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Concert No 6

8pm Saturday 9th February 2019
at Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre

Young Musicians in Concert
Outstanding Students from Sir John Deane's College


Young Musicians     

The biographical notes for the performers are:

Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College has a thriving Performing Arts and Music Department under the
leadership of Alison Richards. This concert is performed by some of her outstanding students.

Emily Leather (Accompanist)

Emily Leather“Emily Leather’s piano accompaniment was exquisite.” - The Independent

“Emily Leather realises Mozart’s orchestra eloquently on the piano” - The Guardian

Originally from Kelsall and a former student at Sir John Deane’s Sixth Form College and Helsby High School, Emily now lives in London and enjoys a varied career as a répétiteur, vocal coach and music director, as well as working as an arranger and composer.

She graduated from the University of Leeds, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the prestigious College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In the US, Emily has been on staff with Cincinnati Opera, Portland Opera, Kentucky Opera and Opera Manhattan. Since moving back to the UK she has been MD for Opera Up Close in West End productions of La Boheme, Don Giovanni and Tosca as well as UK tours of Barber of Seville and La Boheme. Other work in the UK includes productions for British Youth Opera, Clonter Opera, London Lyric Opera, Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House. Emily completed a UK tour and residency at the Young Vic theatre as on-stage pianist for The Events, an award-winning play that featured a different community choir on stage at every performance.

Emily is an Associate Artist with the Royal Opera House and is Music Director for their Youth Opera Company. Passionate about opera education she regularly runs workshops for Opera North, Royal Opera House, Garsington Opera, English National Opera, Aldeburgh Music, English Pocket Opera and the Southbank Centre.

Emily has also composed two children's operas; Hedgehog's Home, which has had three sell out productions in London and Paris, and The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship. Both operas aim to introduce children to the delights of opera by performing alongside professional opera singers and staff.

Michelle Stearn (Piano and Flute)
Michelle StearnMichelle has been playing piano since the age of 7, and the flute since the age of 10, before attending Bridgewater High School. She has now achieved an ARSM performance diploma (merit) in both instruments. What Michelle loves the most about music is performing both as a soloist and in ensembles. In college she is part of the jazz band, concert band and wind ensemble. Outside of college, she is principal flute in Warrington Youth Orchestra and is a member of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. As well as performing in orchestral concerts, Michelle has also performed individually in EPTA concerts and the Alderley Edge Festival. In the future, Michelle is planning to study music at university.

Ella Ronald (Cornet)
Ella RonaldI have been playing the trumpet since I was 9 years old, and the cornet since I was 13. For the past 8 years, I have been playing with the Lions Youth Brass band, gradually working my way up the ranks to my current position as the principal cornet player. Due to our success on the national competition stage, in 2019 we have been invited to represent England at the European Youth Brass Band Championships in Montreux, Switzerland. Alongside my work in the youth band, I play in the Roberts Bakery Brass Band (a first section adult band) and various college ensembles. Recently, I passed my grade 8 examination with merit, and in the future I hope to study music at university, perhaps adding a few more instruments to my collection along the way!

Emma Rocke (Soprano)
Emma RockeEmma has had singing lessons for 4 years and has been playing the flute for 9 years. She currently has grade 8 in both instruments. She is a very keen and committed member of the Hallé Youth Choir, performing in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and York Minster. She is also a member of numerous ensembles such as the North Cheshire Wind Orchestra, Cheshire Youth Orchestra and Vale Royal Senior Band. At college Emma performs in every possible ensemble, including the concert band and choir. Emma previously studied at the County High School, Leftwich and is intending to study Music at university.

Maxwell Lewis (Alto Saxophone)
Maxwell LewisMax has been playing the Alto Saxophone for 8 years, and first started playing at Kingsmead Primary School, Northwich, and then at Weaverham High School, where he took his grade 8 in year 9. As a saxophonist he has played in many bands, including the Vale Royal Schools Concert Band and the National Youth Wind Orchestra, and he is enjoying participating in as many ensembles as possible at Sir John Deane’s College, including the Concert Band and Musical Show Band for the upcoming Return to the Forbidden Planet. Max also plays jazz piano, clarinet and guitar, and is the accompanist for the college Chamber Choir. He really enjoys musical composition, and is hoping to study Music at a specialist music college.

George Chipperfield (Flute / Piccolo)
George ChipperfieldGeorge started playing the Basel Piccolo age 7, before picking up the Flute and Concert Piccolo age 12. He passed his Grade 8 exam with Distinction in the spring of last year, and is currently preparing for his Diploma. At his previous school in Switzerland, his talent and motivation was rewarded when he was selected to play first flute in the School’s Instant Orchestra, meeting just twice for intensive rehearsals before performing challenging repertoire to parents, staff and interested music lovers! He still Skype’s into his weekly Basel Piccolo lessons, in preparation for the annual Swiss carnival of Fasnacht. As a member of the Sir John Deane’s Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Flute trio, he continues to seize every opportunity to perform. He plans to study Physics with Astrophysics at University.

Chloe Rigby (Soprano)
Chloe RigbyChloe has been singing since the age of 5 and started to have singing lessons at 14. Having achieved a distinction in her Grade 8 Musical Theatre singing exam, she is currently working towards her diploma. During her studies at Helsby High School, Chloe also learnt to play the piano and clarinet and is hoping to study Musical Theatre at University. Chloe sings at every opportunity she gets e.g. at jazz evenings, with her theatre groups, as part of various choirs or for studio recordings. She has taken on various roles in many performances over the years and covers classical and jazz repertoire as well as musical theatre repertoire. A highlight of hers was performing in the touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Manchester Palace Theatre. She hopes to have a career on stage. Chloe is enjoying studying Music, Theatre Studies and English Literature at Sir John Deane’s College.

Jack Hayward (Acoustic Guitar)
Jack HaywardJack is a post grade 8 guitarist who enjoys playing in a wide variety of styles, including playing electric in a jazz band and in his own rock band at college. He also plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar, which is a technically demanding and percussive style that emulates a whole band on one instrument, and this is what you will hear this evening! Jack has performed at many school/college events as well as many gigs outside of college, both within bands and as a soloist. He has been offered a place at the Royal Northern College of Music to study music College next year and hopes to pursue a career as a guitarist in the popular music industry.

Catherine Flanders (Percussion)
Catherine FlandersCatherine started playing cornet at the age of 6 and added orchestral percussion in year 8. She currently has lessons every Saturday at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music from Neil Fulton on trumpet and Ian Forgrieve on percussion. She also enjoys lessons at the JRNCM on composition and improvisation as well as playing in the ensembles there. Catherine has passed grade 8 with distinction on trumpet, piano and orchestral percussion and an ABRSM diploma on trumpet. She currently plays in several ensembles, both in and out of Sir John Deane’s, including the Love Music Trust Big Band and Percussion Ensemble, Silk Brass Band and Foden’s Youth Brass Band and is co leader of the SJD brass ensemble. She plays solo cornet for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and recently performed with them and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican in London as part of the 14 18 NOW project. Catherine enjoys composing and several of her pieces have been performed by her percussion ensemble, the most memorable being a performance of Vicious Cycle at the World Music Contest in Kerkrade. Outside of music, Catherine enjoys rowing for the college and has nearly completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award. Catherine hopes to study aerospace engineering at university, but she is certain that music will remain a big part of her life for many years to come.



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