Charlotte Maclet (violin 1), Harriet Murray (violin 2), Peter Mallinson (viola), Alba Acevedo (cello)

The Talos Quartet formed in 2011 during their time with Southbank Sinfonia. They have performed throughout the UK, France, and Italy, and have appeared in many of the major London venues, including the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre, and Queen Elizabeth Hall. They have also collaborated with renowned musicians such as Matthew Barley, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Oliver Knussen. Later this year this will be performing in London’s Wigmore Hall.

Their complementary personalities and similar understanding of music give them a very personal vision as an ensemble, and they have knowledge and experience in a vast range of musical styles and idioms. Their versatility of ensemble and range of repertoire make them much sought after for both formal recitals and private events.

Peter Mallinson (viola), Rosemary Taylor (clarinet), Gregory Drott (piano)

The Phantasy Trio was formed in 2010 when its members, having first met at Cambridge University during their undergraduate degree, all proceeded to the Royal Academy of Music to study for their Masters.

Since their formation they have enjoyed performing in concerts and competitions to critical acclaim and are looking forward to an increasingly busy performing schedule. They have enjoyed an exploration of the repertoire for this interesting combination in which the sound-worlds of each instrument work so well together and are keen to commission new works as well as performing the more traditional repertoire. In the coming year they look forward to the inauguration of their composition competition for this combination, working with the addition of a voice and in honour of Charles Dickens’ 200th anniversary. Education work is part of their upcoming programme and amongst others, they look forward to a series of concerts in La Mortella, Ischia in Italy by the invitation of the William Walton Trust in October.

The Phantasy Trio are grateful for the support of the Friends and Benefactors of the Royal Academy of Music.

Lucia D’Avanzo (violin), Peter Mallinson (viola)

Duo Figaro are a violin-viola duo based in London.  Founded in September 2010, Lucia and Peter met on tour of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Puccini’s La Bohème with the Co-Opera Company. Duo Figaro enjoy exploring the lesser-known duo repertoire and sharing it with tutors and audiences.  Their development continues under the guidance of Pavel Fischer, Krysia Osostowicz, Martin Outram, Garfield Jackson and Robin Ashwell.  The ensemble’s flexiblility enables them to look forward to future collaborations with other musicians.  Although they are a relatively new venture, they are already finding themselves in great demand for recitals around the country and for playing at weddings and other occasions.

Barnaby Adams, Liam Buckley, Benjamin Harrison, Peter Mallinson (violas)

Mit Dämpfer formed one dreary, rainy afternoon after a rehearsal with the Southbank Sinfonia when they came upon the idea of forming a viola quartet and playing beautiful music together to help raise their spirits. Luckily, it did just this! Thus the seed was planted for many exciting future ventures and ideas about how to bring viola quartets to the wider discerning public.

We all knew that we enjoyed playing together, thanks to our time in the Southbank Sinfonia where we spent many a rehearsal cultivating our unique sectional sound, achieved with a relaxed and pragmatic approach to orchestral bowing and a predilection for fingering in the second position. The natural next step was to form a chamber ensemble where we could explore our enthusiasm and joy for playing and use it as a vehicle to showcase the viola and the players’ individual characters.

Some may ask why we have chosen the name ‘Mit Dämpfer’. The truth is, we are not sure. It was mentioned in passing and it’s presence as our ensemble name was never questioned from that moment hence.


Spiccato string quartet is a professional ensemble formed by undergraduates at Cambridge University in 2005. As a quartet they have studied and participated in masterclasses with the Dante, Endellion, Maggini, and Skampa Quartets. As well as giving frequent recitals in London and around the UK, they also play for many weddings, garden parties, May Balls, and corporate functions. Recent venues include The Royal College of Physicians, The Institute of Directors, The Reform Club, Victoria and Albert Museum, The Fitzwilliam Museum, and numerous Cambridge colleges. If you are interested in booking Spiccato for one of your events, or want to read comments from former clients, please visit the Bookings page for more information.