2019 Festival Musicians

Piano: Simon Crawford-Phillips, Daniel Tong, Joseph Tong

Violin: David Adams, Jeffrey Armstrong, Malin Broman, Florence Cooke, Tim Crawford, Ben Hancox, Claire Sterling, Sara Trickey, Matthew Truscott

Viola: Tom Dunn, Kay Stephen, Malin William-Olsson, Alinka Rowe

Cello: Kate Gould, Abby Hayward, Robin Michael, Alice Neary, Richard Lester

Maconchy Quartet: Maren Bosma, Eloise MacDonald, Joanna Patrick, Lily Hope

Quartet in Residence: The Kirkman Quartet


David Adams


David Adams is leader of the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. David was invited to join the London Bridge Trio as their new violinist in 2017. Passionate about chamber music David has been a member of the Raphael Ensemble and Ovid Ensemble. With regular guest appearances, recordings and broadcasts on both violin and viola with the Nash Ensemble, Endellion String Quartet and Hebrides Ensemble, he has recently recorded the complete Brahms Piano Quartets with the Gould Piano Trio. David has also appeared as guest leader of many of the UK’s symphony and chamber orchestras and recently enjoyed playing Principal Viola with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. David belongs to a musical family, his father was Principal Viola of the Hallé Orchestra and he is married to the cellist Alice Neary. Alice and David take enormous pleasure in being the artistic directors of the Penarth Chamber Music Festival. He began his studies at the age of five with his father continuing his training with Malcolm Layfield at Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM and then in the USA with Zvi Zeitlin and Daniel Phillips. His instruments are a Joannes Gagliano violin from 1800 and a Betts viola circa 1840 previously played by his father.

Jeffrey Armstrong


A South African-born violinist, Jeffrey started violin tuition at the age of six with Charlene Bogenhagen at the Frank Pietersen Music Centre in Paarl. In 2011, Jeffrey received the prize for the most promising young participant at the Artscape Youth Music Festival. During this year, he began lessons with Professor Jack de Wet. In 2013 Jeffrey played with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington during their South African tour. Jeffrey was awarded first prize at the Pieter Kooij Competition in August 2013, a year in which he appeared as soloist with both the Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic and Johannesburg Symphony orchestras. He held the position of concertmaster of the Cape Town Philharmonic Youth Orchestra from 2013 to 2015. During 2015, Jeffrey performed numerous chamber music recitals with Cape pianist Tertia Visser. In September he moved to England, where he began studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire. He now studies with Pieter Schoeman, concertmaster of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Maconchy Quartet

Formed at the Royal College of Music in 2018, the Maconchy Quartet is formed of prize-winning musicians, passionate about championing lesser-known works and music by female composers. First exploring the string quartet cycle of Dame Elizabeth Maconchy, the group has performed at the RA event ‘In Tune with Feminist Futures’ and is also featured in upcoming the BBC 4 documentary ‘Musicians, Maestras & Mothers’. The Maconchy Quartet also play on period instruments, and enjoy repertoire from the Baroque to the contemporary, giving the world premiere of ‘Clouds: Fading Knowledge of the World’ by Lisa Burgess. The quartet is regularly coached by members of the London Haydn Quartet in masterclasses at King’s Place.

Maren Bosma, Violin; Eloise MacDonald, Violin; Joanna Patrick, Viola; Lily Hope, Cello

Malin Broman


Born in Sweden, Malin studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with David Takeno. As soloist, Malin has performed with ensembles including the Gothenburg, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Copenhagen Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, BBC Welsh and Swedish Radio orchestras. Together with Simon Crawford-Phillips and Jesper Svedberg, Malin has toured the world with the Kungsbacka Piano Trio. She was also a member of the Nash Ensemble from 2004 to 2010. In 2008 Malin was appointed leader of the Swedish Radio Orchestra. With the orchestra she has performed Brahms’ double concerto with Steven Isserlis under the baton of Daniel Harding, recorded Nielsen Violin Concerto for Daphne Records and premiered a violin concerto written for her by Helen Grime. She has since been invited to guest lead the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Philharmonia and LSO. Since 2015 she is Artistic Director of the Swedish chamber orchestra Musica Vitae. Malin is professor of viola at Edsberg Music Institute. As a violist she has played with ensembles such as the Gaudier Ensemble and Elias String Quartet.Malin plays a 1782 Guadagnini violin and 1861 Bajoni viola, both on loan from the Järnåker Foundation


