Andy Meyers - Conductor
Andy studied conducting at Trinity College of Music with Bernard Keeffe, and has worked in master classes with Diego Masson and Sir Charles Groves. In 1983 he was awarded the "Ricordi Prize" for conducting, and in 1985 he was a prize winner in the "Stroud International Composers Competition", with his Sonata for Oboe and Piano. He has written a number of works, including concertos for flute and recorder, and a number of children's musicals. In 2005 he was a runner-up in the St Martin-in-the-Fields / BBC Radio 4 Christmas Carol Competition.
Andy has conducted groups ranging from the "Enfield String Players" to the London Festival Ballet, and he is presently Musical Director of the Kingston Chamber Orchestra. In 1997 he was awarded an MA (Music Education) from the Roehampton Institute.
Andy's recorder pieces are published by
Peacock Press and some of his educational musicals are available from
Cantilena, the piece he wrote in memory of
Mark, Jean and Samuel Price is available on the
Sibelius Music Store.
Helena Ruinard - Leader
She pursues a freelance career, performing with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia and the Ulster Orchestra, and a range of smaller orchestras and opera companies. Solo performances include a concerto with Southbank Sinfonia, and concertos and recitals for music societies and venues throughout the London area, most recently at The Forge Camden.
With chamber ensembles she has performed across Europe, from the Westival in Somerset to the Nehru Centre for Indian culture in London, to the shores of Turkey and Egypt aboard a Swan Hellenic cruise. Through her orchestral work she contributes to commercial and Radio 3 recordings and has also featured as a chamber musician on a disc of works by Christopher Wright on Merlin Classics.
As a teacher she works at a school in central London as well as teaching privately and contributes regularly to Music Teacher Magazine.
Helena went to school in Hampton and has strong memories of performing at Kingston Parish Church as a member of
Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra.
She gave a delightful performance of Schubert's Rondo for Violin and Strings at our charity concert for the
Down's Syndrome Association in December 2011.
Daniel Shao, Flute
Daniel Shao, born in 1995 in London, is a half-Chinese flute student currently studying with Katherine Bicknell at the Purcell School of Music and Royal College of Music Junior Department. He started his musical studies at age 7 on the piano, and began to study flute at age 9 with Deanne Payne. When he was 12 he began lessons with the flautist Susan Milan. Also an enthusiastic pianist, he won the Prize for the Best Second Study Piano Assessment at the Purcell School, has ABRSM Grade 8 Distinction and studies with Lidia Amorelli.
Daniel is Co-Principal Flute of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Principal Flute of the Purcell School Symphony Orchestra, and was Principal Flute of the London Schools Symphony Orchestra. He enjoys playing regularly at the UK's top venues, and under the baton of conductors such as Paul Daniel, Leif Segerstam, John Rutter, John Wilson, Simone Young and Vasily Petrenko.
Daniel has played solo on Chinese Television several times, including a concert filmed in August 2012 for the Chinese Olympic team at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel. He was the youngest featured soloist at the Eighth International British Flute Society Convention 2012. In September 2012 he played a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall through the Purcell School, premiering a new work for solo flute by Philip Dutton. He performed as a soloist at New York's Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall) in October 2012 and played a full length recital at the Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room in January 2013 for the 'Classical Coffee Mornings' series. As a chamber musician Daniel tries to play in as many combinations as possible, and has performed with his Wind Quintet from Purcell at Wigmore Hall and Live on Radio 3's 'In Tune'.
Daniel has won prizes in National and International Competitions including 1st Prize at the British Flute Society Competition 'School Performer' 2012, 1st Prize in the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition, 2nd Prize and Wind Prize in the Gregynog Young Musician competition, 3rd Prize and Duke of Devonshire Prize in the Eastbourne Young Soloist Competition, 1st Prize in the Louis Watt Memorial Competition (CYM London), and prizes in the Marjory Humby, Gordon Turner, Peter Morrisson and Angela Bull Competitions at Junior RCM. He is currently a semi-finalist in the prestigious International Ernest Bloch Music Competition.
Lisa Ueda, Violin
"Uprising Young Artist" Lisa Ueda made her debut playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Sachio Fujioka in 2009. 1st prize winner in many competitions, Lisa has received the ABRSM Macklin Bursary Award, Carr Gregory Award, San Martino Scholarship, Goetze Bequest Award, Arthur Hervey Scholarship, Clumber Studio Scholarship, Kobler Award, Poulett Scholarship, D Day Fund Award, Moir Carnegie Prize for Violin, among others. Most recently, she received the Tunnell Trust Award in duo with Daniele Rinaldo.
