabby Painter at the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a member and Wingate Fellow of the Southbank Sinfonia during it’s 2014 season, where he also led the orchestra several times; a particular highlight was leading the orchestra in performances of Mozart’s Requiem in Notre-Dame de Paris with La Maîtrise Notre Dame de Paris (remarkably, a premiere performance in that venue), and in St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Early in his freelance career, Tam worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra before joining the Welsh National Opera Orchestra full time. He loves to play a diverse range of music, especially orchestral and chamber music, and solo performances have included concertos by Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, as well as the solos to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade and Capriccio Espagnol. You can also hear him on several albums, such as Katie Melua’s recent release, Ketevan. In his spare time, he loves to cycle, enjoy coffee, and to create decorative food art in a Japanese style. Tam plays on a contemporary violin my Marcello Villa, made in 2013. 

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Lucy McKay


Lucy McKay

violin

 

Having completed her MMus and BMus at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Lucy built up her initial freelance work in the south of England whilst continuing her violin studies with Duncan Riddell. She recently returned to Manchester and as a result she enjoys a hugely varied freelance schedule, working regularly with various ensembles across the country such as Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Welsh National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In April 2016 Lucy performed the Brahms violin concerto with the Newbury Symphony Orchestra and she has also given recitals at the Winchester Festival and the Hawkshead Summer Series. Recently she has become more active in the non-orchestral and non-classical scenes, an element of her career that Project Instrumental has helped to fuel. In November 2016 she was part of the sextet from Sinfonia Cymru which toured the collaborative project ‘Birdsong’ with the singer-songwriter Kizzy Crawford and pianist Gwilym Simcock and earlier in the year she played for the Irwin Mitchell commission ‘New Seeing’ by composer/director Ben Cottrell at the Manchester Jazz Festival. Lucy plays on a 2016 violin by the Newark-based luthier Antoine Gourdon. 

Lucy McKay


Lucy McKay

violin

 

Having completed her MMus and BMus at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Lucy built up her initial freelance work in the south of England whilst continuing her violin studies with Duncan Riddell. She recently returned to Manchester and as a result she enjoys a hugely varied freelance schedule, working regularly with various ensembles across the country such as Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Welsh National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In April 2016 Lucy performed the Brahms violin concerto with the Newbury Symphony Orchestra and she has also given recitals at the Winchester Festival and the Hawkshead Summer Series. Recently she has become more active in the non-orchestral and non-classical scenes, an element of her career that Project Instrumental has helped to fuel. In November 2016 she was part of the sextet from Sinfonia Cymru which toured the collaborative project ‘Birdsong’ with the singer-songwriter Kizzy Crawford and pianist Gwilym Simcock and earlier in the year she played for the Irwin Mitchell commission ‘New Seeing’ by composer/director Ben Cottrell at the Manchester Jazz Festival. Lucy plays on a 2016 violin by the Newark-based luthier Antoine Gourdon. 

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Zanete Uskane


Zanete Uskane

violin

 

Zanete is originally from Latvia and regularly performs with orchestras, chamber groups and as a soloist around the country. After graduating from Royal Academy of Music in London, Zanete continued her education as a scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she won Vera Kantrovich Solo Bach Competition. Zanete enjoys exploring various musical styles and formats and as an alumni of Southbank Sinfonia she has performed multiple premieres, including Frank Zappa's '200 Motels' in Royal Festival Hall and Vioeleta Cruz's 'Cyanea' in Paris. As a soloist Zanete has performed all throughout Europe as well as USA and Russia, performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.2 solo with Southbank Sinfonia, J.S.Bach's Violin Concerto in a minor with Vidzemes Chamber Orchestra, broadcast on Latvia's Classical Radio. As a freelancer Zanete has performed with Welsh National Opera, London Sinfonietta and BBC Concert Orchestra. As a chamber musician Zanete has performed a range of string quartets such as Dvorak's 'American String Quartet', also including it in educational workshops in London and Guernsey, string trios and quartets by composers from the Terezin concentration camp as part of The Rest is Noise Festival in Southbank Centre and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's 'Antechrist' as part of Prom Portrait Plus series, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Zanete is very passionate about contemporary and cross-platform music and has collaborated with a number of popular music artists including Laura Marling, Squarepusher, Tony Hadley, ABC, Taio Cruz, Noah and the Whale and recently recorded with Submotion Orchestra.  

