Member profiles

Clare James – viola

I have been a member of WCE since the first rehearsal. It has been exciting starting in a new ensemble and meeting with enthusiastic, like-minded musicians. Our unique weekend rehearsal style, with full string orchestra and chamber ensembles is rewarding and sociable. I enjoy performing in our educational, family events and evening concerts.  I am proud to be part of such a lovely group of friends and musicians.

Mark Webb - cello

I have been playing cello since I was seven years old when my mum signed me up for it through primary school because she couldn't stand the thought of a beginner violinist in the house!! I am the lead cellist of Leeds Symphony Orchestra (and have recently performed Vivaldi's Double Cello Concerto with them) and a front row cornet player in Wharfe Brass. I enjoy playing for WCE because the standard is so high and the group fairly small which forces me to play to the very best of my abilities (which is not always the case in larger groups)

 Lucy Shepherd – violin

I've been a member of the WCE for a few years and there are lots of reasons I enjoy it! The ensemble is an ideal size: it's small enough for each player to be significant, but because everybody is of the same standard you don't worry about sticking out. Also, the fact that rehearsals and concerts are only one weekend every few months makes us concentrate harder and I think is very rewarding (not to mention easier for those with less time). Rehearsals are lively and varied - splitting into sections and small groups helps get to know the music better. Lastly we're a very sociable group, thanks to frequent tea breaks and not forgetting the chocolate biscuits!!