Meet the musicians

Echo Chamber is a flexible group that doesn’t have a fixed line up. We play with several different musicians as well as collaborating with artists from a range of disciplines. That said, there are some core players who play at many of our events. Here’s a little bit about them.

 
 
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Simmy Singh (Violin)

Simmy is a classical and crossover violinist who prides herself on being a versatile and open-minded musician. For more info, head to simmysingh.co.uk


Stephen Bradshaw (Violin)

Stephen is a violinist and composer from Manchester. Stephen helped to set up Echo Chamber in 2017 and runs the admin side of things along with Chris.

What’s your least favourite thing about classical music?

There are lots of slightly odd traditions surrounding classical music – things like being silent during the performance and not showing appreciation until the very end of a piece. I think it’s that formality that can sometimes put people off classical music. The reason I love playing in living rooms with Echo Chamber is that it’s much more of an informal, social experience, which actually makes it much easier to create a strong and intimate connection with the audience.

What’s your favourite thing about classical music?

There’s so much amazing, epic, classical music out there and it has the ability to touch people on a very deep emotional level. This is especially true for live chamber music, where you can really see the musicians communicating with each other.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring three things, what would they be?

My violin (of course), a survival kit and a bicycle (assuming the island is big enough to cycle around).

What’s your favourite food and why?

Spaghetti Bolognese (the ultimate comfort food).

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Anna Brigham (Violin / Viola)

Anna Brigham is a violinist and violist from Cornwall. As well as being a versatile and committed chamber musician, her varied freelance career encompasses everything from folk music, to concerto appearances, to playing with Kaleidoscope, an EDM orchestra! For more on Anna, head to florianquartet.com


Kay Stephen (Violin / Viola)

Kay Stephen is a violinist and viola player from Aberdeen. She spends most of her time playing chamber music.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring three things, what would they be?

Something good (and long) to read, something I could write/draw on and I suppose the violin or the viola (but don't ask me which...!)

What’s your least favourite thing about classical music?

Having to carry a music stand around!

What’s your all-time favourite piece to play on your instrument?

I'm obsessed with the 1st movement of Tippett's 2nd quartet and I'm always trying to get my other quartet to programme it again.

What’s your favourite food and why?

Broccoli - I'm veggie and I think I must be deficient in something that it provides because it's all I ever want to eat.

For more on Kay, head to gildasquartet.com

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Chris Terepin (Cello)

Chris Terepin is a cellist, viol player and musicologist. His research looks at early recordings of string quartets and their implications for generating radical ways of playing chamber music.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring three things, what would they be?

My bass viol, the complete radio series of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and all the necessary kit for brewing Good Old Boy (West Berks Brewery’s best bitter).

What’s your least favourite thing about classical music?

The main thing is the limits it can sometimes put on musicians’ creativity – especially the way that ‘success’ in performance is so often equated with obedience to dead composers! Music wouldn’t be worth doing if it was just about making sure you’ve got all the paperwork signed off!

What’s your all-time favourite piece to play on your instrument?

I think it has to be the 2nd cello part of Schubert Quintet. Or in a bigger band, probably the St Matthew Passion.

What’s your favourite food and why?

Cheese, no question. Do I need a reason? Also, I’m a big fan of pine nuts (toasted) – they can make something that’d otherwise be quite dull really tasty...

For more about Chris, head to florianquartet.com