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Worthing Symphony Orchestra is delighted to have a long history of working with many of the world’s leading soloists. Alfredo Campoli was a regular visitor whilst today’s audiences have enjoyed performances by artists such as Julian Lloyd Webber, Tasmin Little, Rustem Hayroudinoff and the Turkish pianist Idil Biret. BBC Young Musicians both past and present feature heavily including the last four winners – Laura van der Heijden, Lara Melda, Martin James Bartlett and Sheku Kanneh Mason – and such established artists as Nicola Benedetti, Tasmin Little, Emma Johnson, Nicholas Daniel and actress Vanessa Redgrave.

ARTA ARNICANE & WSO

"Fantastical Images"

15th May 2016

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Family Favourites"

6th January 2013

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Arta Arnicane

The young Latvian pianist Arta Arnicane was born into a musical family and has studied piano at specialized music institutions in Moscow, Riga, Glasgow and Zurich, where she is currently living. During her studies she has embarked on a busy international career both as soloist and chamber musician, performed worldwide and won prizes at prestigious international music competitions, including the top Prize at the Prague Spring International Music Competition 2011.

During the 2011/2012 season, Arta played over fifty concerts and appeared at some of the world’s best known concert halls such as Megaron, Thessaloniki and Tonhalle, Zurich. She was also a guest at important festivals in Czech Republic (“Prague Spring”) and Spain (“Festival de Música de Cámara Fundación MonteLeón”) and performed with orchestras under the direction of John Gibbons, Emil Tabacov, Jan Talich and Martin Lebel.

Arta’s concert engagements for 2012/2013 season include three tours to Great Britain, several performances in Czech Republic and the USA.

CHARLOTTE BARBOUR-CONDINI & WSO

"Youth Prom"

10th February 2013

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Charlotte Barbour-Condini

Charlotte from Stoke Newington in North London, made history by being the first recorder player to win the BBC Young Musician Woodwind Final, and reach the Final of BBC Young Musician 2012 which took place at the Sage Gateshead in Newcastle on 13th May 2012 – her 16th birthday. She performed the Vivaldi Concerto in C minor with David Gordon on harpsichord and a reduced chamber ensemble of players from the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits.

www.charlottebarbourcondini.com

NICOLA BENEDETTI & WSO

"Nicola Benedetti"

10th July 2017

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Nicola Benedetti"

12th January 2017

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Nicola Benedetti"

15th January 2016

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Brahms and Benedetti"

7th June 2015

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Nicola Benedetti"

25th May 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"The Silver Violin Tour"

15th September 2013

Brighton, The Dome


"Elgar, Bruch & Dvorak"

2nd September 2012

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Nicola Benedetti

Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today.

With concerto performances at the heart of her career, Nicola is in much demand with major orchestras and conductors across the globe. Conductors with whom Nicola has worked include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jiří Bělohlávek, Stéphane Denève, Christoph Eschenbach, James Gaffigan, Hans Graf, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Jakub Hrůša, Kirill Karabits, Andrew Litton, Kristjan Järvi, Vladimir Jurowski, Cristian Măcelaru, Zubin Mehta, Andrea Marcon, Peter Oundjian, Vasily Petrenko, Donald Runnicles, Thomas Søndergård, Krzysztof Urbanski, Juraj Valcua, Edo de Waart, Pinchas Zukerman and Jaap van Zweden.

Nicola enjoys working with the highest level of orchestras including collaborations with the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Camerata Salzburg, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festiv

www.nicolabenedetti.co.uk

IDIL BIRET & WSO

"Continental Romance"

1st October 2017

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Ode to Spring"

6th March 2016

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Celebrity piano recital by Idil Biret"

16th April 2015

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Romantic Favourites"

22nd September 2013

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Idil Biret

Idil Biret was born in Ankara. She started to play the piano at the age of three and later studied at the Paris Conservatoire under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger, graduating at the age of fifteen with three first prizes. She was a pupil of Alfred Cortot and a lifelong disciple of Wilhelm Kempff with whom she gave a concert at the Theatre Champs-Elysees in Paris in 1953 at the age of eleven, performing Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos.
She embarked on her career as a soloist at the age of seventeen appearing with major orchestras in the principal music centres of the world like, Boston Symphony, Leningrad Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Orchestre National de France, London Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic in collaboration with conductors of greatest distinction such as Erich Leinsdorf, Pierre Monteux, Hermann Scherchen, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Kazimierz Kord, Antoni Wit. Her first major concert was in Brussels in 1959 with Orchestre National de Belgique, which was attended by Queen Elisabeth of Belgium who had met her as a child in Paris at Nadia Boulanger’s home.
Her more than one hundred records since the 1960s include the first recordings of Liszt’s transcriptions of the nine symphonies of Beethoven for EMI which she recorded at the Church of Chamon Gistoux in Belgium in 1986,Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique for Atlantic/Finnadar and for Naxos the complete piano works of Brahms, Chopin, Rachmaninov, the three Sonatas of Boulez, the Etudes of Ligeti and the Firebird piano transcription by Stravinsky, with a Marco Polo disc of the piano compositions and transcriptions of her mentor Wilhelm Kempff. Her Boulez recording the Golden Diapason of the year award in France in 1995 and the complete Chopin recordings have received a Grand Prix du Disque Frédéric Chopin award in Poland the same year.

www.idilbiret.eu

JULIAN BLISS & WSO

"Malcolm Arnold Gala Concert"

20th October 2013

Derngate, Northampton


Julian Bliss

Firmly established on the international concert scene Julian Bliss has already appeared as soloist with the London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, BBC Philharmonic,BBC National Orchestra of Wales, NHK Symphony, Munich Chamber, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony and the Bergen Philharmonic.

This season saw the launch of ‘Julian Bliss and the King of Swing – the Benny Goodman Legacy’; a project focusing on the musical life and times of the legendary clarinetist Benny Goodman. Julian formed his group of seven musicians at the beginning of the year and has already taken the project to festivals in the UK and Europe including the Concertgebouw and the Newbury and Ryedale Festivals.

Julian has appeared on International television on numerous occasions; at the Queen’s 80th Birthday at the BBC Proms in front of a live audience and a television audience around the world in forty countries, in a three-part documentary about his life for Channel 4 entitled ‘Gifted’, and he was among the distinguished artists invited to perform at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Celebrations at Buckingham Palace on 1 June 2002.

BORIS BROVTSYN & WSO

"Turkish Delight"

17th April 2016

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Youth Prom"

10th February 2013

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Boris Brovtsyn

Winner of the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition, Boris Brovtzyn appeared among others with Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre BBC Philharmonic, English Classical Players, CBSO Birmingham, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Berner Symphonieorchester, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Warsaw Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Utah Symphony Orchestra. He has performed at Verbier Festival, Lugano Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Ryedale Festival, Genius of the Violin Festival, Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival and in the “George Enescu” Festival among others.

