Summer School Tutors

Summer School Tutors

Summer School 1 will be tutored  by Francesca, Patricia and Gemma.

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

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.

Francesca Barritt – Violin

Since graduating with a masters degree from the Royal Academy of Music in 2012 Francesca Barritt has gone on to forge an exciting and varied career comprising solo recital and concerto performances, chamber ensemble work, orchestral playing, education and outreach and violin teaching. As a soloist Francesca has given performances of concertos by Brahms, Beethoven, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Mozart and Bach. She is a member of the Del Mar Piano Trio, The Berkeley Ensemble and Ensemble Matisse and has given chamber music performances at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Kings Place, the Aldeburgh and Spitalfields festivals and live on BBC Radio 3.


Francesca is the leader of Covent Garden Sinfonia, regularly leads the award winning Multi-Story Orchestra and is a member of City of London Sinfonia. She is also a regular with the John Wilson Orchestra. In addition to her performing activities, Francesca teaches violin at Royal Holloway University of London.


Lisa Katharina Obert – Violin

Lisa has been a member of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra since 2013, when she joined the orchestra as Principal Second Violin. She is also sought after as guest principal and guest leader within the UK and internationally, following invitations from the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Germany, Lisa commenced her studies in Freiburg and Düsseldorf before completing her masters with distinction in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010. Lisa began her extensive orchestral career whilst still studying. Subsequent professional engagements have included work with many established orchestras such as the English National Opera, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Welsh National Opera and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Enjoying a busy orchestral career Lisa always tries to find time for her other passions: chamber music, teaching and hill walking.

Patricia Ramirez Reinoso – Viola

Patricia Ramirez Reinoso is originally from Granada (Spain) and moved to London in 2006 when she was awarded a scholarship to continue her viola studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She throughly enjoyed playing chamber music, but it wasn’t until she joined Southbank Sinfonia that she fell in love with it. She met Maria Ryan and Leonardo Sesenna and together started the Amarilli Trio. The trio gave her the chance to work regularly with the same group and together they played concerts around the UK, Ireland, Italy and Spain.


Patricia has now established herself as a London-based freelance musician and loves playing chamber music, recording, teaching, and exploring new creative possibilities with the viola. Some of her most recent projects include tours with ABC and Tony Hadley and performing with London da Camera in Barbican and Ro

yal Festival Hall. In chamber music, she is part of the Massey Quartet, founded in 2016, which has been performing regularly in London. She is also a regular guests at the Festiulloa Music Festival in Galicia, Spain.


Alongside her classical work, Patricia loves being part of the London based band Harpo Smith, She gets to write music and play in festivals across UK and Europe. Earlier this year the band were invited to play at Abbey Road Studios hosted by Lauren Laverne, alongside speakers Howard Goodall and Pete Waterman.

Gemma Johnson – Cello

Gemma studied at the Royal College of Music for BMus and the Royal Northern College of Music attaining a Masters in Solo Performance with Professors Alice Neary and Nicholas Trygstad.

Since graduating with Distinction in 2011 Gemma has enjoyed a busy freelance career across the UK, playing with ensembles including Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Sinfonia Cymru and regularly working with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra including tours to Europe, recordings for TV and radio and playing at the BBC Proms.

Gemma is a musician in residence for Live Music Now, performing and leading workshops and projects. She also plays with Albert’s Band, the Royal Albert Hall’s resident education and outreach band.

A keen chamber musician Gemma has performed all over the country including at the Wigmore Hall and further afield to Europe and America performing with the Delphinia Quartet (winners of the Helen Just and Susan Connell Prize), the Loudon Quartet (winners of the Hirsch Prize) and Skazki Piano Trio (Semi Finalists of ROSL 2016).

Based in London, Gemma regularly records for film and TV sessions and plays for West End shows.

Gemma plays on a 1764 cello by Joseph Hill generously loaned to her by the Tompkins Tate Trust.

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

Our email address is and our telephone number is 01239 821 139.

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