Emily De Simone
After her studies in Glasgow and Lugano, in 2007 Emily began an active freelance career in Scotland playing with Scottish Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBCSSO, Auricle Ensemble, Ensemble Thing and the Alba Quartet.
Originally from Oban, Kirsty first started playing the piano when she was 6 and the flute aged 11. She went on to study at Aberdeen University, graduating with a 1st Class honours degree in Music and Communities in 2018. She has always played both Classical and Scottish traditional music and regularly plays across Scotland for weddings and ceilidhs.
Kirsty joined the Big Noise team in 2017 and has loved working with the young people in Torry!
Jennifer was born in Salford and learned both violin and piano from an early age. As a teenager, she joined the Hallé Youth Orchestra and Capriccio Chamber Orchestra in Manchester. For her undergraduate degree, Jennifer studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, obtaining a first-class BMus Hons on violin studying with professors Angus Ramsay and Olivier Lemoine, and was awarded the Euing Prize for Academic research.
In 2013 Jennifer moved to Geneva, Switzerland, to specialise in early music, completing a Master's of Music in baroque violin with Florence Malgoire at the Haute Ecole de Musique (HEM).
With an interest in music research, Jennifer has worked on far-reaching projects from collaborations with the University of Kyoto, on traditional Japanese musical storytelling, to conferences at the University of Geneva on Irish music and literature. Jennifer went on to obtain a second Master's from the HEM in Medieval Music, graduating with a Distinction and the Prix d'excellence HES-SO.
As a teacher, Jennifer has a passion for developing early string technique and music literacy. Before moving to Scotland and joining the Big Noise Team in Aberdeen, Jennifer worked for In Harmony, Opera North as the Lower KS2 Phase Lead. This program involves nearly 2000 children from South Leeds, from nursery to high school. In this role, she was responsible for their beginner strings program and oversaw the design and development of their music notation scheme.
Leo has been performing as a cellist and singer for almost two decades, appearing regularly as a member of indie and folk bands including The Last Inklings, Kadia and Fearne. Highlights from his time with these bands include an Official UK Folk Chart Top 40 album with The Last Inklings and an inclusion in the Telegraph Top Folk Albums of the Year list with Kadia, along with numerous festival performances including being invited to join the legendary Brian McNeill Session at Cambridge Folk Festival. As a session musician he has often appeared as part of the Ninebarrow Band alongside John Parker and Evan Carson, featuring on a number of albums with the ensemble. He currently tours ‘Anne Boleyn - Wolf at the Door’ with composer Bob Whitley, a musical story capturing the triumph and tragedy of Anne Boleyn.
Leo’s cello playing leans into historically informed techniques and the mellow warm sound of the baroque cello, reviving and refreshing fascinating insights hidden in historical treatise and updating them for modern performance. Leo’s solo work as a singing cellist explores the rich treasure trove of the British folk song tradition whilst also being inspired by the music and song of our Scandinavian neighbours.
As a teacher beginning with a primary education background and moving later into secondary provision, Leo most recently delivered the Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme’s MiSST curriculum to over 190 violin and flute students at the Bourne Academy in Dorset.