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Soloists with Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra

Beth Fuller-Teed - Violin

Beth Fuller-Teed is a scholarship student in her final year at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying modern violin under Lucy Gould and baroque violin under Rachel Podger.

As well as The Scott Quartet, Beth plays in the Woodford Piano Trio, which was awarded The Cardiff Violins Chamber Music Prize 2012. She has performed with her pianist and piano trio in chamber events led by artists such as The Gould Piano Trio, The Schubert Ensemble and The Barbican Piano Trio as well as performing recitals across the UK.

In her time at RWCMD Beth has performed in many solo masterclasses taken by various musicians including Guy Johnston, Alasdair Beatson, Danny Phillips and Rachel Podger as well as several side-by-side chamber masterclasses, one of which involved playing in a quartet including Lesley Hatfield (violin II), David Adams (viola) and Alice Neary (cello). Orchestral performance is Beth's particular interest and she performs with British Sinfonietta and The Welsh Session Orchestra, as well as successfully auditioning onto schemes run by BBC NOW and WNO.

Heather Leighton - Flute

Heather Leighton is a woodwind teacher with Encore Enterprises – Herefordshire’s Music Service, and also teaches flute privately and in other schools. She has been a regular member of Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra for over three years, playing both flute and piccolo. She also occasionally plays saxophone with Chepstow Community Big Band.

Heather received her degree from Canterbury Christ Church University before going to Goldsmiths College, University of London, to study for a Master of Music degree. Whilst studying at university, and in the 2 years preceding, she received regular tuition from Catherine Handley, Jon Cherry, Heledd Francis Wright and Sarah O’Flynn. As a keen orchestral player she was privileged to hold the position of principal flute with both the Canterbury Christ Church University Orchestra and the Goldsmiths College Sinfonia.

Whilst studying for her degrees, Heather performed in masterclasses with Jenifer Stinton, Kenneth Smith, Talitha Glynne Jones, Wissam Boustany, John Flinders and Simon Channing. She also received tuition from Stina Dawes, Ruth Morley and Ian Clarke.

Llywelyn Ifan Jones - Harp

A recent addition to the Live Music Now scheme, Welsh harpist Llywelyn Ifan Jones is currently studying for his Master’s degree at the RWCMD funded by the generosity of the James Pantyfedwen trust. He is currently taught by Caryl Thomas. His achievements include winning a European ‘Lyon & Healy Award’ and RWCMD Concerto Competition alongside flautist Jemma Freestone. He was also the winner of the Pencerdd Gwalia competition 2013 commemorating the 100th anniversary of John Thomas’ passing and won a first prize at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod 2012. As a soloist he has performed in International music festivals such as Aberystwyth Musicfest, St. David’s Cathedral Music Festival, Monmouth Festival and the World Harp Congress in Vancouver in 2011.

A keen orchestral Musician, Llywelyn was section leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales in 2012 and in the same year performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in the Proms as part of the side by side scheme. He has had professional experience with Sinfonia Cymru, Cory Brass Band, The Novello Orchestra and many other leading ensembles in South Wales.

Paul McKenzie - Piano

Paul McKenzie is currently studying for a Master's Degree in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, with Simon Lepper, supported by a Drapers' Music Award, Help Musicians UK Accompanist Award and an Ian Evans Lombe Award. Previously he studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, with a scholarship, under the tutelage of Michael Young; during which time he won the Jacobson Prize, Eric Hodges Beethoven Prize and was awarded with the Philippa Whitelaw Yardley Memorial Award. He also achieved success in the Cardiff Violins Chamber Music Prize with his piano trio. He was twice selected to represent the college in the Sheepdrove Piano Competition in 2011 and 2012. Before undertaking Further Education, Paul studied privately with Rob Colley: and at the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department, where he won the concerto competition twice.

Paul has performed many concerts across England and Wales as a soloist, accompanist and as a chamber musician. Paul recently performed with Royal College of Music musicians in Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and St. Martin in the Fields, and performed Saint-Saens' 4th Piano Concerto with Bath Symphony Orchestra. He also won the Accompanists' Prize at the Maggie Teyte Prize and accompanied the winner in the Vocal final of the Royal Oversees League Competition.

