Iona Hassan, BA (Hons), PGDIPMUS
Iona Hassan Musical Director, studied viola at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with James Durrant, Cathy Marwood and then in London with Philip Dukes. She has freelanced with many of the top orchestras in the UK, ran the Junior Violin Scheme at Wells Cathedral School for a number of years and is Artistic Director of the Auriga Strings.
Daphne Moody, LRAM
Daphne Moody studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Frederick Grinke. She has played with the Calgary Philharmonic, Halle, Bournemouth and London Festival Orchestras and toured extensively with the London Festival Orchestra and is the leader of La Folia. In recent years she has devoted her life to Chamber music with the Eberle Quartet and has recorded to great acclaim with them on the NAIM label. Daphne has enjoyed teaching at Trinity Junior College, Cricklade College and with Superstrings.
Emily Isaac started the cello age six. At eleven she went to Wells Cathedral School and had lessons with Liz Anderson and Ioan Davies. She continued her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and then embarked on a very successful freelance career playing regularly with many of the U.K.’s finest orchestras.
George graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2013, having studied there with Garfield Jackson. As an orchestral musician he has worked with prestigious conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Semyon Bychkov, Sir Mark Elder and Vladimir Ashkenazy as a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra. He is a passionate chamber musician and performs regularly in the UK as a recitalist and as a guest with chamber ensembles and other ad hoc groups. 2017 highlights included appearances at the Glastonbury festival, a concert with the Edington Ensemble at the Holywell Music Room, and a recital at the Frome festival.
Charlotte Sloane Hill
Charlotte spent many years teaching piano, violin and viola peripatetically before doing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education specialising in Early Years. She now teaches Reception and Year 1 full time at Bellefield School in Trowbridge. However, she is still very much involved in teaching music and runs the Trowbridge Superstrings group at Bellefield school. She is currently working towards completing the Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmy; an holistic approach to teaching music. As a result of her experience in Early Years development and Dalcroze she has developed a specialism in teaching music to young children that incorporates sound educational principles with a creative, fun and physical approach.
Bryony performs regularly as a freelance cellist in the South West and London. She enjoys a varied playing career with experience performing in chamber groups, orchestras, as a session player and soloist. Bryony is principal cellist of the Westminster Chamber Orchestra and Zeitgeist Chamber Orchestra and also plays with The Faust Chamber Orchestra, La Folia and Orchestra Vitae. She regularly performs and records for artists in London, including Franc Moody, Craig David, Blonde, Calum Scott and London Electronic Orchestra. Bryony is Head of Strings at Streatham and Clapham High School, whilst also teaching cello at Lambrook Prep School and classroom music at Bryanston.
Alice is a postgraduate EMI Sound Foundation Scholar at RWCMD, having graduated from Bristol University in 2015. She studies with Lesley Hat eld and Rachel Podger. Alice has recently been on placement with BBC NOW and WNO. Alice enjoys a varied career on modern and baroque violin. Recent highlights include performing Mozart’s 3rdViolin Concerto with Salisbury Sinfonia, and being principal second violin in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Rachel Podger. Alice is continuing her studies in September at RAM as the Historical Performance Purcell Scholar.