Florence Cooke


An avid chamber musician, violinist Florence Cooke has given concerts all over the world with ensembles including Aurora, Arcangelo, European Camerata, the Aronowitz and Razumovsky Ensembles, the Jigsaw Players, Chroma Ensemble and Spira Mirabilis.  Appearances at international festivals include Sommerklaenge Festival Zürich, Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele in Germany, Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival, IMS Prussia Cove, Haaglanden International Festival in Holland, Kerry International Festival in Ireland, and Banff Summer Festival in Canada, and she also founded and directed a chamber music festival in France for three years.  She won many prizes and awards, and was a student of Krzysztof Smietana and David Takeno, at Cambridge University where she held an academic scholarship and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she held the Leverhulme Fellowship.  She is a guest teacher of violin and chamber music at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Junior Guildhall in London.  Florence plays on an 1840 violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, made possible by the generosity of several kind friends and sponsors.  Her other passions include swimming in the sea, playing with her toddler, and cooking with plenty of spices. 

Tim Crawford


Tim is a sought after musician and instrumentalist, regularly playing at festivals across the UK. He has recently completed his undergraduate degree with Alexander Janiczek at the Guildhall School of Music in London, and was subsequently invited to return as a Chamber Fellow. Upon graduating he was awarded both a Concert Recital Diploma and the Lord Mayors Prize for achieving the highest mark across the music school. He is fortunate to have played with many eminent artists such as Janine Jansen, Steven Isserlis, Philippe Graffin, and looks forward to playing at Wye Valley, Lewes, IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, and Lockenhaus festivals over the next year. Recent performances include the Glazunov Violin Concerto, Mozart 2nd Violin Concerto and he looks forward to performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Forest Philharmonic later this year.

Claire Sterling



Australian violinist Claire Sterling studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and the University of Melbourne, Australia. From 2004-2011 she was Principal Second Violin with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and was a regular performer in the SCO chamber series. Other chamber appearances include Ireland’s Hard Rain Soloists Ensemble, Kinnordy Chamber Music, Wye Valley Chamber Music, Spitalfields, Arundel and City of London Festivals, as well as CHROMA, Mr McFall’s Chamber and Endymion. She is a regular soloist in London’s popular Bach to Baby series and her most recent performances have been with a newly-established chamber collective at Braishfield Music in Wiltshire.
Currently Co-Principal Second Violin with English National Opera, Claire is also a guest principal with several other UK orchestras. She appears with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and is a founding member of the renowned Australian World Orchestra.
Claire has a keen interest in period performance and is a member of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique. She also plays with the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra.

Joseph Tong


Joseph Tong enjoys a busy and varied career as soloist, duo pianist, chamber musician, co-director of the Bristol International Piano Duo Festival and teacher. Joe made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1997 as winner of the Maisie Lewis Young Artists Award and has given recitals at the Purcell Room, Steinway Hall, the Chopin Society and other London venues including Bishopsgate Hall and Fairfield Halls. He has broadcast for Radio 3, most recently ahead of his Sibelius concert and CD launch at St John’s, Smith Square last spring. In September Joe gave a series of recitals in Finland, including at Ainola, the home of Sibelius, and Camerata Hall in Helsinki.A longstanding piano duo with the Japanese pianist Waka Hasegawa (Piano 4 Hands) has led to broadcasts for Radio 3, WFMT Radio in the USA and recitals at Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and festivals including Buxton, Cheltenham, Guildford, Oundle and Presteigne.
Joseph Tong was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in 2008 and appointed visiting teacher at Wells Cathedral School. Upcoming performances include St David’s Hall Cardiff, the JdP in Oxford (with Daniel Tong, Sara Trickey and Richard Wigmore) and in Germany.