As a soloist, Boris has worked with Sir Neville Marriner, Yuri Bashmet, Gerd Albrecht, Marek Janowski, Neeme Järvi, Louis Langrée, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Gilbert Varga, Antoni Wit, Alexander Lazarev, Vassily Sinaisky, Vladimir Fedoseev, Alain Lombard and Arvo Volmer to name but a few. He plays regularly in chamber music concerts with such colleagues as Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov, Amihai Grosz, Boris Andrianov, Anastasia Voltchok, Denis Matsuev and Alexei Ogrintchouk.

KAMILA BYDLOWSKA & WSO

"Viennese Celebration"

3rd January 2016

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Kamila Bydlowska

Polish violinist Kamila Bydlowska graduated from the Royal College of Music with an Artist Diploma in Performance where she was under the tutelage of Ani Schnarch, supported by Jacqueline Ward Award. She previously studied at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, USA with Mauricio Fuks and Kevork Mardirossian, where she was awarded a full scholarship.

Her solo and a chamber performances include : the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly, the National Gallery, St Martin-in-the Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Center, Victoria & Albert Museum in London , National Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, Grand Hall of the Tbilisi State Conservatory. As a soloist she has appeared with the Angel Orchestra, Chamber Academy Orchestra, Croydon Symphony Orchestra , Ealing Symphony Orchestra , Guilford Symphony Orchestra, North London Sinfonia, Worthing Symphony Orchestra and, most recently, the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Northampton Symphony Orchestra.

She performed at Tengiz Amirejibi International Music Festival in Tbilisi (Georgia), iPalpiti Festival of International Laureats in Los Angeles, Bowdoin International Music Festival
(USA), Orford Music Festival (Canada). A winner of multiple awards, she is the recipient of the Ministry of Culture of Poland scholarship and Artistic Excellence Award from Indiana University. As a soloist she performed in Austria,Canada, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Israel,Poland, Sicily, Slovenia, UK, USA.

UNA CARLIN & WSO

"Elixir of Love"

25th September 2013

Connaught Theatre, Worthing


Una Carlin

Derry-born soprano, Una Carlin, recently left her full-time position with English National Opera to pursue her freelance career again.

HELENA DIX & WSO

"Songs of the Sea"

14th September 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Helena Dix

Recently described by critics as ‘The most exciting voice since Joan Sutherland’ with ‘8 stars out of 5’ for her performance of Elizabeth in Roberto Devereux, Australian born Helena Dix has secured her name on the operatic stages all around the world.

Helena has had a great deal of success in competitions, most notably representing Australia in the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. Helena was also runner up in the prestigious Herald Sun Aria and a finalist in the McDonalds Aria held at the Sydney Opera House. She made her USA debut as a finalist in the Seattle International Wagner Opera competition to great critical review.
Helena’s operatic repertoire includes: The title role in Cristina Regina di Svezia for Wexford Festival Opera, Oldenburg Staatstheatre and Chelsea Opera group, Elettra in Idomeneo and Odabella in Attila for Nurember Staatsopera and Lubeck opera, Gioconda in La Gioconda for Vallodiad, Flowermaiden Parsifal for English National Opera, Elvira (cover) in Ernani for The Metropolitan Opera, Isabella in Das Liebesverbot for Chelsea Opera, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus and Hanna Glawari The Merry Widow for Scottish Opera where she has also covered Frasquita in Carmen and Karolina in The Two Widows. Also, Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro and Nella Gianni Schicchi for The Opera Project, Li-Li Greed for the Glyndebourne Young Artist Project and Musetta in La Boheme for Opera Novella. She has also covered the title role Ariadne auf Naxos for Garsington Opera.

Her concert engagements include: Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle Mozart Coronation Mass in C, Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Oratorio de Noel by Rheinberger, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Brahms Requiem, Richard Strauss Four Last Songs, Mahler Rückert Lieder, Mendelssohn Elijah, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Mozart Exsultate Jubilate, Faure Requiem, Britten War Requiem, Chausson Poème de l’amour et de la mer , Orff Carmina Burana, Haydn’s Creation and Verdi Requiem for which she is always in demand.

Helena has performed in many of the UK’s leading venues, including The Royal Albert Hall, The Barbican, Cadogan Hall,Westminster Abbey, St. James Piccadilly, St John’s Smith Square, Dorchester Abbey, St.Paul’s, Ripon, Guildford and Gloucester Cathedrals. Her credits with orchestras include the RPO and she has sung under the baton of conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Simone Young, Anthony Negus and Mark Wigglesworth.

Helena is a regular favourite at The Metropolitan Opera where she has covered the roles of Elvira in Ernani (James Levine), Elizabeth in Roberto Devereux (Maurizio Benini), Elettra in Idomeneo (James Levine) and Norma – Title role (Carlo Rizzi).

RABIGA DYUSSEMBAYEVA & WSO

"Romantic Valentines"

15th February 2015

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Rabiga Dyussembayeva

Rabiga won second prize at the Second Sussex International Piano Competition playing Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. She returned to Worthing to play William Alwyn’s Second Piano Concerto and is now Principal piano teacher at the Kazakh National Conservatory

LEONARD ELSCHENBROICH & WSO

"Valentine's Day"

14th February 2016

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Nicola Benedetti"

25th May 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"The Silver Violin Tour"

15th September 2013

Brighton, The Dome


"Remembrance Day - The Battle of the Somme"

11th November 2012

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Leonard Elschenbroich

Leonard Elschenbroich received the Leonard Bernstein award at the opening concert of the 2009 Schleswig- Holstein Festival, following his performance of the Brahms Double with Anne-Sophie Mutter under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach. Since then, he has excited interest as one the most charismatic cellists of his generation.

He has received invitations from a number of eminent conductors, including Dmitri Kitajenko, Valery Gergiev, Semyon Bychkov, Manfred Honeck and Christoph Eschenbach. Leonard was chosen as a BBC New Generation Artist in 2012, a prestigious award offering performances and recordings with all the BBC orchestras, recitals at Wigmore Hall and The Sage, Gateshead, and the BBC Proms, with all performances broadcast on the BBC.

As a soloist he has performed with the London Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchestera Berlin, Swedish Radio Symphony, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He made his debut at the Musikverien in Vienna with the Dresden Staatskapelle and Christoph Eschenbach on their 2011 European tour.

In the autumn of 2012 he toured China with concerts in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin, and Beijing. He then returned to Japan, giving his debut with the Japan Philharmonic conducted by Alexander Lazarev, as well as recitals in Fukushima and Tokyo.

Leonard Elschenbroich has given recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Auditorium du Louvre, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Lucerne Festival, the Gstaad Festival, the Istanbul International Festival, the Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and Schleswig-Holstein Festival, where he performed the complete Beethoven sonatas with Christoph Eschenbach. On tour in South America, he has performed with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic at the Teatro Colon and gave recitals in Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Lima and Sao Paulo.