Last season kept her busy performing recitals and concerti in Japan and Europe. World premieres include Dmitri Smirnov's Dream Journey and Nobuya Monta's Otohime. UK premieres include Monta's Sakura Mai and Tomiko Kohjiba's Rublyov's Door performed at the Barbican. She was invited to perform at the the UK-Japan Music Society, subsequently played for the Minister, Consul-General of the Embassy of Japan on several occasions.
Lisa was born and raised in Japan, but educated at Osaka International School where she achieved the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and IB Bilingual Diploma. She studied violin with Miyuki Emura and Hisako Tsuji, during which she performed in London, Boston Tanglewood, Toronto, Japan, Shanghai, Munich, Geneva, and Vienna to name a few. Upon completing high school, Lisa moved to London on a full ABRSM International Scholarship, where she graduated with First Class Honours from the Royal Academy of Music (RAM). She completed her Masters degree with Distinction on a scholarship from RAM, under the tutelage of Richard Deakin on 2011.
Future engagements include recitals in St James Piccadilly sponsored by the Concordia Foundation, The Forge Venue London, Senate House Gala Evening Recital, Lake District Summer Music Patrons’ Concert, and a tour around Scotland supported by the Tunnell Trust. In June 2012, she will give the World premiere of Nobuya Monta’s Violin Concerto(dedicated to Lisa).
Lisa plays on a 1596 Brothers Amati on kind loan from Filippo Protani Violins.
Enika Magyar, Viola
After making her solo debut at the age of 13, and winning the first prize at the Franz Liszt Academy's violin competition at 17, Enika performed in concerts in Germany, Romania and Hungary. She graduated summa cum laude from the Franz Liszt Academy and was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During her studies she was awarded the Theodore Holland Viola Prize and received the second prize at the NYOS Staffa Awards in Glasgow.
Her debut CD "The English Viola" (Naxos) received rave reviews from the international press and has been broadcast on Radio 3, Classic FM, the US nationally syndicated programme "Classical 24" and other stations around the world.
Eniko enjoys a varied career as a soloist and chamber musician and has been selected to be promoted by the Making Music Concert Promoters Network. She has performed with major orchestras and appeared in prestigious music festivals such as the Verbier Academy, IMS Prussia Cove, Academia Musica de Santander, the Budapest Spring Festival, Young Praha Festival and the Cork Chamber Music Festival. She has appeared in venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Musikverein, St John's Smith Square, Conway Hall and King's Place.
Hiroaki Takenouchi, Piano
Hiroaki Takenouchi was born in Japan but is now based in London, where he came in 1997 to study piano with Yonty Solomon and Andrew Ball, composition with Edwin Roxburgh and fortepiano with David Ward at the Royal College of Music. On completion of his studies, he received the RCM's The Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Rosebowl presented by HRH The Prince of Wales. From 2007 to 2009, he was a Constant & Kit Lambert Junior Fellow (RCM) supported by the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
As a soloist, he has appeared on many concert platforms including the Wigmore Hall, Tokyo Opera City, the South Bank Centre, the Fairfield Halls, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and Steinway Halls in London, Hamburg and Tokyo. He has also performed at festivals in Bath, Cheltenham and Salzburg and has given recitals in the UK, Japan, Austria, Germany, Portugal and Italy. He is an active chamber musician in an extensive range of work, working with such eminent artists as Raphael Wallfisch and Tara Helen O'Connor.
In the summer of 2010, he returned to join the summer masterclass at the Banff Centre (Canada) as a collaborative pianist, and gave piano masterclasses at the Poros International Piano Academy, Greece. In 2010, he was filmed for a BBC TV documentary on Sir Hubert Parry (aired in 2011) and appeared for the second time in the Husum "Rarities of Piano Repertoire" Festival in Germany to great critical acclaim.
Takenouchi's discography includes the world premiere recordings of works by James Dillon (with Noriko Kawai, NMC), Edwin Roxburgh (NMC) and Jeremy Dale Roberts (LORELT), as well as a debut solo CD Cosmos Haptic: Contemporary Piano Music from Japan (LORELT), and most recently Husum Festival Highlights 2010 (Danacord). In 2011 he will record two further CDs, firstly Delius's orchestral works arranged for two pianos by various contemporaries (Somm Records), and piano concertos by Sherwood, Catoire and Collingwood with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Dutton Epoch).
