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The Langonet String Quartet

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St Laurence's Church

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Violins: Michael Walton, Joanne Atherton

Viola: Laura Robinson

‘Cello: Bethan Thompson

The Langonet Quartet takes its name from the violin maker Charles François Langonet who worked as foreman of the W. E. Hill & Sons workshop in London around the turn of the 20th century. In their debut season they have performed at music festivals and concert societies throughout the North West. In 2019, they are looking forward to performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and developing their exciting collaboration with contemporary composer Peter Byrom-Smith. The Langonet Quartet play instruments spanning three centuries of English craftmanship; the violins were made in London by Hungarian-born Bela Szepessey, 1890 and C. F. Langonet, 1900, the cello by James Rawes, Carlisle 1999 and the viola by William John, London 2008.

Michael graduated from the Royal College of Music and gained a Master’s degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. He has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player and Leader in the UK and Europe for over 20 years. Combining teaching with performance, Michael teaches violin at Giggleswick School and the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. He has worked as a private violin teacher and at the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music, London.

Joanne is a freelance violinist performing in the North of England and around the UK, including performances with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Manchester Concert Orchestra and Swansea City Opera. You can find her on the latest Michael Ball DVD (Both Sides Now) and on the War of the Worlds; the New Generation live tour DVD. She has also appeared on CD with the Keld Ensemble, Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra and Skipton Camerata, as well as recording Matt Watkins’ Right One single for a short film.

Laura was born in Rugby and studied the viola with Alan Broadbent and the recorder with Dorothee Savage. At the age of 17, Laura performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and then continued her studies at The University of Manchester and at the Royal Northern College of Music. Laura has enjoyed performing with a wide variety of ensembles, including Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia Cymru, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Baroque Orchestra, CLIC Sargent Orchestra, Haffner Orchestra and Sale Sinfonia. Laura is currently teaching with the Bolton Music Service.

Bethan began studying the cello at the age of 8. She became a founder member of Young Sinfonia in 1995 and performed Respighi’s Adagio con Variazioni with the orchestra in Newcastle’s City Hall. Bethan has been on several tours which have taken her to America and around Europe, including playing Haydn C major Cello Concerto in the Esterhazy Palace! Since leaving the RNCM Bethan has been freelancing in the North East and North West and has played with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Northern Chamber Orchestra and Skipton Camerata, and spent the summer of 2017 touring the UK with the ELO Experience


part of the regular series of light classics concerts hosted by St Laurence's Church, Chorley.

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