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Concert No 5

8pm Saturday 12th January 2019
at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre

Jonathan Radford (Saxophone)
Kaoli Ono (Piano)- 1st Half

Sponsored by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust   

  “the most gifted saxophonist of his generation”
- Internationally acclaimed saxophonist and composer, Richard Ingham

Chameleon Wind Ensemble - 2nd Half
RNCM Prize Winners

Anna Murphy (Flute), George Strickland (Oboe),
Jessica Tomlinson (Clarinet), Eleanor Mills (Bassoon)
and Hannah Corcoran (Saxophone)

Sponsored by a member of the Society   

Jonathan Radford (Saxophone)

Initially studying at Chetham’s School of Music, Jonathan continued his musical education in France at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSM) becoming the first British saxophonist to enter Claude Delangle’s world-famous saxophone class. Recently completing masters degrees in both saxophone and chamber music with distinction from CNSM, Jonathan is currently continuing his studies with Kyle Horch in London at the Royal College of Music as the Mills Williams Junior Fellow 2017/18.

He has performed throughout Europe in prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall, Grieg Hall and Philharmonie de Paris and has performed concertos with orchestras including the Slovenian Chamber Orchestra and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. A keen promoter of contemporary music, Jonathan has collaborated with the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) and has premièred works by Betsy Jolas and Luis Naón.

Passionate about chamber music, Jonathan co-founded the Yendo Quartet. The saxophone group have been broadcast by Radio France on the programmes Generation Young Talent and Alla Breve and have recently released their first CD, Utópico. As Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music, Jonathan is leading a project with the aim of developing and exploring the saxophone’s mixed chamber music repertoire, through concerts and workshops during the course of the year. Jonathan has received awards from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, the Laubach Masterclass and most recently was awarded a Maisie Lewis Award by The Musicians’ Company, a Star Award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and a Senior Soloist award from the Hattori Foundation.

Jonathan is a Help Musicians UK Ian Fleming Award holder, a Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist and a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme Artist.

Kaoli Ono (Piano)

French pianist Kaoli Ono recently graduated with distinction from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris studying with Erika Guiomard and Nathalie Dang in the répétiteur class. Whilst at the Paris Conservatoire she participated in an Erasmus exchange in Berlin at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler with Alexander Vitlin, she is currently studying piano performance at the Haute École de Musique in Geneva with Professor Marc Pantillon.

She started her piano studies at the regional conservatoire of Clermont-Ferrand with Isabelle Ducreux before continuing her studies at the conservatoire of Orléans with Laurence Karsenti where she obtained her DEM in 2007. After two years studying for her perfectionnement degree she successfully entered the Pôle d’enseignement artistique Supérieur de Paris-Boulogne- Billancourt, where she studied in the class of Marie-Paule Siruguet, she finished in 2012 obtaining the DNSPM in piano performance.

Kaoli has had success in a number of international competitions, she is a laureate of Brin d’Herbe 2009 and Musiques du Dernier Siècle 2013. She was awarded 2nd prize at the Leopold Bellan and Lempdes competitions where she was also awarded the special prize from the jury. In 2008 she obtained 1st prize at 11ème rencontres et grand prix national jeunes talents. Since 2016 she is a laureate of the Foundation Meyer.

She performs regularly in Europe and Japan both as a soloist and accompanist as well as in chamber music ensembles. She holds a diploma in harmony from Fabien Waksman’s class at the CNSMDP, she is also a composer with a particular interest in vocal music. She is professor of piano accompaniment at Amiens Conservatory.

Chameleon Wind Ensemble

Formed in October 2016, Chameleon is a group of musicians who met at the RNCM in Manchester. United by their ability to double/triple, they formed a group where each member performs on multiple instruments, often within the same piece.

In their first year, Chameleon won the Trevor Wye Chamber Music Competition and were both highly commended and won the audience prize at the Christopher Rowland Chamber Music Competition. They were also awarded the June Emerson Launchpad Prize.

As there is no existing repertoire for Chameleon, the group creates their own arrangements and has begun to collaborate with orchestrators / arrangers / composers for future projects. This means they are able to push the boundaries of typical wind ensembles, and can experiment with new combinations of wind instruments.

The group bases its set-up on a traditional wind quintet, replacing the French horn with saxophone, and each member is principally one of the other four instruments - flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon. The group’s unique range of doubling instruments also means they can transform from a wind quintet to a saxophone group during a piece.

The group has a keen interest in performance and outreach, bringing their music to audiences in both the concert hall and in the community.

Anna Murphy (Flute)

Anna Murphy was born in Belgium to a French mother and Irish father. She began playing the flute at the age of ten in her town’s local music school, where she eventually won the Jean-Pierre Rampal prize at the age of seventeen. In September 2012, Anna started at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where she studied for two years with Laura Jellicoe. She is currently in her fourth year at the RNCM under the tuition of Laura Jellicoe and Kevin Gowland.

