About The Clifton Trio

In 2014 we launched our string trio option for smaller venues and budgets. This has proved both very successful and popular. The players have also been building a recital programme, performing in prestigious concert series’ in Devon.

For smaller venues, our string trio is often a good choice. The combination of Violin, Viola and Cello still has a wide repertoire. We can also play as a violin & cello duo, a great choice for tight spaces and budgets.

Julie Hill

Julie Hill [Violin] studied for a degree in music before being awarded a Laura Ashley Foundation Scholarship to pursue postgraduate performance studies at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Specialising in contemporary and historical performance, Julie has performed extensively in a wide range of ensembles. She currently performs with Devon Baroque, of which she is a founder member, and she is regularly invited to lead a number of chamber ensembles & orchestras. She manages and performs with contemporary music group Exeter Contemporary Sounds and co manages their sister organisation Earworms which produces concerts for families at Exeter Phoenix. Alongside her performing career, Julie teaches violin, viola and chamber music at Blundell’s School, Tiverton and Exeter Cathedral School as well as maintaining a successful private teaching practice.

Emma Welton

Emma Welton performs on violin, viola and double bass with Exeter Contemporary Sounds, Icebreaker, and Lavolta ensemble. She curates A Quiet Night In concerts of quiet contemporary music and produces Earworms family concerts. As a composer, she is currently working for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra on a project to create an opera about geology for the UNESCO global Geopark conference in September 2016.

Annabel Rooney

Annabel Rooney studied the cello with Florence Hooton and Derek Simpson. A former member of the National Youth Orchestra, Annabel read music at Cambridge, where she held a university instrumental award on the cello. She continued her studies in Cambridge with an MPhil and PhD. Annabel now combines cello and piano teaching, performance as chamber musician and soloist, and choral composition. Her music has been performed by choirs including those of Exeter Cathedral, the Chapel Royal, and Christ’s College, Cambridge.