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Kim Mackrell (January 28th) studied at the Guildhall, and worked in Bermuda and Las Palmas before joining the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra for six years. She has worked with the Kosh Dance/Theatre Company as a solo cellist, and plays regularly with the LSO and other major orchestras. A member of the Pisces String Quartet and Wren Piano Trio, she also gives recitals as part of a piano/cello duo. She has taught for many years, the focus of which more recently has been adult learning and chamber group tutoring - “Chamber Cellos”, her four courses per year for adult amateur cellists, was created in 2007.
Thomas Gregory (February 25th) is one of Britain’s outstanding cellists. He graduated in 1996 from the Guildhall School of Music, then studied at the University of Michigan with the eminent Danish cellist Erling Blondal Bengtsson.
He has performed all the major cello concertos throughout the UK , and in recent years has become well known for his beautifully crafted teaching compositions for young players. His memorable performances at the Colour House have included sonatas by Beethoven, Schubert and Mendelssohn, and Haydn’s Concerto in C.
Robert Bridge (March 25th) by day is a homeopathic practitioner based in Putney, but by night, in a transformation worthy of Robert Louis Stevenson, he reverts to being a remarkable piano virtuoso . An alumnus of the Royal College of Music, his international career has ranged from Bartok and Stravinsky at the Proms to celebrity masterclasses with Gerard Souzay and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Among many other hugely demanding works he has dazzled us with Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Chopin’s Etudes, Rachmaninov Preludes, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Beethoven’s monumental Diabelli Variations. He is a busy teacher, and runs his own top quality charity chamber music series which because of their informality he calls “The Putney Knitting Concerts”.