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The Matteo String Quartet

Wed Mar 13th 2013, 1:10–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ


Molly Cockburn- Violin:-

Bach- E Major Partita first movement (Preludio)

Ysaye Sonata no 3 (Ballade)

Elaine Ambridge- Violin:-

Bach- 1st movement of  A minor sonata (Grave)

Alison D'Souza- Viola:-

Bach- Courante from 1st Cello Suite BWV 1007

George Hoult- Cello:-

Bach- Prelude from 3rd Cello Suite BWV 1009

Matteo String Quartet:- 

Haydn; Op. 20 No. 4 in D major;

Allegro di Molto; Un poco Adagio Affettuoso; Allegretto alla zingarese; Presto scherzando     

Artist info:-

Molly Cockburn Elaine Ambridge Alison d'Souza George Hoult

Molly Cockburn:-

In January 2012, Molly was chosen to represent the RCM in a performance of Prokoviev's Quintet at the Royal Festival Hall, and in September 2012 performed Schubert's Octet in D Major as part of the Chillingirian Schubert Festival at the Royal College. In June 2012, Molly was selected to represent the RCM at Lorin Maazel's annual Castleton Festival in Virginia, USA, performing several major works from the symphonic and operatic repertoire, and holding the position of Concert Master in performances of Sondheim's "A Little Night Music". She has also been leader of the Chetham's Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, and the Royal College of Music Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra.

Molly plays on an early 18th century Venetian violin by Matteo Goffriller kindly loaned by the Royal College of Music, as well as a fine contemporary Carlo Bergonzi copy by Neil Értz.


Elaine Ambridge:-

Elaine was born in London in 1992 and began playing the violin at the age of 5 with teacher Julian Shaw. At 10 years old she was accepted at the Royal College of Music Junior Department where she studied with Viktoria Grigoreva and Christopher Hirons. As well as this, she received the Hans Keller Music Scholarship to study at Alleyns School. She was also accepted into the National Youth Chamber Orchestra at 15 with which she has more recently lead and directed, as well as performed with at the BBC Proms and Cheltenham Festival. She has won at festivals throughout London, including Ealing, Croydon and Blackheath, where she was awarded Best Violinist as well as Best Overall String Player. Last year she was invited to play the Brahms Double Concerto with ‘cellist Frederique Legrand and the St Bartholomew’s Orchestra, as well as being invited to play at the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival. She is currently in her 3rd year of Undergraduate at the RCM where she is studying with Gabrielle Lester as well as having studied with Levon Chilingirian.


Alison d'Souza:-

Alison completed her undergraduate degree at the Royal College of Music in 2009 and then her MA at the Royal Academy of Music in 2011 studying with Martin Outram. During her studies Alison performed in all the RCM and RAM orchestras working under Sir Simon Rattle, Essa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Colin Davis and Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies with numerous performances at St John Smith’s Square, Cadogan Hall and the Queen Elizabeth Hall as well as touring to China with the Amadeus Orchestra. In 2011 Alison was selected for the Britten Pears Symphony and String Young Artist programme and enjoyed concerts working with Ed Gardner and renowned violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Alison is also an avid chamber musician winning scholarships to Charterhouse International Music Festival and the Lake District Summer Music chamber course. In 2012 Alison played with the British Heritage orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall and as co-principal with the Jersey Chamber Orchestra for the 2012 Viennese Gala Concert.

Most recently Alison took part in a promotional tour to Chennai with Anglo Indian music productions for a new Bollywood film release. She also performed with the Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia for their recent run of Cinderella ballets. This year Alison will continue to freelance as a chamber and orchestral musician across the UK and abroad.

George Hoult:-

George was born in Manchester in 1990, and is currently studying for a Masters in Performance with Melissa Phelps at the Royal College of Music, London. George began playing the cello at the age of 4, and in 2004 he joined the Royal Northern College of Music Junior School to learn with Chris Hoyle. He then went on to study with Nick Trygstad as an undergraduate at the RNCM, graduating in 2012 with a 1st class BMus (Hons).  As a soloist, George won 1st prize in the national final of the the 2012 Lions European Music Competition for cello, going on to represent the UK and Ireland at the European final in Brussels. He was also a finalist in the 2010 RNCM Sir John Barbirolli Cello Prize.

An accomplished chamber musician,  George is also a keen orchestral player. He was principal cellist in various RNCM orchestras, and has performed with Sinfonia Cymru and the BBC Philharmonic, after winning a place on their Professional Experience Scheme for 2010/2011. Since 2011 George has been a regular participant in the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, through which he has played with the Aldeburgh World Orchestra at the Concertgebouw and the BBC Proms, and with Aldeburgh Strings and the Britten-Pears Orchestra. He is on the extra list for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of Opera North. George is experienced as a session cellist, and has recorded and appeared on stage with artists such as Submotion Orchestra, James, Jacqui Dankworth, The Little Unsaid, MC Skittles and Broke’n English, and Il Divo at the Royal Variety Performance on ITV1.

George is an RCM scholar generously supported by a John Lewis award. He is also very grateful to the Countess of Munster Trust, the Kathleen Trust and the Split Infinitive Trust for supporting his postgraduate studies. George plays a modern Italian cello by the Cremonese luthier Alessandra Pedota, and a Zabinski bow kindly loaned through the RNCM’s FSA scheme

Venue: St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church

St. Sepulchre, The Musicans Church

Photographs of St Sepulchre at the Flickr website


St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, also known as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Holborn), is an Anglican church in the City of London. It is located on Holborn Viaduct, almost opposite the Old Bailey. In medieval times it stood just outside ("without") the now-demolished old city wall, near the Newgate. It has been a living of St John's College, Oxford, since 1622.

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