Rebecca Miller – Principal Conductor

Rebecca MillerA compelling, insightful and energetic force on the podium, conductor Rebecca Miller is acclaimed by press and audiences alike. Her sophisticated music making and evocative command of varied composers and styles, coupled with her ability to communicate with audiences of all ages, have resulted in her increasing demand as a guest conductor throughout the United States and abroad.

Miller’s recent guest engagements included highly successful debuts with the Orchestra of the Age of Englightenment, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra and at the 2014 BBC Proms. She made her Royal Festival Hall debut in a world premiere of Neil Hannon’s new work for organ, choir, and orchestra, ‘To our Fathers, in Distress’ with the BBC Concert Orchestra and VoiceLab as part of the Southbank Centre’s highly successful ‘Pull Out All the Stops’ festival.

Rebecca has recorded extensively, and achieved critical acclaim. Her world premiere recording of Aaron Jay Kernis’ inventive dramatic work, Goblin Market (1995) received several awards including an ‘IRR Outstanding Recording’ by International Record Review, and was chosen as one of Musicweb International’s ‘Recordings of the year’ of 2011. Her recent CD with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was shortlisted for a prestigious Gramophone Award, was chosen as one of Gramophone Magazine’s ‘Editor’s Choice’ in May 2015 and garnered four stars in The Times and airings on BBC Radio 3’s presitigious ‘CD Review’ programme.

Rebecca’s TV credits include being a guest on BBC Two’s ‘Proms Extra’ (August 2014) and conducting the Southbank Sinfonia on Channel 4’s ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ (Sept 2014). Radio credits include a live broadcast from the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra on BBC Radio 3, interviews on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ and ‘Music Matters’, on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’, and on the BBC World Service. Rebecca has guest conducted throughout Mexico and worked extensively in the United States, including serving as Resident Conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans from 2007 to 2010.

Born in California, Rebecca Miller completed her studies in piano at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. She studied conducting at Northwestern Universityand at the Aspen Music Festival, and was the Paul Woodhouse Junior Fellow in Conducting for two years at London’s Royal College of Music.

First Prize winner in the 4th Eduardo Mata International Conducting Competition, Ms. Miller is currently Music Director of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Choral Society and Orchestra, Conductor and Teacher at the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Department, and Director of Orchestras at Royal Holloway University of London.

Patrick Bailey

Patrick BaileyPatrick Bailey studied conducting and composition at the Royal College of Music.

He has conducted concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, New Music Players, Endymion, Cambridge University Music Society and many others. He has given concerts across Europe and in Dubai, India, Oman and the USA. In this country he has appeared at festivals in Aldeburgh, Brighton, Bath, Buxton and Cheltenham, broadcast concerts and opera for BBC Radio 3 and recorded for NMC and Tartan Film.

From 2000-2008 he was Music Director of The Opera Group with whom he conducted numerous new productions and tours including Blond Eckbert (Royal Opera House), The Shops (world premiere, Bregenz Festival, Austria) and Street Scene (Young Vic & winner of the Best Musical at the Evening Standard Awards).

As a workshop leader and composer, Patrick has led projects for BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Proms, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Sinfonia with young people, adults and family groups. He is currently an Associate of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Jonathan Mann

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Jonathan Mann is one of Wales’ most exciting musicians and from September 2017 is the newly appointed Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellow at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He has conducted extensively internationally and has broadcast on television and radio.

Prize winner at the Jeunesses Musicales International Conducting Competition 2015 in Bucharest, he received the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra prize and a special jury prize leading to his Polish debut in October 2016.

As founder and Music Director of the Cardiff Sinfonietta he has overseen the orchestra’s expansion over a 11 year period. The orchestra recently broadcast for the BBC and S4C and has worked with soloists including Nicola Benedetti, Benjamin Grosvenor, Sunwook Kim and Dennis O’Neill.
A keen interest in contemporary music Jonathan has conducted several BBC National Orchestra of Wales, ‘Composers of Wales’ concerts, premiered five new operas with the Size Zero Opera Company in London and Singapore and collaborated closely with composers Diana Burrell, Peter Maxwell Davies and Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Passionate about inspiring young musicians, Jonathan Mann has worked in Europe and most recently throughout Asia at numerous youth orchestra festivals. He has become increasingly involved in mentoring young musicians from the slum community in Bangkok, Thailand. The Music for Life Project set up by Immanuel Music School in Bangkok is similar to that of the renowned Venezuelan music programme El Sistema. Jonathan is honoured to be Artistic Director of the Music for Life Project since 2015 and has helped to promote the project providing some of the young musicians with opportunities to experience European musical life.

Jonathan Mann studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His conducting mentors are Colin Metters, George Hurst, Jac Van Steen and Bernard Haitink with whom he worked with at the Lucerne Festival.