Zanete Uskane


Zanete Uskane

violin

 

Zanete is originally from Latvia and regularly performs with orchestras, chamber groups and as a soloist around the country. After graduating from Royal Academy of Music in London, Zanete continued her education as a scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she won Vera Kantrovich Solo Bach Competition. Zanete enjoys exploring various musical styles and formats and as an alumni of Southbank Sinfonia she has performed multiple premieres, including Frank Zappa's '200 Motels' in Royal Festival Hall and Vioeleta Cruz's 'Cyanea' in Paris. As a soloist Zanete has performed all throughout Europe as well as USA and Russia, performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No.2 solo with Southbank Sinfonia, J.S.Bach's Violin Concerto in a minor with Vidzemes Chamber Orchestra, broadcast on Latvia's Classical Radio. As a freelancer Zanete has performed with Welsh National Opera, London Sinfonietta and BBC Concert Orchestra. As a chamber musician Zanete has performed a range of string quartets such as Dvorak's 'American String Quartet', also including it in educational workshops in London and Guernsey, string trios and quartets by composers from the Terezin concentration camp as part of The Rest is Noise Festival in Southbank Centre and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies's 'Antechrist' as part of Prom Portrait Plus series, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. Zanete is very passionate about contemporary and cross-platform music and has collaborated with a number of popular music artists including Laura Marling, Squarepusher, Tony Hadley, ABC, Taio Cruz, Noah and the Whale and recently recorded with Submotion Orchestra.  

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Flora Curzon


Flora Curzon

violin

 

London-based violinist Flora Curzon is best known for her musical versatility. Performing on both 'historical' and 'modern' violin set ups, she is delighted to become a core member of the contemporary collective Project Instrumental and baroque band Volta Ensemble, and regularly works with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English String Orchestra and Armonico Consort. Whilst her background is in classical music, her musical horizons are broad: she is well versed in many styles of folk music and improvisation and has a keen interest in working with musicians from other cultures and with different art forms as a performer, improviser/composer, recording artist and backing vocalist. Her unique combination of interests and skills have sparked a fast growing and eclectic resumé of collaborations with artists including Sam Lee, Talvin Singh, Jocelyn Pook, Tcha Limberger, Sheema Mukherjee, She'koyekh, Hejira, Meilyr Jones, London Chamber Collective, London Sinfonietta, the Brodsky Quartet, Deafinitely Theatre, Bricolage and the Ceilidh Liberation Front. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where she was a member of the elite string ensemble (Royal Academy of Music Sainsbury Soloists), Flora studied modern violin with Maureen Smith and baroque violin with Elizabeth Wallfisch. She gained a top distinction and was awarded the DipRAM for an outstanding final recital in the summer of 2014. 

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Flora Curzon

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London-based violinist Flora Curzon is best known for her musical versatility. Performing on both 'historical' and 'modern' violin set ups, she is delighted to become a core member of the contemporary collective Project Instrumental and baroque band Volta Ensemble, and regularly works with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, English String Orchestra and Armonico Consort. Whilst her background is in classical music, her musical horizons are broad: she is well versed in many styles of folk music and improvisation and has a keen interest in working with musicians from other cultures and with different art forms as a performer, improviser/composer, recording artist and backing vocalist. Her unique combination of interests and skills have sparked a fast growing and eclectic resumé of collaborations with artists including Sam Lee, Talvin Singh, Jocelyn Pook, Tcha Limberger, Sheema Mukherjee, She'koyekh, Hejira, Meilyr Jones, London Chamber Collective, London Sinfonietta, the Brodsky Quartet, Deafinitely Theatre, Bricolage and the Ceilidh Liberation Front. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where she was a member of the elite string ensemble (Royal Academy of Music Sainsbury Soloists), Flora studied modern violin with Maureen Smith and baroque violin with Elizabeth Wallfisch. She gained a top distinction and was awarded the DipRAM for an outstanding final recital in the summer of 2014. 

