Young soloist with Barnet Symphony Orchestra

Poster for Barnet Symphony Orchestra 10 July 2022

Liam is 14 years old and has been playing the trumpet for 5 years.  During this time, he has benefited from excellent teaching and numerous musical opportunities.

At his primary school (Brunswick Park Primary), Liam was taught by Kerry Reid who gave him a fantastic start on the instrument.  At this time, he also played in a range of wind and jazz ensembles at the East Barnet Music Centre, supported by the excellent musicians there including Kieran McLeod, Ollie Till, Olli Martin and Aidan McAtominey.

When he started at secondary school (Ashmole Academy), Ollie Till took over as Liam’s teacher. Ollie has really inspired Liam and helped him on the next stage of his musical journey.

Liam continued to play throughout the pandemic, taking advantage of virtual playing opportunities including online trumpet lessons and Jess Gillam’s Virtual Scratch Orchestra. As life returned to normal, he had an opportunity to rehearse the Hummel trumpet concerto with the London Medical Orchestra.

Liam currently plays in the Barnet Youth Wind Orchestra and has performed with the band at a range of venues including Duke’s Hall and the Arts Depot. Liam is very excited to perform with the Barnet Symphony Orchestra.

UPDATE:

Due to illness, Liam is unable to perform. We are very grateful to Nick Budd for stepping in at the last minute to perform Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.

South West Essex

Oliver Till has been appointed Principal Conductor of Woodford Symphony Orchestra following rehearsals on Mozart, Coleridge-Taylor, Faure and Bizet.

Their first concert together will be on Saturday 25 June 2022, featuring the outstanding pianist Thomas Ang – full details to be announced.

Formed in 1963, Woodford Symphony Orchestra is excitingly approaching its 60th anniversary in 2023. Recently under the direction of Claudio Di Meo, it was conducted by Philip Norman since 1997.

New work incoming

Multi-talanted pianist and composer Hamish Brown has been commissioned to write a 15-minute work for choir, piano and percussion for Queen’s Park Singers conducted by Oliver Till.

Recently QPS has performed Hamish’s arrangements of Clara Schumann’s Lieder op.13, Irving Berlin’s Easter Parade, both for SATB a cappella and his new piano duet arrangement of Rachmaninoff’s Spring cantata will be performed on Sunday 27 March alongside Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms.

This is the first major commission the choir has undertaken, and the premiere is due to be given in November 2022.

Here’s a clip from Hamish Brown’s gorgeous flute concerto Candy Nebula (2014) with Jaymee Coonjobeeharry as the soloist.

Online Workshops

Resources from workshops and online rehearsals from August 2020 to May 2021:

Mozart Symphony 40
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ZFnROzcZfLuebD-EhJtPLDNr5rn0uXuZZ8jKPuI8Npo/edit?usp=sharing

Beethoven Symphony 8
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1UtYKdPqDB-WL1AF3NkGbEcVGSRNZVJmWGncpZlQ8XKU/edit?usp=sharing

Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances mvt 1
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1r_KGNkSSR3xxQEkKVt3qCoM8wZobz7qwkB9oAq6yQrw/edit

Wagner‘s last two overtures (including Charlie Chaplin)
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/16zxSDUIRJHCu5gFd-RM_WLCc6wzTUEtlebNvbjEyVEw/edit?usp=sharing

Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Pas de deux
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1W3xoI_mAg-84ysnK-XBMETj259IHbbvBAD31AgBdHcc/edit?usp=sharing

New Year’s Workshop (Strauss II)
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vzncUEn4HC233WU-nBVN1hFMNz-76kbqzNsl8t8CuA4/edit?usp=sharing

Dvorak Symphony 7
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1A-Gr_zoEljv2S4VgdjGUYMERiDMs67PF5kHYKeXkzn4/edit?usp=sharing

Mendelssohn The Hebrides, Wagner Siegfried Idyll, Janacek Rikadla, Beethoven Symphony 2
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1PXtfmt0X9iUUpSmNaz6ygIwugwKqe1N6XJx92YLblJs/edit?usp=sharing

Saint-Saens & Ravel
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1HJWioRp1J05PN0n0g1-pSzgSWWg9MrbtZVtj5LNpWxY/edit?usp=sharing


Participants said:

“one of the most productive 3 hours that I have ever experienced”

“I enjoyed that we were given detailed context & guidance before we started playing so that we could get the most out of the piece.”

“The playthrough was inspirational”

“It was really great to have an opportunity to play with other people.”

“Great balance of activities, especially enjoyed the Alex Technique”

“This is a really excellent opportunity for people who may have fallen out of playing their instrument to get back into some group playing – it’s safe (no-one can hear you), satisfying (you do feel like you’re a part of the whole work thanks to the excellent piano accompaniment) and utterly non-judgemental. For those who are a bit more accomplished, I imagine it’s nice having a pro to guide on finer points of technique etc. It’s a nice, broad way of encouraging people of all abilities to play together without the pressures of expectations around standards getting in the way.”

“The whole thing was a joy!”

“I absolutely loved it”