“Soloist Rebecca Eldridge gave a wonderful account of Weber’s Bassoon Concerto: smiling music for the riveted audience. Beautifully executed cheeky scampering, leaping to characteristic deep velvety subterranean single notes – from a jolly march to lovely lyricism in this enormously virtuoso performance.” – Maggie Cotton, Birmingham Post 2016
In 2012, Rebecca won a scholarship to study on the MMus orchestral course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Graham Sheen, Helen Simons, Gordon Laing and Martin Field. Prior to this, Rebecca graduated with first class honours from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying with Meyrick Alexander, Martin Bowen, Steve Marsden and contrabassoon with Chris Vale.
During her studies, Rebecca won the Three Choirs Festival Ensemble Prize, Howarth Double Reed prize, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s Concerto prize, June Emerson Wind Ensemble Launchpad prize and the Abergavenny Eisteddfod.
Rebecca has worked with various orchestras including the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Orchestra of the Swan, Royal Shakespeare Company, Orpheus Sinfonia and the Armonico Consort. She was also contrabassoonist with the Young Musician’s Symphony Orchestra and has participated in side-by-side schemes with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In January 2017 Rebecca will become Co-principal Bassoon with the Southbank Sinfonia.
As a soloist Rebecca has performed concertos with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama’s Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonia of Birmingham, the Leamington Chamber Orchestra and the St Bartholomew’s Orchestra, London. Also a keen chamber musician Rebecca is a founding member of the Aquilon Ensemble. This has lead to performances on BBC Radio 3, UK and European tours and coaching from Andrew Marriner, Francois Leleux, Sarah Burnett and Neil Black. Future engagements include the Nino Rota Bassoon Concerto with Chandos Symphony Orchestra and Weber’s Bassoon Concerto with the Inkberrow Sinfonia.
“Daniel Sanford-Casey joined guest bassoonist Rebecca Eldridge to combine most effectively in the Strauss Duet Concertino...solid confident entries by both soloists and delightful echoing sections from the cellos and basses were memorable; this is a work worthy of being heard more often.”
Clive Peacock, Leamington Spa Courier 2016
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