Soloists

George Ewart

George Ewart studied for seven years at Trinity College of Music, London. He joined the English Chamber Orchestra in 1976 and played with the Royal Opera House Orchestra Covent Garden for five years. He is Principal Violin with the English Symphony Orchestra and Leader of the ESO String Quartet. George is also a successful teacher and a number of his students have been awarded places at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester.

Catherine Billington

Catherine Billington began the flute in Eastbourne and played with the East Sussex Youth Orchestra under Colin Metters. She was principal flautist with the Eastbourne Sinfonia before moving to Cheltenham to pursue a career in Orthoptics. She is currently principal flautist with the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra and Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra.

Elisabeth Irvine, photo by Benjamin Harte

Gloucestershire-based Mezzo soprano Elisabeth Irvine read Music at Jesus College, Cambridge, where she also completed an M.Phil. She studied singing with John Llewellyn Evans in London and has sung with many ensembles, including English Voices, the Zürcher Sing-Akademie, and the Early Opera Company. As a soloist Elisabeth has sung with leading baroque ensembles in the UK and Europe.

Hannah Brooks-Hughes

Fourteen year old Hannah Brooks-Hughes began studying violin when she was 4½, and piano a year later. She performed her first violin concerto at the age of 8 with the Glevum Symphony Orchestra, and has already given many solo recitals. A Major Music and Academic Scholar at the Cheltenham Ladies College, she was originally taught violin by Robert Bishop of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She is now under the tuition of the internationally acclaimed soloist Tasmin Little OBE.

Ana Teresa Alves

Ana Teresa Alves started learning the viola in Portugal at the age of 5 with Dirio Alves, concluding high school with distinction in Academic, Music and Artistic Merit Awards in 2012. in 2016 Ana concluded her Bachelor of Music Degree (Honours), First Class, under the supervision of Jonathan Barritt and Ian Jewel and recently her Masters in Performance Degree, with Distinction, at the Royal College of Music Ana has performed extensively in Portugal, London, Switzerland and Italy.

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