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The Wolfe Ensemble

Wed Apr 24th 2013, 1:10–2:00 pm ◀ This event has finished
St. Sepulchre, the Musicians Church, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DQ


Sonata for Violin and Cello (1920-22) - Maurice Ravel
I. Allegro  II.Trés vif  III.Lent IV.Vif, avec entrain

String Quintet in G Major op.111 - Johannes Brahms
I. Allegro non troppo, ma con brio
II. Adagio
III. Un poco allegretto
IV. Vivace, ma non troppo presto

Artist info:-

Edward McCullagh 1st violin
Minsi Yang 2nd violin
Benjamin Harrison viola
Alison D'Souza, viola
Alisa Liubarskaya, cello

Edward McCullagh (violin) finished his Masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music in 2011, studying violin with Lydia  Mordkovitch. He previously studied at the Conservatoire Royale de Bruxelles, at the Junior Royal Academy, and he also has a Bachelor degree from the University of Bristol in French and Spanish. His other teachers include Lorraine McAslan, Ofer Falk and Shirly Laub.Solo performances include playing Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 and Bach Double Concerto at St John’s Smith Square,  recitals at Holywell Music Room, Aldeburgh Parish Church and with Isabelle Bonesire, violin professor at the Conservatoire Royale de Bruxelles. His interest in contemporary music has seen him performing violin solo in Gavin
Bryar’s Jesus’ Blood at St George’s Bristol, invitations to the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Contemporary  Course, Cheltenham Festival Academy, as well as concerts with the London Sinfonietta and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, as part of the Academy’s contemporary ‘Manson’ ensemble. He recently led performances of five contemporary string quartets in St. Bride’s Fleet Street, as part of the Charles Darwin Anniversary Festival, as well as concerts at Glasgow University sponsored by the Cornelius Cardew Trust. He previously played in the Azzura String Quartet, winners of the 2005 National Youth String Quartet Competition (performances in Conway Hall, Cambridge Summer Music Festival and Leeds International Festival). He has also played with the European Union Youth Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy and Gianandrea Noseda, and the Britten Pears Orchestra with Edward Gardner. He has performed in solo masterclasses to Tasmin Little, Gyorgy Pauk and Kathy Stott, as well as quartet masterclasses to the RTE Vanbrugh Quartet and coaching from the Allegri, Endellion, Kuss, Wihan and Chillingirian quartets. He currently plays in the Orchestra of St Paul’s, Covent Garden, and is an extra player with the Hallé Orchestra. He also plays in the Wolfe String Trio, with whom he performs regularly, and has received coaching from Martin Outram, Susan Tomes and Tim Boulton


Minsi Yang - (Violin)

Born in Zhongshan, China, Minsi started learning the violin aged 6. It is also because of the violin that she started her journey of travelling - so far she has lived in New Zealand, England and China, and has performed extensively throughout these countries as well as in the cities of Sydney, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Anghiari. Having arrived in London for Southbank Sinfonia in 2012, she is currently on trial with Scottish Opera. Before her London adventure, she worked with all the major New Zealand orchestras and ensembles, including New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and NBR National Opera. “Interaction” is one of her favourite words - she enjoys the intimacy of playing in small ensembles, and has formed and performed with various chamber groups regularly, including Harakeke Ensemble, Musical Space and Clavino Trio. She is proud to be part of the Brillig Ensemble as she can play with many of her best friends. 


Benjamin Harrison - (Viola)

Benjamin comes from a musical family and began playing the violin at an early age. He also studied singing and in 1994 was awarded a place as a chorister at St John’s College, Cambridge. He toured Japan, South Africa and Europe with the College choir, as Deputy Head Chorister.

In 2000 Benjamin won a place at Chetham’s School of Music studying violin with Jan Repko. Here, Ben performed in many of the Symphony Orchestra concerts under Mark Elder, Stephen Threlfall, Jac van Steen and Benjamin Zander.

In 2002 Benjamin began studying the violin/viola with Dr Hugh Maguire. During this time he attended the Pro Corda chamber music courses and was coached by the Wihan Quartet, the Israel Trio, Ioan Davies and Phillip Dukes.

As a chamber musician Benjamin regularly performs with his quartet, the Ealing String Quartet, and has received coaching from Lewis Kaplan, Simon Rowland-Jones, members of the Chillingirian Quartet and attended the London String Quartet Foundation, Quartet Symposia.

In 2004, Benjamin won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied with Ivo-Jan van der Werff and Jonathan Barritt. Benjamin also undertook a Postgraduate degree at the College, where he studied jointly with Simon Rowland-Jones and Lawrence Power. Benjamin has participated in masterclasses with Lawrence Power, Ian Jewel and Stephen Tees.

In January 2009 Benjamin was a prize winner in the Kenneth Page Viola Competition. In his spare time, Benjamin pursues his interest in cars and cycling.                                                                      


Alison d'Souza (viola) completed her undergraduate degree at the Royal College of Music in 2009 and her MA at the Royal  Academy of Music in 2011. During her studies Alison performed in all the RCM and RAM orchestras working under such as  Sir Simon Rattle & Sir Colin Davis with many performances at St John Smith’s Square, Cadogan Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall also touring to China with the Amadeus Orchestra. In 2011 Alison was selected for the Britten Pears Symphony and String Young Artist programme. As an avid chamber musician she won 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 Sinfoniafor their recent run of Cinderella ballets. This year Alison will continue to freelance as a chamber and orchestral musician across the UK and abroad.

Alisa Liubarskaya (cello) received her early musical training at the Belarus State Music College in Minsk. She started playing the cello at the age of 7 and began giving public performances soon thereafter. Among her early successes are prizes at the Heran, Beethoven and Chandos International Competitions as well as solo Concerto performance with the Belarus State Chamber Orchestra and a place for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Scheme. Since 2007 Alisa has been a scholarship student at Trinity College of Music in London studying with Natalia Pavlutskaya. During 2012 Alisa has been a member of the Southbank Sinfonia and enjoyed a great variety of projects and performances with the orchestra including solo and chamber music.

Alisa has received first prizes at the Vivian Joseph Concerto Competition, Vera Kantrovic, Leonard Smith and Felicity Young Competitions. She has also won John Thompson, Cavatina Chamber Music Prizes and Barbirolli Memorial Prize for Cellists. Her most recent performances including solo and chamber music recitals at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, St. John's Smith Square,  St Martins in the Fields, Warwick and Leeds University Halls, Jaqueline du Pre Music Building in Oxford and Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham. 

Alisa took part in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis, Torleif Thedeen, Karine Georgian, Bernard Greenhouse, Aleksander Ivashkin, Roel Dieltiens, Leonid Gorokhov and Patrick Demenga. 

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.

Visit the St. Sepulchre website.


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