Roger Stimson – Violinist
Roger studied at The Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded the Orchestral Prize and joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1969. He has worked as a principal with the Welsh National Opera Company and as co-principal with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and has played in most of the major concert halls in the UK and toured in America, Canada, Quatar, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Norway.
Roger has a wide taste in music. He’s led the orchestra of the Vienna Festival Ballet, played palm court at the Sheraton Hotel, Doha and been a solo violinist with the London Balalaika Ensemble. In recent years Roger has become increasingly interested in composition and he’s arranged many of the pieces in Fedora Strings’ repertoire.
Joanna Borrett – Cellist
Joanna studied cello with Christopher Bunting and won a British Council Scholarship to the Moscow Conservatoire in 1976. Shortly afterwards she toured North America as principal cellist with the Scottish Baroque Ensemble and made her solo debut at the Wigmore Hall, where the Daily Telegraph commented on her “bright impetuous personality” and “ardently responsive style”. In 1983 she formed the Peterborough String Orchestra, a twelve piece ensemble reviewed in The Guardian as having “the sort of responsive precision you expect from a string quartet. The real emotional stuff of music making”. She has commissioned many new works for solo cello, trio and string orchestra. Joanna is an ABRSM examiner and teaches at Oundle School. Her cd of Bach’s first and third unaccompanied cello suites has just been released and SJ Music has recently published her cello duet arrangements of Four Opera Arias. She plays a cello by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume made in Paris in 1855.