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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.

RNCM Chamber Orchestra

First Violins

Cate Bordoni, Dylan Latham, Phoebe Forrester, Samuel Kane, Alessandro Pacik, Susanna Alsey, Ines Ferreira, Tiannan Ye, Becky Cheung, Anna Xu

Second Violins

Grainne White, James Warburton, Leda Mileto, Samy Okuma-Chin, Andrew Taheny, Edward Holmes, Katie Jankinson, Zhiyong Xu


Ellie Waddington, India Blackshaw-Britton, Rhiannon Collins, Chaofan Chen, Adonis Lau, Eilidh Randall


Clara Hope Simpson, Josh Harri, Stefan Rogers, Matilde Viegas


Marcus de Oliveira, Maria Fernandes, Aron Jonason, Bryn Davies


Sarah Canzonetta, Naomi Robinson, Leah Wing (picc)


Banita Wheatley-Holmes, Charlotte Soerland (cor)


Robyn Saunders, Ella Sehringer (bass)


Beatriz Carvalho, Erline Moreira (contra)

French Horns

Abbie Young, Joe Clarkson, Sophie Bell, Victoria Schofield


Robbie Richardson, Erin McLellan, Gray Tracy


Steinn Halldorsson, Fraser Waddell, Asa Riley


Heidi Solem


Caitlin Monaghan


Tom Hall, Chu Ye, Kitty Wang

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Friday 22 October 2021, 7.30pm - Tickets £12


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