Philip Brett was born in Wellington, New Zealand and started learning the violin at the age of five. In 2007 Philip took up a full tuition scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music London where he studied with Professor Igor Petrushevski. During his time in London he won several prizes in international competitions including the Aram Khachaturian International Violin Competition in 2010. In 2011 he graduated from the RAM with a 1st Class Honours BMus and the Beare’s Prize. He then went on to study with Professor Zakhar Bron for a Masters in Music Performance at the Zurcher Hochschule der Kunste which he graduated from with top marks in early 2014. Philip has performed at various summer festivals and given concerts throughout Europe, America, Asia, and Australasia with great success. From 2014 – 15 Philip was the violinist on the Halle/RNCM Strings Leadership Scheme studying with Professor Yuri Torchinsky.
Rosemary Attree completed her Masters in Solo Violin Performance with Distinction at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester in September 2012, where she studied with Professor Malcolm Layfield. As an orchestral player she has worked with The Hallé, Manchester Camerata, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Philharmonic, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
A keen chamber musician, Rosemary won the RNCM Hirsch Prize in 2009 and has represented RNCM at The Cavatina Trust Intercollegiate Chamber Music Competition. In October 2010 Rosemary was one of twelve students selected to participate in the RNCM String Ensemble tour to China, performing at Shanghai, Wuhan, Chengdu and Beijing conservatories. Rosemary has also performed with The Goldberg Ensemble in England and France, and has twice been invited to attend the ‘Mendelssohn on Mull’ Chamber Music Festival directed by Levon Chilingirian.
As a soloist she has recently performed Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the violist Emma Richards and in 2012 was a finalist in the RNCM Concerto Competition performing Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2 in G Minor. Since September 2013, Rosemary has been a member of the Hallé Orchestra.
A keen chamber musician, Christine is a member of the award-winning Aurea Quartet, and has performed chamber music throughout the UK and Europe in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Buckingham Palace, and Cité Internationale des Arts. Christine has performed as a guest violist with the Sacconi Quartet, the Edinburgh Quartet, and Kremerata Baltica. She took part as a Young Professional in the 2009-2013 Mendelssohn on Mull festivals, and was delighted to be invited back as a Mentor for the 2016 festival. In 2013, she was viola soloist in Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the RCM Chamber Orchestra at the Autumn in Malvern Festival.
Christine joined the viola section of the Hallé in 2016; in addition, she enjoys freelancing with many of the UK's orchestras. At the RCM, she played principal viola under the batons of Bernard Haitink and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Christine greatly enjoys taking part in multidisciplinary projects; these have included working with with Cryptic Theatre, DJ Benji-B, and the instrumental collective Fat-Suit. She has also performed with artists such as Deep Purple, Rick Wakeman, Glenn Hughes, Sharon D Clark, and Burt Bacharach.
Christine plays on a beautiful viola made by British luthier David Milward in 2011.
Abby Hayward graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with first class honours and a postgraduate diploma with distinction under the guidance of Robert Irvine. While living in Scotland she played with all the major Scottish orchestras and toured with the Scottish and Red Note Ensembles in venues throughout Britain including the Wigmore Hall. With the generous support of the Countess of Munster, Musicians Benevolent and Leverhulme Trusts she began her Masters in Performance at the Guildhall with Pierre Doumenge and Ursula Smith. As winner of an Ian Flemming award, she continued her studies for a further year and graduated with distinction. After moving back to Scotland to teach with the Big Noise Sistema project in Govanhill – where she helped to teach music to around 500 children from 4 primary schools and 2 nurseries in Glasgow – she joined the Aurea Quartet. She now lives in Manchester and enjoys a busy freelance career as cellist of the Aureas, general chamber musician and with orchestras such as the Manchester Camerata and Halle Symphony Orchestra.