Peter Nicholson

Pedro.jpgCellist Peter is a graduate of both the University of York (BA Hons) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (MMus). He has worked with amongst others the BBC SSO and Ulster Orchestra, and taught for East Ayrshire Council and Strathclyde University.

He has established a reputation for improvisation and has collaborated with a wide range of musicians including Ravi Shankar and George Lewis. Since 2003 he has been an integral member of both The One Ensemble and the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.


Ysla Robertson

Ysla.jpgYsla is from Fife and started learning violin at the age of 8. She quickly developed a passion for music and went on to study at the RSAMD with Edwin Paling and Jerre Gibson. Shortly after graduating, Ysla took a job in Portugal as a tutti violinist in Orquestra Do Norte, Amarante where she lived out her dream of playing in an orchestra abroad. After four years, the draw of Scotland was too much and she moved back home and started teaching violin in Falkirk council.

Ysla freelances with Scottish Ballet, regularly works on education projects with Scottish Opera; tutors violin for Mull Music Makers; teaches musicianship for NYCoS and regularly plays in various string quartets. She joined Big Noise in 2009 as a musician and has been a senior musician since 2013.


Andy Thorn

Andy.jpgAndy started playing the violin aged 5 but upgraded to the viola whilst studying at Trinity College of Music Junior Department with Robert Turrell. In 1999 he spent a year reading Geology at Imperial College before transferring to the Royal College of Music to continue studying the viola with Brian Hawkins and Ivo Van der Werff. Andy completed his studies at Trinity College of Music with Steve Tees and Rivka Golani.

Since graduating, Andy has been freelancing with many of London’s orchestras including the Philharmonia and the Britten Sinfonia.


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