Emily Stephens – Oboist

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Published on: June 14, 2019

Emily, who has been a commended finalist in the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year contest, has been studying in Lübeck as part of her course at the Royal Academy of Music.

The former Pate’s Grammar School pupil has played in the National Children’s and Youth Orchestras and was a member of the Junior Academy. Now living in London, she regularly plays with the Academy Symphony Orchestra with Oliver Knussen, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, as well as freelancing in and around London.

 

 

Christopher Gibbons

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Published on: February 7, 2019

 

Full to side profile shot of Christopher Gibbons and bottom end of clarinet. Chris wears a white shirt.
Christopher Gibbons

After completing his BMus at Cardiff University, Christopher Gibbons went on to gain an MMus in solo performance at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), graduating in 2016 with a distinction.

 

Since then, 26-year-old Christopher, who lives in Yorkley Wood, has built an increasingly busy schedule as a teacher and freelance musician.

 

As a clarinettist, Christopher has performed with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Chipping Campden Festival Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. He has played concerts in Germany, Italy and Croatia and regularly works around the UK with pianist Sandie Middleton.

 

As a conductor, Christopher leads Redland Wind Band in Bristol and directs the Pillowell Singers. He created Duality Winds in affiliation with Gloucestershire Music, and took this group of advanced young wind players to success at the national Music For Youth festival in Birmingham.

 

Christopher was a finalist in the RNCM concerto competition and also enjoys mixed medium performances. He took part in The Wave, a semi improvised performance in collaboration with Jonathan Dove and sculptor Tania Kovats at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry, and has also worked with current Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir.

He will be playing at the Royal Forest Of Dean’s Spring Concert on the 30th March 2019 at Newnham Church. We look forward to hearing him as soloist in Mozart’s iconic Clarinet Concert in A

Adam Heron (Pianist)

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Published on: May 10, 2018
Adam Heron (Pianist)

Born in Hong Kong in 1999, Adam Heron has established himself as one of today’s leading young pianists. He performed at the Keyboard Category Final of BBC Young Musician 2018, which was broadcast on BBC Four Television, and in 2017 he was unanimously made the recipient of the Irish Heritage Music Award following a lauded performance at London’s Wigmore Hall.

At the age of seven he joined Gloucester Cathedral Choir , under the directorship of Adrian Partington. Following this he won a scholarship, courtesy of the UK Government’s Music and Dance Scheme, to study at Wells Cathedral School with Hilary Coates. Whilst a student at Wells he achieved notable success, including winning first prize at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s prestigious Junior Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition. In addition to this, he holds the titles of both Gloucestershire Young Musician 2016 and Taunton Young Musician 2016, and is a laureate of the Young Pianist of the North International Piano Competition in Newcastle.

Adam frequently performs in recital, both in the UK and abroad. Recent overseas engagements include a concert at the residence of the British Ambassador in Kiev, Ukraine, and also a tour of his native Hong Kong with the acclaimed British cellist Jamie Walton. Closer to home, Adam has performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the Bath Pump Rooms. He often appears at the Cheltenham Music Festival, and in 2017 he was invited to return there to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 271 with the Chineke! Orchestra, directed by the American conductor Jonathon Heyward. Adam is active as a composer too, and has heard his work played in public on numerous occasions.

He has received masterclasses from several eminent figures, including Stephen Hough, John Lill, and Imogen Cooper, and he was recently offered a recording contract with the Spanish record label, KNS Classical . Currently, he studies with Professor Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy in London, where he holds a full-fees scholarship. Adam is very grateful to be supported generously by the Hattori Foundation.

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Jennifer Statham (Violinist)

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Published on: January 22, 2017

JenniferStatham

Jennifer is currently in her second year studying Music at the University of Bristol. During her gap year she achieved distinction in both her violin and singing ABRSM Performance Diplomas and a merit in her Grade 8 Music Theory. In 2013 Jennifer won the Gloucestershire Rotary Young Musician of the Year competition on her violin and last year won the Carducci Prize in Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year. At university she is leader of the University Chamber Orchestra, a member of the University Symphony Orchestra, University Singers and the Berwick Consort and earlier this year she performed in the University Opera Society’s production of Sweeney Todd. Before coming to University Jennifer sang in the Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir, where she was given solos, and in 2015 she was asked to sing solo in the Boxing Day service at the Cathedral. Also leader of the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra for 2 years, Jennifer was asked to perform as the soloist for Vivaldi’s Summer with the orchestra on tour to the Black Forest, Germany last year.

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