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 Dvoraks Cello Concerto on March 10th 2018Photo Credit - Pia Johnson
Jack Bailey is currently a student of Hannah Roberts at the Royal Northern College of Music, having previously studied with Howard Penny at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.
Notable solo engagements have included Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante in E minor with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, C.P.E. Bach’s A Major Cello Concerto with Orchestra Victoria and Schumann’s Cello Concerto with the U3A Hawthorn Orchestra.
Jack recently returned from a national recital tour in Australia performing in such venues as the Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Centre as a 2017 ANAM Artist, and was a featured Young Artist at the Adelaide International Cello Festival performing a solo recital and Bach’s 6th Suite in the Bach Suites Gala Concert.
Competition successes include 2nd Prize at the Wallace International Cello Competition and also 2nd Prize and the Audience Award at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition, as well as the prize for the Most Promising competitor at the Gisborne International Music Competition in New Zealand.
During his time at the RNCM, internally Jack has won the prestigious Barbirolli Cello Prize and the Amy Lindley Prize for Cello. Jack was also awarded the Prize for the Most Outstanding Recital of 2013 at the Australian National Academy of Music.
Jack has benefitted greatly from taking part in masterclasses at Kronberg Academy in Germany, IMS Prussia Cove and the London Masterclasses in the UK, and the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles, working with such maestros as Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Isserlis, Gary Hoffman, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, Torleif Thedéen, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Philippe Muller, Miklos Perenyi and Frans Helmerson.Concert tickets are available from The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal and Orchestra members.
Playing Berlioz's Harold in Italy on 2nd December 2017
Steven's musical career has spanned over 30 years and although being predominantly orchestral , has also included forays into solo playing and chamber music.
Steven has held principal seats with BBC Symphony , BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras - his present post which he has held for the last 11 years. During that time he has performed much of the solo repertoire with orchestra including concertos by Walton, Bartok and Martinu and also recorded Michael Berkeleys Tristessa for Viola ,Cor Anglais and orchestra for Chandos , which was written for him and Celia Craig.
Steven has enjoyed an active involvement in chamber music having previously been a member of the Duke Quartet and collaborated with Bochmann and Vanbrugh Quartets, and is presently a founding member of the Moricosta String Trio.
Teaching has become increasingly important to Steven and, having been on the teaching staff of Welsh College of Music and Drama, is now helping young professionals and advanced students in advancing their careers in the ever-increasing rarified atmosphere of the music profession.
He plays on a modern viola by the Scottish maker David Rattray of Kirkcaldy, Fife.