Tutorial Staff - Chamber Music

Chamber Music Staff and Visiting Ensembles

Tim Smedley: Head of Chamber Music

Daniel TongHead of Chamber Music with Piano

Oliver Wille: International Chair in Chamber Music, 2nd Violin, Kuss Quartet

Regular String Chamber Music tutors

Nicholas StringfellowInterim Head of Strings, former-cellist with the Villiers String Quartet, Principal Cello, Orchestra of the Swan

Susanne StanzeleitFormer first violinist with the Maggini Quartet, violinist with the Primrose Quartet

Caroline Pether: Leader, Manchester Camerata

Oliver Heath: Former first violinist with the Heath Quartet

Jane SalmonCellist with the Schubert Ensemble

Rose Redgrave: Former violist with Coull Quartet

Lucy NolanViolist with the Eblana String Trio 

Peggy NolanCellist with the Eblana String Trio 

Visiting chamber music tutors

In addition to regular tutors, the following musicians make extended visits on a termly basis, providing opportunities for students to receive coaching and play alongside in side-by-side projects:

Oliver Wille2nd violinist with the Kuss Quartet

Elliott Perks: violist with the Maxwell Quartet

Robin Ireland: Former violist with the Lyndsay Quartet

Regular Piano Chamber Music Tutors

Daniel Tong

Alistair Beatson

Julian Jacobson

Victor Sangiorgio

Wind Chamber Music

Wind chamber music coached by members of the Atéa Wind Quintet

Naomi Sullivan coaches and coordinates chamber music involving saxophones.

Regular Visiting Ensembles

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has recently welcomed visits from the following ensembles. Several of these ensembles have visited on numerous occasions, providing a chance to work with students in greater depth through repeated visits.

Castalian Quartet

Solem Quartet

Atéa Wind Quintet

Iyatra Quartet

Gerard Collett


We have also developed a partnership with YCAT to bring young artists on their scheme an opportunity to perform and to coach students at RBC. Over the last year, we have welcomed:

Quatuor Agate

Balourdet Quartet

Trio Chagall

Side-by-Side Projects

Over the last few years, students have greatly benefited from the opportunity to play alongside distinguished professionals in chamber music projects. Recent side-by-side projects have included collaborations with the following musicians and ensembles:

Castalian Quaret

Solem Quartet

Quatuor Agate

Zoe Beyers

Rose Redgrave

Nicholas Bootiman

Oliver Heath

Tim Smedley

Daniel Tong

Lucy Gould

Gemma Rosefield

Patch Boondiskulchok

Caroline Pether

Sara Trickey

Louise Lansdown

Nick Stringfellow

Lucy Nolan