Hugh Blogg’s musical development began in Watford where he was introduced to a wealth of musical experiences at a young age. He has especially fond memories of playing in numerous orchestras which helped to cultivate a team-spirited approach to performance. The happy combination of study at Watford Grammar School for Boys and the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Dept, led to the decision to read music at the University of Leeds where he continued to relish various roles of responsibility. Particular highlights include performing Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 with the LUUMS Chamber Orchestra, conducting the LUUMS Symphony Orchestra for two years, and playing with LS2, a contemporary music ensemble. During an Erasmus Exchange year at the Conservatoire de Region de Strasbourg Hugh enjoyed working with a diverse range of chamber groups, which ignited a passion for music-making on a smaller scale.
Hugh’s growing enthusiasm for chamber music was realised in the form of the string quartet whilst studying for a Masters at the RNCM. He was initially introduced to quartet playing through informal chamber music socials and rapidly became enamoured with the genre’s spontaneous dynamic. Through quartet coaching, rehearsal and performance he relishes exploring and learning about music in a wonderfully enriching environment – with the goal of continually crafting a living, evolving interpretation. In performance Hugh hopes to share his sense of excitement, wonder, and sometimes bewilderment, towards a form of musical expression that can have such a profound impact on one’s life.
As a freelance violinist Hugh has particularly enjoyed working with the Bristol Ensemble, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata under Gabor Takacs and Ensemble Deva.
Amelia Goodall studied violin and chamber music at the RNCM with Christopher Rowland, and at Manchester University with soloist Leland Chen. After beginning her freelance career in London, she moved to France to study classical and romantic music on historical instruments. Following this Amelia performed in many of the great concert halls in Paris and across Europe with François-Xavier Roth’s chamber orchestra Les Siècles.
She was introduced to the Parisian tango music scene and took a course with bandoneonist Juan José Mosalini.
Since returning to the UK, Amelia moved to Bristol to raise a family and has particularly enjoyed performing with the Bristol Ensemble, in the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival and with Tango Calor.
More recently, she set up Lunchtime Live, a concert series in which she has performed as soloist and chamber musician.
Amelia is also a music therapist and keen music educator, specialising in the early years. She started up the string department at the Cathedral Primary School in Bristol, where she introduced Kodály musicianship classes into the music curriculum and piloted whole class violin lessons.
Marian Givens is a freelance violinist and teacher, playing with a variety of ensembles such as The Bristol Ensemble, Orchestra of the Swan and La Folia. In 2015 she spent 7 months in Valencia with the opera house Palau de les Arts, under the direction of Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel.
She also works regularly in the West End and with pop acts such as Emeli Sande.
She also teaches at The Pilgrims’ School, Winchester and Salisbury Cathedral Schools.
Joanne Green began her career in Melbourne taking a Bachelor of Arts in Music and performing with the Melbourne Symphony. Gaining the Clarke Scholarship from Melbourne University in 1993 enabled Joanne to complete a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Music under Felix Andrievsky, where she also studied baroque violin with Catherine Mackintosh.
A full-time member of the Northern Sinfonia for a number of years, Joanne went freelance in order to pursue the many and varied offers of work with other ensembles and particularly to pursue her interest in period performance. On modern violin, she has been a member of The Scottish Ensemble since 2003. Joanne plays a very active part in education, writing and delivering projects for The Scottish Ensemble and The Avison Ensemble, and was for a number of years a teacher at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. She is now working on a web-based, performance project for long distance learning with Aldeburgh Music.