Insight Ensemble functions as a collective, bringing together some of Bristol’s most talented and passionate artists. Unlike a traditional classical orchestra, the Ensemble is made up of musicians, performers and crew who work together in creating breathtaking shows. Often working in promenade, Insight’s artists immerse their audiences in an entirely new orchestral experience. The orchestra at its largest, naturally for the ‘Outer Space’ show, reached 65 members. Every show involves performance by the full orchestra and other pieces for small ensembles too: wind quintets, string quartets, brass ensembles, solos, duos, and often completely unique formations. Keeping music at the heart of the performance, the essence and stories within the music are enhanced by visual artists including, to date, dancers, circus performers, puppetry, projection and lighting design. The complex collaboration and space for artists to respond to the music is something Insight Ensembles is invested in, alongside keeping the magic of classical music alive. Innovative and keen to champion young, upcoming musicians and artists, Insight Ensemble is always growing and developing. Meet some of our MusiciansPerformers and Crew.




Based in Lyon, Michael frequently returns to the UK to work with Insight Ensemble. Having completed his Masters in Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Michael has worked in Lyon as assistant conductor for the Orchestre National de Lyon, and is also Principal Conductor of Orchestra Vitae, performing in the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, and St John’s Smith Square. Michael is also a cellist, and can occasionally be heard playing Bach in the small cobbled streets of Lyon on sunny weekends.


With an extensive background in conducting, performing and teaching, Jon is now primarily a music educator, with a unique gift of bringing music to life for people. Currently working with the Royal Philharmonic, BBC NOW, Bournemouth Symphony, and the Bristol Ensemble, he also directs the Bristol Pre-Conservatoire. A huge support in the founding of Insight Ensemble, it is a great honour to work with him as our guest conductor. 


Liam frequently writes specially commissioned compositions for Insight Ensemble, often with the Loco Klub's unique acoustic in mind. Based in Bristol, Liam is a freelance composer, arranger and copyist for composers, organisations, concert performances, films and theatre. He has worked with BBC Radio 3, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and is currently writing for the South West Open Youth Orchestra.


After discovering a natural flair for singing at an early age, Laura studied both music and dance before completing her Performance degree at the University of Bristol. She then completed both Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas at Trinity Guildhall in London, before taking her Masters in Vocal Performance at the RWCMD. Laura has since performed internationally, and also teaches students in Bristol. Recently, she has worked with the BBC National Chorus of Wales, Bristol Chamber Choir, and the Bath Opera.


Harriet studied Orchestral Percussion at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has experience in a range of genres from world music and orchestral, to jazz-funk band Tezeta and contemporary music with New Music in the South West. Harriet has recently recorded the debut album with Spindle Ensemble, an alternative, contemporary classical group supported by Adderwell Music. Harriet won the Senior Soloist prize for Music in the Vale 2012 and the McGrenery chamber music prize 2014. She is now the composer and musician for projects such as Thimble Theatre and Cyrimba and has been working freelance in Bristol for the past 3 years since she graduated.


James has been involved as a composer and performer from a young age and gave his first orchestral premiere at age 17; the same year, he won the SoundFabric Young Composer Award. Meanwhile, as a keen Jazz musician, James achieved financial backing to study vibraphone under Roger Beaujolais. At 18 he studied a 4 year Bachelors degree in Composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has since worked as a multi-instrumentalist, composer/arranger, and musical director.



Insight Ensemble is the brainchild of Anneka's love for classical music...and circus. She is passionate about seeing orchestral music reach new audiences and lose its elitist exterior. Anneka leads the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra and Bristol Classical Players, manages the Brunel Quartet, and is a trustee of Bristol Concert Orchestra. Available for recordings and gigs, Anneka also teaches the violin privately, and regularly presents on local radio. She is an active ambassador for classical music in Bristol. 