As a member of two piano trios, the Sitkovetsky Trio, and with Nicola Benedetti and Alexei Grynyuk, he played in the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Bath Festival, many times at the Wigmore Hall, and at the BBC Proms and the Hong Kong International Festival. As a chamber musician he has appeared several times at the Verbier Festival, and with Gidon Kremer at the Kronberg and the Lockenhaus Festival.

Leonard Elschenbroich’s many awards include: the Leonard Bernstein Award, Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Eugene Istomin Prize, Pro Europa prize, Landgraf von Hessen price of the Kronberg Academy, Nordmetall Prize of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Firmenich Prize of the Verbier Festival. From 2004-2008 he was supported by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, performing with her on a number of occasions, including a European tour.

He plays a cello made by Matteo Goffriller “Leonard Rose” (Venice, 1693), on private loan.

www.leonard-elschenbroich.com

JESS GILLAM & WSO

"RAF Centenary Concert"

8th April 2018

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"90th Anniversary Finale"

7th May 2017

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Malcolm Arnold Festival Gala Concert"

18th October 2015

Derngate, Northampton


"Gastronomique Gourmets"

11th October 2015

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Autumn Delight"

12th October 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Jess Gillam

In 2016, at the age of 17, Jess made history as the first saxophonist to win the Woodwind Final of BBC Young Musician of the Year. She then reached the Grand Final at London’s Barbican Hall, and performed Michael Nyman’s Where the Bee dances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth to widespread critical acclaim.
In summer 2017, Jess made her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall, where she performed as a soloist with both the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jessica Cottis and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart.
Concerto highlights include appearances with Southbank Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and a showcase performance with the Manchester Camerata as well as a concert with Sinfonia Cymru and Gábor Takács-Nagy. She frequently gives recitals throughout the UK. Last year, Jess gave the premiere of a piece written for her by Jeremy Holland-Smith on BBC Four’s Choir of the Year, and has made a guest appearance with Jools Holland and his R&B Orchestra.
Jess studies with Rob Buckland at the Royal Northern College of Music with an ABRSM Scholarship, and is mentored by John Harle. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 (Woman’s Hour), BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Cumbria, who have made a
programme about her. In 2015, Jess was awarded Musician of the Year at the Cumbria Culture Awards.
Jess has been featured as a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine as well as being a James Naughtie interviewee. She is a Vandoren UK Artist, and became the youngest ever endorsee for Yanagisawa Saxophones aged 13. Jess is a patron for Awards for Young Musicians and romotes her own series of concerts, bringing international talent to her hometown of Ulverston.
Jess is very grateful for the support she has received from the Young Classical Artists Trust.
She is signed to HarrisonParrott and Polyarts for worldwide Management

ANNA GORBACHYOVA & WSO

"Remembrance Sunday"

10th November 2013

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Anna Gorbachyova

Anna Gorbachyova was born in the Siberian town Shushenskoye in 1985.

Anna’s operatic experience includes the following roles: Musetta in Puccini’s “La Bohème” in the Hungarian State Opera in December 2010, Zhou in the world premiere of “Kommilitonen!” by Peter Maxwell Davies at the Royal Academy Opera in March 2011, the title role in “La Calisto” by Cavalli at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in August 2011, the role of Nymphe in the world premiere of the opera “Gogol” by L. Auerbach in Theatre an der Wien in November 2011, the Queen of the Night in «Die Zauberflöte» by Mozart at the Royal Academy Opera in March 2012, the title role in “Le Rossignol” by Stravinsky at the Lyon Opera House in April 2012.

Anna has won numerous awards including the First Prize and the Audience Prize at the First International Singing Competition for Baroque Opera Pietro Antonio Cesti in Innsbruck, Austria (August, 2010); the First Prize at the 42nd International Antonín Dvořák Vocal Competition in Czech Republic (November, 2007).

Anna performed Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky at the 9th International Chamber Music Festival in Nuremberg in September 2010 as well as arias by Rameau at the Russian — French Festival “Four Centuries of French Music” conducted by Christophe Rousset in Kremlin, Moscow in October 2010. In May 2011 she performed “Stabat Mater” by Boccherini for soprano solo in Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona with The Kammerorchester Berlin.

Anna also enjoys the genre of oratorio and has performed “Ein Deutches Requiem” by Brahms, numerous cantatas by Bach, Mass “Maria Theresa” by Haydn and“Petite Messe Solennelle” by Rossini. Her most recent performance of Vaughan Williams’s “A Sea Symphony” took place in the new concert hall in Worms whilst she recently made her Royal Philharmonic Orchestra debut in St Albans Abbey with conductor John Gibbons.

ALEXEI GRYNYUK & WSO

"Nicola Benedetti"

25th May 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"The Silver Violin Tour"

15th September 2013

Brighton, The Dome


Alexei Grynyuk

Kiev-born pianist Alexei Grynyuk displayed tremendous interest in music from his early childhood and at just six years old started giving his first concerts.

He attracted wide attention at the age of thirteen when he won the first prize at the Sergei Diaghilev All-Soviet-Union piano competition in Moscow.
By then he had already been touring Eastern Europe as a soloist as well as performing Mozart and Chopin piano concertos with Ukrainian orchestras.
Later he went on to achieve numerous awards at international piano competitions including first prizes at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev and the Shanghai International Piano Competition in China.
Equally at home in Classical, Romantic and Twentieth-Century repertoire Alexei Grynyuk has been invited to give solo recitals at many prestigious venues and festivals around the world, among them the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire, Wigmore Hall and the South Bank Centre in London, the Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris as well as many international festivals.

He has also broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Hessicher Rundfunk, Bayerischer Rundfunk, KRO4 Hilversum, and Radio France and appeared on Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Chinese and Russian television channels.

Alexei’s musical development was shaped by his studies at the Kiev Conservatoire under Natalia Gridneva and Valery Kozlov.
He also won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied with Hamish Milne.
His career has been generously supported by Alexis Gregory foundation which led him to perform recitals at the renowned piano series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Chateau Vaux Vicomte in France.

www.grynyuk.com

ANTHONY HEWITT & WSO

"Autumn Delight"

12th October 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"The Elegance of the Baroque"

9th March 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Anthony Hewitt

Anthony Hewitt has won prizes at International Piano Competitions – including top prize at the William Kapell in Washington D.C. – and his communicative performances have won him critical acclaim worldwide as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. Career highlights include engagements with the National Symphony and Princeton Symphony Orchestras in the USA, and the English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Northern Sinfonia in the UK.

