Kelly Mc Cusker studied at the Purcell School, Kingston University and gained a distinction in Music Performance for her Masters Degree at the Birmingham Conservatoire where she studied with Gabrielle Lester (CBSO principle) and Mica Comberti (baroque violin). Upon completion of her degree, she became a visiting violin tutor at the Conservatoire and Birmingham University and is currently the Head of Strings at The Repton School and Foremarke Prep School in Derbyshire.
On her modern violin, Kelly performs with a variety of groups including Sinfonia Viva, Jocelyn Pook Ensemble as a violinist and vocalist (theatre and film projects), the Elgar Sinfonia, RSC (in Stratford and on tour in Washington DC), Lichfield based ensemble DECO and for Longborough Opera where 3 complete Wagner Ring Cycles were performed in June and July 2013 and has recently been appointed leader of the Chandos orchestra.
She also performs on the Baroque and Classical violin with numerous ensembles namely The London Handel Players, The City of London Chamber Players, Orchestra of the Baroque (recordings include The Fairy Queen, Scarlatti mass and the “Naked Byrd 2”) and the Worcester Chamber Orchestra. She is also a member of the CBSO baroque ensemble, Ex Cathedra, Haydn Festival orchestra and the Corelli Ensemble. In 2000, she performed at the BBC Proms with the St James Baroque Ensemble.
Kelly is a principal member of the Hanover Band who have recently recorded the complete Mozart horn concertos, performed for the Duke of Kent and tour around Europe regularly.
Her string quartet, Astaria, released their first cd in 2011 and enjoy a busy schedule performing all over the UK. They are artistic directors of the Chamber Music @ Worcester Festival which occurs the first weekend in October at St. Oswald’s church in Worcester.
Both her modern and baroque violins are made by Chris Johnson near Loughborough.