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Biographical information of the Cantabile String Quartet: Richard Lane, Violin; Georgia Vale, Violin; Catherine Price, Viola & Hillary Summers, ’

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Richard Lane, Violin

Richard Lane, ViolinRichard was educated at King Charles 1st Grammar School, and took a degree in Modern Languages at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Whilst still at school, where he studied the violin first with Diana Beddoes and subsequently with both Paul Bridger and Harry Nankervis, he became an Associate Member of Birmingham School of Music.

Outside his career as Local Government Officer with Wyre Forest District Council, he has for many years played in chamber music ensembles and for amateur orchestras in many parts of the country: his present commitments are to Chandos Symphony Orchestra, which performs regularly in Malvern and of which he is co-leader and to Wyre Forest Symphony Orchestra, which he led for its earliest days.

Catherine Price, Viola

Catherine Price, ViolaCatherine started playing the viola in her teens and studied with Ian Jewel at the Royal Academy of Music before pursuing her interest in Music Education and gaining a B.Ed hons degree at Worcester College.

Catherine taught violin at Warwick Prep School for ten years. She currently divides her time between teaching for the Worcestershire Youth Music service and running the Cantabile String Quartet.

Georgia Vale, Violin

Georgia Vale, ViolinGeorgia Vale began her early musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music & then Wells Cathedral School, followed by a performers’ course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Mark Knight, Yfrah Neaman, and Jack Glickman. After leaving college, Georgia took further studies with Simon Fischer, and at the Utrecht School of the Arts with Keiko Wataya.

Georgia has performed extensively both as a violinist and pianist, in the UK and abroad, taken part in many recordings, e.g. with the Dutch Radio Chamber Orchestra, and reached the finals of several national competitions, including the Royal Overseas League. She now teaches and performs locally on violin & piano, and is the author of the Hey Presto! violin series. In addition, Georgia is director of Chaddesley Strings and Chaddesley Junior Strings, who perform regularly at concerts and the Worcester competitive music festival. In addition to playing with Cantabile Strings Georgia is violist in the Fiorini Quartet.

Hillary Summers, ’Cello

Hillary Summers, CelloHilary studied music at the University of East Anglia, specializing in cello, piano and conducting. She then took an advanced ’cello course at Birmingham Conservatoire studying with John Todd. Hilary worked for many years with the Birmingham Music Service teaching ‘cello. She was involved with Kidderminster based orchestras and conducted the West Midland Light Orchestra until recently.

Hilary now lives in South Shropshire and works for the Shropshire Music Service and also teach-es at Winterfold House School. She is passionate about chamber music and plays extensively throughout Shropshire and the West Midlands performing as a free-lance musician.

Mairi Dodd, Violin

Georgia Vale, ViolinMairi Dodd studied violin with Jacqueline Ross at the Birmingham Conservatoire and as a postgraduate with Detlef Hahn at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

She has since combined violin teaching with professional playing, performing with many of the country's leading orchestras such as RLPO, CBSO, Ulster Orchestra and the Northern Ballet Theatre, as well as with the Cantabile String Quartet.

Mairi is a fully-qualified Suzuki Method teacher and teaches at the Junior Conservatoire in Birmingham. In her spare time Mairi enjoys cooking, walking and learning Spanish.


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“Thank you for a delightful evening on Thursday at Hagley Hall. The buffet supper was delicious and the string ensemble were really very good andcreated a lovely atmosphere with a most interesting and varied repertoire. A glorious evening and a great way to relax after a hard day in the office! Corporate event for Robert Powell and Co. Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents. Your playing made the service very special and sometimes moving. The playing outside whilst we had our photos taken was great… it was lovely to hear classical and modern music played with strings.”—Martin and Maria

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