Sunday 19th June 2016 7:30pm
St Paul's Church, Moor Lane, Kersal Moor, Salford, M7 3WX
Conductor: Chris Clark
Cello Soloist: Jonny Stone
Leader : Jon Henderson
Mendelssohn: The Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave)
Dvorak: Cello Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No.6 (Pastoral)
The Salford Symphony Orchestra
Christopher was appointed Assistant Conductor of Orchestra Wellington for their 2014 season. He has worked internationally with organisations including New Zealand Opera, North Czech Philharmonic, El Sistema Aotearoa, and was offered the Director of Music position for the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band. Christopher was awarded the 2012/2013 Pettman DARE International Performance Scholarship, undertaking postgraduate studies in conducting and trumpet at Opera North, University of Leeds & New Zealand Opera. A passionate advocate for music education and outreach, he has co-produced and presented educational shows for symphony orchestras and brass ensembles throughout New Zealand.
As a freelance trumpet player Christopher performs with orchestras and bands internationally including the Hallé, Orchestra of Opera North, Welsh National Opera, Black Dyke Brass Band, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Royal New Zealand Ballet and received the Chamber Orchestra of Europe Academy trumpet position for 2015. As a soloist he has performed in recital in Manchester, Leeds and London and throughout New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Italy. After successfully completing his trial Chris was appointed as Sub-Principal Trumpet of Orchestra Wellington.
Christopher is very grateful to be the recipient of RNCM Scholarship and Bursary Awards, the Pettman DARE International Performance Scholarship and Dame Malvina Major Foundation Arts Excellence Award, and would also like to acknowledge the generous support of the Waverley Fund, Philip and Dianne Pattison, James Wallace Arts Trust, Adam Foundation, Todd Trust and Lion Foundation.
Jonnny Stone started playing the cello at the age of 10 progressing to become the principal cellist of the Merseyside Youth Orchestra. Whilst reading Mathematics at King's College, Cambridge he gave his debut sonata recital playing the Brahms E minor sonata. During his time at Cambridge he gave several other recitals, including the world premiere of the Jonathan Freeman sonata, a performance of the Saint-Saëns concerto with the King's College orchestra and a private recital for Princess Margaret.
Alongside his busy business career Jonny continued to play and perform regularly in orchestral and chamber recitals, until in 2013 Jonny left his first career so that he could devote more time to cello performance. In November 2013, Jonny received his Licentiate Diploma with distinction from the Trinity College of Music, since when he has performed, amongst other works, the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Salford Symphony Orchestra and sonatas by Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn and Beethoven with William Green. Jonny is currently the principal cellist of the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra and Phoenix Concert Orchestra. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Jonny is continuing his cello studies with Hannah Roberts, and lives in Liverpool with his wife Gillian, his two daughters Lara and Olivia and his 1852 George Craske cello.