Mendelssohn on Mull - Young Professionals 2013

Meet the young professional musicians taking part the 2013 Mendelssohn on Mull Festival. 

young elaine ambridgeElaine Ambridge - Violin

Elaine Ambridge was born in London in 1992 and began playing the violin at the age of 5 with teacher Julian Shaw. At 10 years old she was accepted at the Royal College of Music Junior Department where she studied with Viktoria Grigoreva and Christopher Hirons.

Later she was accepted into the National Youth Chamber Orchestra, which she has more recently lead and directed, as well as performed with at the BBC Proms and Cheltenham Festival.

She has been a prizewinner at Craoydon and Blackheath Festivals, where she was awarded Best Violinist as well as Best Overall String Player.

She is currently in her 3rd year of undergraduate at the RCM where she is studying with Gabrielle Lester as well as having studied with Levon Chilingirian. This will be her second invitation to the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival. 

young christine andersonChristine Anderson - Viola

Christine graduated with first class honours from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with Jane Atkins. She is currently a postgraduate scholar at the Royal College of Music (RCM), learning with Simon Rowland-Jones. Christine has participated in masterclasses with Lawrence Power, Ilya Gringolts, Andrew Manze, and Menahem Pressler.

She has been principal viola of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Camerata Scotland, and the RCM Symphony Orchestra, and has played with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Scottish Concert Orchestra.

She has also taken part in collaborative projects with the Scottish Ensemble, Scottish Opera, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. 
Christine is a keen chamber musician, and is currently a member of the Walmsley Quartet and the Crawford Duo. She has throroughly enjoyed taking part in Mendelssohn on Mull since 2009. 

Her studies are supported by an Irene Hanson Award, the Cross Trust and the McGlashan Charitable Trust. Christine is very grateful for these generous awards.

young fergus eganFergus Egan - Cello

Feargus has recently graduated from the RCM with a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction, where he studied with Melissa Phelps. While studying there he was a scholar supported by the Bliss Trust. In 2011 he graduated with a BMus from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama with first class honours. 

At the RCM he was a member of the Arbellio string quartet, winning the Helen Just and Susan Connell prize, and attending the 7th Trondheim International Chamber Music Academy. Feargus performed with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera on their apprenticeship scheme in 2010, in an award-winning world premiere version of Prokofiev’s War and Peace.

In February and April 2011 he performed in tours with the Scottish Ensemble, and most recently was section co-principal of the RCM Symphony orchestra, conducted by Bernard Haitink. 

Feargus has travelled widely as principal cello of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Camerata Scotland and contemporary ensemble NYOS Futures, touring Germany, France, Spain, Norway, Holland and Poland. 

young jessica hallJessica Hall - Violin

Jessica began playing the violin at the age of 5.  She attended St Mary’s Music School Edinburgh, where she was provided with many recital opportunities, including performing in the finals of the prestigious Director’s Recital Prize. 

At age 14 Jessica was selected for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and played with them for two years before returning to Scotland to lead the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra. 

During her three years leading this orchestra Jessica played several violin solos such as the voice of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade, and in Beim Schlafegehen  from the Four Last Songs of Richard Strauss.

Since starting at the Royal Northern College of Music with an entrance scholarship Jessica has performed with the Manchester Camerata in the Bridgewater Hall as part of the RNCM Professional Experience Scheme, and is currently on trial with the Halle Orchestra. 

Jessica is continuing her studies with a Masters in Music at the Royal Northern College of Music, generously supported by The Andrew and Matthew Scrivener Bursary Fund.

YP Joshua Hayward 2013 photoJoshua Hayward - Viola

Joshua studies at the Royal College of Music (RCM) under Simon Rowland Jones. Through the RCM he has had a number of chamber music opportunities, including playing string quartets at the Cadogan, Wigmore and Royal Festival Halls and also recently performing recitals alongside the Sacconi Quartet, Dante Quartet and Chilingirian Quartet.

His previous solo concert experience includes a number of performances of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Sinfonia D’Amici, most recently as part of the 2011 Orpheus and Bacchus Music Festival in France, and a performance of the solo viola in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall in London.

YP Sophie Hudgell 2013

Sophie Hudgell - Violin

Sophie Hudgell is an Australian violinist who is in her first year of postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), where she studies with Malcolm Layfield.

During her undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne, Sophie was concertmaster of the University Symphony Orchestra, and was invited to perform at the University’s Graduation Ceremony, represented the University at the 2010 World Exhibition in Shanghai, and was a member of the Australian Youth Orchestra for their international tour; performing at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the BBC Proms. 

A passionate chamber musician, Sophie has toured Australia with the Zellwood String Quartet, participated in a Chamber Music Residency at the Banff Centre in Canada, and presented concerts in New York City. 

Since arriving in Manchester, Sophie has lead the RNCM Chamber Orchestra, and performed with Opera North and the BBC Philharmonic.

YP Michael JonesMichael Jones - Violin

Michael started playing the violin at the age of six in his home city of Birmingham. In 2011 Michael graduated with an honours degree from the University of Manchester where he studied the violin with Julia Hanson, and was awarded the Proctor-Gregg prize for outstanding final recital. Now at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Michael studies with Levon Chilingirian. 

Michael leads the newly founded Birmingham Festival Orchestra and has also led the Mowbray Orchestra, St Cecilia Orchestra, Manchester Consort, Sinfonia d'Amici and Kaleidoscope Orchestra. He has also performed with the Opera North and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras. 

A committed chamber musician, Michael is a member of the Solem Quartet, winners of the RNCM Nossek prize and finalists in the Weil prize and Christopher Rowland Chamber Ensemble of the Year award.


