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2023 - 2024 Season

June Soloist - Sophie Rosa


Sophie Rosa enjoys a varied career as a soloist, director and chamber musician. She has
performed across the UK as a recitalist in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Purcell
Room, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Bridgewater Hall and has appeared as soloist with
orchestras including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata. Sophie
has broadcast live for BBC Radio 3 and has released CDs on Rubicon Classics, EM
Records and Champs Hill labels.

Sophie performs regularly with pianist Ian Buckle. Their CD of sonatas by Montgeroult,
Viotti, Weber and Mendelssohn includes the world premiere recording of Hélène de
Montgeroult’s Sonata in A minor and was selected as Classical Album of the Week by The
Guardian. Other recordings include a digital EP, ‘Dream Valley’ - an assortment of English
miniatures and most recently, 'Closing Statements'; which includes the world premiere
recording of Robert Schumann's Phantasie in C Major. op 131 for violin and piano
arranged by the composer himself.

Sophie is Leader of Sinfonia Viva and appears as guest leader with orchestras throughout
the UK. She is a member of Pixels Ensemble, a versatile group of chamber music players
exploring a wide range of music from the classical period to the present day. Recent solo
highlights include performing the complete J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin at
the Lake District Summer Music Festival and appearing as director and soloist with the
Northern Chamber Orchestra for performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Piazzolla’s
Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Sophie has previously held teaching positions at Chetham's School of Music and the
Junior Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She plays on a Joseph Gagliano
violin dated 1795 and a Claude Fonclause bow made available through the generous
support of the Stradivari Trust.

‘finely judged detail, expansiveness and lots of heart’ The Guardian, 2021

April Soloist - Ffinian Jones


Grade 8 distinction in piano, cello and saxophone by the age of 14, Ffinian showed musical talent from an early age, but it was the piano that primarily took his interest. After studying with Robert Birchall in Stafford he went on to study at Chetham’s School of Music with Murray McLachlan and from there, Trinity College of Music with Philip Fowke, during which period he also studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon as part of an exchange program. Past appearances have included recitals in Ukraine, China, India, Kazakhstan and Switzerland.


After finishing his studies in London, Ffinian then went on to complete a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, specialising in organic chemistry, before completing the Graduate Entry Medicine program at Swansea University. He is now combines frequent piano performances with career as a doctor.

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