Roland studied music at Birmingham University and then spent three years as a postgraduate student of violin and composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he joined the Sartori String Quartet. They became the Quartet in Residence at Sussex University and then at Lancaster University, for several years performing throughout the UK and broadcasting on Radio and TV. When the Quartet eventually disbanded, Roland stayed in the North West, splitting his time between performing, composing, teaching and in pioneering work in Christian worship music. He is in his fifth year as Director of the Westmorland Youth Orchestra but has otherwise reduced his teaching schedule because of the growing demands on him as a composer and a performer.
Jane began learning the violin with Beverley Somach whilst living in the USA. She later studied at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, studying with Miriam Morley, winning several prizes and taking part in masterclasses with Dorothy Delay. Jane was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Whilst studying engineering at Newnham College, Cambridge she led the University Symphony Orchestra, and was a Chamber Music Instrumental Award Holder receiving coaching by the Endellion string quartet.
Allison Calderbank (Viola) is an experienced orchestral and chamber player. She turned professional in 2009 after completing a Post Graduate Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since then, she has appeared regularly with the Halle Orchestra as a freelance player and she played in 2013 at a Promenade concert with them at the Albert Hall under the baton of Mark Elder. She has played in several recordings with the Halle, including their recent live Elgar ‘The Apostles’ CD. She also freelances for Manchester Camerata. Whilst at the RNCM, Allison played regularly in the RNCM orchestras as lead or sub principal viola and went on tour with them to Italy. She has also played as lead viola in many of the orchestras in the North West, including the Haffner Orchestra in Lancaster for four years and the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. Allison particularly likes chamber music and has played with the Stonebridge Quartet since 2004. Allison is also a qualified Chartered Accountant (trained with Price Waterhouse Coopers) and has run her own accountancy and tax practice for the last fifteen years. She now combines her music and accountancy careers, enjoying both.
Keir Mcgregor (Cello) has just finished school at QES, Kirkby Lonsdale where he studied Music, French and English Literature. Keir has also just finished being the principal cellist in the Westmorland Youth Orchestra, conducted by Roland Fudge as well as being a part of Levens Choir. He plays cello and sings with local theatre productions and choral societies, including singing the part of Aeneas in “Dido and Aeneas” and playing Haydn’s “Nelson Mass” alongside the Furness Bach Choir, and he recently went to Belgium with his school’s Sixth Form Choir. As well as cello and singing, Keir also played double bass with the QES Jazz Band. He is hoping to continue studying music at Cambridge University where he will also be a Choral Scholar with Selwyn College.
Mary Dainton (cello) devotes most of her energy to music-making. She performs frequently as cellist of the Deconet Quartet, the Bright String Trio and the Biber Ensemble (in which she also plays the recorder); as principal cello in the Cheshire Sinfonia and the High Peak, Vale Royal and Amaretti Orchestras; and occasionally on the clarinet. She also teaches the cello and coaches chamber groups. Originally trained as a doctor, she worked for many years as a GP in Manchester and now teaches refugee and asylum-seeking doctors.