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the lindow ensemble
The Ensemble

With only 12 members, we are all soloists.

We are full-time professionals, senior students at the Royal Northern College of Music and amateur players of the highest standard.


Our Artistic Director, Steven Wilkie is a leading professional player with a national reputation and is Senior Tutor in Violin at the RNCM. We perform standing in a semi-circle. This deepens communication between us and truly connects us with our audience.


One of our aims is to support young players and composers in their transition from conservatoire to professional career. We do this by giving them high quality performance opportunities, alongside inspirational players who have many years of professional experience to share. 

Community work is a key focus of the Ensemble’s activities and this season, in partnership with Bolton Music Service, we will deliver an educational programme for primary schools in Bolton and Tameside. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of Bolton Music Service for the preparation and delivery of this programme. 

In 2024 we will give three concerts in Manchester, Didsbury and Bolton. 

'Leading up to the first rehearsal I felt apprehensive at the thought of playing in a room filled with experienced string players. However, I quickly felt at ease as their professionalism, support and feedback gave me the confidence and insight to perform at their level'

~ Anthony Jones, RNCM Postgraduate student in Viola

'The discipline, vision and musicianship required for any professional performance are immense challenges. Whilst college opportunities lie in wait for every student, the chance to join professional musicians in their natural environment is invaluable'

~ Vicci Wardman, RNCM Senior Tutor in Viola


Meet the Principal Players

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