Anthony’s discography includes ‘Protégé’ (Divine Art Records) – the first coupling on CD of the Liszt and Reubke Sonatas – which was praised in International Record Review as “magisterial”, and received a Gramophone recommendation. He has recorded for Naxos with violist Sarah-Jane Bradley, and The Gramophone described the duo’s recent performance on a disc of music by British composer Peter Fribbins as ‘superb’. Other recordings include a live recording from the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with violinist Tamaki Kawakubo on Japanese label Avex, as well as the pending release with Dimension Trio on the Champs Hill label.

An avid chamber musician, he is a member of Dimension Trio – winner of the prestigious Parkhouse award – who have received invitations to festivals and orchestras in the UK and abroad, including the Brighton Philharmonic. He performs regularly with distinguished artists such as clarinettist Emma Johnson, cellist Thomas Carroll, violist Sarah-Jane Bradley, and has a two piano duo with Martin Roscoe, with whom he recently shared a cycle of complete Beethoven Pianos Sonatas. Other partnerships include with violinist Chloe Hanslip, cellist Natalie Clein, and Japanese violinist Narimichi Kawabata with who he also has toured major concerts halls in Japan and the Far East.

Recent highlights include sold-out concerts at the Royal Festival Hall in London, a solo Coffee Concert at Wigmore Hall, and his debut at the National Concert Hall in Dublin with the RTE Concert Orchestra. Notable festivals include Swaledale and Newbury, and concerto appearances with the English Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and the London-based Orpheus Sinfonia.

Anthony’s most unusual feat in 2012 was in the guise of the ‘Olympianist’ which saw him cycling 1200 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats followed by a concert at the end of each day. He performed over thirty engagements and raised £13,000 for charity. Anthony’s special-edition CD ‘Piano Odyssey’ was broadcast several times on Classic FM, and he also appeared twice on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In-Tune’.

www.anthonyhewitt.co.uk

RICHARD HILLS & WSO

"Richard Hills"

2nd April 2017

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Classic British Film Scores"

6th April 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Richard Hills

Richard Hills is one of the very few musicians truly to have bridged and mastered the divide between the world of the classical organ and that of the theatre organ. Having commenced classical organ studies under William Whitehead at Rochester Cathedral, he became Organ Scholar at Exeter College Oxford, studying with David Sanger. Further organ scholarships followed at Portsmouth Cathedral, where he studied with Rosemary Field and at Westminster Abbey.

He now pursues a freelance career and is Organist at St Mary’s, Bourne Street, London. His·career in the theatre organ world has been equally prestigious. He has numerous·prizes and awards to his credit, both in this country and in the USA, where he was named by ‘Organist of the Year’ in 2010 by the American Theatre Organ Society.

He has appeared many times on national and international TV and Radio, including solo appearances on programmes as diverse as Radio 3 Choral Evensong and Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’, and has several recording credits. His most recent solo recording was made on the magnificent dual-purpose Compton organ of Southampton’s Guildhall.
Richard recently performed his own ‘Light Organ Promenade Concert’ (Prom No. 58) for the recent BBC promenade season at the Royal Albert Hall. Richard is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

When not on the bench Richard serves as Musical Advisor to the Cinema Organ Society and maintains a practical interest in organ building.

JOHN INVERDALE & WSO

"Family Favourites"

6th January 2013

Assembly Hall, Worthing


John Inverdale

John Inverdale is an English radio and television broadcaster who works for the BBC and ITV.

During his radio career, he has presented coverage of many major sporting events including the Olympic Games, Wimbledon, The Grand National and the FIFA World Cup.

He is the main television presenter of Today at Wimbledon and has hosted television coverage of sports programmes including Rugby Special and Grandstand. He also presented ITV’s coverage of the 2012 and 2013 French Open tennis tournaments.

MARTIN JAMES BARTLETT & WSO

"Malcolm Arnold Festival Gala Concert"

18th October 2015

Derngate, Northampton


"Gastronomique Gourmets"

11th October 2015

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Viennese New Year Celebrations"

4th January 2015

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Martin James Bartlett

In May 2014, at the age of 17, Martin James Bartlett was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician. His winning performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with conductor Kirill Karabits and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,received overwhelming acclaim from Edinburgh’s Usher Hall audience and from those tuning into the live recording broadcast on BBC4 and BBC Radio 3.

Martin began his piano studies with Emily Jeffrey at the Royal College of Music Junior Department when he was 8 years of age, and then at the Purcell School also some 5 years later. This autumn, he commenced his undergraduate studies with Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music, notably as a coveted Foundation Scholar. Martin also previously studied the bassoon and the recorder, achieving Grade 8 Distinction on all three instruments by the age of 12.

Throughout these formative years, Martin enjoyed considerable success in numerous competitions and festivals. During his time at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, Martin won the Gordon Turner Competition, the Teresa Carreño Competition, the Angela Bull Competition and the Peter Morrison Concerto Prize. He was several years running a top prize winner also in the Jaques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival. In 2012, Martin was granted a Tsukanov Scholarship, which generously supported his final years of study at the RCMJD. During his time at the Purcell School, Martin won the Middle School Concerto Competition, the Freddy Morgan Competition, the Wigmore Competition (both solo and chamber) and the Senior School Concerto Competition. At the end of his studies at both RCMJD and Purcell, Martin was honoured to be awarded the prestigious Leaver’s Prize for Outstanding Musical Contribution, the Esther Coleman Prize and the Rosemary Rapaport Prize.

Following his success in such competitions, Martin has given solo recital performances in the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Bolivar Hall and Novi Sad Town Hall, as well as the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Steinway Hall and Moscow’s Multi-Media Arts Hall. He has also participated in masterclasses with Lang Lang, Stephen Kovacevich, Mikhail Petukhov, Kathryn Stott, Aaron Shorr and Alberto Portugheis. In addition, Martin has organised and performed in numerous charity concerts too, to date raising over thirty thousand pounds for a wide range of deserving causes. In 2014, Martin made his debut at the BBC Proms, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Ulster Orchestra at the “Last Night” celebrations, which were broadcast live from Belfast on the internet as well as BBC Radio Ulster. He also performed with the BSO in Bournemouth Pavilion as soloist in the opening concert of their 2014/15 Season.

Most recently, Martin was one of 27 international artists, including Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Nicola Benedetti and Alison Balsom, to be chosen by the BBC to record a cover of the Beach Boys classic ‘God only Knows‘. The song was first aired on the 8th October on all BBC TV and Radio channels and later was released as the BBC Children in Need single with the first ever collaboration between Warner, Sony and Universal music.

Highlights last season included Martin’s BBC Proms debut performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eric Whitacre. He performed Rachmaninov with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and opened the Cheltenham Festival with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Upcoming concerto appearances include touring with the European Union Chamber Orchestra, and performing with Lara Melda and Aurora Orchestra at Kings Place as part of their complete Mozart piano concerto cycle.