The Brunel Quartet
Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra
Bristol Classical Players


Esme's role in Insight Ensemble pairs her experience in events management with her passion for classical music. Esme's events background lies in luxury hotels and themed party design for clients including Cambridge University and silver circle law firms. With Insight, she oversees all aspects of design, logistical planning and operations. When she's not managing, Esme is a keen violinist, playing with Insight Ensemble and the Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra. She is the former leader of the Devon Sinfonietta. 


Born an unexpected twin in the Cornish town of Launceton, Martin later left Cornwall for Bristol where he immersed himself in the creative scene. For the last decade before returning to Cornwall, Martin has worked on old and disused buildings for creative projects: the Loco Klub is one of these. Martin is passionate about projects which bring people into a historic building that they wouldn't otherwise visit, which allow them to see it in a new light whilst making classical music more accessible to a wider audience. He has worked on lighting and venue management for all of Insight's shows. 

The Loco Klub
Golowan Festival
Invisible Circus
Artspace Lifespace


Lexy loves light, and the creative process of creating lighting sculptures primarily with glass. She worked in circus and festivals for 10 years, including as the Assistant Tech Manager for Arcadia, with Rabotech creating speakers and lighting integration, Decor Management and Lighting Signage at Glastonbury's Shangri-La, and Lost Vagueness. Insight Ensemble has been delighted to welcome Lexy on board for its 'Outer Space' and 'Winter Dreams' shows. 


Patricia is a dancer, immersive theatre actress and model who works frequently with Insight Ensemble, dancing and choreographing solo and group dances for numerous Insight arrangements. She works with dance companies and festivals across the UK, including the Boomtown Fair, the Royal Opera House and the British Museum to name a few. 



Daniel regularly dances with Insight Ensemble, and is a UK based freelance artist performing throughout Europe and the USA. He works to critical acclaim as a dancer, performer and choreographer, and is currently part of the duo Thick and Tight who have presented their work at festivals and theatres for the last 5 years. Daniel was also an original member of Impermanence Dance Theatre creating the acclaimed SEXBOX and Da-Da-Darling.


Eilidh and Beth are hoop and acrobatics performers, studying Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre with Circomedia in Bristol. They joined Insight Ensemble as a duo to perform in the Outer Space show, 2017. 



Pascal first pursued a career in science, before he decided to run away to the circus. He finished his training at the National Institute of Circus Arts in Melbourne, and since gained a wealth of international performance experience, including Circus Aotearoa in New Zealand, "Swiss Christmas” in Zurich, and the 2014-15 Barnum Musical UK tour. For Pascal, performing with his wheel is like dancing with a partner. With daring skill and elegance he inspires and mesmerises his audiences. He joined Insight Ensemble with Cyrimba, a collaboration with marimba player and composer Harriet Riley. It is a fusion of contemporary music and circus/movement choreography.


Panther Panther is Pablo Villierezz, a Bristol-based audio-visual artist of Mexican origin. As a producer and DJ he is very much influenced by the rising tide of Latin American electronica housed under the umbrella term Tropical Bass. In 2015, he released his debut album, followed by a tour and second 2016 album. Panther Panther also creates visuals for UK-based artists as well as for his own performances. He  recently co-designed the stage for Shambala Festival’s newest venue, the formidable Barrio Afrika. Panther Panther collaborated with Insight Ensemble for Outer-Space 2017.


For ‘Winter Dreams’ we are delighted to involve a puppeteer for the first time. Molly Hawkins is a UK based visual artist, specialising in puppetry, theatre design, murals and facilitating craft workshops. She studied Theatre and Performance Design at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, graduating in 2013 with BA (hons) and since has made puppets big and small to perform with all over the UK and as far out as India! Her unique creative mind lent itself perfectly to joining Insight Ensemble and we’re very grateful to her.

Visit Molly's website


Insight Ensemble welcomed Paddy on board for their second show, featuring his hat juggling in time to a string ensemble. Paddy is a professional juggler and circus workshop coordinator in Bristol.