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the York String Quartet players

Our York String Quartet musicians are all established chamber music and orchestral players who have spent many years playing within the UK with the top British orchestras, such as The Philharmonia, Opera North, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Halle, English National Opera, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.  We have also played further afield with, for instance, the Bolshoi Ballet Orchestra, the Narodni Divadlo in Prague and The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. 

Members of the York String Quartet have also worked extensively in the pop industry with artists such as Crowded House, Bjork, Shed Seven, Depeche Mode and Status Quo in the recording studio and on tv as well as live. 

We have developed into a small group of excellent professional musicians, as experience has shown that this increases our availability and guarantees a quality result, with all players thoroughly familiar with our repertoire.


Vince Parsonage

Vince ParsonageVince Parsonage (Violin/Viola) was born and studied in New Zealand, playing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra before going to Melbourne, Australia to further his studies at the Victorian College of the Arts.

He has had a number of Australian works written for him and in 1990 he received first prize at the Dandenong International Recital Competition, Australia.

He has recorded as a soloist for Radio New Zealand and performed all over the world from Christchurch, New Zealand to Tromsø, Norway. Vince has also been involved in the pop industry, recording with many artists including Crowded House in New Zealand, Deborah Conway in Australia and Shed Seven in the UK.

Vince is now a member of the Orchestra of Opera North and has also played with the BBCSSO, BBC Philharmonic, RLPO, and the Northern Sinfonia.

Nicola Ranger

Nicola RaingerNicola Rainger (violin) studied music at Oxford University receiving violin tuition from David Takeno and Adrian Levine. She now freelances in the York and Leeds area, and also teaches the violin and viola at The Minster School and St. Peter's School, York.

In addition she leads the orchestra for York Musical Society and plays in The Field Quartet and the York Guildhall Orchestra.

Margaret Lamb

Nicola RaingerMargaret Lamb was co-principal viola with the English National Opera Orchestra for nine years before spending eight years playing for the Philharmonia Orchestra.

She moved to a teaching position in York in 1995, and now divides her time between freelance viola playing, teaching, singing, coaching orchestras and examining for Trinity Guildhall.

Sara Gilford

Sara GilfordSara Gilford started her career as sub-principal `cello at English National Opera, moving some time later to join the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She then free-lanced for many years, primarily with the City of London Sinfonia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, before becoming an associate member of The Philharmonia.

She was a regular performer for BBC TV, ranging from light entertainment to schools programmes, and recording with artists as diverse as Les Dawson and Status Quo.

She now teaches and plays in the York and Leeds area.

Fiona Love

Fiona Love (violin) trained at the Royal College of Music where she studied violin and piano. After a year with the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet orchestra, she became a founder member of Opera North, leaving ten years later after her second son was born.

Since then she has enjoyed a freelance career working with orchestras including BBC Philharmonic and Concert orchestras, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia, the Halle and Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras, as well as popping back in to Opera North regularly.

Fiona leads the York Guildhall Orchestra, is a tutor for the Leeds Youth Orchestra and has coached chamber music courses at Leeds College of Music.

Wendy Dyson

Wendy DysonWendy Dyson (Violin) studied with Tessa Robbins-Khambatta at the Royal College of Music and graduated with honours. She has pursued a career principally as an orchestral musician and has worked with the CBSO, the RLPO, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta, and the European Chamber Orchestra under Claudio Scimone.

She is currently a member of the Orchestra of Opera North. Wendy has given numerous recitals throughout the UK and abroad, and also teaches the violin at Leeds University.

Sally Ladds

Sally Ladds ('Cello) studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music.

Since graduating in 1991 she has established herself as a freelance cellist in much demand, and has worked with Northern Ballet, The Manchester Camerata, The Manchester Concert Orchestra, The Northern Sinfonia and Opera North. She also teaches the 'cello at Leeds Grammar School.

Tamsin Symons

Tamsin Symons (Violin) studied the violin at Manchester University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Immediately following this she worked with various orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, RSNO and Scottish Ballet, and she has now been a member of Opera North Orchestra for the past thirteen years. Alongside her orchestral career she also gives regular recitals with her pianist father, and has numerous chamber music and teaching commitments.


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