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Oliver Nelson

Oliver Nelson was born in Glasgow and began learning the violin at the age of six.  He gained scholarships to both CanfordSchool and the Royal Academy of Music.  During his time at the Academy, Oliver studied the violin with Xue-Wei, conducting with Denise Ham and Colin Metters and appeared as leader and soloist with the… Read more »

Review of Buxton Fringe Concert 2014

This has to be one of the best concerts that HPO have given on the Fringe in recent years. Their assured playing and conductor Andrew Hodkinson’s confident direction ensured a thrilling experience. The concert opened with Debussy’s l’apres-midi d’un Faune which reminded us how good the HPO woodwinds are. This quite short , but highly… Read more »

Jane McNeill

Jane had a very early introduction to music and joined the Kodaly Children’s Orchestra at the RNCM, initially as a percussionist then a flautist.  She gained a junior music exhibition award (scholarship) from DerbyshireCounty for flute tuition & played in both Area & County Youth Orchestras.  Jane studied Music at LiverpoolUniversity and performed in Choirs,… Read more »

Miriam Brown

Miriam is a first year cellist studying with Nicholas Trygstad at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.  She has performed concertos with orchestras, including: Saint Saëns, Vivaldi double, Elgar and Haydn’s C major cello concerto.  While at secondary school at the FallibroomeAcademy, Miriam was invited to play for TedX – a popular international… Read more »

Ben Lathbury

Recently hailed as “a charismatic performer of sensitivity and panache”, musician Ben Lathbury began playing the piano aged 6.  Born to a musical family in the Midlands in 1988, he was encouraged to take part in as many musical events and activities as possible, leading to an award for ‘Outstanding Achievement & Contribution in Music’… Read more »

Harry Jepson

Coming from a musical family, Harry was interested in brass instruments from a very young age.  He was given a cornet for Christmas at the age of 8, and he never looked back.  At the age of thirteen he gained a Music Scholarship to UppinghamSchool, where he studied under Dave Price.  After Uppingham he was awarded… Read more »

Anya Muston

In 2011 Anya completed her Master’s degree in violin performance with distinction.  She studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Professor Yair Kless.  She also completed her Post-Graduate Diploma (with Distinction) at RNCM with Professor Kless.  She studied with the assistance of the AYO Dorothy Fraser Award, Musicians’ Benevolent Fund scholarship and she… Read more »

Ben Simnett

Ben began playing the clarinet at the age of 10, quickly becoming involved with local orchestras in Salisbury where he grew up, and eventually with the Wiltshire County Youth Orchestra.  He went on to study music at the University of Leeds, spending a year of his course in Weimar, Germany, at the Franz Liszt Hochschule… Read more »

Doug Badger

Doug Badger was born in Edinburgh where, at the age of 11, he began learning the cello with renowned Scottish teacher Eleanor “Kitty” Gregorson MBE.  He later attended the Junior Department of theRoyalScottishAcademy of Music and Drama, before progressing to the University ofYork, where he attained a BA in Music. In 1998 he moved toManchester… Read more »