Abraxas Ensemble

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Meet the Players

Abraxas Ensemble currently consists of eight players on rotation. The ensemble can expand or contract to meet the requirements of our clients. Our current members are listed below.

Christian Halstead
Christian began learning the violin with his mother when he was 5. He attended Junior and Senior Royal College of Music, where he studied with Dona Lee Croft. He is a freelance player, having performed with several orchestras on both…
Francesca Simmons
Francesca is a diverse violinist based in London and Wales. She is highly adept at note reading, memorising, playing by ear or improvising, and works in many different styles and genres. Apart from violin she also performs on double bass,…
John Garner
A graduate of the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, violinist John Garner pursues numerous avenues in his music-making, including regular appearances with the Hot Club Ensemble, live-electronica outfit Meraqi, with his jazz quartet and…
Margaret Jackson
Margaret is from a musical family and began Violin lessons at the age of 5. She gained her bachelors and post- graduate diplomas from the Royal Northern College of Music where she studied with Yossi Zivoni. Since graduating Margaret has…
Philip Kelynack
Philip began learning the cello with William Howard at Primary School in Australia. He later completed a B.Mus. Perf at the Victorian College of the Arts with Henry Wenig. Since graduating Philip has enjoyed a diverse perfoming career as a…
Stephen Kennedy
Steve was surrounded by music from as early as he can remember. He used to be lulled to sleep by the sound of his mother playing Chopin on the piano. When he started playing the theme from Batman, off his…
Charlie Cross
Since completing his studies at Manchester University and the Royal College of Music, Charlie Cross has pursued a wide-ranging career as a freelance viola player. As well as working regularly for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the BBC…

About Us

The Abraxas Ensemble was formed in 1999 as a string quartet, but can also expand/contract to suit different venues/client's requirements. We have a large variety of repertoire to suit all tastes, from classical through to jazz, traditional and pop arrangements.

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