As part of the Chinese State visit last year, Martin performed a private concert for the First Lady of China, Peng Liyuan and other dignitaries. He also recently performed at Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday thanksgiving service, which was broadcast live on BBC One from St. Paul’s Cathedral.

www.martinjamesbartlett.com

EMMA JOHNSON & WSO

"Festival of Chichester"

11th July 2014

Chichester Cathedral


"Emma Johnson"

13th October 2013

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson was born in Barnet, Hertfordshire. She attended Newstead Wood School for Girls, Orpington and Sevenoaks School, learning the clarinet with John Brightwell. She joined the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain at the age of 15.

In 1984, she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year title, performing Crusell’s Second Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Bryden Thomson. She went on to represent Britain at the European Young Musician Competition where she was awarded the Bronze Award.

She made her London debut at the Barbican Hall, playing the Mozart Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra on 10 February 1985. She chose not to go to music college, but went to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where she studied English, then Music. While there, she had clarinet lessons with Sidney Fell and Jack Brymer.

During this period, she combined her studies with a burgeoning professional career, appearing regularly in concerts in Britain and abroad. By the time she was in her third year at university she had performed at all the principal concert halls in Britain and with most of the professional orchestras.She had also made many television appearances[and signed an exclusive recording contract with ASV Records, for whom she went on to record more than a dozen best-selling discs.

The soundtrack to the BBC television series The Victorian Kitchen Garden, a suite made up of five short movements for clarinet and harp, was dedicated to Emma by the composer, Paul Reade.

NATASHA JOUHL & WSO

"Viennese New Year Celebration"

2nd January 2017

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Natasha Jouhl

London-born soprano Natasha Jouhl studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she won the prestigious Gold Medal, and at the National Opera Studio.

The recipient of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera John Christie Award, and Glyndebourne on Tour Promise Award, Natasha has forged a close relationship with company having performed many roles in recent seasons including the title role in Rusalka and First Wood Nymph, Donna Anna Don Giovanni, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, Musetta La bohème, Micaëla Carmen, and has covered Cleopatra Giulio Cesare, Mélisande Pelléas et Mélisande, Alice Ford Falstaff, and the title roles in Rusalka and Rodelinda (GFO/GOT). Further roles in the UK include Elisetta The Secret Marriage, Ilia Idomeneo, First Wood Nymph Rusalka, and Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte (Opera North), Donna Anna Don Giovanni and Tamiri Il Re Pastore (Garsington Opera), Erste Dame Die Zauberflöte (Opera Holland Park), Emma Khovanshchina (WNO), the title role in Alcina (English Touring Opera), Donna Anna in Graham Vick’s production of Don Giovanni (Birmingham Opera Company), and Micaëla Carmen at the Royal Albert Hall (Raymond Gubbay Ltd).

Further afield she has performed Kumadha in John Adam’s The Flowering Tree for Chicago Opera Theater, Micaëla Carmen for Royal Danish Opera, Donna Anna Don Giovanni at the Birgitta Festival, Tallinn, Rosalinde Die Fledermaus for Wexford Festival Opera, Bernadette in the world première of Andrew Schultz’s Going into Shadows in Brisbane, Australia, Angelica Orlando and Romilda Xerxes for Opera Theatre Company, Dublin, and Nella in Gianni Schicchi for the William Walton Foundation in Ischia. Other roles include Tatyana Eugene Onegin, Lia in Debussy’s L’enfant Prodigue, and the title role in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snowmaiden.

On the concert platform recent oratorio highlights have included Bach’s B Minor Mass and Haydn’s Creation at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, the St. Matthew Passion in Chelmsford Cathedral, Handel’s Samson, Acis and Galatea and Messiah at Arundel Cathedral, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast with the Ulster Orchestra, Carmina Burana with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pergolesi’s Missa Romana with the Orchestre National de Lyon, both Fauré and Dvorak Requiem at Cadogan Hall, and Il tempo del postino at the Manchester International Festival.

SHEKU KANNEH-MASON & WSO

"Sheku Kanneh-Mason"

4th March 2018

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the 2016 BBC Young Musician, a title he won with a stunning performance of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto at London’s Barbican Hall with the BBC Symphony orchestra. In April 2017, Sheku returned to the hall for another performance of the concerto, this time with the National Youth Orchestra and Carlos Miguel Prieto after which the Guardian wrote that “technically superb and eloquent in his expressivity, he held the capacity audience spellbound with an interpretation of exceptional authority” and the Telegraph acknowledged “what a remarkable musician he already is, bringing other- worldly tone to the haunting slow movement and displaying mature musicianship in his handling of the extended cadenza”

Only eighteen years old, Sheku’s international career is developing very quickly with engagements in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons including the CBSO, the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Newbury Spring Festival, a return to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (his debut at the Concertgebouw), Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (Sheku’s concerto debut in North America), Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Seattle and Atlanta symphonies. He will also return to the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform the Elgar Concerto in his hometown of Nottingham and make his debut at the Vienna Konzerthaus with the Japan Philharmonic.

DINARA KLINTON & WSO

"Music for Halloween"

23rd October 2016

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Dinara Klinton

Dinara Klinton was born in Ukraine and studied at he Moscow Central Music School, where she studied with Valery Pyasetsky, and then at the Moscow State Conservatory with Eliso Virsaladze. In London she studied at the Royal College of Music with Dina Parakhina.
Dinara has won many awards in prestigious international competitions, including Third prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition in USA (2016), Second prize at the third Sussex International Piano Competition, Third prize at the BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2014), Second Prize at the 9th International Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland (2013), Second Prize at the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy (2007), Grand Prix at the Berne Interlaken Classics International Piano Competition (2010), Grand-Prix at the Vladimir Krainev International Competition for Young Pianists (2006), First Prize at the International Seiler Piano Competition (2003) and Second Prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians (2004.
She made her debut recording at the age of sixteen, with Delos Records: an album of music by Chopin and Liszt. Her second album Liszt: Études d’exécution transcendante, was released in 2016 with GENUIN Classics, to great critical acclaim. Her latest Recording is part of the renown The Fryderyc Chopin recording series: “Chopin. Complete Works on contemporary instruments”

DAVE LEE & WSO

"New Year Celebration"

5th January 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Dave Lee

Dave’s first orchestral experience came playing for Sir John Barbirolli and the Halle Orchestra whilst still at school in the late sixties. He then went on to perform as principal/co-principal horn with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestram the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestram the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden.

He has played principal horn for all the world’s principal conductors, including Sir John Barbarolli, Sir Adrian Boult, Rudolf Kempe, Sir Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink and Guilini.

Chamber music is also important to Dave and he has performed to critical acclaim at the Wigmore Hall (Brahms Horn Trio) and the Purcell Room (Mozart Horn Quintet) with the Soloists of The Royal Opera House Orchestra. He is the horn soloist with the Michael Nyman Band, touring the world and giving concerts with this exciting British composer.

