Vera Erenbourg




Born in Milan in 1983, Vera trained as an actress for two years, graduating in Theatre Studies in Italy in 2007. She has been collaborating with an Italian theatre company in Milan in the management area since moving to London to continue her artistic training.
She is currently studying for an MA in Performance Practices and Research at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her aim is to develop her own performance praxis and enrich her theatrical experiences in London’s multicultural environment.
In May 2008 she participated in a site-specific project at the Centre George Pompidou in Paris (Les Jeudis), a collaboration between the Museum and the CSSD course.




Nathaniel  Minall-Jones


Nathaniel was born and raised in Basildon, Essex.  He studied Drama for two years and Theatre Studies for a further two years at Mayflower before going on to achieve a 1st Ba Hons undergraduate degree in Philosophy with Psychology at Roehampton University.
He was also the co-founder of the short lived Theatre Group 'Madplaywrights', where he was an integral part of the creative process as well as resident actor working on an untitled comedic play to take to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Unfortunately the play is now on indefinite hold. After an eight-year hiatus from performing Nathaniel is stepping back into acting part time to compliment his full time day job as a banker.

Valerie Welbanks

Canadian cellist Valerie Welbanks first started learning the cello at the age of eleven in Ottawa, after initial studies in piano.  She then moved to Québec City to study at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, where she obtained a collegiate music diploma in 2003 and an undergraduate diploma in music interpretation in 2006.       
She is currently completing her studies as a Master’s student at the RAM.  During her two years in Philip Sheppard’s class, she developed her interest in cross-disciplinary arts, which led her to develop La Suggia.  She is equally developing the children’s outreach cello ensemble Unusual Turtles.
Valerie plays on an 1801 William Forster cello, generously lent to her by the Royal Academy of Music.


jesspianoshot Jessica Maryon-Davies


Jessica was born in London and began studying the piano at the age of five.
Jessie was awarded a BA degree in History and Music from the University of Leeds in 2005 where she studied under Ian Buckle.  She has recently graduated with a postgraduate diploma at the RAM after two years' study with Andrew West and Daniel-Ben Pienaar, specialising in piano accompaniment and chamber music. 
She recently accompanied Katherine Jenkins in the run up to her touring show, Viva la Diva. Jessica is also interested in contemporary music and was invited to take part in a performance of Satie's 19-hour work Vexations that took place in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in May 2007.


Judit Berendschot



Judit is currently studying with Professor David Strange for her Master of Arts diploma at the RAM.  She is the recipient of the Vivian Joseph Award given by the RAM, and was one of the selected students for a traineeship at the London Symphony Orchestra.  Judit previously studied at the Prins Claus Conservatoire in Holland, from which she received her Bachelor’s diploma in 2007.
Judit was a principal cellist of the Haydn Youth String Orchestra, with which she went on several European tours and recorded various CDs.  Judit took part in seasonal projects of the National Youth Orchestra and from September 2008, she will be a permanent member of the Orchestra Europa. 
Judit was a member of the Kaleidos Quartet, which studied at the Dutch String Quartet Academy in Amsterdam.  She is now the cellist of the Kaxan String Quartet in London, which visited Bahrain in June 2008 for a short concert tour; a tour to Trinidad and Tobago is planned for December 2008.
Judit plays a 1770 Joseph Hill cello, courtesy of the RAM and a 1994 Jaap Bolink cello, courtesy of the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds.