Guest artists

Guest artists for 2017/18

Sheku Kanneh-Mason – Cello

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

“Technically superb and eloquent in his expressivity, he held the capacity audience spellbound with an interpretation of exceptional authority.” - The Guardian, April 2017

Sheku Kanneh-Mason is the 2016 BBC Young Musician who gained further prominence after his stunning appearance at the 2017 BBC Proms with the Chineke! Orchestra. The Kanneh-Mason seven-piece ensemble, formed with his musically gifted siblings, appeared as special guests in the final show of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent and featured in a recent BBC4 documentary ‘Young, Gifted and Talented: the making of a Maestro’. Sheku has an exclusive recording contract with Decca Classics and his first concerto recording for the label will be released in January 2018. He plays an Antonius and Hieronymus Amati cello c.1610 kindly on loan from a private collection.

Laura Samuel – Violin

Laura Samuel

Biography to come

Scott Dickinson – Viola

Scott Dickinson

Scott Dickinson was born in Glasgow and studied in Manchester, London and Salzburg, where he won the 1996 Mozarteum Concerto Competition. For five years he was a member of the Leopold String Trio, and since 2002 principal viola of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has also regularly appeared as soloist, including "Jubilus" by Jonathan Harvey on CD which was shortlisted for a Gramophone award, and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with Laura Samuel in concerts celebrating Donald Runnicles' 60th birthday.
He plays regularly with the Nash Ensemble and as guest principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and has also appeared with the Brodsky, Elias, Navarra and Royal Quartets and as guest principal with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Australian, Mahler and Scottish Chamber Orchestras and the Swedish Radio and London Symphony Orchestras.

Guest artists for 2016/17

Callum Smart – Violin

Callum Smart

“…the sincerity of Smart’s singing line is cause for celebration, and the recital is quite outstanding in its unique sequence and profile of a superb young player.” - Andrew Parker, International Record Review

Callum Smart attracted wide public attention at the age of thirteen having won the strings category of the 2010 BBC Young Musicians Competition performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Vasily Petrenko. In the same year he went on to become the top European prize-winner at the Menuhin Competition held in Oslo.

Since then Callum has appeared at a number of European festivals including the Dvořák Festival in Prague, the Menuhin Festival, Les Sommets Musicaux in Gstaad and the Valdres Sommersymfoni Festival with pianist Gordon Back, the Mecklenburg Vorpommern with the Polish Chamber Orchestra, and the Malmö International String Festival with Jonas Vitaud. In March 2016 Callum gave recital performances with the pianist Richard Uttley in Birmingham, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris. Other UK recitals have included the Cheltenham Festival, Glasgow, Leeds, the Lichfield Festival, Manchester and Perth.

Following his recent debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, this season sees Callum make his debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 under Matthew Halls, and a performance of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto at the Windsor Festival with Matthew Trusler and the Orpheus Sinfonia. His previous concerto appearances have covered repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven to Prokofiev, Britten and Glazunov, with orchestras such as the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera and the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall under Michael Collins. Further afield Callum has performed with the Polish Chamber Orchestra and in 2013 made his North American debut with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra under Grant Llewellyn.

March 2016 saw the release of Callum’s second recital disc on the recording label Orchid Classics with pianist Richard Uttley. Featuring works by Fauré, Poulenc and Ravel the disc featured as one of the Strad Magazine’s recommended recordings of the month, and was accorded 4 star reviews both in the BBC Music Magazine and the Observer, highlighting Callum’s silky tone, lyrical lines and accomplished interpretation. This follows the critical acclaim of his first recital disc with pianist Gordon Back, when he was named as a BBC Music Magazine Rising Star: Great Artists of Tomorrow.

Callum began his studies with Maciej Rakowski whose tutelage continued alongside his studies at Chetham’s School of Music. As the recipient of the Premier Young Artist Award, Callum studies with Mauricio Fuks at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana.

Callum plays on a c.1730-35 violin by Carlo Bergonzi.

Stephen Hough – Piano

Stephen Hough

"The most perfect piano playing conceivable" - The Guardian

"A virtuoso who begins where others leave off" - Washington Post

Stephen Hough is regarded as a renaissance man of his time. Over the course of his career he has distinguished himself as a true polymath, not only securing a reputation as a uniquely insightful concert pianist, but also as a writer and composer. Mr. Hough is commended for his mastery of the instrument along with an individual and inquisitive mind which has earned him a multitude of prestigious awards and a long-standing international following.

In 2001 Mr. Hough was the first classical performing artist to win a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He was awarded Northwestern University’s 2008 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano, won the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist Award in 2010 and in January 2014 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in the New Year’s Honors List. He has appeared with most of the major European and American orchestras and plays recitals regularly in major halls and concert series around the world.

A noted writer, Mr. Hough regularly contributes articles for The Guardian, The Times, The Tablet, Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine and wrote a blog for The Telegraph for seven years which became one of the most popular and influential forums for cultural discussion and for which he wrote over six hundred articles. His book, The Bible as Prayer, was published by Continuum and Paulist Press in 2007. Mr. Hough resides in London where he is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and holds the International Chair of Piano Studies at his alma mater, the Royal Northern College in Manchester. He is also a member of the faculty at The Juilliard School.

