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Meet some of the players

Eloisa-Fleur Thom
EliosaEloisa-Fleur is a prize-winning violinist and up and coming young musician of the highest calibre. She is already the Artistic Director of ‘The 12 ensemble’, an un-conducted string orchestra of a dozen young elite chamber musicians who are currently taking the London Music scene by storm. The ensemble was recently awarded an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK and holds a 2014 residency at The Forge Venue, London. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Maurice Hasson and during her time there, she won many awards and prizes.


You-Chiung Lin
Y-CBorn in Taiwan and now based in the UK, You-Chiung Lin is very active as a soloist and chamber musician. After graduating from Tunghai University in her native country, she was awarded a full scholarship to study with Piers Lane at the Royal Academy of Music in London and with Douglas Finch at the London College of Music & Media, where she held the Keyboard/Accompanist Fellowship for several years. She has appeared in masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, John Lill and Artur Pizarro amongst others. In addition to giving many successful concerts both at home and abroad, she has presented highly acclaimed performances on various cruise lines. As a concerto enthusiast, You-Chiung has appeared with a number of orchestras including the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square. She also returns regularly with the Reading Symphony Orchestra and the Bristol Concert Orchestra in collaboration with their resident conductor Stefan Hofkes. Her recordings include selections of solo works by Chopin, Liszt, Mozart and a live performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 2.


Stefan Hofkes
StefanStefan Hofkes was born in The Netherlands, where he studied piano and conducting at the Utrecht Conservatoire. Under his prominent teachers, Alan Weiss, David Porcelijn and Alexander Warenberg, he concluded his studies with the coveted solo-recital diploma. He furthered his conducting studies at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Christopher Seaman, winning the Ricordi Conducting Prize in 1996. After his studies Stefan received extensive coaching and support from Bernard Haitink. As a pianist Stefan has performed in venues including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall and St. George’s in Bristol and has made extensive concert tours throughout Europe and the Middle East. Stefan's versatility has created a special relationship with the Royal Netherlands Embassy in London, enabling him to conduct and record major Dutch compositions at prominent concert venues.


Joseph Spooner
JosephJoseph Spooner came to the cello indirectly, via a degree in Classics at Cambridge and a doctorate in Greek papyrology at London and Florence universities. During subsequent postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music, he embraced traditional repertoire and developed a taste for contemporary and non-standard works. Since then, he has pursued a diverse career, principally as a soloist and chamber musician and this work has taken him across the UK, from the Baltic to the Atlantic and from the recording studio to France, Austria, the Netherlands, New York and Russia. As a soloist, there have been performances of familiar and less familiar concertos including Dvořák, Leighton, Korngold, Shostakovitch and Moeran; broadcasts from his recordings on BBC Radio 3 and Radio New Zealand and recital series featuring the complete works for the cello by Bach, Beethoven, Bloch, and the Mighty Handful.


David BarrellDavid
David Barrell trained at London University, The Royal Academy of Music in London and The American Opera Centre, Juilliard, during which time he was awarded first prize in the New York Oratorio Society International Soloist Competition at Carnegie Hall. He has appeared with Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera, The Glyndebourne Festival, The Royal Opera House at the New York Metropolitan, Teatro Regio Turin, Opera de Nice, Maggio Musicale Florence, as well as the opera houses of Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid and at the Wexford, Spoleto and Edinburgh International festivals. He has appeared in concerts with among others The London Symphony, The Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, Scottish Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, The Nash Ensemble, The London Sinfonietta and The Tokyo Symphony orchestras.


Rod Laver
For over 20 years Rod has been a star of the Juggling world with his extraordinary ping pong and gentleman juggling skills. He has performed on TV, in Variety, Cabaret and Circus throughout the world. He recently entered the Guinness Book of Records and was featured in “The Virtuosos of Juggling” celebrating the world’s greatest jugglers.