Takenouchi has worked with many leading musicians such as Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Emanuel Ax, Imogen Cooper, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Robert Levin, Sir Roger Norrington and Howard Shelley.
Karen Gibbard, Oboe
Karen Gibbard is a freelance oboist and was awarded a place on The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Ann and Peter Law Experience 2010 scheme.
Karen graduated with distinction from the 'MMus Oboe Performance Đ Orchestral Training' course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, funded by the H R Taylor Charitable Trust and the Mercers' Company in 2008. Karen plays in a variety of solo, chamber and orchestral settings. This has included solo performances with the International Double Reed Society, the Leeds International Concert Season and the Dartington International Summer School.
Karen is a keen chamber musician and her Kariosa Ensemble performs
in a multitude of settings through the Live Music Now scheme.
Her orchestral engagements have included the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique,
All Souls Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall,
and the Orchestra of the Teatro Olimpico of Vicenza at the New York Carnegie Hall.
Jeanine Thorpe, Violin
Jeanine is much in demand as a soloist, and recent concerto performances have included the Walton, Elgar and Prokofiev violin concertos with various orchestras acros the UK, in major venues such as St John's Smith Square, St James Piccadilly and the Barbican Hall. In December 2002 Jeanine was awarded first prize in the Remember Enescu International Violin Competition in Romania by an international panel of judges, being the first West European to win this award.
In October 2004 Jeanine won the Gold Medal for her category and overall First Prize in the London International Concerto Competition (formerly the Marlow Concerto Competition). Subsequently she was invited back to perform concertos with the Elgar Chamber Orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia at Cadogan Hall.
In 2005 Jeanine was awarded the title "ESTA (European String Teachers' Association) Student of the Year Award," after a final round held in Malta's Manoel Theatre. Subsequently she was invited to give recitals in numerous European countries including Estonia, Holland and Italy. Other awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society's Emily Anderson Award and the Royal College of Music's Isolde Menges prize for the best unaccompanied Bach.
Jeanine has appeared in numerous television programmes, including ITV's Trial and Retribution, BBC's Maestro, and most recently was the featured violinist in the BBC's programme Clash, encouraging children to become involved in classical music.
Since early 2009, Jeanine has been the concert mistress of the Docklands Symphony Orchestra in London. Most recently, following a chamber music masterclass in Geneva over Easter 2010, Jeanine has embarked on a post-graduate degree at the Frankfurter Hochschule fur Musik under the tutelage of Markus Daunert.
Jane Wilkinson, Soprano
Jane Wilkinson grew up on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire and began her vocal training with singing teacher Brenda Waddington. After a year studying with Barbara Robotham, she was accepted in 2002 to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow, on the Bachelor of Music course with Helen Lawson. Jane then studied as a post graduate at the Royal College of Music, London, with Jennifer Smith. Her current teacher is Jane Irwin.
During her time as a music student, Jane has been involved in many major opera productions and worked with a variety of esteemed conductors such as Timothy Dean, Christian Curnyn and Sir Charles Mackerras and directors such as Lee Blakely, Martin Lloyd Evans and James Conway. Jane has also taken part in masterclasses with Malcolm Martineau, Sarah Walker, Jane Irwin, Margaret Marshall, Philip Langridge and Patricia McMahon.
Jane has sung in Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Vaughan Williams' Flos Campi - live on BBC Radio 3. She has also appeared on ITV's My Favourite Hymns. Jane has sung on many CDs for The Early Learning Centre and she has provided the vocals for the Early Learning Music Academy.
Jane is also an accomplished actress and dancer. In 1996, she received a NODA award for her performance in The Wizard of Oz, playing the role of Dorothy at Blackpool Opera House.
Simon Callaghan, Piano
What a wonderful pianist, who combines complete understanding of the style of music he is playing with a rare sublety and brilliance of execution
-- Sir Roger Norrington
Winner of the Prix Special in the 8eme Concours International Jean Francaix in Paris, the British pianist Simon Callaghan is establishing an impressive career as a solo artist, performing large-scale works in major venues and with many leading orchestras around the United Kingdom and abroad to high critical acclaim. Recent public performance highlights include concertos by Beethoven, Chopin, Francaix, Grieg, Hummel, Liszt, Mozart and Rachmaninov, including a dĂ©but with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Gerard Schwarz playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1.
