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 Dvorak's Violin Concerto in A minor on December 3rd 2016
"Simply spectacular … Britain’s foremost young fiddler" - The Independent
"A tremendous juxtaposition of artistic flair and humility" - The Herald
Renowned for her "dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique" (Classic FM), British violinist Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world by storm with her unique artistry and compelling insight into music from the Baroque to the present day. In demand as soloist and recitalist all over the world, she is known as an artist of exceptional integrity and depth, whilst her ability to “hold an audience spellbound” (The Strad) and “luminous beauty of tone” (The Observer) have established her as one of the most exciting artists performing today.
She first gained international recognition in 2002, when, aged 12, she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the youngest major prizewinner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition. Aged 15 she made acclaimed debuts at the BBC Proms and Wigmore Hall, and her many subsequent Proms appearances have included the role of 2009 ‘featured artist’. She was invited to become a BBC New Generation Artist (2008-10), she won the inaugural International London Music Masters Award and became the only classical artist ever to win the South Bank Show/Times Breakthrough Award. Passionate about helping young people from all backgrounds enhance their lives through music, she was recently invited to become an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and Foundation for Children and the Arts, and patron of the Lord Mayor’s City Music Foundation.
Performing extensively as soloist with major orchestras worldwide and appearing frequently on radio and television, recent highlights include concertos with the all the BBC orchestras, London Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Hallé, Rheinische Philharmonie, Tampere Philharmonic, Malmö Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Singapore Symphony and Nagoya Philharmonic orchestras. She recently performed Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending live on BBC Two at a special service commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of WWI in Westminster Abbey, with the Philharmonia orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and at her Carnegie Hall debut with the Chamber Orchestra of New York.
Highlights of the 2015/16 season include a tour to Mexico with the London Philharmonic (Saint-Saëns, Alondra de la Parra), the Sibelius Festival 150th year celebrations with the Oslo Philharmonic (Sibelius Concerto, Jukka-Pekka Saraste), Prague Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven, Pietari Inkinen), Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (Tchaikovsky and Sibelius, Fedoseyev), Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Bruch, Otto Tausk), Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia (Brahms, Ken-David Masur) as well as appearances as guest director and soloist with the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata for a programme of music by Vivaldi (Four Seasons), Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams. Special engagements also include performing to an audience of 11,000 at the Atlas Arena in Lódź, Poland as part of the ‘Night of the Proms’ tour broadcast on Polish TV, a broadcast performance of Schindler’s List as part of BBC Two’s Holocaust Memorial Day tribute and a live broadcast on Classic FM for the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebration concert with the Philharmonia and Christopher Warren-Green. Next season she will perform concertos by Dvorak, Elgar, Sibelius, Bruch, Tchaikovsky and Mozart with orchestras including the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic (Saraste), BBC Philharmonic (Juanjo Mena), BBC Concert Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony and European Union Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with many eminent conductors including Andris Nelsons, Richard Hickox, Sir Mark Elder, Christopher Hogwood, Leif Segerstam, Tugan Sokhiev, Jirí Belohlávek, John Storgårds, Sir Roger Norrington, James Gaffigan and Martyn Brabbins. She has collaborated as soloist and chamber musician with artists including Anne-Sophie Mutter, Nikolaj Znaider, Adrian Brendel, Nicolas Altstaedt, Maxim Rysanov, Ben Johnson, Igor Levit, Martin Roscoe, Tom Poster and Mahan Esfahani.
A sought-after recitalist, she recently appeared at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Musée d’Orsay, Musashino Foundation and LSO St Luke’s, broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2017 she will curate an unprecedented event at the Wigmore Hall where she will give three recitals in one day celebrating Polish music to include a specially commissioned work. An enthusiastic promoter of new music, she has had many works written for her, including Haflidi Hallgrimsson’s Violin Concerto, which she premièred with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Bray’s ‘Scenes from Wonderland’ which she premièred with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and Andrew Schultz’s Violin Concerto and Sonatina for solo violin, for which her recording was nominated for ‘Best Performance of an Australian Composition’ at the Australian Classical Music Awards.
Her prolific and widely-acclaimed discography on Chandos, Sony and ABC Classics includes the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Bergen Philharmonic and Sir Andrew Davis, described as “superb” (The Times) and “violin genius” (Mail on Sunday), Miklós Rózsa Violin Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic and Rumon Gamba, Bach with Sinfonietta Cracovia and Schultz with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She recently recorded the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony and Edward Gardner on Chandos, acclaimed in the Observer for her “innate musicality and mercurial technique” and as “breathtakingly beautiful” by the Sunday Herald. Her recordings of Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending with the Chamber Orchestra of New York on Naxos and David Bednall’s new works for violin and organ for Regent Records are due for release later this year.
In recognition of the impact she made in the performing arts, she was awarded a postgraduate scholarship by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the exceptional age of 16. She has studied with David Takeno and Robert Jacoby, and in 2012 she graduated with First Class Honours from Oxford University, where she was subsequently invited to take up the position of Artist-in-Residence. She plays a 1708 violin by Matteo Goffriller.Visit Jennifer Pike Website To Purchase Tickets Click Here
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.