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Vivaldi Gloria and Four Seasons by Candlelight

Thursday 27 February 2020

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London


Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
Vivaldi – Gloria

Tiffin Boys’ Choir
Malcolm Arnold Academy Choir
Brandenburg Sinfonia
Simon Toyne Conductor


Brandenburg Sinfonia is in great demand abroad and has, in recent years visited France, USA, Bermuda, the Channel Islands, Barbados, Cyprus, Malta and St Petersburg. The varied range of activities undertaken by the orchestra include a major concert series at St Martin-in-the- Fields and a major Classical Music cruise on the QE2. One of the recent highlights was an International Opera Gala conducted by Richard Bonynge in the presence of HRH Prince Charles. A large number of artists of international standing have worked with the orchestra including Richard Bonynge, Yvonne Kenny, Emmanuel Hurwitz, Lesley Garrett, John Georgiadis, John Wallace, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman and Gordon Hunt. Its repertoire ranges from Bach to Lloyd Webber and its members give over one hundred performances of orchestral, chamber choral and operatic music during the year.

Simon Toyne is Executive Director of Music of the David Ross Education Trust, where he is responsible for the development of music across over 30 state primary and secondary schools in the East of England, including conducting the Chapel Choir of Malcolm Arnold Academy.

Born in Exeter, Simon received his early musical training as a chorister in Exeter Cathedral Choir and then as a music scholar at Eton College, before becoming Organ Scholar of University College, Oxford. In 1991, he was appointed Director of the Tiffin Boys’ Choir, and in 1994 took up the post of Organist and Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Kingston upon Thames, holding both positions until Summer 2015. Under his direction, the Tiffin Boys’ Choir worked with the major conductors in the world, including Pappano, Rattle, Gergiev, Maazel, Elder, Masur and Salonen, performed each year with the Royal Opera and the London orchestras, and featured on the soundtrack for many major films, including The Hobbit and Philomena. Simon led the choir on over twenty foreign tours, including to Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Russia, and conducted the choir in concert with the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Sinfonia Britannica and Philharmonia Orchestra.  As Assistant Head and Director of Music of Tiffin School, a state grammar school in Kingston upon Thames, he led an outreach programme which saw the formation of the Thames Youth Orchestra and the Tiffin Children’s Chorus, as well as the project Choirs for Schools, in which choirs were formed and developed in all 32 primary schools of the Borough of Kingston. During his tenure at All Saints’ Church, whose choir sings Cathedral repertoire at two services each Sunday, the choir broadcast on BBC1, Radio 4 and World Service Radio, and over 20 choristers gained choral scholarships to Oxford and Cambridge.

Simon has led workshops on conducting and singing for Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the Association of British Choral Directors, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the Kotuku Trust in New Zealand, and the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, New York. He has been Director of the National Youth Training Choir of Wales and Music Director of Riverside Opera, and his performances as organist have included both Cathedrals of Liverpool and the National Auditorium of Madrid. Simon is a Director of the Eton Choral Courses, leading the course at Oxford this summer, and is President-Elect of the MMA Music Teachers’ Association.

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