Conducting: Selected Experience

Conducting

Conductor of Bristol University Chamber Orchestra

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In 2021, I began conducting the Bristol University Chamber Orchestra, a phenomenal experience with a wonderfully impressive, skilled, and enthusiastic ensemble. Together we have delivered an outstanding programme of concerts over the course of the academic year in venues from Bristol Victoria Rooms to Cologne, including collaborations with the Bristol University Chamber Choir.

Over a series of seven concerts our repertoire has included Beethoven: Egmont Overture, Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin, De Falla: El Amor Brujo and Haydn: London Symphony No.104.

This has been a great opportunity to develop my rehearsal technique and musical communication skills. Furthermore, working with individual soloists (including for Krommer’s Concerto No.2 for 2 Clarinets, Op.91) on the music developed my understanding of orchestral instruments, balance, and timbre. Under my direction, the ensemble has matured in their technical assurance, musical sensitivity, and stylistic interpretation of repertoire. Personally, I have enjoyed feeling a profound sense of growth as a conductor and I will continue to hone my practice in the future.

Studio Conductor for Richard Irwin Music

From 2020 to 2022, as part of my internship with Richard Irwin Music and Hymns Without Words, I have had the opportunity to conduct, record and produce a series of new anthems for worship. It was a pleasure organising different choral ensembles and working with the composer Richard Irwin on editing the scores in real time during live recording sessions. This experience also gave me exposure to professional recording and studio mixing techniques for record production which I have implemented in my own recordings and compositions since.

Conductor of the Galenical Chamber Orchestra

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From 2019 to 2020, I conducted the Galenical Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble of Bristol University medical students. We performed a lively and varied repertoire of classical, film and pop music and enjoy collaborating with the Galenical Chamber Choir for joint concerts too.

This was a relaxed orchestra, with a good balance between thorough rehearsal and having a good laugh; having such a rapport with an ensemble is important to me.

Our repertoire together included Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Copland’s Appalachian Spring, a Mary Poppins Suite and Waldteufel’s Skater’s Waltz. I worked to arrange this music for the variety of instrumentalists we had, which developed my repertoire knowledge and orchestration skills.