MA (Dist) BA (Hons)

Kelly McCusker with violin
Kelly McCusker studied at the Purcell School of Music, then at Kingston University with Paul Robertson (Medici Quartet). She was awarded a Distinction in Music Performance for her Masters degree at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where she studied with Gabrielle Lester (Barbican Piano Trio) and with Mica Comberti on baroque violin. Whilst she was at Birmingham, Kelly participated on the CBSO training scheme when Sir Simon Rattle was the principle conductor.

Kelly enjoys a busy and varied career on both modern and baroque violins performing with small chamber ensembles as well as large orchestras including Hanover Band (principle 2nd), Elgar Sinfonia (leader), Chandos (guest leader), Birmingham Philharmonic (guest leader), Corelli Ensemble, Worcester Chamber Orchestra (leader), Armonico Consort (leader, touring and CD recordings), London Handel Players and St James Baroque Players with whom she performed at the BBC Proms in 2000.

She is also a principle player with the Longborough Festival Opera Orchestra who are about to embark on three complete performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle during the summer of 2013. Kelly has also worked with the RSC in Stratford in numerous Shakespeare productions as a violinist and vocalist, including a tour to Washington D.C. She worked at the National Theatre (London) in the production of Saint Joan where the music and sound won a BAFTA award.

As former member of the Jocelyn Pook ensemble, Kelly was involved in recordings, tours to Europe and America as well as numerous TV appearances. Currently Kelly teaches at Repton School and Foremarke Prep School. Both her modern and baroque violins are made by Chris Johnson who is based near Loughborough.