Throughout her musical education and development Anna has had opportunities to play to many renowned flautists from around Europe such as Samuel Coles, Michael Cox, William Bennett, Julien Beaudiment, Robert Winn and Michael Hasel. Although Anna enjoys performing as a soloist, she also has orchestral experience having performed at venues such as the Bridgewater Hall, Cadogan Hall and the Royal Festival Hall with Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra. Whilst at the RNCM, Anna has performed with the college’s symphony orchestra, concert orchestra and was part of the opera production Cosi Fan Tutte. During her last two years of study, Anna has been able to participate in projects alongside professionals as part of the college’s Professional Experience Scheme, performing with the BBC Philharmonic in several concerts, and travelling to Amsterdam to play alongside the Netherlands Wind Ensemble (NBE). She was also invited to perform in their 2018 New Year’s concert in the Concertgebouw.

George Strickland (Oboe)

George is a musician based in Manchester and is a recent graduate from the Master’s programme at the Royal Northern College of Music where he studied under Melinda Maxwell on oboe and Rachel Pankhurst on cor anglais. His studies were supported by a John Fewkes (Leicestershire) Instrumental Scholarship. Prior to this, George graduated from University of Leeds where he was taught by Christine Swain. While studying at the RNCM, George was awarded the Evelyn Rothwell Oboe Prize.

George leads a busy professional life alongside his studies as a performer, musical director, rehearsal pianist, orchestrator and arranger. Previous engagements include the role of Musical Director at UK Productions (Winter 2017), Assistant Musical Director of Leeds Youth Opera (2014-15), and Music Director at Robin Hood Camp, Brooksville ME (2013). George plays oboe with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra and Leeds Youth Opera (where he is also Assistant Musical Director).

George is an orchestrator and arranger and has had his work performed around the UK. George’s previous work includes Jason Manford's Christmas Charity Concert with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, re-orchestrations for Leeds Youth Opera, and vocal arrangements for Oh! What a Lovely War at the University of Leeds.

Jessica Tomlinson (Clarinet)

Jessica Tomlinson is currently in her final year of Master’s study at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Nicholas Cox, Antonio Salguero and John Bradbury, after graduating from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2016 with First Class Honours.

Outside of her studies, Jessica has an active freelance career, playing regularly in pit bands around the North West and previously in London. Her orchestral playing takes her all over the country, playing with Amadeus Orchestra, Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, EC4, Notting Hill Orchestra and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, allowing her to play in venues such as the Barbican Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and Exeter Cathedral.

Jessica works frequently with The Rig as a workshop leader taking their “installation of musical curiosities” to festivals such as Geronimo and WOMAD and performing alongside the BBC Philharmonic for their recent children’s concert The Amazing Sound Quest.”

Eleanor Mills (Bassoon)

Eleanor Mills is currently a final year postgraduate student at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Laurence Perkins, Gretha Tulls and Bill Anderson; and is a recipient of the John Fewkes (Leicestershire) Instrumentalists Scholarship. Prior to this she graduated from the University of Nottingham with a 2:1 Honours Degree in Music.

Prior to university Eleanor studied at Junior Guildhall and Bexley Bird College and was a Bexley Young Musician finalist. She was part of the LSO “On Track” scheme and a member of the East London Creative Jazz Orchestra playing at venues such as the Barbican alongside performers including Robert Glasper and Winton Marsalis. Thus far in her Master’s training Eleanor has played with the RNCM’s symphony, chamber and concert orchestras, in the conservatoire's opera La Vie Parisienne, and with RNCM’s wind orchestra in recordings for Chandos records.

Eleanor is also passionate about outreach and through college has been a part of the creation and performance of both the RNCM’s Children’s Operas for the last 2 years, and Adages, a project to help those with dementia by creating and performing music within care homes and hospitals. This project culminated in a dementia-friendly performance in Manchester Cathedral of an original Oratorio from material created in sessions in care homes across Greater Manchester.

Outside her studies Eleanor is an active freelancer and she regularly plays in pit bands, with recent musicals including 9 to 5, White Christmas, Sister Act and Singing in the Rain.

Hannah Corcoran (Saxophone)

Hannah is currently in her final year of study at the Royal Northern College of Music. Recently she was awarded the ‘Cox Memorial Prize’ and gained second place at Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra’s highly competitive ‘Young Soloist Competition 2017’. Hannah was thrilled to have been awarded the title of Coro Nuovo’s ‘Young Musician of The Year 2016’, and is looking forward to collaborating with Coro Nuovo in the forthcoming year. Hannah played alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the BBC Last Night of the Proms 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall, and returned to the hall again this year performing with New York ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars in their Late Night Prom. In 2015 she was appointed the position of First-Call Saxophone for the Young Musician’s Symphony Orchestra, and also placed joint first in the Springboard Festival’s under 19’s concerto competition in her hometown of Brighton. Hannah also enjoys playing in orchestras such as the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, the Sussex Symphony Orchestra, and the RNCM Session Orchestra, who represented the RNCM at the Dulwich College Music Festival in Shanghai last year.

Hannah has performed in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Glyndebourne Opera House and the Bridgewater Hall, as well as concert halls across China and Switzerland when touring with her quartet earlier this year. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and at a variety of events including the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Brighton Fringe Festival and Kendal Calling Festival. Hannah was involved in the Garage Classical collaboration at Liverpool International Music Festival, culminating in a performance with legendary artists from the UK Garage music scene live on BBC Radio 1. She has also enjoyed working alongside a variety of artists including Snarky Puppy, Matthew Ford, Tim Garland and Jason Manford, as well as performing alongside DJ’s all over the country as well as across Europe.

Chameleon appears by kind permission of the RNCM.


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