Abigail

Cello - Abigail Blackman

Abigail Blackman began learning the cello at the age of eight. After progressing through the various orchestras in her home town of Gloucester, she continued her studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she gained ber BA (Hons) degree in Music with distinction. She then went on to accept a place at the Royal College of Music in London and gained her Post Graduate Diploma in performance in solo/ensemble recital.

As a freelance cellist, Abigail has performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Orchestra West, the Orchestra of the Swan, the Welsh Sinfonia, the National Concert Orchestra of Wales, the National Chamber Orchestra of Wales, Christmas Festival Orchestra with Hayley Westenra, Taunton Symphony Orchestra, Chepstow Chamber Orchestra as principal, Sinfolia Cymru and many more. Abigail was chosen to give a private performance for HRH the Prince of Wales at the opening of the Sir Anthomy Hopkins Centre at the Royal Welsh College of Music.

Abigail is also a teacher for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior Department, Llandaff Cathedral School and Caerphilly Music Service. Abigail divides her time between her love of performing and caring for her young family.

Rebecca

Violin - Rebecca Bradley

Born in Caerphilly, Rebecca started playing the violin at the age of eight and then went on to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Soon after graduating in 1997, Rebecca started freelancing with many professional Orchestras, choirs and amateur dramatic societies; such as The Welsh Chamber orchestra, Welsh Sinfonia, Amadeus Orchestra, West of England Philharmonic, Opera Box (Swansea City Opera), Swansea Bach Choral Society, Morriston Orpheus Choral Society, Serendipity, Orbit Theatre Company and many more. Rebecca has also worked on Television productions for HTV and S4C.

When Rebecca is not performing she teaches part time for Caerphilly music service as well as looking after a young family.

Rebecca

Violin - Rachael Elliot

Rachael began learning the violin at the age of 8. After progressing through various youth orchestras in the North East of England she gained a scholarship place to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2007 under the tutelage of Lesley Hatfield.

Since graduating from RWCMD in 2011, Rachael regularly performs as a freelance orchestral violinist with many ensembles including BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Sinfonia Cymru, Welsh Session Orchestra and British Sinfonietta, as well as live television work for BBC Wales and S4C. During her time as a freelance musician she has performed for Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Phillip, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and has worked with many celebrated artists such as Joshua Bell and Maxim Vengerov.

Rachael also enjoys teaching violin privately and is the violin tutor at Making Music, Changing Lives.

Tanwen

Violin - Tanwen Evans

Born and brought up in Cardiff, Tanwen graduated from the Royal College of Music in 1996.

She has since pursued a freelance career which has enabled her to play in many Orchestras and Chamber groups including National Symphony Orchestra, Welsh Sinfonia and New Queens Hall Orchestra. Tanwen has also played at St James Palace for Prince Charles, at Wigmore Hall London, and has accompanied artists such as Katherine Jenkins and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

 

 

Niamh

Viola - Niamh Ferris

Niamh began playing the violin at the age of eight and soon realised it was a passion she wanted to pursue as she got older. She gained a place at Birmingham Conservatoire where she started studying violin but later changed to study viola with Rivka Golani. At present, she is studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she will complete her studies.

As well as studying full time, Niamh has worked with a wide range of artists that have been broadcast on BBC Radio as well as BBC1 and S4C Television. These performances include Sinfonia Cymru, Russell Watson and hip hop artist Kanye West. Her freelance career has enabled her to play for Princess Anne, the Duchess of Gloucester and to perform regularly with the Chamber Orchestra of Wales. She is also a keen violin and viola teacher.

Niamh

Violin - Katy Rowe

Katy grew up in Romsey. In 1999 she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she immediately enjoyed an active involvement within the string department. Graduating with a first class honours degree and receiving the college string prize in 2002, she then spent three months at the Newcastle Conservatoire, Australia studying with Elizabeth Holowell before returning to RWCMD, completing her postgraduate diploma in 2004. Awards include the Sir Geraint Evans Scholarship (2003), the Dayas Music Scholarship (2003) and the Eifion Evans Memorial Award (2004).

Katy enjoys a busy timetable playing with the Mavron Quartet, outside of which she freelances with several orchestras, records and arranges string parts for various artists and production companies, teaches the violin and has fun experimenting with sounds at home!

Niamh

Viola - Rebecca Hall

Rebecca received a scholarship to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she was later offered a bursary to continue her studies at postgraduate level by the Laura Ashley Foundation. She was also awarded a scholarship to attend the Bowdoin Festival, U.S.A, as well as the Chandos Memorial Bursary to become a member of the Britten Pears Young Artist scheme, where she played principal viola.

Rebecca has freelanced with various ensembles including Welsh National Opera (trial and extra work), Cape Town Opera, Milton Keynes City Orchestra, the Welsh Baroque Orchestra, the Bristol Ensemble, Swansea City Opera, Bath Philharmonia, and Orchestra West. She has also recorded for the BBC and S4C.