Hi, I’m Ana, a principal violinist of the Brixton Chamber Orchestra, playing with them since I moved to London in 2017. I’m a full-time freelance violinist, playing with loads of orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic and the Ulster Orchestra. I did a masters degree at the Royal Academy of Music (graduating 2019) and a Bachelors at the Royal Northern College of Music. At both I loved leading ensembles at both, but my real passion is for chamber music! I’ve performed recitals as part of established quartets and quintets around the UK and was delighted to receive a chamber music scholarship to form my own group, The Vandepeer Quartet. One of my favourite BCO gigs was the Summer Estates tour straight out of lockdown, the perfect way to revive live music, playing genres from grime to musicals to classical.
My name is Deronne White and I am a flautist from London. I studied with Gitte Marcusson, Simon Channing and Adam Walker at the Royal College of Music and while I was there, had the opportunity to take part in several masterclasses with renowned flautists including Adam Walker and Juliette Bausor. I also did many orchestral projects, including serving as principal flute in the RCM Philharmonic Orchestra for Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variations’ and Sibelius’s 2nd symphony. I have really enjoyed being a part of BCO and having the opportunity to perform a vast array of repertoire. My favourite performances are the Under Cover concerts at the Department Store, performing arrangements of music by artists like Michael Jackson and Adele.
Hi, I’m Richard, principal Oboe. I studied at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester before starting at the Royal College of Music which I graduated in 2018. Since then, I’ve had the honour of playing heckelphone alongside the Philharmonia Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Dublin and, most recently, the London Symphony Orchestra. I’ve also had the privilege of working with some of the world's top conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink and Holly Mathieson. I love playing musical theatre productions, on oboe, saxophone, clarinet and flute, including with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra. Recent concerto performances include the Strauss Oboe Concerto in March 2018 and the Mozart Oboe Concerto in December 2017.
I've performed with the Brixton Chamber Orchestra for a few years now, including a Christmas Tour in 2019 and a Summer Tour in 2020. I enjoy playing with my colleagues in the BCO for many reasons, mainly because we are able to bring music to people who may not usually have the opportunity to watch live orchestral performances, not to mention the social aspect the orchestra brings. The Brixton Chamber Orchestra also aims to widen the scope of what the stereotypical orchestra can do, performing music from all types of genres including punk, rock, grime, and your standard classical repertoire, something that I find incredibly unique and fulfilling.
Hello! My name is Sarah, and I am a freelance violinist who performs with a variety of London ensembles and orchestras, from Baroque to Electronic Dance music. This has included Festival Voices, Chineke! Orchestra, singer Tom Hickox and pop star Ellie Goulding. I love BCO for its inclusivity of people from all backgrounds, and for the feel of community it creates with audiences. My favourite project I did with BCO was the Christmas Tour (2019), where in one concert I danced with a little girl and taught her to play a few strings on the violin. I am also a part of a green company that thrives on community, as I am passionate about a sustainable and Earth-friendly future! :)
Hi, I'm Stevie, and I first joined BCO in the summer of 2017 when I was asked to play guitar for a disco set for the Brixton Disco Festival. Since then I've continued to perform with BCO including the most recent Summer Estates Tour which included classical, grime, folk and rock. My background is in contemporary music (blues, funk, rock, pop etc.) so playing with BCO has given me the opportunity to perform in a setting that I'm not used to (I never thought I'd end up playing harp parts with a full orchestra!) and alongside some truly amazing musicians. I love that BCO brings classical music to communities who wouldn't usually listen to that genre. The arrangements of hip hop or grime songs make the events welcoming and accessible to a new audience. We regularly perform free of charge - it's a great way to bring people together.
I’m Ruby, principal cellist in BCO. I studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, and now enjoy a diverse freelance career. I’ve performed in award winning shows such as Rent and Little Women, and collaborated with chamber groups including the Lydian Collective. I teach at the Brit School, which is fantastic, and play with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Capital Orchestra. I love playing with BCO because of its real sense of community. It’s so fantastic to be able to bring together people using the medium of music and to be able to play such a wide range of genres and repertoire in front of a truly diverse audience.
Having grown up with my Mum an opera singer, I’ve always had an interest in music. At 6 years of age, as well as taking up the piano, I sang a cameo role in the opera Porgy and Bess in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Then, I joined the New London Children’s Choir aged 10 and was a member for eight years. I picked up the French Horn at age 13 and studied Bachelor's & Master’s at Trinity Laban. I love the variety of a freelance career and find it very exciting. I am a member of the Chineke! Orchestra, the first BAME Orchestra in Europe and an Associate orchestra of the Southbank Centre. I always get a thrill out of playing with Brixton Chamber Orchestra and the recent Summer Tour was a particular highlight. I’m an avid TFL lover and am a Chelsea FC supporter.
My name is Tristan and I’m the principal percussionist (drummer) in BCO. I moved to London to study orchestral percussion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2014 after spending my early teens working in bands and orchestras all over the country. Since leaving college I have spent an extended period of time travelling and studying around Latin America learning about folkloric and popular music from the Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico. I think the best thing about BCO is that we try to bring our music to people who may never have heard a live orchestra before, and that we play such a wide range of repertoire that we can show off just how versatile and enjoyable orchestral playing can be.
I play clarinet and tenor sax with Brixton Chamber Orchestra. I am a classically trained clarinettist, but also play sax, flute, and various other instruments that involve blowing. I'm constantly falling in love with different styles of music (classical, jazz, blues, pop, Irish traditional, Indian classical, shakuhachi...) and when I like something I just want to play it. I love the way BCO mixes up different styles - the set-list always looks mental, but somehow always works. I've lived in Brixton for four years. I find myself gigging all over the place, so it's great to play on my doorstep and feel more like I'm part of the community here.