He has extensive experience in the commercial world of films and television, working with leading composers and performers in their field including Henry Mancini, John Williams, Shirley Bassey and Robbie Williams to the film work of Michael Nyman, Michael Kamen and Ed Shearmur. His latest credits include solo horn for Michael Kamen on the Band of Brothers series for television, and solo horn on the recently released film of Phantom of the Opera. His close association over the last 20 years with Andrew Lloyd Webber has involved his participation on all his recorded works on film, CD and television, including his 50th birthday celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall. He is playing on his latest released album Phantasia.

Following his involvement performing and recording with the pop group Morcheeba the lead singer Skye Edwards features as guest soloist on Dave’s debut album Under the Influence now on release with Quartz.

TASMIN LITTLE & WSO

"Tasmin Ltittle returns to Worthing"

6th December 2016

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Tasmin Little

Tasmin’s multi-award winning and varied career encompasses international concerto and recital performances, master classes, workshops and community outreach work. Tasmin’s discography and performance schedule reflect her wide-ranging repertoire and she has given numerous World Premiere performances including concerti by Willem Jeths, Robin de Raaf, Stuart MacRae, Robert Saxton and Dominic Muldowney. Her newly commissioned work, Four World Seasons by Roxanna Panufnik, was premiered as a live broadcast on the BBC at the start of Music Nation weekend, leading up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

She remains one of the few violinists to perform Ligeti’s challenging Violin Concerto and has performed this work at the Berlin Philharmonie, New York Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Festival, BBC Proms, Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Philadelphia Kimmel Center.

Tasmin is an exclusive recording artist for Chandos Records. Her recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto with Sir Andrew Davis and the Royal National Scottish Orchestra garnered outstanding critical acclaim and was awarded the Critic’s Choice Award in the 2011 Classic BRIT Awards. Her recording of the Britten Concerto with Edward Gardner and the BBC Philharmonic, released in 2013, also received lavish critical praise – “one of the finest (versions) committed to disc”, “a rapturous disc”, “an incandescent commitment to the work”, “her virtuosity is breathtaking”.

JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER & WSO

Julian Lloyd Webber

Professor Julian Lloyd Webber is the Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Widely regarded as one of the finest musicians of his generation and described by Strad magazine as ‘the doyen of British cellists’, Julian Lloyd Webber has enjoyed one of the most creative and successful careers in classical music today. As founder of the British Government’s In Harmony programme and the Chair of Sistema England, he continues to promote personal and community development in some of England’s most deprived areas. He was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1994 and – in recognition of his lifelong devotion to the music of Elgar – he was elected President of the Elgar Society in 2009.

At the age of sixteen Julian Lloyd Webber won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music and he completed his studies in Geneva with the renowned cellist, Pierre Fournier. Since then he has collaborated with an extraordinary array of musicians from Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Lorin Maazel and Sir Georg Solti to Elton John and Stephane Grappelli.

Julian Lloyd Webber has premiered more than sixty works for cello and he has inspired new compositions from composers as diverse as Joaquin Rodrigo and Malcolm Arnold to Philip Glass, James MacMillan and – most recently – Eric Whitacre. His many recordings have received worldwide acclaim: his Brit-award winning Elgar Concerto conducted by Lord Menuhin was chosen as the finest ever version by BBC Music Magazine and his coupling of Britten’s Cello Symphony and Walton’s Concerto with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields conducted by Sir Neville Marriner was described by Gramophone magazine as being “beyond any rival”. He has also recorded several highly successful CDs of shorter pieces including Cello Song, Unexpected Songs and – together with Jiaxin Lloyd Webber – A Tale of Two Cellos: “It would be difficult to find better performances of this kind of repertoire anywhere on records of today or yesterday” – Gramophone.

MONICA MCCARRON & WSO

"The Elegance of the Baroque"

9th March 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Monica McCarron

Monica McCarron is Principal Flute of Worthing Symphony Orchestra. As a freelance orchestral flautist she has been guest principal with many of London’s symphony and chamber orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English National Opera, London Mozart Players and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

In recent years Monica has established a wider international platform as guest principal flute with orchestras in Europe and Scandinavia. Her last recording with the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra, Allan Pettersson’s epic 9th Symphony conducted by Christian Lindberg, has just been awarded a Swedish Grammy.

CRAIG OGDEN & WSO

"Craig Ogden plays Rodrigo"

5th November 2017

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Craig Ogden

Australian born guitarist Craig Ogden is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. He studied guitar from the age of seven and percussion from the age of thirteen. He is the youngest instrumentalist to have received a Fellowship Award from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
One of the UK’s most recorded guitarists, his recordings for Virgin/EMI, Chandos, Nimbus, Hyperion, Sony and Classic FM have received wide acclaim. Craig’s five Classic FM albums all shot straight to No.1 in the UK classical chart and he is one of Classic FM’s most played artists.
Craig Ogden has performed concertos with all the main UK orchestras plus many abroad. He regularly appears as soloist and chamber musician at major venues and collaborates with the UK’s top artists and ensembles. Craig enjoys performing new works for guitar and gives the world premiere of a concerto written for him by Andy Scott with the Northern Chamber Orchestra in Manchester in November 2017. Composers David Knotts and Geoffrey Gordon are also writing concertos for Craig. He has presented programmes on BBC Radio 3, BBC Northern Ireland and ABC Classic FM (Australia).
Craig Ogden is Head of Guitar at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Visiting Lecturer at London’s Royal College of Music, Adjunct Fellow of the University of Western Australia, Associate Artist of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Curator of Craig Ogden’s Big Guitar Weekend at The Bridgewater Hall and Director of the Dean & Chadlington Summer Music Festival.

www.craigogden.com

OLGA PALIY & WSO

"Valentine's Concert"

12th February 2017

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"An evening with Olga Paliy"

