Joe Hodson started learning to play at the young age of just four years old through the Suzuki Method. Since then he has been privileged to perform with many youth ensembles in Britain including the National Children’s Orchestra’s of both Scotland and Great Britain and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, recently on an international tour in China. He recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied under Justine Watts. During his time at the RCS he played as co-leader of the Symphony Orchestra, co-leader of the Opera Orchestra, leader of the Chamber Orchestra, in several musical theatre productions and in a variety of chamber settings. Joe also maintains a strong interest in playing folk music from around the British Isles. Since 2017 he has been working freelance with the orchestra of the Scottish Ballet, the Scottish Concert Orchestra and The Scottish Festival Orchestra. In October 2018, he made his European debut with L’Orchestre de Picardie in Amiens, France. He also maintains a strong interest in teaching and community music. Joe is also a folk enthusiast, making his way to a session whenever time allows.
From the Highlands of Scotland, Emma has been playing the violin since the age of 8. Growing up, she enjoyed learning both classical and traditional Scottish music, and has strived to keep both passions running simultaneously. She has a first class honours degree in music from the University of Edinburgh, where she was leader of the three main student orchestras. This has given her the opportunity to work with inspiring conductors including Will Conway, Chris George and Russell Cowieson. Since graduating, she performs regularly with orchestras such as Mahler Players and Amicus Orchestra.
Emma is a founding member of the Fyrish String Quartet, the Hans Gal Trio, and the neo-trad fiddle and clarsach duo, Turadh. She has worked with Scottish Ballet, and with up and coming opera group, Magnetic Opera, where she was the soloist for their production of Menotti’s The Medium in London.
Yvette graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2017 with a first class honours degree in music (BMus hons). During her time at university she received tuition on both violin and viola whilst balancing academic study in many different musical areas. In the later half of her degree she specialised in independent research projects focussing on string playing and teaching alongside her principal study of viola. Over the course of her degree she played violin and viola in multiple youth orchestras, both local and national, and led the university symphony orchestra from her second year. Whilst studying she was awarded the Muriel Thorne Hague Memorial Prize for achieving the greatest distinction in class work and in performance on a musical instrument.
From 2015-19 Yvette played fiddle with Annasach Ceilidh Band. With the band Yvette performed extensively across Scotland, the UK and also enjoyed trips to Germany, Portugal, Switzerland and France. Yvette continues to perform in various different groups and also teaches violin and viola with both Inverclyde and Stirling Councils and is the specialist upper strings instructor at Lomond Junior School in Helensburgh.
Tim is a cellist, singer, teacher and arranger in Edinburgh. He began playing the cello aged four, and started singing and playing piano soon after. He attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department, before studying music at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a BMus (Hons) in 2013. Tim was principal cellist of all the University orchestras, and has since performed across Scotland and Europe with many orchestras, ensembles and choirs including the Fyrish