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Caithness Girl To Play At The BBC Proms On TV 1 August
Carol Ella was born in Caithness in 1981. She attended St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh where she was awarded the John Doig Award for the Most Promising String Player.  In 1999 she entered the Royal College of Music as a Foundation Scholar, studying with Simon Rowland-Jones. She graduated from the BMus course with First Class Honours in 2003.  While an undergraduate she received various prizes and awards and has participated in many master-classes, most recently with the Belcea Quartet at the Wigmore Hall and with Bruno Giuranna.  In 2003, during her postgraduate year at the RCM, she spent three months studying in Utrecht as part of the Eerasmus scheme.  She recently completed her postgraduate year with Distinction. She plays a viola made by Nigel Harris for which she acknowledges the generous support of the Virtuosi Society of Scotland.

A keen orchestral musician, Carol has been principal viola of the RCM Sinfonietta and RCM Symphony Orchestra and has worked with international conductors including Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Lorin Maazel and the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin.  In her fourth undergraduate year she was selected for the London Symphony Orchestrea's String Experience Scheme and was subsequently awarded the annual Promis Award for outstanding participation.

Carol performed as a soloist with the RCM Orchestra at the Thaxted Festival on 2 July this year, playing Bartok's Viola Concerto.

 For those of you who watch the BBC Proms on television, Carol will play with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Albert Hall on 1st August 2004.