The Britten–Pears Orchestra gives exceptional young professionals the chance to work closely with leading conductors, soloists and tutors. It makes an important link between conservatoires and the profession by providing high-level performing experience allied to intensive coaching and mentoring from principal players from the world’s greatest orchestras.
In 2017, inspirational conductor Marin Alsop leads the Britten–Pears Orchestra in two programmes based around works both raw and refined. Week 1 sees the vivid colours of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and rhythmic force of Stravinsky’s ground-breaking Rite of Spring fused by a new concerto featuring the “world’s finest and most daring percussionist”, Colin Currie, in a performance at the centre of London’s classical scene, the Royal Festival Hall.
For Week 2, the BPO join with conducting students hand-picked by Marin Alsop in the making of a major new NAXOS film of Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, before twinning it with another symphonic tour de force, Bartók’s virtuosic Concerto for Orchestra, at Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
Supported by British Council
Leverhulme Arts Scholars supported by The Leverhulme Trust
Marin Alsop is an inspiring and powerful voice in the international music scene, a Music Director of vision and distinction who passionately believes that “music has the power to change lives”. She is recognised across the world for her innovative approach to programming and for her deep commitment to education and to the development of audiences of all ages.
As part of her artistic leadership at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop has created bold initiatives that have contributed to the wider community and reached new audiences. In 2008 she launched ‘OrchKids’, which provides music education, instruments, meals and mentorship of the city’s neediest young people.
As well as being Principal Conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop conducts many of the world’s major orchestras. In September 2013, Marin Alsop made history as the first female conductor of the BBC’s Last Night of the Proms in London which she returned to conduct in 2015.
Hailed as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (The Spectator, 2013), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors.
A dynamic and adventurous soloist, Currie’s unrivalled commitment to commissioning and creating new music was recognised in 2015 by the Royal Philharmonic Society who awarded him the Instrumentalist Award. Currie is Artist in Association at London’s Southbank Centre, and is Artist in Residence with Oregon Symphony Orchestra.
Violin I Nandita Bhatia, Courtenay Cleary, Francisco Coser, Magdalena Gacek, Benjamin Hoffman, Lyrit Milgram, Jakub Przybycień, Tom Rowan-Young, Abigail Shiman, Seung-Mi Sun, Alexandra Switala, Roma Tic
Violin II Livio de Angelis, Siobhan Doyle, Kashi Elliott, Elizabeth French, Emily Groom, Phoebe Goddard, Sue Kang, Marta Lucjan, Manja Slak, Sabrina Tabby, Tingwei Tan, Ana do Vale
Viola Candice Amato, Luca Casciato, Nathanael Gubler, Jossalyn Jensen, Jungmin Lim, Kesari Pundarika, Sophia Rees, Matt Ross, Tatiana Trono, Jill Valentine
Cello Mira Abu el Assal, Alvaro Berlanga, Yseult Cooper Stockdale, João Cunha, Seulki Lee, Sofia Ogas, Tadhg Sauvey, Karolin Spegg, Dana de Vries
Bass Sofía Bianchi, Belen Ferrer, Peter Farthing, Jakub Zoń, Jack Maran Hewetson, Ria Nolan
Flute Daniel Shao, Becky Wang, Ruth Harrison, Ami Lodge (week 1)
Piccolo Ami Lodge (week 1), Ruth Harrison
Alto Flute Renate Sokolovska (week 1)
Oboe Camila del Pozo, André Machado, Evan Sanchez, Charlotte Evans (week 1), Myfanwy Price (week 1)
Cor anglais Charlotte Evans (week 1), Myfanwy Price (week 1), Evan Sanchez (week 2)
Clarinet Ran Kampel (week 1), Max Mausen, Charlie Dale-Harris
Eb clarinet Matt Glendening
Bass clarinet Elliott Gresty (week 1), Charlie Dale-Harris
Bassoon Sam Brough, Thomas Morrison (week 1), Catriona McDermid, Traian Sturza
Contrabassoon Angharad Thomas (week 1), Traian Sturza, Catriona McDermid (week 1)
Horn Alexei Watkins, Helena Jacklin (week 1), Frances Leith, Nicholas Mooney (week 1), Sarah Johnson, Elizabeth Tocknell (week 1), Lily Frascina, Alexander Oon (week 1), Arianne Rooney (week 1)
Tenor tuba Alexander Oon (week 1), Arianne Rooney (week 1)
Trumpet Bruno Lourensetto, Imogen Hancock, Tom Freeman-Attwood, Illiam Quane (week 1)
Piccolo trumpet Tetsuya Lawson (week 1)
Bass trumpet Ross Johnson (week 1)
Trombone Pau Romero Andreu, Elliot Pooley
Bass trombone Kyle MacCorquodale
Tuba Ben Pepler, Adam Collins (week 1)
Timpani Daniel Gonzalez Estevez, Won Suk Lee (week 1)
Percussion Stefan Beckett, William Riby, Thomas Lowe, Emmanuel Joste, Elizabeth Brightwell-Gibbons, Changsub Lee (week 2), Luke Taylor (week 2), Patrick Nolan (week 2), Won Suk Lee
Harp Elizabeth Bass, Imogen Ridge
Celeste / Piano Adam Cigman-Mark
Hannah Perowne has led, co-led and performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Caroline Harrison is Co-Principal Viola of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. She has recorded as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Sir Colin Davis and recorded the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with the Orquestra de Cadaques with violinist Ludwig Muller and Sir Neville Marriner. She mentors students on the Royal College of Music’s Post Graduate Orchestra Course.
