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 Vaughn Williams The Lark Ascending on 19th May 2018Sophie Rosa
Sophie Rosa first garnered attention after winning the Second Prize and Audience Prize at the 2nd Manchester International Violin Competition 2011. She has performed across the UK as a recitalist in venues including Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall and Bridgewater Hall as well as appearing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. Sophie has broadcast for Radio 3 and Classic FM.
Sophie's debut album, 'Reve d'Enfant' was released in 2016 on the Champs Hill Records label. It was described in Musical Opinion as, '....a very fine disc, containing uniformly excellent performances in great style and played with complete musical understanding....a very desirable record of the year'. Sophie’s second CD of English violin duets with Midori Komachi and Simon Callaghan, has recently been released on the EM Records label.
As a chamber musician, Sophie has collaborated with notable musicians including Martin Roscoe, Nobuko Imai, Craig Ogden, Guy Johnston and Roderick Williams. Sophie is also a member of Pixels Ensemble and performs with Psappha Ensemble.
Sophie studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Wen zhou Li. She was a recipient of the RNCM Gold Medal and was also awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal in recognition of her musical achievements. After completing her Masters Degree with Distinction, Sophie completed the RNCM International Artist Diploma in Solo Performance and furthered her studies in America with Midori Goto, Miriam Fried and Donald Weilerstein.
Sophie was kindly supported by several award foundations including the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Music Scholarship, The Solti Foundation, The Hattori Foundation, The Stephen Bell Charitable Trust and Help Musicians UK.
Sophie currently plays on a Joseph Gagliano violin dated 1795 and a Fonclause bow made available through the generous support of the Stradivari Trust.