played Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No.1 on 24 May 2014 at St. Edmund’s Church, Roundhay.
Isobel began cello lessons with her teacher, Jean Maslin, at the age of 7. Shortly afterwards she joined Artforms Junior String Group. She then became part of the Leeds Youth Training Orchestra for two years before joining the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra at the age of 12. She has been part of the orchestra for Leeds Youth Opera in several of their performances and regularly performs at local music festivals and competitions.
In 2010, aged 14, Isobel achieved Grade 8 ‘cello with distinction. She learns piano with Mark Fitton and began singing lessons in 2012 with Dr Andrew Padmore. She has achieved Grade 8 distinctions in both disciplines and in December 2013 went on to gain an Associated Board Diploma in Singing Performance.
Isobel is a music scholar at The Grammar School at Leeds and is a committed member of their thriving music department. She participates in their Symphony Orchestra, Cello ensemble, String Group, String Quartet and Percussion Ensemble. She sings with the school choir and Chamber choir and she also accompanies the Junior Choir.
In addition to her performing endeavours, Isobel also enjoys pursuing her wider interests in academic music and has recently completed an Extended Project Qualification, which involved the study of Nationalism in relation to the compositions of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Bela Bartok.
Isobel is hoping to read music at University College, Oxford where she has been offered a Choral Scholarship. She is currently studying A levels in Music, French and Geography and since the age of 14, has also been working part time as a local kennel maid, regularly looking after litters of Springer and Cocker Spaniel puppies!
played Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2 on 24 May 2014 at St. Edmund’s Church, Roundhay.
Eleanor started her musical life at the age of 7 learning the violin, clarinet and piano and went on to gain grade 8 distinction in both clarinet and violin. It had always been her passion to pursue music as a career, but it was not until 2011 that Eleanor realised that she wanted to become a professional violinist after spending a study day at the Royal College of Music in London.
Eleanor is currently co-leader of the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra and is in her 5th and final year in the orchestra. Over this time she has been able to travel to Spain and Germany, and this year is looking forward to travelling to Italy. She has also had the opportunity of having her own compositions performed by the orchestra in Leeds and during the tour of Germany in 2012.
She is also in her 2nd year of leading St Aidan’s Symphony Orchestra, which has won awards in the National Music Festival for Youth. This year with the Symphony Orchestra she has performed solos in both Ripon Cathedral, and local venues in Harrogate.
Eleanor met her current violin teacher, Kenneth Mitchell, whilst playing for the Northern Wagner Orchestra’s production of ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ in 2012. Over the past two years, Mr Mitchell has been a massive inspiration to her and has prepared her for her conservatoire auditions in 2013. She was successful in all her auditions and has chosen to study at the Royal College of Music under Yossi Zivoni, starting from this September.
played Haydn’s Oboe Concerto at the CLYO concert on 23rd November 2013 at The Grammar School at Leeds.
Robert originally started playing the flute at the age of 7 and a year later began to learn the oboe. After initial lessons with the Bassline Plus project, an initiative to start young people playing less common instruments, the oboe soon became his principal study and has remained as such since. After two years with Bassline Plus tutor Lynne Williams, he started studying with Elizabeth Kenwood-Herriott and proceeded to get Grade 8 distinction at the age of 15. Since then he has been working with Liz on solo repertoire including the Haydn and Strauss Oboe Concertos and Saint-Saens’ Oboe and Hindemith Oboe and Cor Anglais Sonatas.
Robert is currently principal Oboe/Cor Anglais in the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra and is in his 4th full year as a member of the group. He has been on tour with the orchestra to Germany and on three residential trips. He is also one of the orchestra representatives with the Friends of the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra.
He plays baritone saxophone in the City of Leeds Youth Wind Band for Richard Kippen and Rebecca Morgan and also plays piccolo/flue/alto flute in Flutes Leeds for Julia Breakspear. Besides Grade 8 on oboe, he has attained Grade 8 on flute, Grade 6 on saxophone and can play clarinet and bassoon. Robert has played in eight operas for Leeds Youth Opera on oboe, cor anglais and oboe d’amore as well as two musical productions of Oliver! and Les Miserables and will reprise his position as oboe and cor anglais for Stage Academy’s second production of Les Miserables in York in April 2014.
Robert has also had the opportunity to play with many orchestras such as the Sinfonia of Leeds, Huddersfield Philharmonic and the Leeds Symphony Orchestra.
Robert is in his final year of school at Brigshaw High School and Languages College studying Music, History and French. In his free time Robert likes to read and study Greek Mythology.