Past concerts

December 2023

Verdi: ‘Luisa Miller’ Overture
Dvorak: Cello Concerto No 2 in B minor
Soloist: Nathan Jackson-Turner
Brahms: Symphony No 4 in E minor

July 2023

Dvorak: ‘Water Goblin’ symphonic poem
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto no 2
Soloist: Rose McLachlan

Saint-Saëns: Symphony No 3 in C minor, Organ

Soloist: Simon Mercer

Spring 2023

Mozart Overture ‘Magic Flute’
Elgar Sea Pictures
Soloist: Mia Serracino-Inglott
Sibelius Symphony No.

December 2022
Weber: ‘Oberon’ Overture
Fauré: Pavane

Saint-Saens: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

Soloist: Luke Johnson

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1 ‘Winter Daydreams’

July 2022

Bernstein, Candide Overture
Chausson, Poeme
Soloist: Anya Muston

Dvorak, Symphony no 9, from the New World

Spring 2022

Schubert, Overture in E minor
Mozart, Flute Concerto no 1
Soloist, Kirsty Hetherington
Beethoven Symphony no 5

December 2021

Beethoven, Overture ‘Zur Namensfeier’.
Gundry-White, Escaping Processions
Brahms, Serenade for Orchestra, No 1

July 2021

Elgar, Serenade for strings in E minor
Joachim Raff Sinfonietta 1st Movement Allegro
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
Soloist: Savva Zverev

JC Bach Overture to Lucio Silla (Symphony in Bb major)

Spring 2021: no concert due to COVID
December 2020: No concert due to COVID
July 2020: no concert due to COVID
Spring 2020: Concert cancelled due to COVID
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Berlioz, Overture, Beatrice and Benedict

Elgar, Sea Pictures
Soloist Molly Barker
Sibelius Symphony no 1

December 2019

Mozart, Overture, La Clemenza di Tito
Brahms, St Anthony Variations
Beethoven Symphony no 3 Eroica

July 2018

Tchaikovsky, Polonaise and Waltz from Eugen Onegin

Tchaikovsky Piano concerto no 1
Soloist Matthew McLachlan
Sibelius Symphony no 5

Spring 2018

Grieg Peer Gynt Suites 1 &2
Dvorak Cello Concerto
Soloist Jack Bailey
Sullivan Irish Symphony in E

December 2017

Dvorak The Noonday Witch
Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major
Soloist Savva Zverev
Dvorak Symphony no 3



Rose McLachlan

Rose McLachlan comes from a family of musicians and was born in Cheshire in 2002. She began piano lessons with her father and entered Chetham’s School of Music in 2010, initially as a chorister at Manchester Cathedral. She now studies piano with Helen Krizos.

Rose has already had considerable successes in national and international competitions; she was the overall winner of the 2016 Scottish International Youth Prize at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and as a result of winning the Yamaha Prize in the 2017 EPTA UK competition, Rose performed at St Martins in the Fields. As an overall winner of the Chetham’s concerto competition in February 2018, Rose was selected to perform the Ravel G major concerto with the Chetham’s symphony orchestra during the 2018-19 season. In 2018 Rose also won the Chopin and Beethoven prizes at Chetham’s and in 2019 she was overall winner of the junior intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Society of Europe competition. Also, in 2019 Rose was the overall winner of the 11th “Dora Pejacevich“ competition organised by EPTA Croatia. In 2022, Rose was awarded the Chopin Prize at the RNCM and was named Kirklees Young Musician of the Year.

Rose has had the opportunity to play with orchestra on several occasions, with her debut aged 13 in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival playing Beethoven’s 2nd piano concerto. She went on to perform this another 4 times with her family completing the set. I’m 2019, Rose performed Shostakovich 2nd concerto witht the BBCCO conducted by Barry Wordsworth, which was broadcast twice on BBCR3. Most recently, she played Chopin’s 1st concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Bay. This was as a result of winning the concerto competition on the PianoTexas Festival and Academy, where she was a Young Artist.

