up the violin at 4. She gained a BA in Music and English and then a
teacher’s diploma. After moving to London she worked as a secretary
for Penguin Books and the Royal College of Music Students’ Union. She
also enjoyed running her own small catering business as well as playing in
concerts and shows. Helen moved to Wanborough, Wiltshire in 1987 and has taught
at Stonar and Rendcomb College. She plays for a variety of orchestras
including the Phoenix String Ensemble, local choral societies, chamber
groups and shows. She is currently teaching at St Margaret’s, Calne
Second Violin: Kim
Kim Austen was brought up
in the Basingstoke area and started playing the violin at the age of seven.
During her time there she played in several orchestras including the
Hampshire Youth Orchestra. She then went on to study Maths and Music at Keele
University, concentrating on her violin; she led the university orchestra.
Kim settled in a village near Marlborough a few years ago and currently works for a national
charity. She plays an active part in the music scene for
the local area including playing in the Phoenix String Ensemble.
With Rachel, Kim also plays in a number of local orchestras, and played the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for violin
and viola, with the Deane Sinfonia orchestra in Basingstoke.
Rachel was brought
up in Scotland where she was a junior student at the Royal Scottish
Academy of Music and Drama and member of the National Youth
Orchestra of Scotland. She studied at the Guildhall School of
Music and Drama and is a graduate of the Open University with an
Honours degree in Music and English. Rachel is a member of the
Winchester Symphony Orchestra and the Phoenix String Ensemble. She
also teaches privately. Rachel lives in a village near Newbury,
Julia was born and bred in
Lincolnshire and went on to read Music and Russian at Bristol University.
She qualified as a teacher at Birmingham University and taught in London
before returning to Bristol as a college lecturer. She moved to the
Cotswolds in 1979 and is well known in the area as a conductor, ‘cellist and
singer. Julia teaches at Rendcomb College and the Querns School,
Cirencester and studies singing with Alison Sutton. She lives near
Quenington, Gloucestershire with farmer husband and fellow musician Tim Morris and their two