We rehearse and perform in Kendal, in the North West of England, on the southern edge of the Lake District.
Kendal was once part of the old county of Westmorland, a name proudly maintained by the Westmorland Orchestra.
Music Director and Principal Conductor, Richard Howarth
Playing Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini on May 20th 2016
Described by Robert Beale for the Manchester Evening News as “a young pianist set to make a major impact”, Slava Sidorenko began his musical education at the age of five in Kharkov, Ukraine.
In 2003 he was awarded an Associated Board (ABRSM) full scholarship to study with Norma Fisher at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he won many major awards including the coveted RNCM Gold Medal. His studies continued until 2010 on the first RNCM International Artist Diploma Course with the generous support of the Royal Northern College of Music, the Musicians Benevolent Fund’s MBF Music Education Award, the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund, The Worshipful Company of Musicians and The Boise Foundation.
His numerous competition successes include prizes in the Luzenko International Piano Competition in Ukraine, Moray International Piano Competition in Scotland, Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year, the Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe Scholarship and Jacques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition, Dudley International Piano Competition, Brant International Piano Competition. He was also a finalist in the Busoni International Piano Competition in 2007 and awarded the Silver Medal of The Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2008.
Slava has appeared as recital and concerto soloist in the Ukraine, Germany, Italy, France and many parts of the UK. He made his debut in 2009 at the Wigmore Hall, as winner of the Jacques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition, (the CD “Live at Wigmore Hall” was released the following year), receiving glowing reviews. He performed with major orchestras including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata Chamber Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra.
He was recently appointed as RNCM Ambassador.
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Playing Hummel's Trumpet Concerto on 18th March 2017
Gideon is currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Postgraduate student under the tutelage of Paul Beniston and Will O’ Sullivan. After receiving scholarships from Guildhall, Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, he is now enjoying London life whilst at Guildhall. Previously Gideon studied with Andrew Everton at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he performed as principal trumpet with every major college ensemble and held an orchestral placement with the Welsh National Opera for two years.
Outside of college life, Gideon has worked with professional orchestras including the English National Ballet, Welsh National Opera, Sinfonia Cymru and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with whom he has recorded and performed live with on BBC Radio 3. As well as performing in most of the country’s largest concert halls, he has played on Radio and Television broadcasts by BBC, BBC Proms, ITV, Sky Arts Television and S4C.
He was also a member of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain and CBSO Youth Orchestra Academy and appeared as a soloist with the Cambrian Orchestra performing Shostakovich's Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings. Gideon also played for HRH The Queen on her visit to the Barbican in 2012 and on two occasions for HRH The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
Gideon is a recipient of the Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award and is very grateful to Help Musicians UK, the Guildhall School Trust and the Westdene Fund for generously supporting his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.