2018 saw her first commercial recording being issued by Divine Art, performing ‘Five Hebridean Dances’ by John McLeod and in January 2020, Rose recorded piano duets by the distinguished British composer, Edward Gregson, with her father for a new commercial recording on the Naxos label.

Rose is an avid chamber musician; playing in a piano trio, piano duo and with singers. She has performed major song cycles, including Schumann’s Liederkreis in the Manchester Song Festival and Schubert’s Winterreise with the Curious Opera Company.

Away from the piano, Rose enjoys writing and has had an article published for the online Pianist magazine.

Rose is currently in her final year at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, continuing her studies with Helen Krizos. She is extremely grateful to receive support from the Waverley Fund, Sir Max Bemrose Bursary, Pendleton Young Musicians Bursary and Talent Unlimited


Past concerts 2022-23

9th July 2022- St John’s Buxton

Bernstein- Candide Overture

Ernst Chausson- Poeme, op 25- Soloist Anya Muston

Dvorak- Symphony No 9 from the New World


10th December 2022- Methodist Church- Chapel en le Frith

Weber- Oberon Overture

Faure- Pavane, op 50

Saint-Saens- Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso, op28- Soloist Luke Johnson

Tchaikovsky Symphony No 1


18th March 2023- New Mills Town Hall

Mozart- The Magic Flute K620 Overture

Elgar- Sea Pictures- Soloist Mia Serration-Inglott

Sibelius No 1, op 39

Iona McDonald

Iona has been playing violin since she was 4 years old, beginning with the Suzuki method and studying with Ms Brenda Smith of Ayr.  After six years of study at Chetham’s School of Music with Ms Yumi Sasaki, Iona now studies at Royal Academy of Music with Giovanni Guzzo and Michael Foyle.  Born in Dumfries, and with her early education  in Moffat, Iona is a well known young musician around Dumfries and Galloway, regularly taking part in festivals, charity and fundraising events.

Studying at Chetham’s School of Music presented Iona with many performance opportunities with lunchtime concerts, her own quartet, Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra as well as community music.  She also had many opportunities to perform abroad when she was selected to take part in the Commonwealth Resounds trip to Sri Lanka in Nov 2013 in schools and orphanages around the country as well as the Sri Lanka Symphony Orchestra.  Her quartet were also selected to take part in an exchange to Oslo to the Barratt Due Institute in November 2014 and March 2015, studying and performing with Pavel Fisher and the Rondo quartet and with Chetham’s Chamber Orchestra at the William Walton Festival in Ischia in July 2016.

Iona has been a member of National Youth Orchestra of Scotland ensembles since she was eight years old.  She has led Senior Orchestra and with Symphony Orchestra she toured China in 2015 and played at the Proms in 2016.  She was delighted to be selected as leader of Symphony Orchestra for the 2017 season.

Now in her third year at RAM, Iona has been busy performing with the Torridon piano trio and RAM Symphony Orchestra as well as playing new compositions, teaching and playing with local orchestras.  Iona was selected to travel with RAM Symphony Orchestra to Japan in June 2018 and to the LacMus festival in Lake Como in July .  Iona achieved a Very Highly Commended in the Winfred Small prize for violin in 2018 at RAM and competed in the Walton competition in Oct 2018.

Iona has performed as soloist with Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, Buxton Musical Society, Musicale,  Halifax Symphony Orchestra, High Peak Orchestra and MLC school. 

Iona’s violin is by Philip Ihle.

Matthew McLachlan

Matthew McLachlan was born in 2000 and started piano lessons with his father in 2008. Aged 11 he passed grade 8 and entered Wells Cathedral School as a specialist musician, studying with John Byrne. After two years he entered Chetham’s in Manchester where he now studies piano with Dina Parakhina and Cello with Gill Thoday.

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After gaining the ATCL and LTCL recital diplomas with distinction in 2014 and 2015, Matthew was awarded the FTCL in 2016. This followed winning third prize in the senior division of the first Scottish International Youth Prize Competition, held at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in July 2016. In 2014 Matthew’s performance of Ravel’s G Major Piano Concerto was commended in the Chetham’s Concerto competition and he was also a prizewinner at the 2014 Mazovia Chopin Festival in Poland. As a result of this performance, he was chosen to perform a solo recital at the 2015 World Piano Teachers’ Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. In 2016 Matthew gave many recitals and was a finalist in the Chetham’s Beethoven Piano Competition for the second year running.