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Kirsten Jenson


Kirsten Jenson

cello

 

Kirsten began cello lessons in Bristol with Avril Rump, moving to London to study with Louise Hopkins and Leonid Gorokhov at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and finishing her Bachelor degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama under the renowned soloist and pedagogue Johannes Goritzki. Highlights of her time in Scotland include a performance of the Schumann Cello Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in City Halls, Glasgow, and a second performance and masterclass with Pieter Wispelwey, at the Festival de Violoncelle de Beauvais with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Département de l’Oise. After winning the Helen Winning Memorial Prize at the summer 2010 Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists competition, Kirsten moved to Lugano, Switzerland, to study for a Master’s degree at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana with Johannes Goritzki. Whilst there she won the 2011 Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with orchestra. Kirsten was selected as a Young Concert Artist for the 2011 Scottish International Cello Festival and the 2013 DG International Musicians Platform, and has also received masterclasses from Wolfgang Boettcher, Anner Bylsma, Colin Carr, Wen-Sinn Yang and Steven Doane. Alongside her solo work, Kirsten is a keen chamber musician. She has been a full-time member of the Ragazze Quartet in Holland since September 2014, performing numerous live television and radio broadcasts, and at major concert halls including the Royal Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ. They released their second album with the label Channel Classics, ‘Cesko’, in April 2015, which was recently chosen as CD of the week on NPO Radio 4. Kirsten plays on a beautiful modern cello made in 1998 by Tony Padday.

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Kirsten Jenson

cello

 

Kirsten began cello lessons in Bristol with Avril Rump, moving to London to study with Louise Hopkins and Leonid Gorokhov at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and finishing her Bachelor degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama under the renowned soloist and pedagogue Johannes Goritzki. Highlights of her time in Scotland include a performance of the Schumann Cello Concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in City Halls, Glasgow, and a second performance and masterclass with Pieter Wispelwey, at the Festival de Violoncelle de Beauvais with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Département de l’Oise. After winning the Helen Winning Memorial Prize at the summer 2010 Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists competition, Kirsten moved to Lugano, Switzerland, to study for a Master’s degree at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana with Johannes Goritzki. Whilst there she won the 2011 Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto with orchestra. Kirsten was selected as a Young Concert Artist for the 2011 Scottish International Cello Festival and the 2013 DG International Musicians Platform, and has also received masterclasses from Wolfgang Boettcher, Anner Bylsma, Colin Carr, Wen-Sinn Yang and Steven Doane. Alongside her solo work, Kirsten is a keen chamber musician. She has been a full-time member of the Ragazze Quartet in Holland since September 2014, performing numerous live television and radio broadcasts, and at major concert halls including the Royal Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ. They released their second album with the label Channel Classics, ‘Cesko’, in April 2015, which was recently chosen as CD of the week on NPO Radio 4. Kirsten plays on a beautiful modern cello made in 1998 by Tony Padday.

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Rosalind Gladstone


Rosalind Gladstone

cello

 

Rosalind Gladstone enjoys a busy and diverse career as a cellist. She graduated from Cambridge with an English Literature degree before gaining a scholarship to study with Naomi Butterworth at Trinity College of Music. She works with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent highlights include: performing on Radio 3′s ‘In Tune’ as part of a cello sextet in Julian Marshall’s Angel in the Forest with tenor James Gilchrist; playing co-principal at the St. Endellion Summer Festival in performances of Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress with conductor Ryan Wigglesworth and principal cello Tim Gill.

