Richard Toomer (violin) is a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire where he studied violin and piano as well as orchestral and choral conducting. He is a very experienced musical director with over thirty musicals and operettas to his credit. His most recent conducting engagement was as principal conductor for the Wyre Forest Symphony Orchestra in Kidderminster. Richard was MD for Torbay Gilbert and Sullivan Society 2014/15. He is currently Head of Creative Arts at Isca Academy in Exeter.
Kate O'Connell (violin) is a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire where she studied violin performance. She has played in many orchestras and ensembles in the South West and currently plays 1st violin in the Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra. Kate has been a primary school teacher at South Tawton Primary School for 18 years and as Music Subject Leader, has been involved in many choirs, music groups and joint musical events with other schools in the area.
Kate Grayshan (viola) graduated in Music in 2001, studying in Cambridge and West Virginia, USA. Kate has played with many orchestras and chamber ensembles in Europe, the United States and throughout the South West area, including the Exeter Music Group Symphony Orchestra and Isca Chamber Ensemble. Kate is one of the founder members of the quartet, having played with the group since it was formed in 2008.
Lucy Welsman (cello) is a graduate of the University of Wales, Cardiff and Plymouth University. She has been a full-time music teacher at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Crediton for twelve years and spends her spare time playing in a variety of ensembles. She has taken the role of MD in numerous musical theatre productions and has recently co-founded the Crediton Youth Orchestra. As well as enjoying playing in the quartet, Lucy also plays in two jazz ensembles and a salsa band.