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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 two winners – Laura van der Heijden, Lara Melda – and such established artists as Nicola Benedetti, Emma Johnson and Nicholas Daniel.

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

Signed exclusively to Decca Classics in 2011, violinist Nicola Benedetti has captivated audiences and critics alike with her musicality and poise. Nicola enthralls and communicates to audiences with dynamic and energy-filled performances. And whilst she is a highly sought performer on the world platform, Nicola is also fiercely dedicated to music education. Through her work with such organisations as Sistema Scotland, she has helped to demonstrate the power that music can have in transforming the lives of young people.

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 is a pianist in high demand. In 2012 she has recorded two CDs of Schumann’s music as well as all the piano concertos of Paul Hindemith. She has toured South America giving concerts in Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil and later given concerts and master-classes in Paris, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. She has also performed in Beijing and Shanghai, where she also participated in the jury of the Shanghai piano competition, and Egypt – Cairo and Alexandria. Her new recording of all the 5 piano concertos of Hindemith with the Yale Symphony Orchestra will be released worldwide by Naxos in October 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the composer’s death.

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

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

RABIGA DYUSSEMBAYEVA & WSO

"Romantic Valentines"

15th February 2015

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Rabiga Dyussembayeva

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

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

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

SHEKU KANNEH-MASON & WSO

"Sheku Kanneh-Mason"

4th March 2018

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Sheku Kanneh-Mason

DINARA KLINTON & WSO

"Music for Halloween"

23rd October 2016

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Dinara Klinton

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

JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER & WSO

Julian Lloyd Webber

MONICA MCCARRON & WSO

"The Elegance of the Baroque"

9th March 2014

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Monica McCarron

CRAIG OGDEN & WSO

"Craig Ogden plays Rodrigo"

5th November 2017

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Craig Ogden

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

"American Masterpieces"

2nd February 2018

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"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

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

VARVARA TARASOVA & WSO

"New Year Toni"

7th January 2018

Assembly Hall, Worthing


"Everlasting Majestie"

20th September 2015

Assembly Hall, Worthing


Varvara Tarasova

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.

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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