Simon Crawford-Phillips


Coming to the Wye has been a central part of Simon’s musical and social life for the past 20 years and it’s becoming equally important for his children. Simon has made recent conducting debuts with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Musica Vitae, Dala Sinfonietta, Nash Ensemble and English Chamber Orchestra and assisted Daniel Harding at the Verbier Festival. In August 2016 he conducted the première of Britta Byström’s Violin Concerto at the Baltic Sea Festival. In 2017 he was appointed chief conductor and artistic adviser of Våsterås Sinfonietta.
Recent performances as a pianist include a series of concerts at Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble, a tour of Europe and Carnegie Hall with the Colin Currie Group and live broadcasts for the BBC. Simon Crawford-Phillips is a founding member of the Kungsbacka Piano Trio.
Simon is the artistic director of the Change Music Festival in Norra Halland in Sweden and co-artistic director of the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival. In 2010, Simon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music. Simon’s formative teachers have been John Lavender, Hamish Milne, Ferenc Rados, David Takeno and Mark Stringer.



Tom Dunn


Tom Dunn was born in Yorkshire and studied on the Joint Course at Manchester University and The Royal Northern College of Music. Since then, he has held positions as Co-Principal viola with the Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment, the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. Tom has appeared as Guest Principal Viola with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Warsaw Chamber Opera, the English Baroque Soloists, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Avison Ensemble and the King’s Consort.

Tom has been a member of the Quince Quartet, the London Bridge Ensemble and the Chamber Players. He has also appeared with the Aiso Quartet, and Ensemble 360.

He is currently Principal viola of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and is very lucky to play on a viola made in 1690 by the Flemish maker Matthijs Hofmans.

Kate Gould


Kate has been devoted to chamber music since she formed the Leopold String Trio in 1991 and now focuses on the piano trio through her long-standing ensemble, the London Bridge Trio, with Daniel Tong and David Adams. The trio is featured at the Winchester Chamber Music Festival each April, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Kate is also a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and, in stark contrast, a regular guest principal of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, which means she pops into town to the Albert Hall to play things like Jurassic Park Live, or Space Spectacular. Kate secretly enjoys this aspect of her work. She returns to the Siete Lagos Festival in north Patagonia, at the end of January, which was a wonderful experience last year, performing but also coaching the young, Argentinian string players. Kate plays a 1711 Carlo Guiseppe Testori cello and is seeking some very kind benefactors to donate the remaining shares to her. You never know

Ben Hancox


Described by the Observer as ‘fearless and exciting’, Ben Hancox has earned a trusted reputation as a soloist and chamber musician. Having started playing at the age of four, he studied with Faith Whiteley and Serguei Fatkouline, and with Felix Andrievsky at the Royal College of Music. At the RCM Ben won both the major violin prizes. He left with a first class honours degree and was awarded a distinction in his postgraduate diploma in performance. Ben is the first violinist and founder member of the Sacconi Quartet, and with them has toured extensively in Britain and abroad. They have won numerous international awards and are constantly in demand on the chamber music circuit. As a chamber musician and soloist, he has collaborated with many renowned artists and orchestras and after many visits to the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove and the Wye Valley, Ben has also formed long lasting friendships and musical partnerships with performers from around the world. Ben has a wife and two young children. He has juggled flaming torches (not near his family).

