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Saturday, 19 August at 7.30 pm
Richard Booth's Bookshop

The Camilli String Quartet

Erin Smith (violin), Nandita Bhatia (violin),
Elin Parry (viola), Olivia Claydon (cello)

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The Camilli String Quartet


Tickets: £10.00     Now booking

Tickets in person from Richard Booth's Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay on Wye or (afternoons) from the Bookshop Cinema - entrance in Brook Street

or by telephone: 01497 -822 010 / -820 322

or online through Booth's Bookshop




String Quartet op. 50 no.6 'The Frog'




Selections from The Four Seasons

Fritz Speigl

Eine Kleine Beatlemusic


An American In Paris

Irving Berlin


Cole Porter

Let's Do It

Scott Joplin

Ragtime Dance


Formed in 2013 while studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the Camilli String Quartet were the winners of the Trinity Laban John Barbirolli Competition 2015, and were also awarded a place on the Richard Carne Chamber Mentorship Scheme 2015-16. The quartet is made up of experienced chamber and solo musicians, who all held individual scholarships at Trinity Laban. They have performed at venues around the UK including Kensington Palace, the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, Farnham Maltings, opening of Madhurst Arts Festival, Benslow Music Trust and the Wigmore Hall. Following a recent successful tour of Scotland, the quartet has a number of concerts lined up for 2017 and 2018.

Erin Smith started playing the violin at the age of four with Jean-Ann Callender and by twelve, she had performed on TV and Radio, and in the Scottish and British Parliaments on many occasions. She has won over 200 Scottish competitions and also competed in the 2002 Glenfiddich Championships at the age of fourteen. She has toured all over the UK, Europe and Mauritius with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, which she led on their tours of the UK and Ireland and has twice won the Daughter of Dewar Award.  Erin graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2011, where she studied with the late Howard Davis and Diana Cummings, with whom she continued her studies whilst completing her Masters Degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2013. She obtained her teaching Diploma while at the Royal Academy of Music and has worked with top conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Sir Simon Rattle and the late Vernon Handley. Erin has recently released her debut CD of Scottish fiddle music, "The Lass O' Bon Accord".

Nandita Bhatia began her musical studies at the age of seven in Baldock, Hertfordshire. She graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Music (BMus) from King's College London in 2009. Whilst at King's, she studied violin with Diana Cummings at The Royal Academy of Music. She has since completed a Masters in Violin Performance with Clare Thompson at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and dance, where she performed in masterclasses with numerous eminent violinists including Tasmin Little and Andrew Haveron. Nandita has recently completed a Postgraduate Artist Diploma at Trinity Laban, continuing her studies with Clare Thompson as a Trinity Laban and a Trinity College London Scholar. Nandita undertakes freelance work with various orchestras in and around London, including performing with new BME orchestra Chineke! at the Royal Festival Hall, and with the Britten Pears Orchestra under conductor Marin Alsop. She also teaches violin and piano in London and Hertfordshire. As a composer, she has had a number of her works performed and recorded, including a recording and workshop with the contemporary ensemble Lontano.

Born in South Wales, Elin Parry began her musical life studying violin at the Junior Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama at the age of four. Since then, she has received tuition from Edmund Wilson, who was instrumental in introducing her to the viola at the age of eight, and Harry Cawood. After graduating with a BMus Degree, Elin has recently finished her final year of the Master of Music course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Distinction, studying with Rivka Golani and was supported by the Shield Award, the Stanley Picker Trust and as a Trinity College London Scholar. She is the winner of the 2016 City Livery Club Music Award, the 2014 Vera Kantrovich Prize for Solo Bach, and has performed in masterclasses with Martin Outram, Laszlo Barsonay, Aleksandar Milosev and Jiri Zigmund. A member of the Southbank Sinfonia 2017, Elin is a keen orchestral and chamber musician, playing with ensembles including the college Symphony Orchestra, the London Firebird Orchestra and as a principal viola of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. She has played in many prestigious venues in the UK and abroad, including Hoddinot Hall, St David's Hall, the Sage Gateshead, the Royal Albert Hall, the Berlin Konzerthaus and Carnegie Hall.

Olivia Clayton is currently working towards her Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in cello performance, continuing her studies with David Cohen at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where she has gained a Scholarship. Previous to this Olivia graduated with distinction for her Masters degree in cello performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she was awarded a Trinity College scholarship, Pauline Holden Scholarship and a South Square Scholarship. Whilst at Trinity, Olivia has participated in many masterclasses with renowned cellists, including Raphael Wallfisch, Lionel Handy, Daniel Vies, Leonard Elchenbroich, Alexander Ivashkin and Sally Pendlebury, has led numerous orchestral projects and has been awarded the Barbirolli Memorial Award for solo cello two years running in 2015 and 2016.Olivia performs regularly with a variety of London orchestras, performing in a number of prestigious venues including Cadogan hall, St John's Smith Square, St Paul's Cathedral and Snape Maltings. Olivia is currently playing on a Benjamin Banks cello generously loaned to her from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.




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