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Classical String Quartet

Faros String Quartet

Postgraduates of the Royal Northern College of Music

A beautifully balanced programme including Mozart, Schumann, Bridge and Dvorak.

On the evening of Friday 12th July our mid-summer performers will be the FAROS String Quartet, whom some of you may have been lucky enough to hear at the Buxton International Festival last year, where they took the house by storm. Postgraduates of the Royal Northern College of Music, collectively the members of the quartet have amassed a wealth of experience as soloists, orchestral and session musicians and have given chamber recitals across the UK and abroad. The group has taken its name from Peter Maxwell-Davies’ Naxos Quartet No.5, Lighthouses of Orkney & Shetland, which they  performed at the RNCM Chamber Music Festival in 2018 to enthusiastic reviews. The stunning programme for MM will include works by Mozart, Schumann, Bridge and Dvorak.


Oliver Baily violin

As an orchestral player he has performed at venues across the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and the Sage Gateshead, and has had the privilege of working with some of the world's finest musicians and conductors, such as Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Thomas Allen, Jac van Steen and Sir Mark Elder.

Oliver is a founding member of the Sullivan Quartet with whom he regularly plays recitals as well as background music for functions. The Quartet reached the final of the RNCM Nossek Prize in 2015 and have participated in numerous RNCM festivals. They have been fortunate to work with top musicians such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Hatto Beyerle, and the Sacconi String Quartet. In 2015 the Sullivans took part in the Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival, where they gave a recital as well as a masterclass to talented children from across Wiltshire.

In 2014 Oliver was a finalist in the RNCM Helen Porthouse Paganini Prize. He plays a French violin c.1850 and is a recipient of the Peter Chase Award for Young Musicians. After completion of his BMus course, Oliver hopes to continue his studies at postgraduate level.


Emma Rushworth violin

I am a an International Acoustic/Electric Violinist trained at the renowned Royal Northern College of Music.Performance is my life, but more importantly creating the right atmosphere for each occasion. I have played as a soloist and a part of many groups and orchestras across the globe, I accept TV freelance work or touring with acts who require live musicians. I do not need sheet music to play and it is all done from memory. I am young , vibrant and open minded. I also love to dance, sing and act. I have studied each discipline since the age of four . Playing to fulfil my passion and perform to an audience who are drawn into my playing, getting my audience to listen and enjoy is an art in itself. Opportunities and being in the right place will only be available if you spread your wings and try different ventures. If Music be the food of love give me excess of it............................


Ben Kearsley viola

Ben Kearsley was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and began classical guitar with Norman Quinney and later with Ian Smith. After graduating from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 1998 with a BMus ( hons ) he lived in La Paz, Bolivia where he performed many concerts and taught guitar at the Conservatoiro de La Paz. In 2000 Ben lived in Madrid, Spain where he again performed concerts and taught guitar.


Kotryna Siugzdinyte cello

Winner of several national and international level competitions, Lithuanian cellist Kotryna ŠiugždinytÄ— is described as ‘an artist of strong temperament, a great believer in music and its power, and a natural performer’.

Graduate of M.K.Ciurlionis School of Arts (prof. R.Armonas) in Vilnius, Lithuania, in 2013 she received a scholarship to study Bachelors at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, where she was taught by Karine Georgian and Philip Higham.

Her achievements include first places in prestigious J.Urba and R.Katilius String Competitions (Vilnius, Lithuania), as well as a 2nd place in the Excellence group of International Alexander Glazunov Competition in Paris, France. As a soloist she has played with several major Lithuanian orchestras, such as St.Christopher C/o, Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra, M.K.Ciurlionis Symphony Orchestra, as well as Brand New Orchestra and Golden Sinfonia in the UK.

A keen contemporary performer, Kotryna has collaborated with such ensembles as Vonnegut Collective, Ensemble Kinetic and Berkeley Ensemble, performed in the prestigious Tete a Tete festival in London (2017), and earlier that year gave a world premiere of A.Smith’s ‘pulse’ for Cello and Orchestra.

Recent highlights also include performance of the E.Elgar Cello Concerto with Golden Sinfonia (2017) and Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra (2018).

Supported by a generous Scholarship from the ABRSM, Kotryna is currently studying for her Masters at the RNCM with Hannah Roberts and Jennifer Langridge.

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