Saturday 26th February 2022
St Andrew's Church
Cheadle Hulme

Clarinet: Seb Marshall | Conductor: Alex Robinson

Proceeds to support
Stockport Amnesty Group

Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Valse Triste

Wolfgang Mozart (1756-1791)
Concerto for Clarinet in A major


Felix Mendelssohn-Bartoldy (1809-1847)
Symphony No. 4 'Italian'
Seb Marshall Clarinet
Seb Marshall is a freelance musician based in Manchester who trained as a clarinettist at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). He has appeared with the Hallé in Bridgewater Hall and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble in Concertgebouw, and has completed projects with Manchester Camerata. He is the clarinettist in professional chamber group The Tempest Ensemble, and he also regularly plays with choral societies, at music festivals, weddings, and scratch projects. He has a full schedule of peripatetic teaching of clarinet, saxophone, flute, recorder, and music theory. 
While attending RNCM, Seb was regularly selected for the most prestigious projects; in his second year he played principal clarinet with the Symphony Orchestra in a concert including Stravinsky’s Firebird and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and in his first year he played with the New Ensemble in a concert of works by George Benjamin in Wigmore Hall. Alongside clarinet playing, Seb is regularly employed as a conductor. 
He is currently the Musical Director of the Warrington Musical Society, an amateur choir based near Manchester, and Hallmark of Harmony, a multi-award-winning barbershop chorus. He also works with youth orchestras and outreach schemes, including Warrington Youth Orchestra, Bradford Music and Arts Service, and Street Orchestra Live. 
During lockdown, Seb’s Zoom projects have included leading choir rehearsals, playing in masterclasses, and virtual orchestras. His choral arrangements have been performed by virtual choirs, and he gave several livestreamed concerts. 
In his spare time he enjoys socialising, watching movies, cooking, and watching dog videos.
Alex Robinson graduated from the University of Manchester with a first class degree in Music (MusB) in 2016 and the Royal Northern College of Music with an MMus in Performance (Conducting) at Distinction level in 2018.
He studied under the student conductor program at Manchester University with Mark Heron & Justin Doyle (RIAS Kammerchor) and later with Clark Rundell at the RNCM. He has also taken part in masterclasses with Sir Mark Elder, Johannes Schlaefli & James Lowe.
Alex has recently worked with the BBC Philharmonic, North West Contemporary Music Ensemble ‘Psappha’, Haffner Orchestra, Allegra Festival Orchestra (featuring members of the Sofia Philharmonic), Sheffield Philharmonic, Endcliffe Symphony Orchestra, Rotherham Symphony Orchestra, Stockport Symphony Orchestra, Mayson Orchestra and members of the Manchester Camerata. He is the principal conductor of the Amaretti Chamber Orchestra and works regularly with Nottingham Youth Orchestra.
He has been assistant conductor to Sir Mark Elder (Hallé Orchestra), Sir Andrew Davies (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic), Nicholas Collon & Juanjo Mena (BBC Philharmonic). Alex was also the Assistant conductor for Heritage Opera and the BBC Philharmonic’s premiere of Alan William’s ‘The Arsonists’.
He has worked intimately with renowned composer Harrison Birtwistle for the NewMusicNorthWest Festival in 2016, performing his ‘Silbury Air’ at the University of Manchester. Alex was Assistant conductor for Heritage Opera & the BBC Philharmonic’s premiere of Alan Williams’ ‘The Arsonists’ in 2017. In the same year he worked with Samson Young on his five part radio drama series ‘One of Two Stories or Both’ for Manchester International Festival (MIF2017) which was broadcast live on Unity Radio 22.1fm and subsequently appeared on BBC iPlayer.
Alex Robinson Conductor
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Valse Triste, written in 1904
Wolfgang Mozart (1756-1791)
Concerto for Clarinet in A major, written in 1791
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartoldy (1809-1847)
Symphony No. 4 'Italian', written in 1833

Proceeds to support Stockport Amnesty Group

Brigid Hemingway (Leader and Co-founder)

Brigid Hemingway
Brigid Hemingway (Leader) started playing the violin aged 14. She is also founder and Leader of The Athenean Ensemble and former leader of The Gorton Philharmomic. She enjoys playing string quartets with her Athenean String Quartet with fellow Amaretti players. She is passionate about acting, having come to it rather late in life in 2015 and will be appearing in the play Bothered and Bewildered by Gail Young with Heald Green Theatre from 5th to 9th April. She taught mathematics at Cheadle Hulme School for many years and is now a private maths tutor.

John Phillips
John Phillips began studying the violin at the age of 10 and later became a member of the National Youth Orchestra. He read Classics at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, where he was a founder member of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet. The quartet subsequently became String Quartet in Residence at the University of York and, whilst there, gave the UK premiere of the Thirteenth Quartet of Shostakovich in the presence of the composer. He has had a special interest in his music ever since.
He later left the quartet to pursue a career in law, supporting his legal studies by freelance playing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the London Mozart Players.
He left the law in 2016 to return to music and in 2020 completed the degree of Master of Music in Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is a director and member of the Board of the Hallé Orchestra.

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