ABOUT US

First Violin - JENNY GLESTER

Jenny started learning the violin at the age of 3 and by the age of 11 she was giving recitals in this country and abroad, touring Sweden once and the USA and Canada three times. Later she attained a music degree from the University of Manchester and completed a Performance Diploma with a Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music. After leaving the RNCM Jenny had a successful freelance career and worked with all the major orchestras in the North West: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Halle, BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Northern Sinfonia.

Jenny took the permanent position of Co-Principal Second Violin of the RLPO in 2004. Whilst she was with the RLPO she was leader of the Bella Quartet which gave many recitals in and around Merseyside as well as playing for weddings and corporate functions. Jenny left her orchestral post to move to Bristol and now has a thriving teaching practice and plays with the Bristol Ensemble and the Somerset String Quartet.

Second violin - MARETHA VAN DER WALT

Maretha started learning violin and piano at the age of 7. She studied music at the University of Stellenbosch with music composition as a major. She is especially fond of writing for the string family and has a huge interest the nature of sound and how to organically apply it to her compositions. Her interest in the natural quality of sound led her to study in Oslo, Norway, for the first six months of 2011.  There she studied with Prof. Lasse Thoresen, a peer of the French Spectral Composers She attained an Honours Bachelors in Music with a distinction.
 
In 2012 she moved to Johannesburg, where she played and toured with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra and worked as a violin and piano teacher. She is a keen composer, with performances of her work in Cape Town and is currently busy with her masters degree in music composition.

She moved to Bristol in 2015 where she is playing with the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra and the Somerset String Quartet.

Viola - ANITA CHUTE

Anita started playing the violin at the age of 6 and subsequently played with the National Youth Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain, performing at the UK’s top concert venues, including twice at the BBC Proms, the Barbican and the Birmingham Symphony Hall. She went on to read Music at the University of Birmingham, studying the viola with Eugene Popescu and Jim Sleigh at the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Since then, Anita has played with various ensembles on a freelance basis, both in the UK and abroad. Currently based in Bristol, she plays regularly with Bristol Opera and the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra, where she is Principal Viola. She has also played in and written string parts for the Bristol-based folk band “Heg and the Wolf Chorus”, performing at festivals and music venues around the UK.

Cello - EWELINA NOWOGORSKA

MA graduate in cello performance from Feliks Nowowiejski Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

She has taken part in numerous festivals such as Orchestra Course in Playstein, Germany, as well as taking part in workshops and masterclasses by Professor Kazimierz Michalik. Ewelina toured Finland and Sweden as a part of Chamber Orchestra "Balticum Academy". She also cooperated with Polish Symphony Orchestras and string quartets and has performed in Japan, USA, Portugal & New Zealand.

Ewelina first became aware of the Suzuki method in 2009 and embarked on the teacher training with Anja Maja in Gdansk.She lives in Bristol and runs her teaching studio at the Bristol Music School.