Abby Hayward


Abigail Hayward graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy with first-class honours in 2009 and a postgraduate diploma with distinction in 2010. While studying there with Robert Irvine she won numerous prizes and performed the Elgar cello concerto with the RSAMD symphony orchestra.  She has played with all the major Scottish orchestras and in 2009 went on tour with the Scottish Ensemble performing in the Wigmore Hall and in venues throughout Britain.  In 2011, with the generous support of the Countess of Munster, Musicians Benevolent and Leverhulme trusts, she commenced her Masters of Performance at the Guildhall with Pierre Doumenge. As winner of an Ian Fleming award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, she continued her studies for a further year with Ursula Smith and graduated with distinction. Whilst living in London she performed chamber music in the Barbican, Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth halls and enjoyed a busy freelance career. Since moving back to Scotland she has joined the Sistema Scotland team at their Glasgow project, teaching children in Govanhill.  As cellist of the prizewinning Aurea Quartet she plays frequently throughout the UK and Europe.

Alice Neary


A passionate chamber musician, Alice is a member of the Gould Piano Trio and has made guest appearances with the Nash Ensemble, Endellion, Elias, Heath and Sorrel quartets.  She has recorded extensively with the Gould Piano Trio including the complete Brahms trios. Recent recordings include John Ireland Cello Sonata (Naxos) which was chosen as BBC Music Magazine “Chamber Music Disc of the Month”. Alice was the winner of the 1998 Pierre Fournier Award, and won major prizes in 2001 Leonard Rose Competition, USA and the 1997 Adam International Cello Competition in New Zealand.  Her performances have included concertos with the Ulster Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Israel Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony.  She has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall and Purcell Room and festival appearances include Manchester International Cello Festival, Santa Fe and Bath Festivals and International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove.  She broadcasts frequently on BBC radio 3 and NPR (USA).

Alice studied with Ralph Kirshbaum at RNCM and with Timothy Eddy, as a fulbright scholar  in USA. She now teaches at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  She plays an Alessandro Gagliano cello of 1710.


Kay Stephen

Born in Aberdeen, Kay Stephen is violist with the Gildas Quartet with whom she has performed widely around the UK and Europe, live on BBC Radio 3 and has recorded for the Champs Hill label. The quartet are currently City Music Foundation Artists and Junior Fellows in Chamber Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
She also is also violinist and violist with the Jacquin Trio with whom she won the Royal Overseas League Competition last year.
Kay has appeared as guest violist with the Elias Quartet and the Edinburgh Quartet as well as playing regularly with Ensemble Deva, resident ensemble of the Storyhouse, Chester, and the recently formed Manchester Collective.
She has been invited as guest co-principal violist with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and as violinist with orchestras including the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Halle, the BBC SSO, Red Note Ensemble and the RLPO.
In 2015 she become a member of Manchester Camerata with whom she performs frequently as principal violist and soloist.

Daniel Tong


Daniel Tong enjoys a varied and diverse career, primarily as a chamber music pianist but also as soloist, song accompanist, teacher, writer and festival director. His first solo CD of music by Schubert was released on the Quartz label, Gramophone magazine describing him as ‘an extraordinarily sympathetic Schubertian’. He has broadcast many times on BBC Radio 3. As chamber musician, Daniel has collaborated with the Elias, Heath, Navarra, Dante and Callino quartets. His London Bridge Trio is a vibrant presence on the UK chamber music scene. Their second Frank Bridge disc was nominated for a Gramophone award. He is founder of the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and the Winchester Chamber Music Festival. With ‘Music Discovery Live’, Daniel collaborates with musicologist Richard Wigmore on study sessions and concerts. ‘Beethoven Plus’ commissioned ten new works to be performed alongside the ten sonatas for violin and piano and has recently premiered at Kings Place. Daniel has been performing this cycle with Krysia Osostowicz at various venues around the UK. Daniel loves teaching and is Head of Piano in Chamber Music at the Birimgham Conservatoire. But his proudest moment came when he discovered a picture of his fifteen-year-old self in the middle of Marcus Trescothick’s autobiography.

