RNCM Symphony Orchestra with Anu Tali
Augusta Holmès Allegro Feroce
Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
Erkki-Sven Tüür Le poids des vies non vécues
Camille Saint-Saëns Symphony No 3 in C minor Op 78 ‘Organ’
Anu Tali, Robin Wallington conductors
Yiyi Su piano
Anna Lapwood organ
Adam Swayne host
Biographies and orchestra list
Robin 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.
Described by the Herald Tribune as ’charismatic, brilliant, energetic’, Anu Tali is one of the most captivating conductors on the international scene today, belonging to a new generation of musicians who are constantly striving for fresh and ingenious artistic creativity.
Highlights of the 2021/22 season include a return to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as engagements with Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, National Philharmonic of Russia and Orchestra de Padova e del Veneto, to name a few.
Former Music Director of the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida, Anu Tali appears regularly with orchestras worldwide including the New Japan and Tokyo Philharmonic orchestras, Orchestre National de France, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In Germany, she has worked with Deutsches Symphonieorchester Berlin, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Berliner Konzerthausorchester, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Ensemble Modern.
In opera, Tali has had major success with the production of Carmen at Magdeburg State Opera and was invited to conduct the Freiburger Barockorchester in a production of Gluck’s Telemaco at the Schwetzingen Festival and Theater Basel. Another notable highlight includes acclaimed semi-staged performances of Goebbels’ Songs of Wars I Have Seen with ensembles including the London Sinfonietta at New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s Southbank Centre and in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Seattle and Barcelona. In 2021, she made history as the first woman to conduct an opera at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, in the Calixto Bieito production of Carmen.
Yiyi Su is a Chinese pianist studying piano performance at Royal Northern College of Music with Graham Scott. Supported by Ms McLeod and Trustees of the Blenheim Music Circle, Yiyi holds a Rosalind Leney Award and Pamela Larkin Award. She has recently completed her Bachelors degree with distinction at the Royal College of Music, following studies with Gordon Fergus-Thompson.
Before she came to UK, Yiyi received numerous national and international prizes, including Third Prize in The National Piano Concerto Competition (China), First prize in the Asia Yamaha Competition and she became the Yamaha Young Artist and Scholar in the Years 2014 – 2016.
As a soloist, Yiyi performs regularly throughout the UK and notable past performances include solo recitals in St Stephen’s Church (London), St George’s Hanover Square (London), and Steinway & Sons Recital Hall (China/London). She has recently won the RNCM’s Concerto Competition and First Prize of the Mark Ray Recital Prize.
Anna Lapwood is an organist, conductor and broadcaster, and holds the position of Director of Music at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where she conducts the Chapel Choir and Girls’ Choir. While studying at Oxford University, Anna was the first female in Magdalen College’s 560-year history to be awarded the Organ Scholarship. Now performing multiple recitals each season, she released her debut solo album “Images” in the autumn of 2021.
Anna made her BBC Proms debut at as soloist in Saint-Saëns ‘Organ Symphony’ in September 2021 with the Hallé Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder, repeating the Saint-Saëns later that month with conductor Kazuki Yamada and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
Anna made her TV presenting debut in 2020/21 hosting coverage of BBC Young Musician, followed by presenting a televised Prom in September 2021. As a radio broadcaster she is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. She has also been featured on Classic FM and presented for Scala Radio.
A strong advocate for music education at home and abroad, she specialises in bringing music to children from impoverished backgrounds. When the Covid-19 Pandemic put a stop to much of Anna’s work in this area overseas she focussed her efforts closer to home, founding and conducting the NHS Chorus-19, made up of over 1000 NHS staff from across the UK.
Anna is humbled to find that she is an inspiration to many young women and proud that they have adopted her hashtag, #playlikeagirl.
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