Hannah Stonelake - French Horn

Hannah Stonelake finished her fourth and final year at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, studying the French horn under Beccy Goldberg and Julian Plummer in 2009. She continues to have lessons with Donald Clist, who plays second horn in the WNO and has been a great help in furthering her playing.

She started playing the French horn at the age of seven, and before long started to get more serious about her passion towards music, which encouraged her to make the decision to take her career further in music and to study at a music college.

Before coming to the RNCM, Hannah was a member of many Greater Gwent ensembles and orchestras, consisting of the Youth Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Horn Ensemble, Cello Ensemble and Youth Choir. Hannah was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, the National Youth Choir of Wales, and held principal position for the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Wales for six years. Hannah was also selected to play as part of the prestigious National Youth Symphonic Brass Wales for the opening of the new Welsh Assembly Building, 'The Sennedd' by the Queen.

During her musical career, Hannah has won several awards and was awarded a full scholarship for her four years of study at the RNCM. She has played regularly in all RNCM ensembles and was selected to play in the London premiere of Stockhausen's Luzifers Tanz at the Royal Festival Hall in December 2008. She was also selected to play in a music festival, Cantiere Internazionale D'arte di Montepulciano in Italy in July 2009, for a month.

Apart from working in her local village shop in Raglan, she has a very active career as a musician freelancing all around the country, including Malvern, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Brecon, Newtown, Stratford, Bristol and many more.

Lydia Marshall - Violin

Lydia began learning the violin aged 8 with Sylvia Jones and soon after started private tuition with Rosalind Butler. In 2005 she became a member of the Cardiff County and Vale of Glamorgan Youth orchestra. During her time with the orchestra she took part in tours to the Czech Republic and Italy and became leader in 2010.

In 2006 Lydia gained a place with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. During her final two years she led the orchestra under Takuo Yuasa and Carlo Rizzi. With the NYOW, Lydia has been lucky enough to take part in many exciting collaborations with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and most recently played at the BBC Proms.

In 2009 Lydia was offered a scholarship to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she now studies with Nick Whiting. During her time at RWCMD she has enjoyed a busy orchestral schedule and has been invited to play with Sinfonia Cymru. At RWCMD Lydia is a member of the Castle Mews Quartet, who were recently invited by Wye Valley Music Society to perform a recital in St. Briavels.

In February 2013 Lydia competed in the Final of the RWCMD concerto competition with Prokofiev's 2nd violin concerto. Now in her final year at the RWCMD Lydia has gained a placement with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Adi Tal - Cello

Winner of the Muriel Taylor Cello Prize in London in 2008 and the 2012 Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists, Adi Tal is emerging as one of the most dynamic young cellists of her generation. She made her solo debut at the age of twelve with Israel Chamber Orchestra, and has since performed with numerous ensembles and orchestras in Israel including Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, and Herzliya Chamber Orchestra, collaborating with conductors Thomas Sanderling, Dan Ettinger, Aldo Ceccato and James Judd.

Adi performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, St. Martin in the Fields, St. George's Bristol and the Louvre Auditorium in Paris. Her solo and chamber music performances have also been broadcast on the BBC Radio 3, the Singaporean Radio, as well as the Israeli Radio. This year Adi recorded a CD of Flute Trios for Meridian Records with Principle Flautist of Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Eyal Ein-Habar. Adi is also a member of the Rautio Piano Trio, winners of the Tillett Trust's Young Artists' Platform, Maisie Lewis Wigmore Award, Park Lane Group Award and Musician's Benevolent Fund Ensemble Award.

Born in Israel in 1986, Adi began her cello studies at the age of seven with Hillel Zori. She has performed in Master Classes presented by Steven Isserlis, Bernard Greenhouse, Lynn Harrell, Boris Pergamenschikov, Janos Starker and Natalia Gutman. She received her BMus from the Cleveland institute of Music where she studied with Richard Aaron, her Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music as a student of Ralph Kirshbaum and her Master's Degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under David Takeno.

Adi has participated in the Perlman Music Program, Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Ravinia Festival, Vebier Academy, Schleswig Holstein Master Classes, London Master Classes, Banff Music Festival and is a regular participant at the Master Classes and Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove. She has won awards from the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Ronen Foundation and the Raphael Sommer Music Scholarship Trust.

Adi performed Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra in November 2012, sponsored by Making Music under their Award for Young Concert Artists scheme.