Victoria Lyon (Violin)
Victoria was our First Violin soloist for our Christmas 2011 Chelsea Concert, her rendition of the Winter movement of Vivaldi's Four Seasons was spectacular, and received a standing ovation.
Victoria is the great-great-grand-daughter of the renowned 19th Century opera singer, Jenny Lind, known as 'The Swedish Nightingale'. She was six years old when she picked up the violin. Born into a musical family, she was always surrounded by music and quickly fell in love with the violin.
She gained a music Scholarship to Salisbury Cathedral School and then The Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music, both in which she was leader of the String Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestras. It was
at this time that she was also a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Her orchestral career started in 2002 when she played regularly with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for 2 years. After
gaining a Bmus Honours degree and a Postgraduate diploma from the Royal
College of Music, Victoria aged 23 joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as it's youngest member.
It was during this time that Victoria's electric string quartet Escala, were approached to take part in the ITV show Britain's Got Talent. They caused a sensation and reached the finals of the competition, leading to a recording contract with Simon Cowell. Their Trevor Horn produced debut album 'Escala' boasted the freshest and most innovative sound of 2009, scoring one of the highest first week sales for any debut artist in the UK that year. The international appeal for their contemporary sound has seen them travel the globe, including appearances such as Oprah and The Today Show in the US, Children in Need and opening Sweden's Pink Ribbon Gala. Performance highlights include opening the NASCAR Awards in Vegas, performing on China's Got Talent in Beijing and performing for the Queen.
Victoria now plays with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra when she can, but 2012 will be particularly busy for Escala, starting with a television appearance in Beijing to celebrate the Chinese New Year and recording their second album in February.