Alma Guitar Quartet is formed of students from Birmingham Conservatoire.
The Alma Guitar Quartet was formed in 2013 by Hannah Woollacott, Berxwedan Koçkaya, Jonnie Cumming and Rowan McConkey at Birmingham Conservatoire, whilst studying under the tuition of Mark Ashford and Mark Eden. The quartet have performed in masterclasses with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Frank Lamm at last year’s West Dean Guitar Festival, as well as with a number of other highly regarded concert artists including the likes of Xuefei Yang and Gary Ryan. Alma perform a broad repertoire, ranging from early Baroque arrangements, to early twentieth-century works composed specifically for guitar quartet, and popular music from South America and Cuba. Recently the quartet has earned acclaim from their performance in Birmingham Conservatoire’s own Sylvia Cleaver chamber music competition, where they were awarded second prize.