Summer School and Music Course Tutors
We are absolutely delighted to welcome some fine players to our summer school and courses as our tutors. They are all incredibly friendly, enthusiastic and a joy to have around – the perfect combination for weekend of music making.
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.
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.
Lisa 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.
Nicola Thomas Cello
Nicola Thomas went to Chetham’s School of Music, the Britten Pears School for Advanced Musical Studies and the Royal Northern College of Music.
She gained a Young Music Makers Broadcast on Radio 3 playing the Brahms E Minor cello sonata, as well as winning the Bach Cello Prize and the Barbarolli Cello Prize.
Whilst at the RNCM Nicola was a member of a piano trio, which performed extensively throughout the UK, including a performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in London. Nicola went to Prussia Cove a year before graduating from the RNCM, and had the privilege of several lessons and public masterclasses with Jacqueline du Pré, before moving to London to continue her studies and begin a busy freelance career.
Nicola worked extensively with The London Mozart Players, London Bach Orchestra, Kent Opera, BBC Symphony Orchestra and The Academy of St Martins-in-the-Fields, with whom she toured internationally, playing at major venues in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Salzburg,Berlin and Vienna.
Chamber music has always been an important part of Nicola’s musical life, and whilst living in London she worked in many ensembles playing contemporary music as well as classical chamber repertoire. In 1987 she gave a recital at the Purcell Room on the South Bank, and in 1989 joined the Archduke Piano Trio of London. Nicola is a professor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff.
Daniel Davies – Cello
Daniel is based in Pembrokeshire where his three children (and Nantwen) keep him very busy. Occasionally he finds time to perform locally in small venues and collaboarates regularly with storytellers, poets and other musicians. He studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His teachers included Leonid Gorokhov, Pierre Doumenge and he studied privately with Nicola Thomas. He was a scholar to the Yale Summer School of Chamber Music where he studied with the Tokyo String Quartet and also undertook a series of intensive masterclasses with the late hungarian Cellist Janos Starker. He plays exculsively on gut strings. Daniel has taught Music for a number of years in schools and colleges in London. He taught on the Sistema England project in Lambeth, was a head of music in Hereford and Wales and also taught at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s junior department.
Please get in touch if you have any questions about our chamber music course or one to one music courses.
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and our telephone number is 01239 821 139.