Guido de Groote
Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, I studied the violin with Jack de Wet at the University of Stellenbosch and then moved to the UK to study with Simon Fischer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
I graduated in 1999, and after some time performing around the UK as a chamber musician, recitalist and orchestral freelancer, as well as maintaining a genuine interest in teaching, I joined the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. During this time I was also a member of the Table Bay String Quartet and with a cross-over group known as Greenmarket Square, a quartet specializing in mixed programmes of folk, eastern european, tango and classical music . I left the BBC SSO in 2006 and now teach full-time, with Sistema Scotland and at my private studio.
John Paul O’Hagan was born in Glasgow in 1982 and grew up in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire. Taking up the tuba at the age of twelve, he went on to study at the RSAMD under Anthony Swainson, David Dowall and Chris McShane. After graduating with honours in 2005, John Paul began a career in education holding teaching posts with the RSAMD, North Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire councils.
JP has recently transferred to Govanhill from Big Noise Raploch.
Emily Scott-Moncrieff studied double bass at the RSAMD. She freelanced as a bassist with the major Scottish orchestras and worked as a teacher in Glasgow and Inverclyde. She moved to New York where she became a founding teacher at the Hands On! pre-school programme in Manhattan, and also established their art curriculum.
Emily has worked throughout Europe in a variety of ensembles and genres, as well as in her own band as a singersongwriter and composer.