25th October 2013

The Denton Lounge, Worthing Pier


Olga Paliy

Olga Paliy was born in the Ukraine and began her piano studies at the age of five, studying at Vilkonsky Music School and Revutsky Music College in Chernigov. In 2001, she entered the Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kiev under the supervision of Professor Valery Kozlov and in 2004 was selected for a Presidential Scholarship. In 2006 Olga graduated with the highest honour and won a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where she was a student of Professor Norma Fisher. Thanks to a generous support of the Leverhulme Trust, Stanley Picker Trust and Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe, Olga completed her Postgraduate studies in Piano Performance in 2009 and MMus course in 2011, both with Distinction.
During her time at the RNCM Olga was successful in numerous internal college competitions, including the 2008 Piano Recital Prize and 2009 Concerto Competition.
Same year Olga became a holder of the Emmanuel Prize, as a soloist (Manchester, UK).
Her participation and success in many international piano competitions include Ragusa Ibla International Music Competition, The Art of 20th Century, both in Italy, Art of Accompaniment in Ukraine, Sydney International Piano Competition in Australia as well as the 2nd Sussex International Piano Competition in the UK, where Olga has just won 3rd Prize as well as Audience Prize, performing Brahms Second Piano Concerto with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra under the baton of John Gibbons in the Grand Final.
Olga has concertized widely in major venues in the UK (Wigmore Hall, Steinway Hall, Chappell of Bond Street, St. Martin-in-the Fields in London, and Haden Freeman Concert Hall and Carol Nash Recital Room in Manchester), Italy, Ukraine and Russia as recitalist and concerto soloist, performing concertos by Prokofiev, Brahms, Beethoven, Liszt and Ravel (Concerto for the Left hand) with the Lviv Philharmonic, Dnepropetrovsk Philharmonic, Manchester Beethoven Orchestra as well as Kiev State Symphony Orchestra in the Great Hall of Kiev’s National Academy of Music.
She has participated in public masterclasses with Bernd Goetzke, Vadim Rudenko, Arie Vardi, Michel Beroff, Anton Voight, Charles Rosen, Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt, Michel Dalberto, Nelson Goerner, Garrick Ohlsson and Jerome Rose.
Olga’s recent concert highlight has included the performance of Liszt First Piano Concerto in Chernigov Philharmonia Hall, Ukraine.

POOM PROMMACHART & WSO

"Remembrance Sunday"

8th November 2015

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Winner of 2nd Sussex IPC "

16th February 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Malcolm Arnold Gala Concert"

20th October 2013

Derngate, Northampton


Poom Prommachart

POOM PROMMACHART was born in Bangkok and is regarded as one of the most accomplished Thai pianists today. His performances are highly considered for their lyrical intensity and virtuosity.

He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Performance (Distinction) from the Royal College of Music in 2013 gaining an exceptionally high destination for both solo piano and chamber music. He also has been awarded the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal for his outstanding contribution to RCM.

He was a student of Peerapong Surawan, later on of Rena Phua and Boris Kraljevic at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. He attained the FTCL Diploma from Trinity College at the age of 15. At age 16, he was granted a full scholarship by H.R.H Princess Galyani Vadhana and the Royal College of Music, which enabled him to continue his studies in London where he was the last student of a legendary pianist, Yonty Solomon, until his death in 2008. After that, Poom became a student of Professor Ian Jones. The scholarship was continued and supervised by the kind support of Thanpuying Tasna-Valaya Sorasongkram for his Master’s Degree in Performance at RCM. He is currently a student of the renowned Russian pianist and teacher, Dina Parakhina and will be continuing his Doctorate of Music programme in January 2014.

Poom has performed throughout Europe and Southeast Asia and worked with many leading Orchestras. He has already developed an international reputation as an outstanding performer of rare expressive depth, and has been acclaimed by critics who called him “a young Ashkenazy” after his performance of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto in London. He won the Fifth International Isidor Bajic Piano Competition in Serbia where he also won a special prize for Brahms’ Piano Quintet performance in the semi-final round as well as the audience prize. In 2011, Poom was the 1st prize winner of The 2nd Thailand International Piano Competition and he played Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gudni A. Emilsson.

Poom has also performed in many world-famous concert halls such as Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, South Bank, St John’s Smith Square, Belgrade Kolarac Hall, and National Theater of Serbia.

Most recently, he was awarded First Prize in the Grand Final of Sussex International Piano Competition, 2013 where he performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no.3 with Worthing Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Gibbons in the final.

VANESSA REDGRAVE & WSO

"Remembrance Sunday"

8th November 2015

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Vanessa Redgrave

Vanessa Redgrave rose to prominence in 1961 playing Rosalind in As You Like It with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has since starred in more than 35 productions in London’s West End and on Broadway, winning the 1984 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Revival for The Aspern Papers, and the 2003 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the revival of Long Day’s Journey into Night. She also received Tony nominations for The Year of Magical Thinking and Driving Miss Daisy.

On screen, she has starred in scores of films and is a six-time Oscar nominee, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the title role in the film Julia (1977). Her other nominations were for Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966), Isadora (1968), Mary, Queen of Scots (1971), The Bostonians (1984) and Howards End (1992). Among her other films are A Man for All Seasons (1966), Blowup (1966), Camelot (1967), The Devils (1971), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Prick Up Your Ears (1987), Mission: Impossible (1996), Atonement (2007), Coriolanus (2011) and The Butler (2013). Redgrave was proclaimed by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as “the greatest living actress of our times”, and has won the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA, Olivier, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild awards.

PRUDENCE SANDERS & WSO

"New Year Celebration"

5th January 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Prudence Sanders

Australian born soprano, Prudence Sanders, commenced her training at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. As a recipient of a scholarship from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Prudence completed her Master’s degree under the tutelage of John Evans.

In 2011, Prudence worked with David Gowland, Natalie Murray, Rebecca Evans, Jonathan Cohen, Janice Chapman, Mandy Demetriou and Jonathan Hinden as part of the Opera Program at the Advanced Performers Studio in Hammersmith.

Concert performances have included Handel’s Messiah with the Lund Kammerkor and Winchester Choral Society, Papagena in Die Zauberflote (Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra), The Creation (Bradford Choral Society), Poulenc’s Gloria (Ripon Cathedral), Alexander’s Feast for the Bedford Summer Festival and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (Bradford Choral Society).

UK roles have included Musetta in La Boheme (Opera Up Close’s Olivier award winning production), The Governess in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide (Cambridge Philharmonic) and Soprano Soloist, Mittwoch aus Licht (Birmingham Opera, with director Graham Vick).

Current engagements include Adina, L’elisir d’amore (Opera Up Close) and Bianca, La Rondine (Go Opera). Prudence will be covering Jacqueline in Messager’s Fortunio for Grange Park this current summer.

CHRIS SHRIMPTON & WSO

"Classic British Film Scores"

6th April 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Chris Shrimpton

ANNA SZALUKA & WSO

"90th Anniversary Finale"

7th May 2017

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Anna Szaluka

Anna studied at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk studying with Waldemar Wojtal. She continued her studies at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien in piano class of Stefan Vladar and later on at the Royal Academy of Music in London under the supervision of Ian Fountain where she’s currently holding the Hodgson Piano Fellowship.

In November 2016 she won the 1st Prize together with the Eller, Orchestra, Recital and Estonian Museum Awards at the 3rd Tallinn International Piano Competition. Anna is also a laureate of many other competitions, among others: 1st Prize in Young Pianists Forum in Rybnik, 3rd prize at the 3rd Sussex International Piano Competition and the 2nd Prize and The Special Prize of Jerzy Waldorff on IX International Competition for Young Pianists “Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam” in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

VARVARA TARASOVA & WSO

"New Year Toni"

7th January 2018

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Everlasting Majestie"

20th September 2015

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Varvara Tarasova

Varvara Tarasova was born in St Petersburg and started piano at the St Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Music College. She continued her studies at the Moscow Tanyeev Music School, graduating with top honours in 2004. In 2008, she graduated from the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, again with top honours, and also winning the Award of the President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

In 2014 she won a scholarship at the Royal College of Music studying with Professor Dina Parakhina. In 2015 Varvara also received a postgraduate degree under the supervision of Professor Elena Kuznetsova at Moscow State Conservatory.

