Head of School of Strings
Chris Hoyle is Head of the School of Strings at the RNCM and enjoys a busy life as a chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher.
He studied with Alexander Baillie and, at the age of 16, he entered the RNCM to study with Raphael Sommer. He appeared in Paul Tortelier’s televised masterclasses for the BBC and subsequently won scholarships enabling him to continue studying with both Paul and Maud Tortelier in France.
He has worked with many of the UK’s finest orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic, of which he was a member for many years. He also plays as Guest Principal Cello with several orchestras and he has given solo recitals nationwide including a performance of Schnittke’s Cello Sonata to the composer as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. He has performed widely as a chamber musician in the McFarlane String Quartet, Psappha and several small ensembles within the BBC. In these roles, he has frequently broadcast for radio and TV. Chris plays a prize-winning cello made by Eero Haahti in Paris.