Simon has also given numerous solo and chamber music recitals in London (Fairfield Halls, Steinway Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields), Manchester (Bridgewater Hall, Lowry Centre), Liverpool (Philharmonic Hall), Austria (Mozarteum), France, Sri Lanka, South Korea and on classical music tours worldwide. In 2006 he presented a charity gala concert with English National Opera principals John Graham-Hall and Mary Hegarty at Longborough Opera House and gave a debut recital at the Prestigious De Rode Pomp concert hall in Ghent, Belgium. Following this recital Simon was invited to record a disc of English piano music on the De Rode Pomp label, which will be released in Summer 2007.
Simon has taken prizes in numerous other competitions, including the Liverpool Young Musician of the Year Competition and the Bromsgrove International Young Musician's Platform. In 2005 he was awarded the Colonel Howes Prize by the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra and won the Edward Dannreuther Prize and the Fortepiano Award at the Royal College of Music.
Following his studies at Chetham's School of Music with Bernard Roberts, Simon became a scholar at the Royal College of Music studying under Yonty Solomon, from where he recently graduated with First Class Honours. In 2005, he gave the world premiere performance of his own restored arrangement of Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor for piano and string quintet, also playing Schubert's Trout Quintet.
Simon has appeared on BBC Television channels 1, 2 and 3 as well as BBC Radio. He has received invaluable guidance from several eminent international artists including Dmitri Alexeev, Noretta Conci, Alicya Fiderkiewicz, Claude Frank, Stephen Hough, Peter Lawson, Sir Roger Norrington and Frank Wibaut. He recently brought out a CD of Victorian English piano music, including two world premieres,
Fenella Humphreys, Violin
Fenella Humphreys has performed as soloist at prestigious venues including London's South Bank Centre, Cheltenham's Pump Room and the Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires. She was a 2006 Park Lane Group Young Artist, received Making Music's 2005 Philip and Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists, and has performed at the Wigmore Hall as a YCAT finalist. Solo and chamber performances have included broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, DeutschlandRadio Berlin and West-Deutsche-Rundfunk as well as appearances around Europe, North and South America and Israel. In September 2006, Fenella performed the Walton Concerto at the composer's home at the invitation of the Walton Trust, to open the newly built Greek Theatre, and celebrate the 80th birthday of Lady Walton.
A busy chamber musician, Fenella has collaborated with artists including Martin Lovett, Alexander Baillie, Hariolf Schlichtig and Pekka Kuusisto, and is regularly invited to take part in the celebrated Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove. Fenella is violinist with piano trio, the Lawson Trio. In addition to a busy concert schedule, the trio gives workshops and masterclasses in association with the Schubert Ensemble and the Chamber Music 2000 scheme.
Fenella is also in demand as orchestral leader, working regularly with the Deutsche Kammerakademie in Germany both as leader and director, and as guest leader with a number of ensembles including the Salzburg Chamber Soloists. She has participated in masterclasses with musicians including the Florestan Trio, Melos Quartet, TakĂˇcs Quartet, Pamela Frank, Lorand Fenyves, Thomas Brandis, Thomas Riebl and Krzysztof Penderecki.
Fenella studied with Sidney Griller CBE and Itzhak Rashkovsky whilst a scholar at the Purcell School. She was subsequently a scholar at Guildhall School of Music and Drama learning with David Takeno. She completed postrgraduate studies in Ida Bieler's class at the Robert Schumann Hochschule, DĂĽsseldorf, whilst in Andreas Reiner's chamber music class at the Folkwang-Hochschule, Essen.
Highlights of 2009/10 include concertos and chamber performances at venues including St. John's, Smith Square and the South Bank Centre, giving masterclasses and concerts at Queens University, Belfast, and concerts internationally with Grammy and Oscar winning bandoneonist, Hector Ulises Passarella.
You can keep up to date with Fenella's concerts at http://www.myspace.com/fenellahumphreys.
Robbie Stanley-Smith, Cello
When he was 13 he was proud to be awarded the Marguerite Swan Memorial Prize for cello (Grade 8) which is awarded annually to the candidate gaining the highest marks in the country. More recently he achieved distinctions in both the dipABRSM and LRSM performance diplomas, and after (rather belatedly) applying for the first time in July, has just enjoyed his first course with the National Youth Orchestra.
