FREE Lunchtime Concert: Blaze Ensemble
Paul Pritchard – Fire Dances (World Premiere)
Mozart – Piano Concerto No 16 in D
English conductor George Vass studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music; he made his professional conducting debut at St John’s, Smith Square, London and as Artistic Director of the Regent Sinfonia of London and Orchestra Nova. As a guest conductor he has worked with a wide variety of ensembles including the Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National and Ulster orchestras, the Amsterdam Promenade Orkest, Konzertensemble, Salzburg, The Joyful Company of Singers, The London Mozart Players, Malmö Opera Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Choir of Merton College Oxford, Schola Cantorum of Oxford and Oxford Orchestra da Camera. He has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Channel 4 television. He has held the post of Artistic Director of the Presteigne Festival since 1992, having also been Artistic Director of the Hampstead and Highgate Festival from 2004 until 2009. He is founder Artistic Director of Nova Music and currently serves the Bushey Symphony Orchestra, City of Canterbury Chamber Choir and St Albans Choral Society as Music Director.
Pianist and conductor Chris Hopkins is in demand across a wide range of projects, from concertos, solo and chamber recitals, symphony concerts and opera. He has performed throughout Europe and Asia, extensively in London, with performances at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and Classic FM. As a pianist, Chris has performed solo and chamber music in New York, Japan, Europe, Singapore and London. Alongside a Beethoven concerto cycle, he has recently appeared playing concerti by Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Mozart and Schumann. Chris has worked with conductors including Sir Mark Elder, David Parry, Pierre-Andre Valade, Trevor Pinnock, Edward Gardner, as assistant and répétiteur working at ENO, WNO, NI Opera, and others. Chris was honoured in 2013 to be made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.