Rosalind Gladstone


Rosalind Gladstone

cello

 

Rosalind Gladstone enjoys a busy and diverse career as a cellist. She graduated from Cambridge with an English Literature degree before gaining a scholarship to study with Naomi Butterworth at Trinity College of Music. She works with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent highlights include: performing on Radio 3′s ‘In Tune’ as part of a cello sextet in Julian Marshall’s Angel in the Forest with tenor James Gilchrist; playing co-principal at the St. Endellion Summer Festival in performances of Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress with conductor Ryan Wigglesworth and principal cello Tim Gill.

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Vanessa Lucas-Smith


Vanessa Lucas-Smith

cello

 

Vanessa is the cellist of Britain’s oldest chamber group, the Allegri Quartet. A regular performer at the Wigmore Hall, QEH, Purcell room, Kings Place and at festivals throughout the world – Edinburgh, Kronberg, Orlando, Cervo, SoWeCa (Canada), she can be heard on radio – BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Radio Netherlands and on TV and film as a frequent session musician. Vanessa is on the teaching staff at Junior Trinity and various courses (Benslow, ProCorda, English Camerata Soloists), and sits on competition judging panels (2015 Royal Over Seas League Competition). Her studies began as a scholarship student at the Junior Dept of the RCM and then later at the RNCM. She is a prizewinner of competitions including the Royal Over Seas League, Zinetti (Italy), Charles Hennen (Netherlands) and has been awarded the Sir John Barbirolli Prize for string quartet. Vanessa has a life-long love of football and continues to play whenever possible! 

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Vanessa Lucas-Smith

cello

 

Vanessa is the cellist of Britain’s oldest chamber group, the Allegri Quartet. A regular performer at the Wigmore Hall, QEH, Purcell room, Kings Place and at festivals throughout the world – Edinburgh, Kronberg, Orlando, Cervo, SoWeCa (Canada), she can be heard on radio – BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Radio Netherlands and on TV and film as a frequent session musician. Vanessa is on the teaching staff at Junior Trinity and various courses (Benslow, ProCorda, English Camerata Soloists), and sits on competition judging panels (2015 Royal Over Seas League Competition). Her studies began as a scholarship student at the Junior Dept of the RCM and then later at the RNCM. She is a prizewinner of competitions including the Royal Over Seas League, Zinetti (Italy), Charles Hennen (Netherlands) and has been awarded the Sir John Barbirolli Prize for string quartet. Vanessa has a life-long love of football and continues to play whenever possible! 

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Jakub Cywinski


Jakub Cywinski

double bass

 

Born in Poland, based in London, Jakub studied as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music with Thomas Martin, where he was awarded the ‘Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship’ and won a place on the London Symphony Orchestra’s String Experience Scheme. Jakub’s varied freelance career has taken him to India, Russia, Lebanon, Romania, France, Portugal and seen him play with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Alongside his orchestral work, Jakub composes and explores his interest in collaborating with contemporary composers and jazz musicians with his group, the Contemporary Quartet. Jakub is First Prize winner at the Wroclaw Academy Instrumental Music Competition and the Swidnica Chamber Music Competition, and Second Prize Winner at the International Double Bass Competition in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Jakub Cywinski

double bass

 

Born in Poland, based in London, Jakub studied as a postgraduate at the Royal College of Music with Thomas Martin, where he was awarded the ‘Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship’ and won a place on the London Symphony Orchestra’s String Experience Scheme. Jakub’s varied freelance career has taken him to India, Russia, Lebanon, Romania, France, Portugal and seen him play with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Alongside his orchestral work, Jakub composes and explores his interest in collaborating with contemporary composers and jazz musicians with his group, the Contemporary Quartet. Jakub is First Prize winner at the Wroclaw Academy Instrumental Music Competition and the Swidnica Chamber Music Competition, and Second Prize Winner at the International Double Bass Competition in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Lachlan Radford


Lachlan Radford

double bass

 