He is a music scholar at Hampton School, where he is currently in the upper sixth form, studying Latin, Maths, Economics and Spanish. Next year he plans to study Latin and Spanish at Cambridge University, where he will no doubt spend a great deal of time playing music!
When he is not playing either the cello or the piano he likes to make amateur films with friends,
including writing, shooting, acting and editing.
He also loves skiing and snowboarding, and enjoys arranging music, mostly for string and cello quartets.
Jonathan Strange, Violin
Royal Academy of Music and later with Roy Gillard.
In a varied career, he has toured the world as a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and other major orchestras, and was co-leader of the London Mozart Players. Along with Kenneth Essex and Denis Vigay, he is a member of the Lansdowne String Trio. In the studios, he works with the stars of rock and pop and on the scores of Hollywood movies.
He performs on a Grancino violin of 1689.
Lesley Shrigley Jones, Cello
The Royal Northern College of Music. Later she joined the master class of Antonio Janigro at the Staatliche Hochschule, Stuttgart, from where she was awarded the highest honours.
Since giving her debut recital at the Purcell Room, under the auspices of the Park Lane Group, Lesley Shrigley Jones has played throughout the British Isles, Europe and Latin America. She has Broadcast on BBC, ITV and French Radio and appeared in Paul Tortelier's Master Class series on BBC2.
As a member of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' avant-garde chamber group "The Fires of London", she received a standing ovation for her performance of "Vesalii" Icones at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. She has also given several first performances of contemporary works and recordings include "Fantasia Concertante" for solo cello by Camilleri.
More recent and current projects include performing the six solo Bach Cello Suites in a series of concerts with organ,
a recording project entitled "The Cello in Song" and an exciting collaboration with
Yekaterina Lebedeva in a series of concerts entitled "Fusion".
Helen Oughtibridge, Clarinet
Helen studied at Trinity College of Music with Hale Hambleton, Joan-Enric Lluna, Anthony Jennings and Michael Whight. She gained First Class Honours in 2003 and then completed a Postgraduate Course assisted by a Trinity College scholarship.
Competition successes include the Wilfred Hambleton Award, the Gladys Puttick Improvisation Prize and woodwind finalist in the Tunbridge Wells Young Concert Artist Competition.
Helen is co-principal clarinet in St. Paul's Sinfonia, principal clarinet in the Jersey Symphony Orchestra and is on the extra list of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She also plays on a freelance basis with many orchestras.
Helen is a member of several chamber music groups: Clariphonics clarinet quartet, the Acacia Wind Quintet, the Vena Reed Trio and a trio with violin and piano. Recent chamber music performances include appearances at the Hampstead and Highgate Festival, the Purcell Room with Joan Enric Lluna and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Helen also plays clarinet and saxophone in the jazz/rock band T.Mandrake, who opened the 2007 Hua Hin Jazz Festival, Thailand.
Leanne Alexander, Violin
Leanne Alexander was born in 1987. She began to play the violin when she was five, and when she was only nine years old, she led the West of Scotland Independent Schools Orchestra with other members up to the age of eighteen! She joined the Yehudi Menuhin School in 1998, and she is now at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a full scholarship to continue her studies with Simon Fischer until 2009.
Leanne has performed Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor and the Sibelius Concerto with the Glasgow Symphony Orchestra, Saint-Saens' Havanaise, the Beethoven Concerto, the Brahms Concerto and Barber's Virtuosic Concerto with the Strathclyde University Orchestra. In 2002, Leanne gave a recital for the BBC Radio Scotland programme Grace Notes and in 2003, she reached the Quarter Finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. In November 2005, Leanne gave the World Premiere of a concerto that was written for her by Scottish composer Tommy Fowler in Adelaides, Glasgow and in February 2007 she performed Alban Berg's Violin Concerto with the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Leanne has recently formed her own string quartet, which has performed at many venues around London. The quartet have conducted a workshop for children between the ages of two and five at the Wigmore Hall.
Emma Baldock, Kathryn Parry and Roy Stratford
Emma Baldock (cello) was a music scholar at St Paul's Girls' School, co-principal of the National Youth Orchestra and National Youth Chamber Orchestra, and subsequently a music scholar at Cambridge University where she performed regularly as a soloist and continuo-player. She studied throughout this period with Margaret Moncrieff in London. Since graduating she has divided her time between music (performing and teaching) and PhD research in medical ethics at King's College London.