YP Alex MitchellAlexander Mitchell - Viola

Alex was born in Leeds, and began learning the Violin on his 6th birthday, learning with both parents until the age of 14 when he took up viola, studying privately with Louise Landown.  He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and Leeds Youth Orchestra, performing Walton’s Viola Concerto under Dougie Scarfe.  He was delighted to perform Berlioz’s Harold in Italy with Leeds Symphony Orchestra under Martin Binks. 

Now in his third year at the Royal Northern College of Music, Alex studies with Ásdís Valdimarsdottir and Wen Zhou Li. He very much enjoys chamber music, and is currently in a string trio, who have recently performed their debut concert at the RNCM, playing Mozart’s Divertimento.


YP Josephine Robertson 2013 PhotoJosie Robertson - Violin

Josie graduated with a MMus as an RCM scholar in 2012. As a member of the Arbellio Quartet she attended the Trondheim International Chamber Music Festival in September 2012 and won the RCM's quartet prize earlier that year. She studies with Levon Chillingirian and learnt with David Takeno whilst at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where she studied Neuroscience. 

At Cambridge, Josie led the University Chamber Orchestra (CUCO) and held an Instrumental Award. She also led the Scottish Youth Orchestra in performances of Strauss's Ein Heldenleben and recorded "Ninian's Chant" by Edward MacGuire for BBC Scotland radio.

Josie has performed the Bruch violin concerto with the European Doctor's Orchestra and Edinburgh Incidental Orchestra, Prokofiev's violin concerto No.1 with the Cambridge Music Society Orchestra, and the Brahms violin concerto with CUCO.

She is delighted to have attended the 2009 - 11 Mendelssohn on Mull festivals.

young george rossGeorge Ross - Cello

George Ross was a student at the Purcell School studying with Alexander Boyarsky with assistance from the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme.  He has won prizes in Porec, Liezen, and has been given grants by the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund and the Pierre Fournier Award in 2009. 

In the same year he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music continuing to work with Alexander Boyarsky on modern cello and Richard Tunnicliffe on Baroque cello. Solo performance venues have included the Mayfair Arts Club, St. John’s Smith Square, St. Martin in the Field’s and the Corn Exchange in Newbury. 

He has also worked with the Sacconi Quartet performing at Cadogan Hall and with the Locrian Ensemble at St Martin in the Fields, and was delighted to join the Chilingirian Quartet for a performance of the Brahms sextet in 2010. 

This will be George’s second year attending the Mendelssohn on Mull festival.


YP Kay Stephen 2013

Kay Stephen - Viola

Kay Stephen was born in Aberdeen and studied at the RSAMD with Katy Hull, graduating with 1st Class Honours in 2009. Following Masters studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Pavel Fischer, Kay completed an International Artist Diploma in String Leadership with the Halle Orchestra. 

In addition to performing with ensembles such as the Halle, Manchester Camerata and the Northern Sinfonia, Kay works regularly with Scottish contemporary music ensemble, Red Note and is violist with the Gildas Quartet, with whom she has been selected as a Park Lane Young Artist and Tunnell Trust Award winner for 2013. 

Solo appearances include violin concertos with the RSAMD Symphony Orchestra and the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, and a recent recital at at Glasgow City Halls where she gave the premiere of a work written for her by Gordon Mcpherson.  This is Kay’s second visit to Mendelssohn on Mull. 

young louisa tatlowLouisa Tatlow - Viola

Louisa is in her final year of a BMus degree at the Royal College of Music (RCM) in London, where she studies the viola with Susie Mészáros Since starting her degree, she has been active in many areas of the RCM; winning the RCM Viola prize in 2011, and the String Quartet prize with the Arbellio quartet in 2012. Louisa has been placed in principal positions in many of the RCM Orchestras, including the Classical and Symphony Orchestras.

Selected to participate in the LSO String Experience Scheme 2012/13, Louisa will be appearing in several concerts alongside the LSO over the course of the year. She also enjoyed taking part in their outreach and education work, 'LSO On Track: Take a Bow', a project aimed at young string players from East London. 

Louisa is a keen chamber musician and feels privileged to have taken part from 2010–12 in the Mendelssohn-on-Mull Festival, and to have been invited to participate in the 2013 Anniversary Festival.

young amy tress

Amy Tress - Violin

Amy Tress currently holds the Orpheus Scholarship for Postgraduate studies at the RCM, having completed her Undergraduate in Music at Oxford University. An academic and instrumental scholar at Oxford, she graduated in 2010 with the highest 1st class honours of her year, winning the Gibbs Prize. As a soloist and chamber musician, Amy has given recitals in venues such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Festival Hall, Conway Hall and the Purcell Room.

Her recent performances with orchestra include the concertos of Shostakovich (no.1), Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Korngold, Schnittke and Bach Double, as well as Ravel’s Tzigane andRimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade. Amy currently studies with Maciej Rakowski.

YP Stephanie Tress 2013 PhotoStephanie Tress - Cello

Stephanie Tress is in her third year of the Joint Course at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester, where she has been awarded prizes for both academia and performance.  She is currently studying with Nick Trygstad, and has participated in masterclasses with Louise Hopkins, Natalie Clein, Ralph Kirshbaum, Robert Cohen, Hannah Roberts, Miklos Perenyi and Natalia Gutman. 

Before coming to Manchester Stephanie attended the Royal College of Music Junior Department, where she won the Ruby White Prize. Following that, she studied for a year at Bremen Hochschule für Künste, Germany, with Alexander Baillie. Stephanie was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and has also taken part in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.

More recently she has been invited to participate in Professional Experience Schemes with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Stephanie is a member of the Solem Quartet, winners of the RNCM Nossek Prize and finalists in the Weil Prize and Christopher Rowland Chamber Ensemble of the Year.




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