Michael Foyle - Violin
Somi Kim - Piano

Michael Foyle

Michael Foyle

Somi kim

Somi Kim


  • Beethoven.Sonata for Violin and in G major Op.30 No.3
  • Brahms.Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A major Op.100
  • Franck.Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major

Michael Foyle. Violin
Michael Foyle, who replaces Marta Kowalczk in this concert, (See News tab) won the BBC Young Musician Tabor Award in 2008 and the Netherlands Violin Competition in 2016. He has studied with James Ehnes and Maxim Vengerov. Following last year’s award he has appeared with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, as well as giving a debut chamber concert in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam which can be watched on the Youtube link below.  Here he plays the Franck Violin Sonata, the last work in the concert on the 6th May.

Michael has a very busy concert schedule having performed in the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room and at the New York Chamber Music Festival. He has been a guest leader for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and will, following this concert, join the Halle Orchestra in the same role under Sir Mark Elder.

Michael has received some outstanding reviews:
Playing of compelling conviction’ - Daily Telegraph
A performance of sparkling detail and tonal beauty’ - The Strad
Superlative...astonishing ..an unwaveringly engaging performance’ -Seen and Heard International.

 Somi Kim is a regular partner in his violin recitals.

Somi Kim - Piano
simply superb commitment, musicianship and technical command' Classical Source

 South Korean pianist Somi Kim, graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with an Advanced Diploma in Performance. Subsequently she gained an MA with distinction, the Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists and the Patricia Routledge National English Song Accompaniment Prize. She has been awarded the Royal Overseas League Arts International Scholarship and made her debut with Chamber Music New Zealand  as well as completing a fifteen concert tour with the Mimosa Ensemble. Somi is also a Park Lane Group Artist.

Somi has undertaken masterclasses with Stephen Hough, Helmut Deitsch, Bengt Forsberg, Maxin Vengerov and Sarah Connolly. Future appearances include St John's Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, Bridgewater Hall and the King's Lynn and Oxford Leider Festivals

Artesian Quartet


The Artesian Quartet


  • Haydn. String Quartet in E-flat major Op. 76 No.6
  • Beethoven. String Quartet in B-flat major Op.18 No.6
  • Smetana. String Quartet No.1 in E minor ‘from My Life’

Artesian Quartet
'..great control and dynamic subtlety...their playing at once separated and integrated' The Strad

The Artesian Quartet  are based at the Royal Academy Of  Music, where they have been mentored by the Belcea, Endellion, Maggini and Takacs Quartets.They have alse been supported by the Britten Pears Founation with a residency in its winter chamber music season.  They have appeared at the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Colston Hall, the Purcell Room, the Lake District Summer Festival as well as appearing on Radio 3. They have been applauded for the internsity of their quartet sound. Recently, they have made recordings with Trevor Pinnock and worked with the composers Nicola LeFanu and Paul Patterson.

Alke Quartet
Bryony Gibson-Cornish  Viola
Lisa Maria Cooper  Horn

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The Alke Quartet

Bryony Gibson

Bryony Gibson-Cornish

Lisa Marie Cooper

Lisa Maria Cooper


  • Mozart.String Quintet No.3 in C major K515
  • Mozart. Horn Quintet in E-flat major K407
  • Mendelssohn.  String Quartet No. 6 in F minor Op.8

Alke Quartet
The Alke Quartet was formed in 2011 by members of the South Bank Sinfonia and are currently artists in residence at the Royal College of Music on its Chamber Music Course. They have been mentored by Simon Rowland-Jones and Richard Ireland, who was formerly a member of the of the Lindsay Quartet.  Finalists in the Bloch Music Competition they were accepted for the International Music Seminar at Prussia Cove, studying with David Waterman. They have subsequently appeared at The Barbican Centre, St John's Smith Squrare and the Pump Room in Bath. Following their performance alongside the Ruisi Quartet in Mendelssohn's Octet in the final concert of WCC's 2016 season, where they were warmly received by the audience, several members asked if the Quartet could return to perform on their own. They are returning with another powerful work by Mendelssoh; his final passionate quartet, written just a few months before his death.
The Times said of a recent performance  ' astonishing stylistic and tonal unanimity'

.be" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" title="Alke quartet on youtube">View the YouTube clip - Alke Quartet - Mendelssohn Op44 No1

Bryony Gibson-Cornish

Bryony Gibson-Cornish was born in New Zealand and aged 19, was awarded the degree of B.Mus. She subsequently attended the Juilliard School in New York, where she obtained an MA and is currently studying for an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music. She is an experienced chamber music player enjoying both baroque and classical performances.  She has performed witht the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and is currently a regular member of the Philharmonia Orchestra. She took part in the the 2016  WCC educational project with students from Farlingaye School which emanated from the BBC's project 'Ten Pieces for Secondary Schools', where she performed the Romance for Viola and Piano by Vaughan Williams.

Lisa Maria Cooper
Lisa Maria Cooper was born and educated in Suffolk, where she was a music scholar at Framlingham College before studying at the Royal Academy of Music. and the Conservatorium Maastricht. Aged 20, she performed as Principal Horn in the Jeunesses Musicale World Orchestra and a year later joined the Deutsche Opera am Rhein. During 2013 she toured Denmark and Germany performing Britten's 'Serenade for Tenor and Horn'. Since 2010, she has held the post of First Horn with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark. She enjoys the opportunity to play chamber music and appeared at the 2016 Thornham Summer Festival.
                                                          'a warm, beautiful tone and timbre', JC Klassik - Denmark
                                                          ' virtuosic  technique and a warm sound', Westfalian News - Germany