Our Musicians

Eleanor Percy

Eleanor Percy is an acclaimed violinist who has won numerous prizes and awards for her work. She gives regular performances at the world’s leading concert halls with pianist Irina Lyakhovskaya, these include the Philharmonic Hall in St Petersburg, the Coliseum in Porto and annual recitals at the Wigmore Hall. They have recorded the complete Mozart sonatas for the Melodiya label and have broadcast for BBC television.

As an orchestral player, Eleanor regularly works with major ensembles including the English Chamber Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also in demand as a soloist, and has performed many concertos ranging from Bach and Mozart to Brahms and Stravinsky.

In 1999 she won the TCM Association’s Outstanding Performance Award for her interpretation of the Glazunov concerto.

Eleanor studied at Trinity College of Music with Nona Liddell MBE and graduated with 1st class honours in 2002. She returned to the college as a Junior Fellow in 2003.

Paul Barrett

Paul Barrett is a freelance violinist and plays regularly with many orchestras including Trafalgar Sinfonia, Orchestra Nova, Bristol Ensemble, Birmingham Opera Company, London Orchestra de Camera, Belmont Ensemble, extra list with the RPO, and has performed in the West End; most recently in Sweeny Todd.

Paul performed the premiere of Stuart Hancock’s Violin Concerto with Southbank Sinfonia, other solo and chamber music experience includes performances of Britten’s Sinfonietta at the Wigmore Hall, Messiaen’s Theme and Variations, and Stravinky’s Soldier’s Tale as principal violin with the London Contemporary Music Group, and Bach’s Double Concerto with London Concertante.

Recent recordings include Katie Melua, Scott Matthews (Ivor Novello award winner), and has also recorded with Orchestra Nova for Paul Patterson, Cecillia McDowell and David Matthews.

Tim Gilbert

Tim Gilbert began playing the cello at the age of eight and went on to complete his studies at Trinity College of Music and then Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Tim has played with many orchestras including the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English Symphony Orchestra, Bath Philharmonic, National Chamber Orchestra of Wales, Virtuosi of London, National Symphony Orchestra, London Soloist’s Chamber Orchestra, Kentish Opera, and Vivaldi Concertante.

Tim pursues a busy career as a session, chamber musician and Music teacher. Tim is a cellist for the Arcosanti String Quartet and Duo. He has worked with various contemporary music groups, and has appeared as a guest soloist on cruises.

Jo Hampson-Gilbert

Jo Hampson-Gilbert began her musical studies at the age of six, and later won a full scholarship to study at Trinity College of Music, London.

Jo studied the Violin and Viola under Sophie Langdon, Nic Pendlebury and Richard Crabtree.

Jo is an active freelance musician having performed with a variety of Orchestras and ensembles including English Symphony Orchestra, London Soloist Chamber Orchestra, London Kensington Orchestra, New London Orchestra, Sibelius Festival Orchestra and Vivaldi Concertante.

She pursues a busy career as a performer and upper strings teacher. Jo is a qualified music teacher and teaches upper strings at King Edwards School in Bath and Heywood Prep.

Jo is active in the management and promotion of musicians and is the driving force behind the Arcosanti String Quartet and Duo.