Collectively the players have been performing together for over 30 years, bringing quality and experience to events of all kinds. Sometimes known as the Baermann Ensemble, the quartet have performed for music clubs across the South-West and have frequently been joined by clarinettist Walter Brewster to perform all the major clarinet quintets, including a sequence of performances at the St. Stephen’s Festival in Bournemouth. They particularly enjoy playing for weddings and corporate functions and have extensive experience in this field.
Jane Brewster – 1st Violin
Jane studied at the Guildhall School of Music, later becoming a professor there herself within the Junior Guildhall School of Music. She has taught extensively in both the independent and public sectors with some students having gone on to pursue a career in music as teachers and professional musicians. Most recently two of her pupils were successful in gaining places at the world famous Yehudi Menhuin School. Jane performs regularly in chamber music recitals and symphonic concerts and leads a local amateur orchestra with whom she has also performed solo works.
Barbara Hooper – 2nd Violin
Barbara lives with her husband in the Poole area and works as a freelance violinist and singer across the South of England. She studied violin and singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has sinced turned her hand to many performing styles including symphonic, chamber, opera, ballet, pop, country, musical theatre, early music consorts, choral societies and many recitals.
Barbara’s professional experience has included playing with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Max Jaffa, Mantovani, Bolshoi Ballet, D’Oyly Carte, Northern Ballet and has also performed at corporate functions as a cabaret singer. She is now enjoying taking music and fun into residential and nursing homes including work for the mentally and physically disabled.
Aidan Fisher – Viola
Aidan Fisher studied Viola and Composition at The Royal College of Music and was then appointed Composer-in-Residence at Charterhouse School with funds from The Vaughan Williams Trust. After 1985 he lived and worked in London working as a freelance player and teacher of violin and viola. His string teaching took off with his work with The East London String Orchestra, an ‘All comers’ string group of adult learners. He moved to Dorset in 1993 and works as a peripatetic string teacher in many schools.
He plays in many orchestras and has been a regular extra player in The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He has broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and 3.
David Norton – ‘Cello
David Norton began playing the cello after hearing Jacqueline du Pre play the Elgar cello concerto and eventually went to study at the Guildhall School of Music with William Pleeth, her teacher. He has worked in music education for many years and had many fruitful years as conductor of the Dorset Youth Orchestra. With a lifelong interest in special education he still works at Montacute Special School providing music to children with a wide range of special needs. At 60 he was given oil paints and now regards himself as a musician who paints, painting everyday, and has exhibited twice during Dorset Art Weeks. Through his work he has been closely associated with members of the Bloomsbury Group.