The Conductor~Tori Rushton


Tori Rushton has been a professional cellist  for over 25 years and today she often plays for theatre companies in the pit for their productions. (RSC, Warwick Arts, Belgrade Theatre, etc..).  Tori was  principal cellist at the Paris Symphony Orchestra for 10 years as well as in other ensembles.  She then returned back to the UK to continue her musical journey.  Her musical knowledge is extensive and her reputation is very widespread and growing. Tori took up the challenge of forming and training a String Orchestra in January 2018 as she believes in the value and enjoyment of amateurs  developing and performing in a professional way. Also went on an intensive conducting course at The Royal Northern College of Music to enhance her skills to make The Real String Orchestra play the best they can in many different composers and genres.

String Players

The String Players are local teachers, performers, young talents from music schools, conservatoires and adults who play at a high standard.

Players aged 16 to 99. No auditions needed. Scroll down to see members already in The Real String Orchestra.


It is based in Stratford Upon Avon which is a town full of performing arts but  has never had  a true String Orchestra until NOW...Rehearsals are in St Peter's Church in Welford on Avon  on Tuesdays 7 pm to 9pm. Click link to see dates:


The aim is to give the audience powerful performances of string classics and enjoy the works of amazing composers under the baton of the professional home grown musician Tori Rushton .

Our  String Players 
First Violins
LEADER : Mary Dolby
Carrie Duffy
Helen Ferrier
Debbie Lynne
Danny Evans
Izzy Azima
Second Violins
Becky Darnton
Kate Reid
Jenny Jones
Kath Bigland
Catherine McCormack
Imme Duffy
Ewart Hodge
David Ireland
Ruth Yeates
 Olivia James
Erica Bowen
Jessica Bell
Double bass
Anese Cunnington
Peter Jewel