Roger Coull Principal Conductor
Roger Coull’s route into conducting has come very much from the eyes and ears of a performer. As a string quartet leader of international standing he has always been used to interpreting music and every aspect of the process of turning a vision into performance.
Paul Leddington Wright Associate Conductor
Following university, he started a career in Musical Theatre, having had much experience as a musical director in amateur productions as well as at Cambridge. He was Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral for 11 years. He then went part-time in order to concentrate on his expanding work abroad and with the BBC. Read more …
Philip Mackenzie Guest Conductor (10th March)
Philip is currently Principal Conductor of the Amadeus Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Mozart Symphony Orchestra in London and Principal Guest Conductor of the Crimean State Symphony Orchestra. He has also often worked with Manchester Camerata
With Victoria Opera North West, Philip made the first complete recording of The MaidofArtoisbyBalfe. ItwasextremelywellreceivedbyRadioThree’sSaturday morning CD review, being voted as “audience favourite”. In addition to his recording work, Philip has broadcast on television and radio in the UK and abroad, most recently conducting Mahler’s Second Symphony on BBC Radio 3 in a shared concert with Sir Simon Rattle. He has commissioned many new works, most
notably those composed by Alastair King, and in 2008 gave a world premiere of a reconstructed work by Alan Rawsthorne.
Recently Philip has given concerts with Steven Isserlis, Steven Varcoe, Raphael Wallfisch and Janis Kelly and has directed ‘speaking soloists’ such as Griff Rhys Jones, Stephanie Cole, Jilly Cooper, Edward Fox, Simon Callow, David Walliams, Richard E Grant and Jack Dee.
As a freelance conductor, Philip has worked with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Bombay Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of India, the Bath Philharmonia, the Pardubice Chamber Orchestra, the Manchester Concert Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and the Kwa Zulu Natal Symphony Orchestra. In 2002 Philip took the Amadeus Orchestra to Bombay at the invitation of the British Council and has given over 35 concerts in China. In September of 2009, Philip appeared at the Grosvenor House HotelalongsideLeslieGarratt,DancersfromtheRoyalBalletandKylieMinogue. InDecember2010Philip appeared on BBC2 with presenter James May in a programme that encourages lapsed musicians to rekindle their enthusiasm for playing music. Recently, Philip conducted the Moscow TV and Radio State Orchestra and the chorus and soloists from the Kirov Opera in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in Moscow and was soon invited back for a repeat performance.
As a composer, Philip has had performances of his music in Europe and Asia and has also worked for the BBC as an arranger. Philip is the recipient of an honorary doctorate for artistic services given by the President of Ukraine following his premiere performance in that country of Elgar’s First Symphony.
Philip’s recent recordings include:
• Great British Recorder Concertos with Manchester Camerata and John Turner, described by Gramo- phone Magazine as “first class”
• the first complete recording of The Maid of Artois by Balfe with Victoria Opera North West, recently voted audience favourite on Radio Three’s Saturday morning CD review.
• Over the Water, with Manchester Camerata
Malcolm Forbes-Peckham Piano (10th March)
Malcolm is an extremely versatile musician, working extensively as a solo performer, accompanist, musical director, conductor, arranger, animateur and educator. He has recently finished a triumphant run as the pianist on the smash hit West End musical An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre, and is delighted to be taking the position of Assistant Musical Director of the Broadway transfer of The King and I at The London Palladium this summer.
As a classical artist Malcolm has performed internationally at major concert venues including the Wigmore Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Purcell Room, St James’ Piccadilly, Wales Millennium Centre Bridgewater Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Xi’an Concert Hall and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. He has given recent critically acclaimed concerto performances with the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amadeus Orchestra and the Mozart Symphony Orchestra in Exeter Cathedral, Wiltshire Music Centre and Cadogan Hall. Malcolm is also the assistant conductor of the Amadeus Orchestra and Mozart Symphony Orchestra.
Malcolm’s diversity as a musician means that he is equally at home on the concert platform as he is in the orchestra pit. He is currently the resident musical director of Curtain Call Productions, a theatre company he co-founded some seven years ago. Recent productions with Curtain Call include Hairspray, Beauty and the Beast, Rent, The Producers, Grease, Spamalot and White Christmas. Other notable productions as musical director/associate include; Aladdin (Milton Keynes Theatre and Bristol Hippodrome); Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Bristol Hippodrome); Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse). He has also worked extensively at the National Theatre, most recently as music associate on productions of Wonder.land (London/Paris), and as pianist on the film adaptation of London Road.
Malcolm studied at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Helen Krizos and following on from his studies he was awarded the prestigious John Wilson Junior Fellowship in accompaniment. He was the recipient of most of the college’s chamber music and accompaniment prizes during his time there and was also awarded the Gordon Greene award for solo piano performance.