Dolce Cinque was formed in September 2007 at the Royal Northern College of Music. After playing together for just five months, the quintet won the RNCM Woodwind Chamber Music Competition and Trevor Wye chamber music award. The quintet has covered a large and diverse set of repertoire and is always keen to discover new works.
Helen Wilson started playing the flute aged nine, and accepted a place to study at Chethamís School of Music when she was 12. From 2003-2006 Helen played with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. She has given concerto performances, most recently at the Bolton Albert Halls. Competition successes include first places in the British Flute Society Performance Plus Competition 2007, the Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Festivals Music Championships 2007, and the RNCM Woodwind Competition in 2008. In 2006 Helen was a semi-finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. Helen is now in her second year at the RNCM studying with Richard Davis.
Jo Wilcox started learning the oboe aged nine. Since then Jo has played in various different youth orchestras in London and Bromley and has always been a very keen ensemble player. Jo has given concerto performances in both Paris and in London on oboe but her love for music extends beyond this as Jo is also an accomplished piano and guitar player. Jo is now in her second year of studying at the RNCM with Valerie Taylor and Jenny Galloway (BBC Philharmonic).
Kirsty Howe began learning the horn at the age of ten. In 2006 she won the solo brass prize in the Fife Festival of Music. Kirsty has had a lot of orchestral experience and she has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland for the past three years and has played with the Halle Youth Orchestra amongst others. Kirsty is currently in her third year at the RNCM studying with Lindsay Stoker.
Emily Berridge started playing the clarinet when she was nine years old. Also having had a lot of orchestral experience, Emily has played with East Riding Youth Orchestra and was a member of the National Childrenís Orchestra of Great Britain in 2000-2001. Emily has won various first prizes in music festivals in the north of England and performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in Pocklington in 2002. Emily also plays the saxophone and regularly plays in shows where she doubles clarinet and saxophone, including a performance of West side story at the Grand Opera House in York. Emily is currently in her third year at the RNCM studying with Nicholas Cox.
Amy Briggs began learning the bassoon at the age of nine. Since this age, Amy has played in various orchestras including playing principal bassoon in the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth and Derbyshire city and County Youth Orchestras. In November 2005 Amy received a scholarship place for the RNCM. Amy is now in her third year at the RNCM studying with Alan Pendlebury.
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