During the 2016-17 season he performed Beethoven’s First Concerto seven times, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in Devon, Lanzarote and Wales. He was awarded first prize in the Chetham’s Senior Bach competition and performed Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 in the Paderewski Festival in

Poland. Also in 2017 he toured with his family in a series of recitals featuring Brahms’ Sonata no. 1 in C major.

In the past year he has completed his A levels whilst continuing a busy performing schedule ,including performances of Bartok’s ‘Contrasts’ for clarinet, violin and piano as well as three performances of Mozart’s 13th concerto (in Trieste, Haddington and Rhyl) and recitals featuring Chopin’s great F minor Fantasy in Lanzarote and at the RNCM in Manchester. Matthew formally finished studies at Chetham’s school of Music only last week, and plans to have a gap year before continuing studies at a conservatoire in Europe. Away from music Matthew is a keen footballer, playing for Hazel Grove United. He is also very interested in modern languages.


Jack Bailey

Jack Bailey is currently a student of Hannah Roberts at the Royal Northern College of Music, having previously studied with Howard Penny at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. Notable solo engagements have included Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante in E minor with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, C.P.E. Bach’s A Major Cello Concerto with Orchestra Victoria and Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the U3A Hawthorn Orchestra.

Jack recently returned from a national recital tour in Australia performing in such venues as the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Centre as a 2017 ANAM Artist, and was a featured Young Artist at the Adelaide International Cello Festival performing a solo recital and Bach’s 6th Suite in the Bach Suites Gala Concert. Competition successes include 2nd Prize at the Wallace International Cello Competition and also 2nd Prize and the Audience Award at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition, as well as the prize for the Most Promising competitor at the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand.

During his time at the RNCM, internally Jack has won the prestigious Barbirolli Cello Prize and the Amy Lindley Prize for Cello. Jack was also awarded the Prize for the Most Outstanding Recital of 2013 at the Australian National Academy of Music. Jack has benefitted greatly from taking part in masterclasses at Kronberg Academy in Germany, IMS Prussia Cove and the London Masterclasses in the UK, and the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles, working with such maestros as Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Isserlis, Gary Hoffman, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Torleif Thedéen, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Philippe Muller, Miklos Perenyi and Frans Helmerson.

Savva Zverev

Born in 1998 into a family of musicians in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia, he began learning the violin at the age of five with Natalia Fikhtengolts at trhe Gnessin School of music.  At the age of seven, he entered the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatoire; where he was under the tutelage of the eminent violin pedagogue, Prof. Galina Turchaninova and Prof. Asya Kushner.

In 2016, Savva received a scholarship to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester; where he is currently studying under Yuri Torchinsky, the leader of the BBC Philharmonic.

Savva has been the winner of prestigious international music competitions such as Leopold Auer International Violin and String Quartet Competition, Emil Kamilarov festival and competition for talented young violinists Sofia, Bulgaria and many others.

He has also performed in masterclasses/lessons given by notable musicians such as Andrey Baranov, Pavel Vernikov, Pierre Amoyal, Boris Kuschnir, Zakhar Bron, Krzystof Wergrzyn, Alina Ibragimova, Alina Poostkina and Yair Kless.

His studies at the RNCM are generously funded by the Levenshulme Trust.

En Hudson

Eleanor Hudson was born in Buxton Derbyshire, and began to learn the piano at the age of four, wanting to play the harp from the age of six.  She finally got her first harp at the age of thirteen, studying with Mair Jones from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, then going on to Chethams School of Music, Manchester under Jean Bell from the Halle Orchestra, with whom she continued her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.  During her time here Eleanor won the Guinness scholarship for harp and was awarded the highest mark ever for harp performance.

