Louise Bevan (violin) and Clea Friend (cello) set up 'Recitals for Wrigglers' in 2014. Their aim was to create informal classical concerts for babies, toddlers and their parents. The concept has been so much fun to create and so well received that they now have eight recital programmes with different themes that all include 'real' classical music which they perform live.
Clea Friend studied music here in Edinburgh and then focussed on cello playing at Eastman School of Music in America. Since then she has gained an MSc in Music in the Community which has lead to many exciting and rewarding projects with children and adults who have additional support needs.
She combines a freelance playing career (playing with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Royal National Orchestra of Scotland) with teaching and community music projects here
and in the Balkans.
Louise Bevan studied at Trinity College of Music in London where she won several prizes and scholarships. Since then she has played live on BBC Radio 3, at the Brit Awards, for the Queen at Buckingham Palace, for a variety of film and theatre productions including the Royal Shakespeare Company.
She has played with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal National Orchestra of Scotland, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Louise was a member of the Archaeus Quartet until 2014 when she moved to Scotland and formed Recitals for Wrigglers.
Irish-born cellist Niamh Molloy studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin and the Royal College of Music, London. As a chamber musician, she has performed in many concert venues throughout the UK and Ireland, including Wigmore Hall and the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Recent highlights include a series of trio concerts aboard a cruise ship in the Indian Ocean, whilst being pursued by pirates!
Born in Dublin, violinist Aisling O’Dea studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She then moved to Berlin to continue her studies and lived and worked in Germany before moving to Edinburgh when she became a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. A winner in Ireland’s Young Musician of the Future Competition and an active chamber musician she has worked with many different instrumentalists, dancers and even recorded tape! More recent adventures have introduced her to the exciting world of music workshops and narration of children’s stories with live music!