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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 Freya Chambers (Saxophone)

Sponsored by a member of the Society   

Jonathan Radford (Saxophone)

Praised for his “exceptional musicianship and emotive playing", saxophonist Jonathan Radford is the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition Gold Medalist and first prize winner. He is currently a Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist with Making Music (PDGYA), a Park Lane Group Young Artist, a Tunnell Trust Artist and a Countess of Munster Musical Trust Recital Scheme Artist. He is featured as a Rising Star in the August 2018 BBC Music Magazine.

Jonathan has given recitals at major venues in Europe including Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Grieg Hall in Bergen, the Centre Pompidou and Philharmonie in Paris. He has appeared as soloist with several orchestras including the Slovenian Chamber Orchestra and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. A keen advocate of contemporary music he has premièred works by Luis Naón (co-commissioned by Radio France), Betsy Jolas (commissioned by the CNSM) and collaborated with IRCAM in Paris.

Highlights this season include recitals for music societies and festivals throughout the UK and performances at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room (Southbank Centre), Wigmore Hall, the Elgar Room at the Royal Albert Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and St James’s Church Piccadilly. Over the past year Jonathan explored and commissioned new works for saxophone and mixed ensemble as part of his Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music.

Born in 1990, Jonathan studied at Chetham’s School of Music and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSM) with Claude Delangle, graduating in 2017 with Masters degrees in both saxophone and chamber music with distinction. He recently graduated from the prestigious Artist Diploma course at the Royal College of Music, London with Kyle Horch where he was the Mills Williams Junior Fellow 2017-18.

Passionate about chamber music, Jonathan is a co-founder of the Yendo Quartet. The Quartet is regularly broadcast by Radio France featuring on Generation Jeunes Interprète, Alla Breve and En Piste, they have recently released their first CD, Utópico. Last summer they took part in festivals in Croatia, France and Spain.

Jonathan is grateful for support from the Mills Williams Foundation, the Royal Over Seas League, the Tunnell Trust, Making Music, the Hattori Foundation (Senior Soloist Award), the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Musicians' Company (Maisie Lewis Young Artist) and Help Musicians UK (Ian Fleming Award). He is also a Vandoren Paris Artist.

Kaoli Ono (Piano)

French pianist Kaoli Ono recently graduated with distinction from the Conservatoire National Superior 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 its own arrangements and has begun to collaborate with orchestrators / arrangers / composers for future projects. This means players 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 that players can transform from a wind quintet to a saxophone group during a piece. The group has a keen interest in performance and outreach, bringing its 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.

Freya Chambers (Saxophone)

Freya is currently in her final year of study at the Royal Northern College of Music. Freya has a large amount of ensemble experience on both saxophone and clarinet, including performing with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall and RNCM New Ensemble at Wigmore Hall, multiple appearances with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, and being selected to perform with the BBC Youth Ensemble at the Last Night of the Proms in the summer of 2016. She also performed Arnold’s Second Clarinet Concerto at the 2016 Malcolm Arnold Festival. Freya has delivered a number of solo presentations to primary school children (ages 6-12) as well as interactive chamber music workshops with duos and quartets to children of the same age group. She has also performed a number of concerts in schools and nursing homes.

Chameleon appears by kind permission of the RNCM.


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