RNCM Gold Medal – Concert 1 (2pm)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky arr Braunstein Lensky’s Aria from Eugene Onegin        
Francisco Lopez Mångata 
Francisco Lopez Las Tres Morillas
York Bowen Flute Sonata Op 120                                                                                                       

Daniel Jacob-Ormson flute
Ben Powell piano

Chris Cook
Apeirophobia (world premiere)

Samuel Staples violin
Nathan Jackson-Turner cello
Phil Leslie piano


Huw Watkins Sarabande
J S Bach Partita No 6 in E Minor BWV 830

Henry Lewis piano


This performance will end at approximately 3.30pm.


The Panel

Manus Carey – Deputy Principal (Performance and Programmes), RNCM
Philip Grange – Composer
Professor Linda Merrick – Principal, RNCM
Sandra Parr – Artistic Planning Director (Orchestras and Ensembles), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic



Daniel Jacob-Ormson - flute

Daniel has been playing the flute since the age of six. He studied with Gareth McLearnon, Margaret Ogonovsky at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, and Anna Noakes, Susan Milan, and Christopher Green at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He was awarded a scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music, where he is currently completing postgraduate studies with Kevin Gowland and Jennifer Hutchinson, supported by the Pat Barney Award and the John Fewkes Instrumentalist Scholarship.

Daniel enjoys performing in a wide array of settings, ranging from sextets to symphony orchestras. He frequently plays in competitions across the country, such as the Croydon Performing Arts Festival, where he is five-time recipient of the Jonathan Myall Prize and twice winner of the Mayor’s Cup. Daniel has also been fortunate to be involved with community projects across South London, memorably with the charity Everyone Matters. As a soloist, he has recently performed J S Bach’s Badinerie with the Hallé and recorded Takemitsu’s Toward the Sea II with the BBC Philharmonic.

Chris Cook - composer

Christopher Cook is a composer based in Manchester, UK. He has had pieces performed and workshopped by the Villiers Quartet, Sacconi Quartet, Onyx Brass and by members of Psappha and the LSO. He is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Composition at the RNCM with a scholarship from the Richard Newitt Fund under the tutelage of Professors Adam Gorb and Emily Howard.

In 2021, he was selected as a finalist of The John Armitage Memorial Prize and in 2022, he won The Rosamond Prize for They Multiply Their Wings, written alongside the poet, Katherine Collins. His first orchestral work Dragonfly Vignettes was performed by RNCM Brand New Orchestra in January 2022 with the solo cellist Joseph Myer Dawson. He has also written scores for several feature films, including Krays:Code of Silence (2021) starring Stephen Moyer and Wolves of War (2022) starring Rupert Graves, Ed Westwick and Matt Willis. He also wrote the soundtrack for the award-winning animated film titled Skeleton of a Moth directed by Emma Kay Smith.

Henry Lewis - piano

Henry Lewis was born in 1999 and grew up in the Somerset countryside, taking piano lessons with Catherine Miller in Bristol until 2018. He is currently in his final year of undergraduate studies at the RNCM in the class of Helen Krizos, having also studied with Murray McLachlan. He has been fortunate to receive guidance in masterclasses with such artists as Angela Hewitt, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Steven Osborne.

Henry has enjoyed giving recitals across the UK. Most notably in 2015, he had the pleasure of performing Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in F minor at St George’s Bristol. More recently, in 2019 he gave a performance of the solo piano works of Adam Gorb (Head of Composition at the RNCM), including several world premieres over two concerts at the Stoller Hall in Manchester as part of the Chetham’s International Piano Festival.

Henry also takes great joy in playing chamber music; he has a particular love of the works of J S Bach and contemporary music as reflected in his programme today.