Project with GABOR TAKACS-NAGY
I was appointed Co-Leader of Manchester Camerata in 2016 and have been a member of the orchestra since 2013. I've thoroughly enjoyed covering both the Leader and Co-Leader roles with this fantastic orchestra. I feel so fortunate to have met and worked with our Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy. His musical risk-taking and story-telling approach is a great fit with the orchestra's desire to transport our audiences emotionally.
Manchester Camerata love to have their own principals directing and enjoy a huge variety of genres in their projects. I've directed familiar works by Vivaldi and Grieg through to Piazzolla Tangos, Bartok Folk Dances and a Celtic Saxophone Concerto. It's also been fantastic to collaborate with soloists Jess Gillam, Francesca Dego and Jennifer Pike.
Project with JESS GILLAM
CO-LEADING // LEADING
As well as our major projects with Gabor, the orchestra enjoys collaborations with other artists. It was a joy to welcome back our previous leader Giovanni Guzzo to conduct and direct as well as the incredible accordion player Martynas Levickis. Our Italy tour with Martha Argerich was a personal highlight and the orchestra are delighted to be recording all 23 Mozart Piano Concertos with the effervescent Jean-Efflam Bavouzet on the Chandos label over the next few years. Read more about this project here.
CHAMBER MUSIC //
Playing chamber music with the Manchester Camerata principals is always a joy. We enjoy playing both chamber music masterworks as well as fun, virtuosic arrangements by our incredibly talented Arranger-in-Residence Simon Parkin. We've played a wide variety of arrangements, from Scarborough Fair through to Eric Clapton, all showing off the capabilities of both the instruments and Camerata's principal players.
RNCM SCHEME //
We're big supporters of the Royal Northern College of Music's Professional Experience Scheme here at Manchester Camerata. The PES scheme offers RNCM's top level senior students to gain real-world experience as ensemble musicians. Check out this video to hear me talking about the work Camerata musicians do alongside Gabor to create an invaluable learning experience for students.