Lee Holland-Flute. Glynn Forrest-Percussion/Marimba
The Atholl Duo is an vibrant young duo partnership based in Scotland. Both successful performers in their own right and passionate about promoting and playing chamber music. The players met 10 years ago while studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and have been pursuing varied freelance careers ever since.
Lee Holland- Born in London, Lee studied at the Purcell School of Music in Hertfordshire. During her time at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Lee graduated with both a Bachelor of Music (Hons) and a Masters of Music in performance with Distinction.
Currently as an freelance orchestral player Lee performs and works with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
Broadcasts have included a performance of contemporary composer Charlotte Seither's solo work Seul avec des Ombres, for a pre prom concert on Radio 3. Recent performances have included a tour of India with the European Concert Orchestra supporting the band “Coldplay” at the Global Citizen Festival in 2016.
Lee is a passionate chamber musician currently performing regularly with Sasha Savaloni (guitar) and also the Monzani trio, creating an ensemble with Rachel Spencer (Violin) and Feargus Egan (Cello).
Lee is a keen early years education specialist focusing on Hungarian based Kodaly musicianship. Since 2006 Lee has been working with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, RSNO junior chorus, and RCS early years department.
Competition and scholarship award successes include first prize winner of the Watford and Novgorod Russian music competition, winner of the Jellinek Concerto competition, RCS Concerto competition, RCS Peter Morrison Prize for all round excellence in music.
Through out her career Lee has been fascinated by performance psychology and the difference strengthening the mind combined with honing your craft can make. In 2015 she started an MSc in Performance psychology due to finish in 2017.
Glynn Forrest- Glynn is a Glasgow-based freelance percussionist enjoying a diverse musical career, having graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2013. Studying timpani and percussion with teachers Kurt-Hans Goedicke and John Poulter, he also received regular tuition from New York Philharmonic principal percussionist Chris Lamb, international marimba artist Eric Sammut, and widely regarded session musician Dave Hassell. He was the winner of all available orchestral apprenticeships during his studies, culminating in regular freelance work he continues to enjoy.
As a keen chamber music performer he has enjoyed involvement in projects with Glasgow New Music Expedition, Rednote Ensemble, the Pavel Haas Quartet, and Auricle ensemble, enjoying the wide variety of music available to the modern day percussionist. Aside from percussion playing, he was the drummer for C Duncan's UK and European tours for Mercury Award-nominated album, 'Architect'.
Glynn enjoys sharing his passion for music with others; running workshops for vulnerable adults with Sonic Bothy, participating in McOpera workshops with Reeltime for new parents, adjudicating percussion classes at Arbroath Music Festival, and substitute teaching at RCS Junior Academy.
He has also performed as a soloist in many situations, including a performance of Rory Boyle's marimba concerto with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of the RCS / BBC SSO concerto masterclass. During his Master's year, he performed Gareth Wood's Percussion Concerto with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Wind Orchestra. Other solo engagements include a joint marimba recital with Calum Huggan as part of Glasgow University's lunchtime series, and a solo percussion / electronics recital with Edit Point as part of Glasgow City Halls 'Sound lab' series.