Kathryn Parry (violin) read music at Selwyn College, Cambridge and studied the violin with Howard Davis at the Royal Academy of Music where she won several prizes for chamber music and was awarded the prestigious Dip RAM for ensemble playing. She has performed chamber music in recitals for music clubs and festivals all over Britain. As a member of the Bell' Arte Ensemble, she gave the inaugural chamber concert in Birmingham's Symphony Hall and played regularly with Sir Simon Rattle as pianist. She has played with many London orchestras, including the Academy of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, London Mozart Players and City of London Sinfonia and was a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She recently played with the Composers' Ensemble at the Aldeburgh Festival and Endymion Ensemble at the Purcell Room.
Kathryn was a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and for eight years lived in Edinburgh with her husband and their three children. She still plays frequently with the orchestra, has appeared as leader of the Edinburgh Quartet, and is a regular guest of the Hebrides Ensemble.
Roy Stratford (piano) studied music at Reading University where, in his final year he was appointed music director of the Opera Society and conducted four performances of Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Snow Maiden." He went on as a postgraduate to the Royal College of Music to study conducting with Norman Del Mar and piano with David Ward. He also received advice and encourragement from Andrzej Panufnik and Sir Georg Solti. In l987 he was invited to participate in the "BBC European Conductors' Seminar" in Manchester and was selected to make his Radio 3 debut directing Constant Lambert's Piano Concerto. He also had the opportunity to work with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra during the course and was coached by Sir Edward Downes.
He has since worked with many orchestras including the Royal Ballet, the London Philharmonic and has guest conducted many leading amateur groups. He has a wide interest in music education and has worked on the Baylis Programme at English National Opera, with the London Philharmonic's education programme and is currently undertaking a lecture series at the Wigmore Hall. He also runs lecture/recital weekends at West Dean College and at Jackdaws, near Frome in Somerset.
He has taught piano at St. Paul's School since 1991 and in 2003 was appointed Head of Ensemble. He also teaches piano at Richmond College and runs a youth training orchestra for Richmond Music Trust as well as conducting the Woking Symphony Orchestra. He has had arrangements published by Faber Music and original compositions by Oxford Universitv Press.
Andrew Nicholson, Flute
Andrew was introduced to the flute at the age of eight by Robin Soldan and later went on to be taught by Clare Southworth and Janet Alexander. At the age of thirteen he won the National Music for Youth Woodwind prize at the London Festival Hall, and was also regional finalist in the Shell L.S.O completion in 1984 in London. In 1985, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Chethams School of Music and in 1987 he was a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. He went on to continue his musical education at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester (RNCM), winning several major concerto awards including the Malcolm Sargent Award.
Andrew began his professional career working with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and was appointed Principal flautist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992. 1999 saw his return to England with his appointment as Principal flautist with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester. In 2000 he performed the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto, conducted by Kent Negano, and appeared as a soloist at the Bridgewater Hall as part of the Lunchtime Recital Series. He performed both the Nielsen Concerto and Mozart Flute Concerto in G with the Halle Orchestra conducted by Thierry Fisher, and it was as a result of these performances that Andrew was asked to record the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Halle and Mark Elder CBE.
In 2002, he moved to London after accepting the position of Principal flute with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Since his move to London, he has toured extensively with the orchestra and has also given masterclasses and recitals at the Royal College of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music.
He has recently recorded a solo CD of John Rutter's music with John Rutter and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and has also recorded the Mozart flue concerto in G major.
An more detailed biography of Andrew can be found here.
Clare Howick, Violin
Clare Howick is at the forefront of a new generation of virtuoso violinists. As a student she shared a recital with Maxim Vengerov. Clare has also appeared as soloist with The Philharmonia and has performed in many leading concert venues, including the Wigmore Hall, St.John's Smith Square, Blackheath Concert Halls, and Windsor Castle, with a concerto series at St.Martin-in-the-Fields. She has performed at various festivals, both in London and around the country including the Covent Garden, Buxton and Petersfield Festivals, and in 2001 performed at the Cheltenham International Festival, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
As a champion of new music, Clare performed the London premiere of John McLeod's 'The Song of Icarus'. She has also performed works by Paul Patterson, Nigel Clarke and Gerard Schurmann (as part of the Schurmann Festival), in the presence of the composers.