Varvara has performed in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Finland, Sweden and Portugal, as well as in the USA, Brazil and, of course, Russia. She participated in the ‘Torre de Canyamel’ Piano Festival (Mallorca), Rheingay Music Festival (Germany) and ‘Creative Youth’ Music Festival (Moscow).

Her most recent achievements include winning the 3rd Sussex International Piano Competition (Worthing), audience prize and best performance of compulsory piece; and the Hopkinson Gold Medal at the Chappell Medal Competition (London). In 2014, she had taken first prize at the 21 Concorso International De Piano Rotary Club Palma Ramon Llull (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) and triumphed at the 17e Grand Prix International Piano et Recontres “Jeunes Talents” (Montrond-les-Bains, France).

It was in 2002 that Varvara won her first competition prize, in a competition celebrating the works of the famous Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin – from whom she received the award personally. Since then, she has won a large number of piano competitions, such as the 8th Moscow Competition’s ‘Steps to Mastery’ (2003), International Bluthner Competition (Kaliningrad, 2007), Maria Yudina Open Festival of Young Musicians (Moscow, 2009), and the national competition ‘Young Talents of Russia’ (Moscow, 2012), among many others.

Varvara has performed concertos with a number of orchestras and conductors, including the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra under Misha Rakhlevkiy; the Symphonic Orchestra of the State St Petersburg Glinka Capella with Alexander Chernushenko; the Russian Chamber Orchestra under Konstantin Orbelian and the Worthing Symphony Orchestra with John Gibbons.

JOSEPHINE TEWSON & WSO

"Youth Prom"

10th February 2013

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Josephine Tewson

Tewson appeared as Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine (2003–10), a series written by Roy Clarke who also wrote Keeping Up Appearances. She has also appeared in two episodes of the documentary series Comedy Connections, talking about her work in Keeping Up Appearances (2004) and opposite The Two Ronnies (2005). In 2009, she played the role of Iris in the radio drama Leaves in Autumn written by Susan Casanove, produced by the Wireless Theatre Company.

Other television appearances were in an episode of Heartbeat (“Closing The Book”, 2002) and as the competition judge, Samantha Johnstone, in an episode in the mystery drama Midsomer Murders (“Judgement Day”, 2002). Most recently, she was featured in two episodes of Doctors as kleptomaniac, Audrey Wilson, (“Now You See It…”, 2009) and as Marjorie Page, a woman in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease (“The Bespectacled Bounder,” 2012). Tewson played a nanny in a 30-second commercial for Nabisco Fruit Newtons, first aired in 1997 in the United States. She also played a school teacher in a Sugar Puffs “I Want My Honey” advert during the late 1980s/early 1990s.

In 2012 Tewson launched her one woman show “Still Keeping Up Appearances?” and is on tour across the UK.

SIR JOHN TOMLINSON & WSO

"Smetana, Wagner & Rachmaninov"

25th May 2013

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Sir John Tomlinson

Born in Lancashire, John Tomlinson studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music and with Otakar Kraus.

He sings regularly with The Royal Opera and English National Opera and has with all the major British opera companies. He appeared at the Bayreuth Festival for eighteen consecutive seasons from 1988, as Wotan, the Wanderer, King Marke, Titurel, Gurnemanz, Hagen and Holländer. He has also appeared in Berlin (Deutsche Oper Berlin and Berlin Staatsoper), Geneva, Lisbon, Stuttgart, Vancouver, San Francisco, New York, Pittsburgh, Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Vienna, Bologna, Florence, Tokyo and the Glyndebourne, Orange, Aix-en-Provence, Munich and Salzburg festivals. His repertory includes Hans Sachs,, Heinrich der Vogler, Baron Ochs, Leporello, Claggart, King Fisher, Méphistophélès (Gounod’s Faust), the Villains (Contes d’Hoffmann), King Philip (Don Carlos) and the title roles in Oberto (which he also directed), Attila, Mosè in Egitto, Le nozze di Figaro, Boris Godunov, Moses und Aron and Duke Bluebeard’s Castle.

In 1993, he won a Grammy Award for Bartok’s Cantata Profana and in February 2007 he was honoured with the “Special Award” at the Laurence Olivier Award Ceremony. He was awarded a CBE in 1997 and Knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2005.

www.johntomlinson.org

LAURA VAN DER HEIJDEN & WSO

"Spring Awakenings"

8th March 2015

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Rossini, Vaughan Williams & Dvorak"

10th March 2013

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Laura Van der Heijden

At the age of 15, cellist Laura van der Heijden was awarded the title of BBC Young Musician 2012, performing Walton’s Cello Concerto with Kirill Karabits and the Northern Sinfonia at The Sage, Gateshead.

Engagements this season include performances of Walton’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Cadogan Hall) and Guernsey Symphony Orchestra. Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Colchester, Worthing and Woking Symphony Orchestras, alongside recitals with Huw Watkins, Alison Rhind and Mana Oguchi.

Future engagements include performances of the Elgar concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Royal Festival Hall) the London Mozart Players and Ealing Symphony orchestra, Haydn Concerto in C with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and the London Chamber Orchestra, performances of the Dvorak Concerto with the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra and the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto in A minor with the English Chamber Orchestra.

NATHAN WILLIAMSON & WSO

"American Masterpieces"

2nd February 2018

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Nathan Williamson

JESSICA ZHU & WSO

"Mozart, Schumann, Warlock & Beethoven"

7th October 2012

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Jessica Zhu

The ‘outstanding young Chinese-American pianist’ Jessica Zhu (The Independent) received warm praise for her Wigmore Hall debut, given as part of the Park Lane Group’s Young Artists Series in December 2011.

Winning the First Prize at the 2011 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, and the Audience Prize at the Sussex International Piano Competition, Jessica Zhu has received numerous invitations for concerto performances. She performed with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra at the Fairfield Hall last year in an electrifying performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and with the Finchley Chamber Orchestra in Mozart’s Concerto in D minor, K466, after which the audience demanded an encore.

Believing in using music to reach and educate audiences without easy access to the arts, Jessica is on the LiveMusicNow young artist scheme, performing in hospitals, elderly homes, and special education schools throughout the UK. In addition to the Wigmore Hall, Jessica has appeared at the Purcell Room in the Southbank Centre, St. James’s Piccadilly, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, among others around the UK and in Europe. She will make her debut at the Manchester Bridgewater Hall this coming December.

www.jessicazhu.com

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