Lachlan Radford completed his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in performance at Auckland University. During his time in New Zealand he was awarded the Lindsay Memorial Award, Anne Bellam Scholarship, and The Elman Poole Music Fellowship, which brought him to the United Kingdom. Within his classical career Lachlan has worked with several world-class orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Southbank Sinfonia. He performs regularly in chamber ensemble and solo environments, and particularly enjoys working as a permanent member of the Berkeley Ensemble on performance and education projects. Lachlan’s enthusiasm for passing on his musical experience to a younger generation is helped by his diverse and genre-defying background. Lachlan’s ethos is to always learn from the musicians that surround him, which is a key aspect of his teaching at Junior Guildhall. Outside of the classical world Lachlan has worked worldwide with warehouse-scene trio More Like Trees and has had the privilege of being Musical Director for DJ Yoda’s super-group “Breakfast of Champions”, resulting in a full length album and a performance at Glastonbury 2015. He has also performed and recorded with award-winning artists including Reeps One, Joe Driscoll, MC Tali, and Hannah Curwood. Performing with Project Instrumental is of great enjoyment to Lachlan as its repertoire covers such a varied range, including the tango music of Piazzolla, a genre Lachlan could happily perform for the rest of his life!

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Lachlan Radford

double bass

 

Lachlan Radford completed his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours in performance at Auckland University. During his time in New Zealand he was awarded the Lindsay Memorial Award, Anne Bellam Scholarship, and The Elman Poole Music Fellowship, which brought him to the United Kingdom. Within his classical career Lachlan has worked with several world-class orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Southbank Sinfonia. He performs regularly in chamber ensemble and solo environments, and particularly enjoys working as a permanent member of the Berkeley Ensemble on performance and education projects. Lachlan’s enthusiasm for passing on his musical experience to a younger generation is helped by his diverse and genre-defying background. Lachlan’s ethos is to always learn from the musicians that surround him, which is a key aspect of his teaching at Junior Guildhall. Outside of the classical world Lachlan has worked worldwide with warehouse-scene trio More Like Trees and has had the privilege of being Musical Director for DJ Yoda’s super-group “Breakfast of Champions”, resulting in a full length album and a performance at Glastonbury 2015. He has also performed and recorded with award-winning artists including Reeps One, Joe Driscoll, MC Tali, and Hannah Curwood. Performing with Project Instrumental is of great enjoyment to Lachlan as its repertoire covers such a varied range, including the tango music of Piazzolla, a genre Lachlan could happily perform for the rest of his life!

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Harri Allan


Harriet Allan

founder & creative director

 

Raised mainly near London, England and partly in Pondicherry, India, Harriet's relationship with her violin - informed by a 1st Class Honours Degree in Philosophy from the University of Leeds, and a Masters in Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - continues to be her consummate teacher of life's ways. Inspired by the many incredible souls she meets as they journey, Harri realised the possibilities for experience and connection are limitless, imagination allowing. Her response was Project Instrumental. Some steps along, restless for a more collaborative approach to commissioning new work and for integrating digital technologies more centrally in making and revealing musical creations, Harri co-founded anteroom. The love and adventuring continues...

Harri Allan


Harriet Allan

founder & creative director

 

Raised mainly near London, England and partly in Pondicherry, India, Harriet's relationship with her violin - informed by a 1st Class Honours Degree in Philosophy from the University of Leeds, and a Masters in Performance from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance - continues to be her consummate teacher of life's ways. Inspired by the many incredible souls she meets as they journey, Harri realised the possibilities for experience and connection are limitless, imagination allowing. Her response was Project Instrumental. Some steps along, restless for a more collaborative approach to commissioning new work and for integrating digital technologies more centrally in making and revealing musical creations, Harri co-founded anteroom. The love and adventuring continues...

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Trustees


Trustees

 

Carys Williams

Mairi Johnson

Neil Franks

Trustees


Trustees

 

Carys Williams

Mairi Johnson

Neil Franks