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Jessica Cox – cello

Jess Cox

Jess Cox is a multi instrumentalist, composer, arranger, co-founder of Q Strings and co-musical director of The Rock Orchestra. Born and raised in St.Albans where she went to Sandringham school. She began learning the cello at 12 years old having started on the piano and violin. She went on to receive a First Class BA …

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Gabriella Bavetta – violin

Gabriella Bavetta

Gabriella (aged 17) started playing violin at the age of four as a pupil of Claudio Forcada, a Suzuki teacher based in North London. She currently attends Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar where she benefits from an outstanding Music Department led by Katherine Bamber with specialist support from James Widden, Head of Strings. …

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Rachel Fryer – Piano

Rachel Fryer (piano) was born in Hemel Hempstead, went to Hemel Hempstead School and led the Dacorum Youth Orchestra. Her educational background is very diverse, having studied as far afield as Kharkov, Ukraine, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and The Royal College of Music, where she was awarded a Masters Degree in …

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Abel Puustinen violin

Finnish violinist Abel Puustinen made his debut with a symphony orchestra in 2014 performing Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto at the Helsinki Music Centre. He has since performed as a soloist with orchestras such as The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. His passion for chamber music has taken him all around Europe …

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Julian Trevelyan – Piano

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As a teenager, Julian won laureates and prizes at international piano competitions in England, France, Germany, and Belgium.  He now has a busy European concert schedule.  Recent recitals have included performances of Beethoven’s Diabelli variations in London and Munich; and works by Schumann and Mozart at Vienna’s Musikverein at the invitation of Menahem Pressler. His …

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Martin Smith

Martin Smith was an Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and a scholarship winner at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied violin and conducting. Martin has been active as a professional violinist for many years. He began as a member of the Duke String Quartet, with whom he appeared throughout …

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John Beswick

John read music as organ scholar of Hertford College, Oxford before postgraduate studies, firstly at the Guildhall School of Music (repetiteur), and then at The Royal College of Music (conducting). He won a scholarship to study under conductor Diego Masson at the 1996 Dartington International Summer School where he made his opera conducting debut with performances of Rigoletto. Since …

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Lev Parikian

Lev Parikian is much in demand as Guest Conductor with orchestras throughout Britain. He is Principal Conductor of several London-based orchestras, and the City of Oxford Orchestra. He is also Artistic Director of the Rehearsal Orchestra. He has worked extensively with students and youth orchestras, including the Royal Holloway University of London, where he also taught conducting for …

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Patrick Bailey

Patrick Bailey has notched up more than a dozen concerts at the helm of Hertfordshire Philharmonia, making him our most widely used conductor to date. Patrick Bailey held the conducting scholarship at the Royal College of Music where he worked as assistant conductor to, amongst others, Sir Andrew Davis and Diego Masson. Further study was …

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Jacques Cohen

Jacques Cohen has been a regular conductor of Hertfordshire Philharmonia since 2000. Jacques read music at Oxford where he conducted the main university orchestra and performed several of his own compositions. When leaving Oxford, he was awarded the Conducting Scholarship at the Royal College of Music where he later won the Tagore Gold Medal, the …

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