Ana started playing cello at 7 and piano at 10. She studied cello in the instrumental department at Music High School, played in youth orchestras, and studied Music Culture at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. During her studies Ana played with the Istria National Orchestra and collaborated in several plays (Anno Domini ,Faust and Pulisseus) as a composer and player. …Read More
Ana started playing cello at 7 and piano at 10. She studied cello in the instrumental department at Music High School, played in youth orchestras, and studied Music Culture at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. During her studies Ana played with the Istria National Orchestra and collaborated in several plays (Anno Domini ,Faust and Pulisseus) as a composer and player.
One of the things she most enjoyed was being a member and arranger of Pula Cello Octet. Ana is now a freelance cellist with orchestras and quartets across London. She enjoys playing in jazz, rock and folk bands, as well as teaching cello and piano.
Rachel joined the Collaborative Orchestra in 2014. Originally from New Zealand, she picked up the cello when she moved to London at age six. During her school years, she performed with the AMIS International Honor Orchestra in Beijing, Singapore, Geneva, Frankfurt, and Brussels. Rachel also played with her school orchestra and a number of chamber ensembles, leading the cello section in her final year. At university she studied Medical Engineering and performed with the Queen Mary University Orchestra.
Chris started learning piano from age 5 and cello from age 6. He studied cello initially with Dorothy Sumner and later with Al Motiekaitis, principal cellist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. As a child, he sang professionally with the Australian Opera in operas like Bizet’s Carmen and Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, plus Mendelssohn’s ballet A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
He studied music at Sydney University, where he was principal cellist in the Pro Musica Orchestra while also playing viola da gamba professionally in the Renaissance Players. He has played professionally in musicals like Cats and The King & I.
Tamasine Leighton-Crawford is a cellist and composer. She began her musical training on the recorder at the age of 7, and went on to study recorder, cello and piano at the Centre for Young Musicians. In 2001, she obtained a position in the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the orchestra, she has performed in concerts at the Barbican, London, and on tour in France and Japan, where she took part in the Japan International Youth Musicale, Shizuoka. She was awarded a music scholarship for the Sixth Form at Putney High School.
Tamasine studied at the University of Birmingham for her Bachelors (2006) and Masters (2009) degrees in Music and Composition, respectively. In 2008, she was given an Honourable Mention in an International Marimba Composition Competition for her piece for solo marimba. She was an active performer, principal cellist of the University of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and formed the UniSon String Quartet, playing for dinners, functions and the Birmingham Christmas markets. Tamasine is currently studying towards an MSc in Acoustics, a subject area which combines her passion for music and science. She joined the Collaborative Orchestra in September 2013.