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A big welcome to Lowri Porter

Lowri Porter has been appointed as the CBSO's new Section Leader Second Violin!

Lowri has worked with us a lot over the last year most notably for our October 2023 tour with our Chief Conductor Kazuki. Until December 2022 Lowri was Co-Leader of Welsh National Opera, since then she has been working as a busy orchestral freelancer alongside her chamber music ensembles; the Ceridwen Quartet and the Zoltan Ensemble.

Lowri also spends a lot of her time working with students at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, supporting them with their musical development and their non-playing abilities.

We can't wait to continue working with Lowri, and hope our audiences give her a big CBSO welcome. Read more about Lowri on her profile.

Credit: Patch Dolan

Hello to Angus Bain

We are excited to also be working with Angus Bain from January - July! He will be taking on the role of Tutti First Violin and supporting the section while we have some temporary absences.

Born and raised in London, Angus’ love of music stemmed from growing up in a family of musicians. Fun fact, Angus's Mom, Margaret Campbell was Principal Flute for the CBSO in 1977-1986!

After studying engineering at the University of Cambridge he eventually decided to pursue music as a career, going on to complete a Master’s degree with distinction at the Royal Academy Of Music in 2021. He was then fortunate enough to join the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester for a couple of truly memorable tours around Europe that Summer.

He has since completed year-long fellowships with the Hallé and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, whilst freelancing with various orchestras across the UK.

Angus also enjoys playing chamber music, and writing arrangements of folk music and other musical styles. Outside of music his interests include learning languages and running up and down hills, when not playing football or ice hockey.

Thank you Peter Campbell-Kelly

Our wonderful new appointment of Lowri Porter does however mean we have said goodbye to a long standing member of our orchestra.

Peter Campbell-Kelly has been with us at the CBSO for an outstanding fourteen years as our Section Leader Second Violin and has joined us on many musical adventures.

Everyone at the CBSO wishes him all the best on his personal and professional future endeavours!

Being Peter’s player supporters has been a life-enhancing experience. Not only have we gained many valuable insights into music, the life of a musician and of the orchestra, but also into poetry, Buddhism and so much more. We may no longer be Peter’s player supporters but we know we have gained a good friend for life.

Jennie Howe and John Cole, Player Supporters

Photograph of Peter Campbell-Kelly playing in the violin section in Symphony Hall
Credit: Hannah Fathers 2022