BVS Officers

Our Patron

For over thirty years, Ian Jewel was the violist of the Gabrieli Quartet with whom he toured the world from New York’s Lincoln Centre and Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House… Read More about “Our Patron”

Honorary President

Sally Beamish was born in London. She studied violin and viola at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, with Bronislaw Gimpel, Patrick Ireland and Atar Arad, before studying in Detmold with Bruno Giuranna. Read More about “Honorary President”


Louise Lansdown was appointed Head of Strings at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012, after holding the position of Senior Lecturer in the School of Strings at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester Read More about “President”


Martin Outram studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music. He is a member of the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet and also appears regularly as a soloist. Read More about “Vice-President”



Paul is a qualified Chartered Accountant with a career record first in company financial management and later as an equity analyst in investment banking. Read More about “Treasurer”

Executive Secretary (Membership)

BVS Conservatoire Coordinator

Executive Secretary (Facebook)

Executive Secretary (Groups and orchestras)

BVS Young Violists Coordinator

Treasurer Emeritus

Founder – John White (1938 – 2013)