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Past Concerts

Iona McDonald

Iona has been playing violin since she was 4 years old, beginning with the Suzuki method and studying with Ms Brenda Smith of Ayr.  After six years of study at Chetham’s School of Music with Ms Yumi Sasaki, Iona now studies at Royal Academy of Music with Giovanni Guzzo and Michael Foyle.  Born in Dumfries,… Read more »

Matthew McLachlan

Matthew McLachlan was born in 2000 and started piano lessons with his father in 2008. Aged 11 he passed grade 8 and entered Wells Cathedral School as a specialist musician, studying with John Byrne. After two years he entered Chetham’s in Manchester where he now studies piano with Dina Parakhina and Cello with Gill Thoday…. Read more »

Jack Bailey

Jack Bailey is currently a student of Hannah Roberts at the Royal Northern College of Music, having previously studied with Howard Penny at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. Notable solo engagements have included Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante in E minor with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, C.P.E. Bach’s A Major Cello Concerto with Orchestra… Read more »

Savva Zverev

Born in 1998 into a family of musicians in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia, he began learning the violin at the age of five with Natalia Fikhtengolts at trhe Gnessin School of music.  At the age of seven, he entered the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatoire; where he was under the tutelage… Read more »

En Hudson

Eleanor Hudson was born in Buxton Derbyshire, and began to learn the piano at the age of four, wanting to play the harp from the age of six.  She finally got her first harp at the age of thirteen, studying with Mair Jones from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, then going on to Chethams School… Read more »

Maria Snowdon

Based in Glossop, Maria enjoys a busy and varied career combining professional orchestral, chamber and solo playing with teaching and coaching young musicians. Born in Merthyr Tydfil, she started the flute at the age of nine, studying with John Turner in her early teens.  Subsequently she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Northern College… Read more »

James Swarbrick

Eighteen year old guitarist James Swarbrick is from Bolton, Lancashire.  Having recently completed his studies at Chetham’s School of Music, James first started learning guitar with his grandfather at the age of eight.  At the age of nine he commenced guitar lessons with local teacher Stephen Lane.  In 2008 he performed before the Duchess of… Read more »

Rosa Hartley

Rosa Hartley is 20 years old and currently in her second year of the Bachelor of Music programme at the Royal College of Music, studying with Professor Itzhak Rashkovsky. She began her violin studies at the age of 5, joined the junior department of the Royal Northern College of Music at the age of 9… Read more »

Ryan Drucker

Born in Belgium, Ryan is in his fourth year of the BMus (Hons) course at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Helen Krizos. He previously studied with Seta Tanyel at Tonbridge School where he was a music scholar. Ryan has won a number of prizes at the RNCM. Most recently, he… Read more »