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Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn by Andrew PriceKevin began playing the violin at the age of ten.  In 1996 he joined Chetham's School of Music where he studied for two years with Catherine Yates of the Halle Orchestra.  In 1998 he joined the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University on the joint course, studying violin with Professor Yossi Zivoni.

Kevin graduated in 2001 with first class honours and following a year of postgraduate study, graduated once again from the RNCM with an MPhil in Performance.  During his time at the RNCM, Kevin led the RNCM Chamber and Opera Orchestras as well as the New Ensemble, most notably for a broadcast performance of James MacMillan's Parthenogenosis under the direction of the composer.  He also gave numerous solo and chamber performances, including Strauss' Le Bourgeouis Gentilhomme and Mozart's Third Violin Concerto with the Chamber Orchestra, both under the direction of Douglas Boyd.  He was also busy outside the college, guest-leading Clonter Opera, St.Cecilia Chamber Orchestra, the Cantilena Orchestra and the Emmanuel Ensemble.

In 2004 Kevin joined the first violin section of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and a year later was promoted to the post of sub-principal.  As part of the BBC Philharmonic he appears regularly in Manchester, at the BBC Proms in London and abroad.  In 2008 he led the orchestra in concerts at the Lowry (Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake with the Australian Ballet), in Hanley and again in 2009 for the orchestra's collaboration with the band JAMES at the MEN Arena.  Kevin spent May 2009 with the orchestra of Teatro Regio, Turin.  He also plays in Gianandrea Noseda's Stresa Festival Orchestra, performing each summer in the festival on Lake Maggiore.  Prior to joining the BBC Philharmonic, Kevin enjoyed a busy and varied freelance career working with orchestras including the Hallé, the Ulster Orchestra and Manchester Camerata.  More recently he has guest-led Sinfonia Viva, Bolton Symphony Orchestra and the Lakeland Sinfonia.  As a soloist Kevin has performed concertos by Bruch, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven and has given numerous recitals, most notably Schubert's G minor Sonatina for the Schubert Society, Elgar's Violin Sonata for the Elgar Society and in 2009 a solo Bach recital at Manchester Art Gallery in Zaha Hahid's specially commissioned installation.  Over the last two seasons he has performed in three of the new series, the Sallow Tree Concerts based at Sale's Waterside Arts Centre.

Kevin joined the Quartet in 2002.

 

James Pattinson

James Pattinson by Andrew PriceJames was born in Nottingham in 1981 and began studying the violin at twelve years old at his local comprehensive school in West Bridgford.  Five years later he accepted a place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester studying with Steven Wilkie.  Whilst there, he held principal positions in all the college's major ensembles, and won a number of chamber music prizes as part of the Moretti String Quartet. He continued at the college on a Master's course with Yossi Zivoni which he completed in 2004.

James now lives in Manchester, working as a freelance violinist with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Halle, English National Opera and English National Ballet.  He is currently the leader of Clonter Opera, based in Cheshire, and the Chandos Symphony Orchestra, based in Worcester.  He has also played with the orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera. As both an orchestral and chamber musician, James has travelled as far afield as Singapore, Switzerland and the Seychelles, where he co-led the orchestra in their bi-annual classical music festival.  James is also in demand as a session musician, recording alongside artists such as Katie Melhua, Corinne Bailey-Rae, and the Ting Tings, and has recently been seen in the background playing on ITV's Lost in Austen, and on the film 'The Duchess'.

James plays on a violin by Nicolo Gagliano c.1760.

 

Cheryl Law

Cheryl Law by Andrew PriceCheryl studied the viola at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.  Since her studies she has enjoyed a busy and varied freelance career, playing with the Bacchus Quartet as well as regularly performing with the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Opera North and Northern Ballet Theatre, touring Europe, South America, Seychelles, Bahrain and the Far East.

For the last three years Cheryl has participated in music residencies at the Banff Centre in Canada, collaborating with musicians and composers from all over the world in genres including classical, jazz and folk. Performing in several chamber and solo concerts in Banff gave Cheryl the idea to set up a chamber music concert series in Sale, called Sallow Tree Concerts, based at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale. This gives local people a chance to see world-class musicians perform on their doorstep in a friendly and intimate environment. Members of the Bacchus Quartet have given a number of performances as part of various ensembles performing in the Sallow Tree Concerts series.

 

David Wesling

David Wesling by Andrew PriceDavid started his musical career at the age of 8 as a chorister at Ripon Cathedral.  After three years he was awarded a scholarship to study at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester.  It was at Chetham's that David developed a passion for chamber music, under the guidance of his 'cello teacher, Gillian Thoday.

After completing his A-levels, David moved to London to study with David Strange at the Royal Academy of Music, where again he received a top scholarship.  He finished his studies with a postgraduate course at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he played in masterclasses for many of the world's most notable soloists, including Paul Tortelier and Heinrich Schiff.

Since leaving the RNCM, David has pursued a career as a freelance musician.  He has performed as a soloist on a number of occasions, in recitals across the north of England, and in performances of many concertos, including the Dvorak and Shostakovich No.1.  However, it is chamber music that David enjoys above all other genres.  As well as The Bacchus String Quartet, he was a founder member of the Manchester String Quartet, and has performed with the world renowned Fitzwilliam String Quartet.

 

 

 

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