Richard Aylwin, Violin

Richard studied the violin with Kenneth Piper at the Royal College of Music and also won the Cobbett prize for composition. He left his position as No3 1st violin in the Halle Orchestra to become Principal 1st violin of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1992. Richard reluctantly relinquished his 15 years as Leader of the “de Havilland Philharmonic” due a to the heavy BBCSO workload at the end of the 2013-4 season. As a soloist he has performed The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams, Bruch violin concerto, 1st Violin Concerto by Bartok, concerto No3 in G by Mozart and the  Double Concerto by Brahms with Graham Bradshaw.

Ruth Hudson, Violin

Ruth gained a First Class Honours degree in Music at the University of Reading whilst studying the violin with Alfredo Campoli. After playing with the Halle Orchestra for seven years, where she met her husband Richard Aylwin, She also joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra in 1992 and was promoted to the position of sub-principal 2nd violin in 2003. Ruth was principal 2nd Violin in the “de Havilland Philharmonic” for 15 years until the end of the 2013-4 season. She also has performed with the orchestra as a soloist.

Peter Mallinson viola, 

He enjoys both modern and period viola performance. As well as being a member of the BBC Symphony Orchestra he plays with various period ensembles including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Hanover Band, and Music for Awhile. As a soloist Peter has given many premières including the UK première performance of Sally Beamish’s That Recent Earth for unaccompanied viola, and the world première of Robin Holloway’s Suite en Saga for solo viola - a work he later performed at the Ravenna Music Festival in its original incidental music form. Before studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Martin Outram and Jane Rogers, where he was ranked in second place (Highly Commended) in the Theodore Holland Viola Prize, Peter read music at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he was a Choral Scholar and holder of a University Instrumental Award. Before this, he was Head Chorister of New College Choir, Oxford. When Peter is not playing the viola he enjoys teaching, singing, and occasionally playing the organ for church services. If he's got to do something non-musical then Peter is most likely to be found in the undergrowth trying to develop his gardening skills! 

Graham Bradshaw, Cello

Graham studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Florence Hooton, winning the Moor Carnegie Prize and the Countess of Munster Award. He played for three years with the Strange Quartet, who were resident at the University of Sussex, before joining the BBC Symphony Orchestra 1978. He was promoted seat by seat to his present position of Co-Principal Cello in 2002. He was principal Cello in the Walthamstow Forest Philharmonic Orchestra for 20 years, and was also principal Cello in the “de Havilland Philharmonic”for many years. Graham plays in various other chamber groups in his spare time.

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