about us

Arioso was formed in 1998 by musicians from several of Britain’s leading orchestras, and has since performed many concerts throughout the UK. Our members have played for celebrities, opera stars, heads of state and royalty.

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The Quartet has a wide and distinctive repertoire covering all musical genres, from Bach and Mozart through to all kinds of popular music; from Opera to the Musicals, pop hits and rock classics. We are often able to commission new arrangements of special requests. Our first priority is to entertain and delight our audiences and clients.

Russell Dawson
Russell studied the violin at the Royal Northern College of Music with Yossi Zivoni. After graduating, he joined the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and later the first violins of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, where he was privileged to work with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Gunther Wand and Andrew Davis.

Jane Margeson
Born in Canada, Jane studied the violin at the Royal Academy of Music with Emanuel Hurwitz. Jane was sub-principal in Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, a member of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and has worked with several other orchestras in London and the regions. Since moving to Dorset several years ago she has devoted more time to chamber music as well as playing with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

David Price
David studied the viola at the Royal Academy of Music where he won the chamber music prize. While in London he played with the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras before moving to Dorset as head of strings at Sherborne School for Girls. He now teaches at three Sherborne schools and performs with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Nicholas Boothroyd
Born in London, Nick studied the cello with Anthony Pini at the Royal College of Music. He has worked with composers such as Michael Nyman and Karl Jenkins, played on film sound tracks such as Lord of the Rings, and for backing sessions for many famous artists – from Opera Babes to Van Morrison; as well as giving many chamber music concerts and recitals in this country and abroad.