Alex Postlethwaite (1st violin) is a freelance violinist based in SW London. He is in demand as orchestral leader, chamber musician, soloist and recording artist having worked with many top chart acts including the Divine Comedy and Kinobe, whose recent hit was featured on the Kronenbourg advert. Recent solo appearances include performances of Schnittke’s Third Violin Concerto at St John’s, Smith Square (June 2006), Bruch’s First Violin Concerto, Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto (June 2010), Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante (March 2012) with Jane on viola and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Hobbies include astronomy, watching Manchester United and chasing around his three young children.
Jane Park (2nd violin/viola) was a performance undergraduate at the RWCMD, where she was awarded the Ernest and Doris Haigh Memorial Award for achievement and commitment to studies Jane has a masters degree in Contemporary Music Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London and is about to complete a BSc in Psychology. She too is a freelance professional, combining performing work with orchestras, ensembles and operatic societies with teaching activities and work with children with disabilities and SEN. Recent solo appearances include Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, Walton’s Viola Concerto, Beethoven Romance in F, Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin and Berio’s Duetti with Alex.
Gareth Hamill (viola) is originally from Northern Ireland, having moved to London in 1990 to study at the Royal College of Music. After a year he decided to get a ‘real job’, working for Marks and Spencer for 5 years and then as a financial adviser for 8 years. However Gareth has finally come to his senses and realised music is the only thing for him and so has recently returned to pursing a formal freelance career, graduating from the Royal College of Music in London in 2008. Recent solo performances include Hindemith’s Trauermusik and Meditation. He plays a viola made by Homer Clark in 1982.
Tessa Oakley (cello) studied at Trinity College of Music and is a performer, session musician and trained Suzuki cello teacher based in South London. She is lead cellist with a number of orchestras and freelances all over the south of England. Recent solo performances include Saint Saens’ Cello Concerto, and hobbies include tickling Louis the cat under the chin.
Alex, first violinist in the string quartet
Jane, playing second violin
Gareth on viola
Tessa, our cellist
All members of the Alexandria Ensemble are professional musicians. We met through freelance performing and have worked together as a group for several years.
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