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.
“The importance of the Britten-Pears legacy is nowhere more evident than in Aldeburgh’s young artists’ programme and in this orchestra, whose makeup is international. Against today’s madness, they embodied vibrancy and hope.” Rian Evans, The Guardian
“There was though no doubting the talent and commitment of the playing” Colin Anderson, Classical Source
Week 1: 2–8 April 2017
This week’s programme fused the vivid colours of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé and rhythmic force of Stravinsky’s ground-breaking Rite of Spring, with a new concerto by Mark-Anthony Turnage featuring the “world’s finest and most daring percussionist”, Colin Currie. The week led to two concerts, the BPO’s first appearance at the Royal Festival Hall and of course at Snape Maltings.
Maurice Ravel Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No.2
Mark-Anthony Turnage Martland Memorial for percussion and orchestra (world premiere)
Igor Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Week 2: 9–17 April 2017
The BPO joined 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. There were two concerts at Snape Maltings Concert Hall as part of the Easter Weekend programme – one on Saturday night and one for families narrated by Tom Redmond.
Anna Clyne Masquerade
John Adams Lola Montez Does the Spider Dance (European premiere)
Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra
Violin I Benjamin Hoffman, Courtenay Cleary, Alexandra Switala, Seung-Mi Sun, Lyrit Milgram, Jakub Przybycień, Francisco Coser, Magdalena Gacek, James Wicks, Monika Chmielewska, Tom Rowan-Young, Abigail Shiman, Nandita Bhatia
Violin II Siobhan Doyle, Emily Groom, Elizabeth French, Sabrina Tabby, Ana do Vale, Kashi Elliott, Sue Kang, Tingwei Tan, Phoebe Goddard, Manja Slak, Marta Lucjan, Livio de Angelis
Viola Jill Valentine, Jungmin Lim, Candice Amato, Jossalyn Jensen, Kesari Pundarika, Sophia Rees, Nathanael Gubler, Tatiana Trono, Luca Casciato, Matt Ross
Cello Dana de Vries, Mira Abu el Assal, Karolin Spegg, Sofia Ogas, Yseult Cooper Stockdale, Seulki Lee, João Cunha, Alvaro Berlanga, Tadhg Sauvey
Bass Jack Maran Hewetson, Jakub Zoń, Sofía Bianchi, Ria Nolan, Belen Ferrer, Peter Farthing
Flute Daniel Shao, Becky Wang, Ruth Harrison, Ami Lodge *
Piccolo Ami Lodge *, Ruth Harrison
Alto Flute Renate Sokolovska *
Oboe Camila del Pozo, André Machado, Evan Sanchez, Charlotte Evans *, Myfanwy Price *
Cor anglais Charlotte Evans *, Myfanwy Price *, Evan Sanchez
Clarinet Ran Kampel *, Max Mausen, Charlie Dale-Harris
Eb clarinet Matt Glendening
Bass clarinet Elliott Gresty *, Charlie Dale-Harris
Bassoon Sam Brough, Thomas Morrison *, Catriona McDermid, Traian Sturza
Contrabassoon Angharad Thomas *, Traian Sturza, Catriona McDermid *
Horn Alexei Watkins, Helena Jacklin *, Frances Leith, Nicholas Mooney *, Sarah Johnson, Elizabeth Tocknell, Lily Frascina, Alexander Oon *, Arianne Rooney *
Tenor tuba Alexander Oon *, Arianne Rooney *
Trumpet Bruno Lourensetto, Imogen Hancock, Tom Freeman-Attwood, Illiam Quane *
Piccolo trumpet Tetsuya Lawson *
Bass trumpet Ross Johnson *
Trombone Pau Romero Andreu, Elliot Pooley
Bass trombone Kyle MacCorquodale
Tuba Ben Pepler, Adam Collins *
Timpani Daniel Gonzalez Estevez, Won Suk Lee *
Percussion Stefan Beckett, William Riby, Thomas Lowe, Emmanuel Joste, Elizabeth Brightwell-Gibbons, Changsub Lee *, Luke Taylor *, Patrick Nolan *, Won Suk Lee
Harp Elizabeth Bass, Imogen Ridge
Celeste / Piano Adam Cigman-Mark
* Week 1 players
Supported by British Council
Leverhulme Arts Scholars supported by The Leverhulme Trust
Hannah Perowne held the position of Co-Leader at the Komische Oper Berlin between 2009 and 2016. She has lead, co-lead 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. She was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2016.
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 COE, the BBC SO, 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. 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.
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 distinguished career began when he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. He is a founder member and artistic associate of the Britten Sinfonia, as well as Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival. He has performed concertos under conductors such as Marin Alsop, Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Oliver Knussen, Sir James MacMillan, Sir Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, and Mark Wigglesworth. In recognition of his work as a soloist and ambassador for music, he has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Medal for Music. 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.