As a guest leader of many orchestras, she has led The Philharmonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony and Sinfonietta, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster Orchestra, English Sinfonia, Northern Sinfonia and National Sinfonia.
Clare Howick was a student of Maurice Hasson at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won all the major violin prizes and was awarded the highest accolade for performance. She also studied with Dorothy DeLay, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Zahkar Bron and participated in masterclasses with Ida Haendel, Gerard Poulet and Bela Katona. Clare's outstanding talent has been recognized by winning many other awards including The Worshipful Company of Musicians, The Tillett Trust, the Jellinek Award and the Countess of Munster Trust which also selected her for a nationwide series of concerts under their prestigious Recital Scheme.
Clare performed the Dvorak Violin Concerto with us in March 2006.
Margaret Cameron, Mezzo-Soprano
Margaret Cameron studied at Trinity College, London and the Royal College of Music. On the concert platform she has appeared as a soloist with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir, performing music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Haydn in Britain, Europe and the USA, and recording Vivaldi's Gloria for Phillips. She has also toured Holland with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging in Bach's Mass in B Minor and recorded Rachmaninov's Vespers with Kings College Cambridge for EMI.
Her work on the operatic stage includes Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and Marriage of Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera, Dido and Aeneas for the Spitalfields Festival, Magic Flute for English Touring Opera, the title role in La Cenerentola for Camberwell Pocket Opera and an Actor in Judith Weir's A Night at the Chinese Opera for Kent Opera.
She has extensive experience in the field of contemporary music, working with groups such as Electric Voice Theatre, Singcircle and the BBC Singers. She has appeared in Andrew Toovey's Ubu with Music Theatre Wales and Orlando Gough's Shouting Fence in Haarlem. She gave the first performance of Ophelia/Ophelia by Andrew Poppy at the Purcell Room and her subsequent recording was featured on Private Passions on Radio 3.
Most recently, she performed The Voice of Desire, a song cycle by Judith Weir in the opening concert of the bmic Cutting Edge series at The Warehouse, which will be broadcast on BBC Radio Three.
Margaret performed A Charm of Lullabies by Benjamin Britten with us in November 2005, together with an encore of Seguidilla from Bizet's Carmen.
Samantha Ward, Piano
Samantha was a prize winner in the finals of the Texaco Young Musician of Wales Competition and the Oxford Music Festival, and recently, she won both the John Ireland Piano Award at the Guildhall School of Music and the Making Music Award for Young Concert Artists. A review of a concert she gave in St Catherine's College, Oxford University, 2004, said, 'Samantha Ward is a pianist of outstanding quality.'
Samantha performed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.5 in Eb, the "Emperor"
with us in July 2005.
We were sorry to learn of the sad death of Jim Addington on 21st June 2007. Jim was a loyal supporter of the orchestra for many years, and we particularly appreciated the regular reviews of performances that he wrote for the local press.
Jim ran a small carpet business but was also a keen choral singer and lover of music. He sang with Kingston Choral Society and was a regular attendee of the Proms, and also enjoyed the theatre and walking in the countryside. In later life, Jim was a great peace activist and passionate about UN reforms.
You can find an obituary of Jim here.
Charles Knights - Former Leader
Charles was our leader up until the summer of 2007. We were sorry to see him go but wish him well in his new venture.
Charles studied the violin at the Royal College of Music followed by six years as a member of the Wurzburg Philharmonic. Returning to London in 1984, he has worked with many of the world's leading conductors and orchestras including the Philharmonia and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. He is in demand as an orchestral leader and has led performances for, amongst others, Sir David Willcocks at the Royal Albert Hall.
In recent years Charles has enjoyed working in the field of music education. Since 1992 he has been string coach with the National Children's Orchestra and is regularly invited to direct the London Schools String Ensemble. In 1993 he was appointed Director of Music at St George's College, Weybridge and it was through this local connection that he was invited in 1997 to join the Kingston Chamber Orchestra as leader.
In 2007 Charles moved on to take on some new musical challenges at the Menuhin Foundation in Bermuda.
Please refer to the Commissions page for details of composers who have written for the KCO.
The current committee members are as follows.
|Concert Day Manager||Janet Williams|
|Advertising and Publicity||Pauline Moore|
|Musical Director||Andy Meyers|
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