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Laurence Kempton studied violin and chamber music at the Royal Academy of Music, where his teachers included Maurice Hasson and members of the Amadeus String Quartet. He left to take up the position of Principal 2nd Violin with the English String Orchestra, where he worked closely with Yehudi Menuhin. He has subsequently played with many of the country’s finest orchestras and world renowned conductors, performing throughout Europe, Africa & Asia. As a soloist he has recorded for both CD and television, and concerto performances have included the major works of Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bruch and Beethoven. As a chamber musician he has performed extensively both in this country and abroad, with a variety of performances ranging from broadcasting live on Radio 3 to recitals at festivals throughout Europe, and the intimate setting of hospice wards as far afield as Hong Kong.
Katherine Thomas is a harpist who has performed with artists varying from Bryn Terfel and Rolando Villazon to Katherine Jenkins and the Manic Street Preachers. She has toured extensively as a soloist and with orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera (WNO) with whom she is Associate Principal Harp. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where she studied the harp with David Watkins, Katherine plays the traditional celtic and triple harps as well as the pedal harp. Her recordings range from classical music, traditional Welsh music to contemporary recordings and she has featured on numerous broadcasts and recordings with WNO. Katherine has published several technical volumes for the harp (published by ALAW) and is a prolific arranger for the instrument.