Summer School Tutors

Summer School 1 will be tutored  by Francesca, Steve and Nicola.

Summer School 2 will be tutored by Francesca, Lisa, Steve and Nicola.

We are absolutely delighted to welcome some fine players to our summer school as our tutors. They are all incredibly friendly, enthusiastic and a joy to have around – the perfect combination for a summer school of chamber music.

They have varied performing careers and each bring something unique to Nantwen. The tutors also prepare a chamber music concert for the course participants and general public. This takes place in the hall on Saturday night and has been a highlight.

Francesca Barritt – Violin

Summer School tutor Francesca Barrit Photo by Julie Kim

Francesca Barritt is equally at home as a concert soloist or orchestral leader and as a chamber musician. She enjoys a rewarding and varied performing career. Recent concerto performances have included the Brahms concerto and the Sibelius concerto. She also performed Beethoven’s triple concerto with the Del Mar Trio and Vaughan Williams’  – The Lark Ascending.

She is in constant demand as a chamber musician and as a result has performed at prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room in London and the Seoul Arts Centre in South Korea.

Francesca received broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 in 2011 and 2012. She was  also invited to give concerts at Kings Place Festival, Bath International Festival and the Norfolk & Norwich Festival to name but a few. Francesca is the violinist in the Del Mar Trio and a founder member of Ensemble Matisse.

Lisa Katharina Obert – Violin

Summer School tutor Lisa Katharina Obert

In 2013 Lisa became a member of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. She joined the orchestra as Principal Second Violin. Lisa regularly appears as guest principal with other orchestras. These include the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Born in Germany, Lisa studied in Freiburg and Düsseldorf. She completed her masters with distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010.

Lisa began her orchestral career whilst still a student, touring internationally with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Following this she also won places on two prestigious orchestral apprenticeship schemes; the London Symphony Orchestra String Scheme and the London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyle Future Firsts Scheme.

Lisa is now established as a leading orchestral violinist in the UK and subsequent professional engagements have included work with many leading orchestras. These include the English National Opera, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and also the Northern Sinfonia. In addition Lisa has worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and also the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Whilst enjoying a busy orchestral career Lisa always tries to find time for her other passions these include chamber music and hill walking in the Peak District.

Steve Doman – Viola

Summer School tutor Steve Doman Viola

Steve Doman has performed alongside Daniel Hope, Charles Owen and Philip Dukes. He has given concerts at the Bath, Cheltenham and Schleswig Holstein international music festivals. Steve has also performed at the Festival International de Musique de la Hague in Normandy.

Steve also performed at the Wigmore Hall with principal players from the London Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member of the Toki Quartet, he has toured Japan and also performed at LSO St Luke’s  in London and at St George’s in Bristol.

Steve is regularly invited to other leading orchestras as guest principal viola. In recent years he has worked with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, English National Ballet and also the Scottish Ballet. He also works regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Nicola Thomas – Cello 

Summer School tutor Nicola Thomas Cello

Nicola is a professor of cello at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She studied at Chetham’s School of Music, the Britten Pears School and at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Nicola also studied in a series of intensive masterclasses with Jacqueline du Pre. She has worked extensively with the London Mozart Players, the London Bach Orchestra, Kent Opera and also the BBC Symphony Orchestra. With the Academy of St Martins-in-the-Fields, she toured internationally, playing at major venues in the USA and Europe.

Chamber music has always been an important part of Nicola’s musical life. Nicola now lives in Pembrokeshire but prior to this lived and worked in London as a freelance cellist for many years.

In 1987 she gave a recital at the Purcell Room and in 1989 joined the Archduke Piano Trio of London with whom she played for many years.

Please get in touch if you have any questions about our chamber music course.

Our email address is info@nantwen.co.uk and our telephone number is 01239 821 139.

To book a place just download our application form here and send it to us with your deposit of £100.