En Hudson

She then went on to gain a distinction in harp performance from the Royal College of Music and started to work regularly for Scottish Chamber Orchestra including a number of concerto appearances, as well as guest principal harp for the Halle, Philharmonia, Opera North, BBC Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras.  She has also been lucky enough to work with Bill Bailey, Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, the Moody Blues and the Ronnie Hazlehurst Orchestra.

Eleanor travelled to Spain to join the Malaga Symphony Orchestra for a year before returning to England to take up the post of Principal Harpist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.  During her fifteen years here she performed numerous concertos, was part of the original 10/10 contemporary ensemble and also became very committed to the Phil’s education programme.

Eleanor has recently left the RLPO to return to freelancing and having retrained as an SEN music teacher runs music projects in schools as well as taking on the role of Harp Tutor at Chethams School of Music.  She is currently a lead musician working with the RLPO /Mersey Care NHS project devising and delivering music workshops in mental health visiting many secure settings such as Ashworth Hospital.

Maria Snowdon

Based in Glossop, Maria enjoys a busy and varied career combining professional orchestral, chamber and solo playing with teaching and coaching young musicians.

Born in Merthyr Tydfil, she started the flute at the age of nine, studying with John Turner in her early teens.  Subsequently she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music to study under Kate Hill and Trevor Wye.  As a professional flautist, Maria has played with the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and Northern Chamber Orchestra.  In 1985 she was a finalist in the “National Flute Association of America” competition which was held in Denver, Colorado.

Maria Snowdon

From 1987-91 she was principal flute with the East of England Orchestra (now Sinfonia Viva).  She very much enjoys playing chamber music in a wide range of ensembles, and has performed as soloist in concertos including Mozart D Major, Bach B Minor Suite and Brandenburg 5, CPE Bach D Minor, Vivaldi “La Notte” and the William Alwyn Concerto.  She has made two solo CDs, accompanied by her brother, Francis Rayner.

Much in demand as a teacher, Maria really enjoys inspiring a love of music in the next generation, and in recent years has devoted much energy to developing opportunities for young musicians in the Peak District.  Together with her husband Jeff, she has been involved in the development of a thriving music centre in the Dark Peak area.

Maria is thrilled to be reunited with En for this performance as they first started playing as a duo back in their student days at the RNCM in the 1980s.

James Swarbrick

Eighteen year old guitarist James Swarbrick is from Bolton, Lancashire.  Having recently completed his studies at Chetham’s School of Music, James first started learning guitar with his grandfather at the age of eight.  At the age of nine he commenced guitar lessons with local teacher Stephen Lane.  In 2008 he performed before the Duchess of Kent and Sir Mark Elder, Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra, as part of the Future Talent programme.  Later that year he successfully auditioned for a place at Chetham’s.

James Swarbrick

At Chetham’s he studied the guitar with Wendy Jackson, and also participated in masterclasses with guitarists Craig Ogden, Gary Ryan, Edoardo Catemario, Graham Devine and Mark Ashford.  He also studied piano with Jonathan Middleton and the lute with Hugh Cherry.

In addition to his work as a soloist, James has also performed as an ensemble musician, having been a member of guitar ensembles of various sizes and the accompanist of singers on both the guitar and lute.  He has also worked as a continuo performer on the theorbo in various ensemble performances and in a staging of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.

James was highly commended in the UK and Ireland national final of the International Lions Club Classical Guitar Competition 2010, where he was the youngest participant.  He was similarly awarded a high mark at the International Competition for Young Guitarists Andrés Segovia in Velbert, Germany.  In August 2014, he was awarded both an LRSM diploma with distinction on the guitar and a DipABRSM diploma on piano.  In August 2015 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Schools of Music after passing the ABRSM’s highest level performance diploma, in which he presented a programme and dissertation exploring the bodies of guitar repertoire commissioned by Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream in the 20th century.

James’s main musical interests lie in the Renaissance period and the 20th century guitar repertoire; these twin interests have led him to be an active member of both the Lute Society and of the Manchester Guitar Circle, where he performs every month.  In addition to his musical activities, James also has an interest in literature and politics, and is an avid supporter of his local football club, Bolton Wanderers.