Scordatura Women's Music Collective is a flexible ensemble, which expands or contracts depending on our repertoire. Here are some of our core players.
Rachel Watson (Artistic Director/Cello)
Brought up in Aberdeen, Rachel currently lives in Oxford where she pursues a varied performing career. She graduated from Christ Church, Oxford with a first class degree in music in 2011, and then went on to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Alice Neary. She is interested in a wide range of musical styles from contemporary classical to klezmer, and also plays baroque cello. She is actively involved in outreach and education, and was a founding member of Street Orchestra London.
Rachel had the idea of founding Scordatura when reflecting on her own performance and teaching choices. Although she had studied and listened to music by women, this did not translate into her own repertoire. She began by starting a blog on music for cello written by women, and is excited to continue working with the other Scordatura musicians to expand the range of composers who are regularly heard and performed.
Corinna Boylan (Cello)
A native New Yorker, Corinna graduated from Columbia University in 2015 with majors in both Anthropology and Italian Literature. She also holds a degree from the Juilliard School and received her M.A. in Cello Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in 2017. In addition to classical music, Corinna has explored many other performance genres such as jazz, pop, and world music. With her 5-piece cello ensemble, she has performed for Google, Johnson and Johnson, multiple Columbia University engagements, and other performances
and teaching workshops across the United States. Most recently, Corinna was named a Friar’s Club Scholar for both her academic and musical work. She has performed in all three of Carnegie’s halls, and has won every single music (both chamber and solo) prize at Columbia University.
Poppy Beddoe (Clarinet)
Poppy Beddoe is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where she was supported by the Kathleen Trust. She has studied with Chris Richards, Tim Lines, Laurent Ben Silmane and Chi-Yu Mo; she has also studied historical clarinet with Eric Hoeprich. Whilst at the Academy, Poppy was lucky to work with esteemed conductors such as Sir Mark Elder and Edward Gardener, and she participated in masterclasses with Andrew Marriner, Patrick Messina, Paul Dean and Rob Ault.
Poppy is a keen chamber musician and in 2014 formed the Temple Ensemble, a
mixed chamber group which has a core of 8 players: string quartet, double bass, horn, bassoon and clarinet. The ensemble expands and contracts according to their chosen repertoire. The group were semi-finalists in the Royal Overseas League Competition 2016 and have recently played in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Gloucester Cathedral, St Stephen Walbrook and Conques Abbey. She is also a member of the newly formed Labuschagne Quartet who formed after collaborating on Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps. Poppy regularly collaborates with singers and other wind players in addition to playing with professional orchestras in and around London. One recent highlight for Poppy was performing with Ferrier Prize winner, Gemma Summerfield, at the Stratford on Avon Music Festival.
Poppy is grateful to the Royal Academy of Music for the loan of a pair of Bangham Grenser Clarinets.
Henrietta Hill (Viola)
Hailing from Derbyshire, Henri is a London-based violist studying with Matthew Jones. She recently obtained her MPerf, with distinction, from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she is currently a Strings Fellow. Henrietta enjoys a career as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral musician. She has performed several times with the Wihan Quartet, and is a member of Ensemble Nova Luce, Bach String Quartet and the award winning Duruflé Trio. Her orchestral work includes performances with the London Symphony Orchestra and she is currently the (London) Philharmonia Orchestra’s MMSF Viola Fellow 2016-18. Henrietta
previously studied with Garfield Jackson and Robin Ireland and loves exploring contemporary music, having premiered works by Giles Swayne, Rhiannon Randle, Douglas Finch, Graham Fitkin, Janet Oates and Tom Armstrong. She is a recent Natural Sciences graduate from the University of Cambridge, where she held an Instrumental Award for chamber music.
Thomas Ang (Piano)
Born and raised in Singapore, Thomas Ang is currently on a Masters of Music year at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Hamish Milne. He is recognised for his thoughtful and searching recital programmes, as well as being a quick and sensitive collaborator. He has won prizes for his performances of Beethoven, Frederick Delius, Arthur Bliss and the contemporary piano repertoire. In addition, he is a specialist in the music of Nikolai Kapustin, having played several local and world premieres of his works.
Off the concert stage, Thomas works as a répétiteur and ballet pianist. He accompanies and improvises for silent film, recently performing at the Barbican Cinema in Erotikon by Gustav Machatý. Thomas also plays the violin, which he studies as a second instrument at the Academy with Diana Cummings, and writes poetry and piano transcriptions of songs and symphonies.
Charlie Dale-Harris (Clarinet/Bass Clarinet)
Charlie completed his MA at the Royal Academy of Music in 2017, where he held the Greenbank Scholarship for Postgraduate Study. He graduated from the Academy with first class honours in 2016. This year, he has won the Buffet Crampon Clarinet Prize and placed second in the Nicholas Blake Woodwind Chamber Music Prize on bass clarinet. Charlie regularly subs with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Synfonia Cymru, and has played with the London Chamber Orchestra. Earlier this month, he participated in the Britten Pears Festival Orchestra. He has had the honour to perform the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Maxime Vengerov as well as Messaien’s Quartet for the End of Time with Jack Liebeck. During his time at the Academy, he has been featured on two CDs by Linn Records: Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale with Oliver Knussen and Mozart’s Gran Partita with Trevor Pinnock.