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Growing up surrounded by classical music, Anneka started learning the violin and joined her first orchestra aged 7. She has since continually played in orchestras her whole life and developed a deep love for symphonic works. She has led the BMO since January 2016.
She studied violin with Richard Crabtree at Clifton College, led the school’s symphony and string orchestras and took the string quartet to National Competition level. There she also obtained Grade 8 distinctions in violin and voice: singing in all the choirs and operas the school had going. Staying in Bristol for university, she got a first-class honours degree in Philosophy and Theology then a foundation diploma in Psychotherapy, keeping music as a keen hobby. During a year travelling through Africa in 2013 she missed her violin so much that on her return, devoted herself to music.
Now a well-established face on the Bristol music scene, she works as a freelance violinist, teacher and fixer. She manages and leads two outfits of her own set-up: the Brunel Quartet and Insight Ensemble. This latest project is the culmination of a long-awaited dream of combining her love of theatre and circus with classical music, and reaching out to an entirely new audience base: An alternative orchestra performing sell-out, immersive, theatrical shows in the Loco Klub Tunnels.
Alongside her orchestral commitment to BMO, she leads the Bristol Classical Players and is guest-leading the Bristol Concert Orchestra in Spring 2018; an orchestra of which she has been a committed member, trustee and librarian for many years. Other regular playing includes: Bristol Opera, UWE Orchestra, Clifton Baroque Ensemble, Invisible Circus projects and Balkan 5-piece band, Troyka. Available for solo performance and recordings, she is regularly in the studio with Echoic Audio and has worked with bands such as This is the Kit, Future Dub Orchestra, Mad Apple Circus, Slamboree and The Transpersonals.
Passionate about sharing her love of classical music, Anneka regularly presents on Bristol Community Radio talking about upcoming concerts in the city and discussing the details of symphonies with other enthusiasts.
When not engaged with making music, you might find her dancing on funk-night at the Leftbank, doing yoga to ambient techno, adorning faces in glitter or shouting about land and wildlife conservation issues! Contact Anneka directly to discuss any musical matters or inquire about violin lessons.