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Concert No 4

8pm Saturday 1st December 2018
at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre

Aurea String Quartet

Emma Oldfield (Violin), Rosemary Attree (Violin),
Christine Anderson (Viola) and Abby Hayward (Cello)

Resident RNCM String Quartet   

  “A magnetic performance” - Glasgow Herald

Aurea String Quartet     

The Aurea Quartet is a group of exciting young musicians living and working in Manchester.

During their first year performing together, they were finalists in the 1st Sándor Végh International String Quartet Competition in Budapest where they were awarded a special prize for their outstanding performance of Lajtha String Quartet No.7. They were winners of the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Prize 2014, and after a series of successful auditions, were selected for the Enterprise Music Scotland Residency Project 2014-15, as St John’s Smith Square Young Artists 2014-15, and as resident quartet for the 2015 Wye Valley Chamber Festival. They have subsequently enjoyed playing regularly for audiences throughout Britain and Europe. The quartet has performed in exciting projects such as the Beethoven Plus series at King's Place, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Cottier Chamber Project, and the International Musicians Platform Festival. They have performed live on BBC Radio 3 (both In Tune and Proms Plus) and on BBC Radio Scotland's Classics Unwrapped. A busy couple of years has also included exciting collaborations with Daniel Tong, Susan Tomes, Krysia Ostostowicz, and Nicholas Trygstad. The quartet was awarded a place as International Young Artist quartet at the Royal Northern College of Music for the year 2016-2017, where they played regularly to Petr Prause, Catherine Yates, and Donald Grant.

Emma Oldfield (Violin)

Emma OldfieldEmma, aged 24, completed her Bachelor at the Royal College of Music in 2017 where she studied with Jan Repko and Gaby Lester and has recently graduated from the Halle /RNCM String Leadership Scheme studying with Jim Clark.

Much of Emma’s performing life has been as first violinist of the Vasara Quartet. The quartet has performed in exciting venues including King’s Place, Cadogan Hall, Conway Hall, Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, Stoller Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and have had competition successes including 1st prize in the Britten Intercollegiate String Quartet competition. As well as playing with the Vasaras, Emma frequently performs as a guest with other ensembles, most recently including Trio Apaches, Louko Quartet, North Sea Ensemble and Aurea Quartet.

Emma has always especially enjoyed orchestral playing which she first discovered playing in Stockport Youth Orchestra when she first started playing the violin at the age of 9. Many years on, in 2013, Emma was accepted as a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra (of which she is co-leader) at the young age of 19, giving her the opportunity to tour the world under the baton of conductors such as Bernard Haitink and Vassily Petrenko. In 2016, in her final year of studying, Emma was awarded the Martin Musical Scholarship Fellowship and the Sidney Perry violin award by the Philharmonia orchestra. The fellowship consisted of two years tuition and mentorship from Philharmonia principals as well as frequent performance opportunities both with the orchestra and in chamber and solo recitals. During the second year of this fellowship, Emma was also studying on the Hallé/ RNCM String leadership scheme in Manchester which gave her further chance to improve her orchestral playing as well as giving her crucial experience in education and outreach projects and in orchestral leadership.

Now freelancing throughout the UK, Emma is currently playing with several exciting orchestras, most frequently the Philharmonia, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hallé.

Rosemary Attree (Violin)

Rosemary AttreeNorthumbrian violinist Rosemary Attree studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where she graduated with First Class Honours and a Masters degree with Distinction in 2013.

In 2014 Rosemary was appointed Sub Principal player in the Second Violins with the Hallé Orchestra.

As a keen chamber musician, Rosemary regularly works with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Manchester Camerata, as well as several other symphony orchestras in the UK. While studying at the RNCM in Manchester, Rosemary was a member of a Prize-winning string quartet and represented the college at the Cavatina Intercollegiate String Quartet Competition in London as well as performing numerous times at the annual Chamber Music Festival.

She joined the Aurea Quartet in 2016, with whom she recently acquired an International Artist Diploma in Chamber Music from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Christine Anderson (Viola)

Christine AndersonGlaswegian violist Christine Anderson completed her Masters degree at the Royal College of Music, studying with Simon Rowland-Jones and graduating with distinction in 2014.

A keen chamber musician, Christine is a member of the award-winning Aurea Quartet, with whom she regularly performs throughout the UK. Earlier this year, the quartet gave the premiere of a work by composer Matthew Whiteside, featuring video and electronics, at the Northern Ireland Science Festival. Christine attended the Mendelssohn on Mull festival as a Young Professional from 2009 until 2013, and was invited back as a mentor in 2016. Christine joined the viola section of the Hallé in 2016; in addition, she enjoys freelancing with many of the UK's orchestras and ensembles. Recently, she performed as guest principal viola with Scottish Ballet in their brand new production of ‘The Crucible’. She plays on a lovely viola made by David Milward in 2011.

Abby Hayward (Cello)

Abby HaywardAbby Hayward grew up on Shetland and graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy with first class honours and from the Guildhall School of Music with a Masters in Performance with distinction in 2013. During her studies she was generously supported by the Countess of Munster, Leverhulme and Help Musicians UK trusts.

Currently cellist of the Aurea Quartet, with whom she won the St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Music Competition, she plays frequently throughout the UK and Europe and has given several performances for BBC Radio 3 and Radio Scotland. Abby has also played chamber music in the Barbican, Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth halls, won an Ian Fleming Award and played in the City of London Music Festival and East Neuk Festival among others. As an orchestral musician, she has performed with the Halle, Manchester Camerata, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with Spira Mirabilis.

Between 2013 and 2015 Abby joined the Sistema Scotland team in Govanhill, Glasgow where she taught over 500 children a week as part of a team working in two nurseries and four primary schools.


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