After four years as Principal Viola in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe Jane Atkins (week 2) joined the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as Principal Viola in 2008. Since her solo debut performing the Walton concerto with Kurt Sanderling and the London Philharmonic, Jane has appeared as a soloist throughout the UK and Europe performing with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the English and Scottish Chamber Orchestras: the Dutch and Danish Radio Orchestras and both the City of London and Northern Sinfonias. Jane teaches at St Mary’s School of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Elena Cheah, American cellist, has been guest principal with the Concertgebouworkest, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Bern, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich and the Bach Collegium Stuttgart. Her recent performances as a soloist have included concerts with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Burgos and the Sinfonietta92 Berlin. She has been a coach and guest professor with the Young Euro Classic Festival, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Orquesta Nacional Juvenil de Guatemala, and Danish Strings; in April 2014 she was appointed Professor of cello at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg.
Tyler Shepherd is Principal Double Bass of the Welsh National Opera and Professor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has been guest Principal with many British orchestras. Prior to his appointment with WNO, Tyler spent two seasons as Principal Bass of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and three summers at the Colorado Music Festival. As a soloist, Tyler performed the Dittersdorf Concerto with Chattanooga SO and Bottesini Concerto No. 2 with the City of Cardiff SO. He has also appeared live on BBC Radio 3 and NPR, and has recorded with BBC Scottish SO, WNO and folk artist CerysMatthews.
Marcel Becker is Bass Section Leader of the the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and a member of the quartet “Klezmer-ish”. He was appointed Sub-Principal Bass of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales 1999 and has been guest principal with nearly every major orchestra in the UK since. Marcel is a regular rectialist at home and on the continent, as well as in Eastern Europe and Asia. He performed the UK premier of Tan Dun’s Double Bass concerto “Wolf Totem” with the RLPO
in February 2015.
Nicholas Daniel’s long and distinguished career began when he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. In recognition of his work as a soloist and ambassador for music, he was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music. He is a founder member and artistic associate of the Britten Sinfonia, and as well as Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival. He has performed concertos under conductors such as Marin Alsop, Jiri Belohlavek, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Oliver Knussen, Sir James MacMillan, Sir Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, and Mark Wigglesworth. He teaches in the UK and in Germany, where is he Professor of Oboe at the Musikhochschule, Trossingen.
Richard Watkins is one of the most sought-after horn players of his generation and is well-known as a concerto soloist and chamber music player. He was Principal Horn of the Philharmonia Orchestra from 1985 until 1996, and is currently a member of the Nash Ensemble and a founding member of London Winds and the Transatlantic Horn Quartet.
Jason Evans was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Philharmonia Orchestra in 2014, making him one of the youngest principal trumpets in the UK. His emerging career has led to him performing with the Hallé Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and SuperBrass as well as playing Guest Principal Trumpet with the Gabrielli Consort, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mark Templeton is Principal Trombone with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and a Professor at the Royal Academy of Music. He was a founder member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Principal Trombone with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra prior to joining the LPO in 2006.
Andy Barclay is the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Principal Percussionist and has been a member of the Orchestra for 21 years. After studying at the Royal College of Music, he embarked on a wide-ranging freelance career with London and regional orchestras, chamber ensembles and contemporary music groups. In 1990 he joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and spent five years there before being appointed to the LPO. He is a Professor of Percussion at the Royal Academy of Music.
Miriam Keogh has toured North and South America, Japan and all of Europe with the Philharmonia, London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia to name but a few, and has 20 years experience as a full-time freelance harpist. She is much in demand as a specialist Celtic harpist for the film industry. Recent soundtracks have been The Shipping News and The Gospel according to St John. In March 2001 Miriam was awarded an ARAM from the Royal Academy of Music for achieving distinction in the profession and in September 2002 was appointed to the Royal Academy of Music to create and develop the Junior Harp Department.