The musically multi-faceted and award-winning members of the Oliveros Ensemble have come together to form a flexible string trio. Flora, Ellen and Sophie all studied at the Royal Academy of Music and have experience performing chamber music together in various combinations. These include over 50 performances for MishMash Productions and touring abroad for the Palestine Music Festival. The interests of the ensemble extend from creating exciting musical performances on the concert platform to engaging with audiences through workshops. The trio has many shared interests beyond classical music including psychology, clowning and going on long walks.
Flora graduated from the Royal Academy of Music on ‘modern’ violin in 2014 with a top distinction and returned to do a one-year course in Historical Performance, supported by the R C Wyse Bequest Award. As well as joint-winning the Music Patrons Award 2019 she enjoyed many opportunities on this course, including performing a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall and leading Blow’s Venus and Adonis. Whilst classically trained Flora is well-versed in many styles of folk music and improvisation. Her experimental folk duo, Fran & Flora, described as ‘a string duo bound for glory’ by Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3, released their album Unfurl in February to widespread critical acclaim (‘brave and classy’, The Guardian; ‘beguiling beauty’, The Wire) and were recently interviewed on BBC Woman’s Hour and In Tune. Flora has a keen interest in working with musicians from different cultures as performer, improviser and vocalist. She has collaborated with ground-breaking artists including Sam Lee, Talvin Singh, Jocelyn Pook and Tcha Limberger and performs regularly with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, contemporary music ensemble ‘Project Instrumental’ and award-winning theatre company MishMash Productions. In 2019 she was Artist in Residence at Ryedale Festival, and attended Yiddish Summer Weimar and KlezKanada to continue her studies of Klezmer music, supported by the Transmission Fund, Help Musicians UK.
Flora also has a BA in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics from Kings College London
Ellen is a sought after orchestral and chamber musician. She combines a busy concert schedule with her interests in teaching and psychology. Ellen graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2006 with a Masters of Music and was awarded the prestigious Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music for an outstanding final recital. She joined the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2007 and spent eight years touring the world with conductors such as Sir Charles Mackerras, Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel and Esa Pekka Salonen. She also freelanced with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra during this time. Ellen took a break from music in 2015 and joined the Metropolitan Police Service as a police constable in Lambeth. Ellen returned to her viola in 2017 when she realised that life was too short not to be playing. She has recently appeared as a guest principal with the BBC Concert orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, with whom she performed the solo viola part in Strauss’ Don Quixote at the Cairo Opera House.
Sophie trained at the Royal Academy of Music and has been playing chamber music ever since, performing at the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St John Smith’s Square and St-Martin-In-The-Fields amongst others. She has a particular interest in presenting chamber music imaginatively to young audiences via the medium of theatre. As a founding member of TROUPE she received Arts Council funding in 2018 to tour venues including Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings, Saffron Hall, and Oxford Lieder Festival. TROUPE also travelled to Brazil for the SESC Festival de Musica de Camera 2018 (chamber music festival). Sophie is Musical Director and performer for MishMash Ensemble. She is currently touring three of their shows, the award-winning SMILE, Mishmash's latest show, Strange Creatures, and a revival of Hubbub, a collaboration with Aurora Orchestra. In addition to chamber music, Sophie performs solo (concerto with Culm Valley Orchestra in July 2019) and with orchestras including Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She also enjoys contemporary repertoire, performing on the Riot Ensemble’s CD, ‘Chest of Toys’ amongst others.