Kevin Rundell began his studies with his grandfather, Jack Silvester and continued with Adrian Beers at the Royal College of Music where he won all prizes for the double bass. After a year touring with the Scottish Baroque Ensemble he joined the orchestra of the Royal Opera House at the age of nineteen and studied with the famous virtuoso Thomas Martin.
Kevin was appointed professor at the Guildhall School in 1975 at the age of twenty two, a position he still holds. Between 1975 and 1990 he was also a professor of double bass at Trinity College of Music, London. As a teacher he has been spectacularly successful and has had pupils in all orchestras in the United Kingdom and many overseas ensembles.
Kevin’s first principal position was with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Berglund in 1976. In 1978 he gained the title of ‘outstanding British bassist’ in the first international Isle of Mann double bass competition. In 1980 he joined English National Opera as principal, where he remained for ten years. He was also a leading performer of contemporary music playing with the chamber group Lontano. Kevin joined the London Symphony Orchestra as principal double bass in 1990 and the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991.
Laurie Lovelle studied at the Guildhall School of Music. From 1972 to 1974 he was Principal Bass of the Gulbenkian Chamber Orchestra, Lisbon. He was Sub Principal of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra for 5 years before becoming a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1981. Laurie also enjoys playing jazz.
Originally from Sheffield, George studied with Adrian Beers at the Royal Northern College of Music then trained as a school teacher at Manchester University (also qualifying as a football referee). He moved to Glasgow to join the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and worked there for 6 years before joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1987.
While a student he was a prizewinner at the Shell-LSO competition and performed a concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra. He also performed the Koussevitsky concerto with a semi professional orchestra in Sheffield.
He has been closely involved with the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s education work for over 20 years and has visited countless primary, secondary and special needs schools demonstrating the double bass as well as taking part in numerous projects with the local community.
George enjoys touring with the Orchestra, and can always be relied on for a map and restaurant suggestions. He spends as much time as possible playing and following golf, and is a lifetime supporter of Sheffield Wednesday.
Richard studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Thomas Martin and Kevin Rundell. He has been Co-principal Bass in the BBC Concert Orchestra and Principal Bass at English National Opera. He joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1997, and has been both co-principal and a tutti member of the section.
Richard taught at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama from 1987-99, and currently teaches at Birmingham Conservatoire as well as being a tutor for the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. Two non-orchestral career highlights have been performing Double Bass duets with Kevin Rundell and playing on the London Double Bass sound recording for Carla Records.
Away from the double bass, Richard enjoys walking, gardening, painting and drawing, and a year working in the wine trade has left him with a passion for wines.
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