RNCM Chamber Orchestra
Friday 22 October 2021, 7.30pm
RNCM Concert Hall
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor The Bamboula Op 75: Rhapsodic Dance No 1*
Béla Bartók Viola Concerto (revised version by Nelson Dellamaggiore and Peter Bartók)
Sally Beamish Whitescape*
Jean Sibelius Symphony No 3 in C major Op 52
Rory Macdonald, Robin Wallington* conductors
Xin He viola
This concert will include a 30-minute interval, and will end at approximately 9.30pm.
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Robin Wallington is a versatile young English conductor/composer with a reputation for dynamic performances across a wide range of contemporary and established repertoire. He was recently designated Mills Williams Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, a position he took up in September 2021. Equally at home in front of a full symphony orchestra, period instrument ensemble or contemporary music specialist ensemble, Robin brings a driving energy and detailed eye to his wide repertoire. He has worked with ensembles such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Psappha, and Northern Ballet Sinfonia. He has assisted conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Vasily Petrenko, Vassily Sinaisky, John Storgårds, Dalia Stasevska, Ben Gernon, and others. Robin is also a professional composer, arranger, and editor, having arranged for both classical and cross-over projects with a variety of ensembles. He regularly works as an arranger for the BBC Philharmonic and String Infusion. His arrangements have been broadcast on national and local radio stations such as BBC Radio 3, Radio Cumbria, Radio York, and Radio Lincolnshire, and his reductions of orchestral works for chamber ensembles have sold internationally through the COVID-19 pandemic. For further information, or to commission an arrangement, please use the contact form accessible via the navigation bar above.
Rory Macdonald stands out as one of the most engaging British conductors of his generation, leading stylish performances of a notably wide range of operatic and symphonic repertoire. Engagements recently and in seasons beyond include returns to Oper Frankfurt for Le nozze di Figaro and to the Opera Theater of Saint Louis for The Magic Flute, as well as his debut for the Opéra de Tours for Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face, a performance with the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, debuts with the Philharmonia and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and a return to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Rory studied music at Cambridge University, and after graduating he was appointed assistant conductor to Iván Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra (2001-2003), and to Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra (2006-2008). He was also a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House (2004-2006), where he worked closely with Antonio Pappano on such major projects as the complete Ring cycle.
Xin He grew up in China and began playing the viola at aged 12. She is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student at the RNCM, receiving four years full scholarship from the ABRSM and learning with Lucy Nolan, Veit Hertenstein and Martin Schaefer. Since commencing her studies at the RNCM, Xin has had masterclasses with viola players such as Thomas Riebl and Henk Guittart. In April 2019, She travelled to the Lionel Tertis Viola Festival on the Isle of Man where she participated in concerts and masterclasses with Carol Rodland and Louise Lansdown. She is one of the winners of the 2021 RNCM Concerto Competition.
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