Sara Trickey


Sara Trickey performs at many of the major UK festivals and venues. She plays regularly with pianist Dan Tong with whom she has recorded the Schubert Sonatinas to critical acclaim. A further CD of Fauré and David Matthews is shortly to be released. She also made a world premiere recording of Mathias’ violin sonatas with Iwan Llewelyn Jones. Sara has performed most of the repertoire for violin and orchestra, with orchestras that include the City of London Sinfonia and the Orchestra of St John’s. She is a founder member of the Odysseus Piano Trio and the Joachim String Trio, the latter playing on gut strings. She is also currently a member of the mixed ensemble Sound Collective, and plays in a violin duo with Andrew Watkinson, leader of the Endellion Quartet. Prior to forming these groups, Sara led the Bronte String Quartet for six years, winning the Royal Overseas League competition and second prize in the Cremona International Quartet competition.

Sara studied with Camilla Wicks and also was very influenced by her studies at IMS Prussia Cove. She read Classics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge and this continues to be a passion. She also enjoys teaching, primarily at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Matthew Truscott


Matthew Truscott is a versatile violinist who shares his time between period instrument and ‘modern’ performance, appearing with some of the finest musicians in both fields. One of the leaders of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment since 2007, he has recently been appointed concertmaster of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, dual roles which he relishes equally.

In demand as a guest leader, engagements in this capacity have included projects with The English Concert, Le Concert d’Astrée, The King’s Consort, Arcangelo, Budapest Festival Orchestra, English National Opera, Dutch National Opera and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He is also leader of St James’ Baroque, Classical Opera and the Magdalena Consort.

A keen chamber musician, recent recordings have included a set of Purcell Trio Sonatas with Retrospect Trio, a disc of Bach chamber music with Trevor Pinnock, Emmanuel Pahud and Jonathan Manson, and one of Haydn Piano Trios with Richard Lester and Simon Crawford-Phillips. Matthew teaches baroque violin at the Royal Academy of music in London.


Robin Michael


Robin Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and later with Ferenc Rados. He is principal cellist in Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique and solo cellist with Orchestre Les Siecles (Paris).
He also regularly guests as principal cellist with orchestras such as the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, English Baroque Soloists, English National Opera and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Robin was the cellist in the Fidelio trio for over 10 years. He has also appeared in collaboration with the Dante and Eroica quartets. Robin is founder and co-artistic director alongside Daniel Tong of the Kinnordy Chamber Music Festival in Scotland and was recently elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM).

Malin William-Olsson


Malin William Olsson alternates as concert master in the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2011. She also guests Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the European Chamber Orchestra.

For three years she was a member of the Talisker Quartet, and participated with the group in the Banff  International String Competition in 2007. She also is the member of the pop group Se Lest, where classical music meets pop. Malin plays a Giaccomo Zanoli, Italy 1751, on loan from the Järnåker Foundation.

The Kirkman Quartet

Quartet in Residence

Jack Greed, Anthony Poon, Kim Becker, Yurie Lee. Formed in 2016, the Kirkman Quartet have established themselves as a mature and engaging young ensemble. They are mentored by Levon Chilingirian, and have also received coaching from Martin Outram, Guy Johnston, Richard Ireland, Hartmut Rhode, and the Doric Quartet.
Just two weeks after first playing together, the Kirkman Quartet were awarded a coveted place on the Davey Poznanski string quartet scheme at the Royal Academy of Music. They have since received a place on the Frost ASSET scheme for two consecutive years. In 2017, the quartet were winners of the Wolfe Wolfinsohn string quartet prize, and also gave the UK premiere of Kareem Roustom’s A Voice Exclaiming. This season will see the quartet give recitals at St Peter’s church, Eaton Square, as winners of the St Peter’s Fellowship for 2019. Next season they will take part in the HARMOS festival in Porto, where they will receive intensive coaching and give a number of recitals.
The Kirkman Quartet have given recitals across the UK in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Colston Hall, Regent Hall, the Ashmolean Museum and Southwark Cathedral. The also performed in Garsington Opera’s 2018 production of Capriccio, playing on stage in the string sextet.