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Campana Duo

Flute, Viola, Violin

Catherine Hare, Emma Purslow
South East

Bio

Emma Purslow and Catherine Hare first began performing together as students at Chetham’s School of Music. Following a decade of friendship and music-making at both Chetham’s and the Royal College of Music, the pair have come together to form the Campana Duo which presents high quality classical music in an innovative and engaging way. The Duo arrange their own music to create concerts and workshops which will captivate and enthral audiences both young and old, with their mission being to bring high-quality, live classical music to those who would never normally set foot in a concert hall. The Campana Duo are selected artists for Live Music Now and the Wigmore Hall’s Chamber Tots Learning Programme. Flautist CATHERINE HARE graduated from the Master of Performance course at the Royal College of Music with distinction in 2018, following an undergraduate degree at the same institution. Throughout her studies, Catherine was a scholarship student, supported by the John Lewis Partnership, the Arts Council of Wales and Craxton Memorial Trust. Catherine has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra as part of their Student Pathway Scheme and at several UK theatres as a deputy band member for the Wicked UK Tour; she has also performed with acclaimed chamber ensemble Trio Apaches and on baroque flute with Ex Cathedra. A former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and principal flute of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, Catherine has performed in all major UK venues including the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Proms, under the baton of internationally renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink, Vasily Petrenko and Vladimir Jurowski. Prior to taking a place at the Royal College of Music, Catherine attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, where she was Head Girl in her final year. EMMA PURSLOW is a violinist and violist performing as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher and orchestral player in the UK and abroad. She currently leads the Street Orchestra of London; a 40 piece ensemble which aims to bring live orchestral performance to those unable to access it. Emma represented them as a guest speaker at the Association of British Orchestras Conference 2017. She also works with orchestras around the UK, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra (also on their Education and Outreach Program), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. During her time studying at the Royal College of Music, Emma was awarded RCM String Quartet of the Year 2012 and the Britten Intercollegiate Prize 2013, as well as leading all of the major RCM ensembles. An experienced chamber musician, she has appeared at many summer festivals at home and abroad and at the BBC Proms. She as appeared at all the major London venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the Elgar Rooms at the Royal Albert Hall and Kings Place, and regularly performs to patients at Chelsea and Westminster & St Mary’s Hospitals, London. Emma has a wealth of experience with learners aged 3-80 and has worked with older people suffering from dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Following her time as a Leverhulme Chamber Music Fellow she now regularly coaches talented young chamber musicians at Pro Corda.

Flute, Viola, Violin