Reinoud Ford started playing the cello at the age of 8 and went on to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since graduating, Reinoud has gone on to enjoy a very diverse musical career: he is an in-demand chamber musician, playing in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Cadogan Hall, soloist and a regular with chamber orchestras such as the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Aurora Orchestra and the English Chamber Orchestra.
Outside the classical music scene, Reinoud collaborates with singer-songwriter Keaton Henson. Their album Romantic Works received over 15 million downloads. Reinoud is the Music Director of the Balletboyz and enjoys many recording studio engagements.
Jessie Ann Richardson
Cellist Jessie Ann Richardson is rapidly establishing herself as both a soloist and chamber musician around the UK and Europe, having thrilled audiences with her virtuoso and sensitive musicianship. Chosen by the Park Lane Group for their prestigious Young Artist Series, Jessie made her London Purcell Room Debut in January 2011.
Having studied at the Purcell School, then at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Moray Welsh, Jessie won the Herbert Walenn Prize for cello and graduated with the highest honours.Musical inspirations include the late Bernard Greenhouse, whom Jessie was very fortunate to have studied privately with, at his invitation during the winter of 2007 in Cape Cod, USA; And Lluis Claret whom Jessie studied with in Barcelona in 2011 and is very grateful for the Countess of Munster and Martin Musical Funds to have enabled her to do so.
Jessie is a founding member of the renowned Piatti Quartet, which has won many prizes including the St Martins in the Fields Chamber Music Competition, Martin Fund/Philharmonia Award, Park Lane Group Artist 2010-2013 and were for two consecutive years, Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal Academy of Music. A busy concert schedule has taken the quartet all over the UK and also performances in Australia, Spain, Austria and France. They have appeared several times live on BBC3 both in concert and for the programme ‘In Tune’, on Dutch radio and on Australia’s ABC network. Several recent CD releases include a Mozart CD for Linn Records and a Mendelssohn recording for Champs Hill.
Jessie is looking forward to recitals on the countess of Munster Recital Scheme and currently plays a Celoniatus Cello made made in 1741 around Turin kindly lent to her by a patron of the Beares International Violin Society.
Rebecca moved to Cardiff to take up the post of Principal Viola of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales after freelancing in London for many years. She was Assistant Principal Viola of the City of London Sinfonia and continues to play guest principal with many UK orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the baroque group Arcangelo with whom she performed the 6th Brandenburg Concerto at the Wigmore Hall. She is a frequent session musician and has toured with Adele, Bjørk and the Stereophonics. Rebecca is also a long-time member of the Callino String Quartet. They have played at London's Wigmore Hall, have twice been resident at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada where they met and collaborated with Arcade Fire, and spent a week in New York with the famed contemporary specialists the Kronos Quartet, culminating in a recital at Carnegie Hall.
Rebecca's musically formative years were spent in Manchester at Chetham's School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music, followed by postgraduate studies with Thomas Riebl at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg.