Transforming Communities

Coriolis Quintet

Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, French Horn, Clarinet

Daniel Shao, William Ball, Hannah Rankin, Frances Leith, Craig McLaren
South East


The Coriolis Quintet is made up of Daniel Shao (flute), Will Ball (oboe), Hannah Rankin (bassoon), Francis Leith (french horn) and Craig Mclaren (clarinet), who met as postgraduate students of the Royal Academy of Music. They perform a wide range of music from the classical period up until today, and are excited to bring music to Live Music Now audiences that they may not have previously heard. Based in London, the members have trained with prestigious organisations such as the Britten-Pears Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, and have worked professionally with orchestras and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, Oxford Philharmonic, and Multi-Storey Orchestra.

Their work has taken them to the Wigmore Hall as performers and workshop leaders, to school workshops with English Touring Opera, to hospitals with the Open Academy; working with people with special needs, with homeless people with St Martin-in-the-Fields Music, and with BBC Proms Family Events.

Daniel Shao recently graduated from his Master’s with Samuel Coles at the Royal Academy of Music, with Distinction, DipRAM, and the Alumni Development Award for ‘singularly distinguished studentship’. Before this, he graduated from Oxford University with a First in Music, and attended the Purcell School, winning the Felsenstein Leaver’s Award. Daniel’s playing has been described as “shapely and silvery” (Classical Source, 2017) and possessing “virtuosity, charm, and charisma in abundance” (The Telegraph, 2014). He is a passionate orchestral musician, having performed with the European Union Youth Orchestra, and as principal flute with the Britten Pears Orchestra under Marin Alsop. He performs professionally with groups such as the Multi-Storey Orchestra, Oxford Philharmonic, and Sinfonia Cymru. Daniel has won many awards, including the British Flute Society Young Artist Competition, the Oxford Philomusica and Brighton Springboard concerto competitions, RAM’s Chris Taylor Flute Award, and the Royal Overseas League’s ‘Sussex Prize’. He was a wind finalist for BBC Young Musician 2014, broadcasted on BBC TV and radio.

William Bell previously read Natural Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge, obtaining an MSci in Physics. He then worked as a sports analyst and forecaster for a year before joining the Royal Academy of Music’s MA course, where he studied oboe with Celia Nicklin and cor anglais with Sue Bohling, graduating with distinction in 2017. He has played regularly with many orchestras in London, including Orpheus Sinfonia, London Young Sinfonia and Outcry Ensemble. He was a member of EUYO 2018, performing across Europe on two tours and in several smaller projects, most notably in Paris, where the orchestra performed in front of world leaders at a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Together with four contemporary graduates of RAM, he founded the Coriolis Quintet. William was a participant in the 2017 Encuentro Santander, where he played in solo and chamber music concerts across the Cantabria region and was cor anglais soloist in the Copland’s ‘Quiet City’ in the festival finale concert. During the same year, he won the Lions Club prize at the Barbirolli International Oboe Competition.

Craig McLaren is currently undertaking a Master of Arts in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music, embarking on his journey as a professional clarinettist. To date Craig has held the position of clarinettist with the international touring production of Cameron Mackintosh’s ‘Les Misérables’; performed with Arch Sinfonia, the Australian Symphony Orchestra, the University of Western Australia Choral Society Orchestra, Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra; was a reserve clarinettist with the Australian Youth Orchestra; and was a member of both the West Australian Youth Orchestra and West Australian Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed under the direction of notable conductors Edward Gardner, Jac van Steen, Gareth Hancock, and Ennio Morricone, and Stephen Brooker. Craig has performed in masterclasses with Andrew Marriner, Patrick Messina, Robert Plane, Franklin Cohen, and Michael Collins. Craig has a passion for chamber music and, during his undergraduate degree, received the Janet Anderson award for best woodwind performance. He also received First Prize in the Open Recital and Open Chamber sections of the Fremantle Eisteddfod in 2015.

Frances Leith is a freelance horn player and teacher based in London. Her musical interests are broad, ranging from classical to musical theatre and film scores. Most recently she joined the dep list for The Lion King, West End. She has played with London Sinfonietta on a number of occasions, and recently performed with rock band, Procol Harum. As well as the Coriolis Quintet, Frances is a member of Buck Brass, and regularly plays for ensembles such as Chapel Brass. She is also a founding member of the ensemble Hold the Drama, who create and perform non-verbal musical plays for primary school children. Alongside playing, Frances enjoys teaching, academic tutoring, and leading and assisting in community and education projects. The latter has included work with BBC Proms, English Touring Opera, and the Wigmore Hall where she has recently joined the Music For Life team. Away from music, Frances is a keen Netball player for a league in Highbury.

Hannah Rankin graduated with a Masters in Bassoon from the Royal Academy of Music in the summer of 2014, returning in 2016 to complete her Professional Diploma specialising in Contra Bassoon. Hannah is passionate about all areas of music but especially Opera and Ballet and has worked with the likes of the St Petersburg Ballet and Scottish Opera as well as playing in the Ryedale Festival Opera Orchestra. During her studies she played in the opera orchestras of the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Hannah is greatly interested in working with music in education and the community, and has worked with orchestras on projects around London and in Scotland, including BBC SSO, English Touring Opera, LPO, City of London Sinfonia and St Martin’s in the Fields. During her time with the Magnard Ensemble she was Chamber music fellow at the Royal Academy of Music, worked as a Cavatina Chamber Music Trust Ensemble, and took part in a joint education Fellowship with the Academy and Wigmore Hall. She looks forward to continuing work in the community with the Coriolis Quintet and their recent joining of Live Music Now.

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