Following our Vision, The Colne Philharmonic Orchestra have been very privileged to perform with many talented people over the past 30 years.
We are proud to introduce our Soloists for our 2019 season below:

Elodie Chousmer-Howelles

Aged five, Elodie first started having violin lessons after taking inspiration from BBC Young Musician winners Jennifer Pike and Nicola Benedetti. She attended specialist music school from 2009 and subsequently spent five years at Chetham's School of Music. Whilst at the school, Elodie twice won the school concerto competition and has performed in a number of concerts as a soloist at Manchester Cathedral and abroad in Paris and Amsterdam.


In 2015, Elodie won the Essex Young Musician of the Year competition and was awarded the May Edwards memorial prize at the Royal College of Music junior department. In recent years she has enjoyed chamber performances with quartet and octets at the House of Lords, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room.  Whilst attending the Junior Royal Academy of Music, in 2017 Elodie won the Senior Violin Prize.


Elodie played in the National Youth Orchestra GB 1st violins between 2015-2017, and highlights have included concerts at Berlin's Konzerthaus, the Barbican, the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Elodie was invited to lead NYO GB in 2017, however, she stepped down from the role to deal with what was an ongoing illness at the time. Between 2017-2018 she was a London Philharmonic Orchestra unior artist - gaining mentoring and experience from the LPO's co-leaders.


Elodie has received guidance from distinguished artists; Chloë Hanslip, Maciej Rakowski and Nicola Benedetti. Elodie was a 2018 BBC Young Musician Strings category finalist and currently studies with Sasha Sitkovetsky at the Royal Academy of Music.

Elodie at BBC Young Musician 2018_edited