Saturday 20th May 2017

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