Serenade for Strings by Candlelight
Elgar – Serenade for Strings
Sibelius – Valse Triste
Alwyn – Concerto Gross No. 2 in G
Mozart – Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (arr. Dame Myra Hess/Johnson)
Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra
Adam Johnson Conductor & Pianist
Formed in 2007, The Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra presents professional concerts at the highest level both in the UK, and worldwide. We are unique in our specialisation in repertoire of composers born within the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) region, and our innovative programming includes composers from these territories alongside other orchestral works. We are delighted to be named Orchestra in Association with The Sibelius Society UK, and we are proud of the international links we have forged with Norway, Sweden, Finland and of course our support in the UK. We pride ourselves in providing interesting programming with symphonic repertoire in central London with only the finest musicians. It is only through the belief from our supporters, and within our unique orchestra that we have come so far so quickly. The NLSO is continually proud of our growing Friends of the orchestra and is sincerely grateful for all the support from our loyal audience members. If you would like to know more about the benefits of becoming a Friend of the NLSO or to join our mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, IndieGoGo, LinkedIn and visit our website www.nlso.org NLSO is gratefully supported by Vivienne Westwood.
Adam Johnson is one of the most versatile and exciting young musicians to have founded his own orchestra in recent years. The Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra, of which he is both Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, has attracted the attention of concert-goers in London since its formation in 2007 (‘Thrilling’ Classical Source 2011). Unique among the outstanding artists of his generation, Johnson is as equally at home conducting opera as he is fulfilling the role of soloist in concerto repertoire, playing chamber music, or directing his own large-scale compositions.
Winner of the Ricordi Operatic Conducting Prize whilst still studying under Sir Mark Elder, Adam Johnson was invited to assist Ari Benjamin Meyers on his multi-media contemporary theatre work Il tempo di Postino as part of the Manchester International Festival. His outstanding contribution to the production led the following year to associate conductorship of the London première of Jonathan Dove’s opera Flightwith British Youth Opera under Nicholas Cleobury. His subsequent operatic successes have included direction of Karol Szymanowski’s rarely performed King Roger and Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia for Elemental Opera, a young innovative touring company with whom he enjoys an ongoing partnership.
A former scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music with the Sema Group Contemporary Performance Prize to his credit (for his performance of Lowell Lieberman Concerto No.1 – ‘a bravura…terrific performance’ Liebermann) Johnson continues his piano studies with Peter Feuchtwanger who has described him as in possession of ‘an excellent technique and full of fantasy’.
Future plans include developing an ambitious educational programme in inner London with the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra, which enjoys a residency at St Saviour’s Church, Pimilco. When time permits Johnson enjoys playing chamber music with colleagues at the North Yorkshire Chamber Music Festival and at other prestigious events. The composer Oliver Knussen has spoken of the ‘extraordinary detail’ of his performances.