Richard Hosford – Clarinet

Richard Hosford

Richard Hosford (clarinet) has a busy career both as a soloist and as chamber musician, as well as being Principal Clarinet of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for more than twenty years Richard toured the world, performing as a soloist with them in the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the USA with conductors Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Oscar Schumsky, Sir Roger Norrington, Gerard Korsten and Paavo Berglund. He has recorded the Mozart and Copland concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Alexander Schneider on ASV. He also performed the Nielsen concerto with Paavo Berglund in Italy and Germany. He was for several years Principal Clarinet with the London Philharmonic before taking up the post of Principal Clarinet with the BBC Symphony in 1994. He gave the first broadcast of Robin Holloways' Clarinet Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and recently performed Harrison Birtwistle's "Melancolia", as soloist, in their Barbican series as well as a double concerto by Peter Eotvos. He recently gave performances and broadcasts of Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata. In 2011 and 2015 he performed as soloist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He regularly performs the Mozart Concerto throughout the country with the Mozart Festival Orchestra.

Richard Hosford is a committed chamber musician and has recorded all the major repertoire for wind ensemble with the Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and has toured with them throughout the world. He has recorded with the chamber ensemble, Domus, and the Florestan Piano Trio. He is a leading member of the Gaudier Ensemble and has recorded many works for strings and wind with them. In 1998 he became a member of the Nash Ensemble with whom he tours and broadcasts regularly. He has recently recorded all the major chamber works of Poulenc and Saints Saens with them as well as discs of chamber works by Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert, Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Mark Anthony Turnage, Birtwistle. Bernard Hermann and James Macmillan. In recent years his recordings of the Copland Concerto, the Brahms Trio( with the Florestans ) and the Brahms Quintet (with the Nash) have all been chosen as “First choice” by BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review‘. Richard teaches at the Royal College of Music.

Guest artists for 2015/16

Martin Roscoe

Martin Roscoe – Piano

With an extraordinary career spanning over 4 decades, Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. Renowned for his versatility at the keyboard, Martin is equally at home in concerto, recital and chamber performances. In an ever more distinguished career, his enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.

With a repertoire of over 100 concertos performed or recorded Martin works regularly with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, having especially close links with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hallé, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has had over ninety performances. Martin has worked with many eminent conductors, including performances with Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder and Christoph von Dohnányi.

Huw Wiggin

Huw Wiggin – Saxophone

Commonwealth Musician of the Year, First Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2014 Royal Overseas League Annual Music Competition, Huw Wiggin is one of the most popular saxophonists of his generation. Highlights of 2015 include the commissioning of a Saxophone concerto, a return visit to the Edinburgh Festival, the opening performance in the Beaminster Festival and the release of a concerto CD.

Huw studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Andrew Wilson and Rob Buckland. On graduating in 2008 with a 1st Class honours degree he won a scholarship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) to continue his studies with Daniel Gauthier at the Hochschule für Musik, Köln. In 2012 he graduated from the Royal College of Music, studying with Kyle Horch and gaining a Master’s Degree with Distinction.

Other prizes and awards include: a ‘Star Award’ from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, a Music Education Award from the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Philip & Dorothy Green Award, a Martin Musical Scholarship Award and he was a finalist in the Young Concert Artist Trust Auditions. Whilst at the RCM he won the RCM Concerto Prize, which led to a performance of Paule Maurice’s Tableaux de Provence.

Guest artists for 2014/15

Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn Glennie – Percussion

Dame Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. As one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians on the scene today she is constantly redefining the goals and expectations of percussion, and creating performances of such vitality that they almost constitute a new type of performance.


Sarah-Jane Lewis

Sarah-Jane Lewis – Soprano

"Sarah-Jane Lewis, 27, has a warm, capacious soprano, its strength powerfully contained and focused throughout its wide register. And her wonderfully serene and assured stage presence reaches out to her audience”

The Times on the Kathleen Ferrier Awards 2014

Sarah-Jane Lewis, 27, is a trainee at the National Opera Studio having received her MA Dip RAM from the Royal Academy of Music in 2013. She has won numerous awards and prizes, most notably winning the National Hampshire Singing Competition in 2013 and coming 2nd in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards at Wigmore Hall this year.

Guest artists for 2013/14

Julian Bliss

Julian Bliss – Clarinet

Julian Bliss started playing the clarinet at the age of 4 and earned his postgraduate artist’s diploma at the age of 12 in 2001.

He is now firmly established on the international concert scene both as soloist and in recital. In 2002 he performed at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee 'Prom at the Palace' and then again at her 80th birthday concert. Last year saw the launch of 'Julian Bliss and the King of Swing – the Benny Goodman Legacy'.


Trusler/Carroll/Wass Trio

The Trusler/Carroll/Wass Trio

The Trusler Carroll Wass Trio was officially formed at the 2012 Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival and comprises three exceptional young instrumental soloists who also happen to be close friends. The HSO is delighted to have this rare opportunity of performing Beethoven’s masterpiece with such outstanding musicians.

Matthew Trusler has developed a reputation as one of Britain’s leading violinists. Performing on a bow once owned by Heifetz, Trusler has been invited to perform as a recitalist and concerto soloist throughout Europe, Australia, the USA, Japan and South Africa.

Welsh cellist, Thomas Carroll, launched his career when he won both the Young Concert Artists Trust Award and New York's Young Concert Artists Award. He has performed in many major venues with orchestras including the LSO, BBC Orchestras and the London Philharmonic.

Ashley Wass is the only British winner of the London International Piano Competition, and is a prizewinner of the Leeds Piano Competition, and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.


Previous guest artists

Samuel West

Samuel West – Reciter

As a reciter, Samuel West has appeared with all the major British orchestras, with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Dallas Symphony Orchestras and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC.

Works include Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex and The Soldier's Tale, Schoenburg's Ode To Napoleon, Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, Richard Strauss’ Enoch Arden, Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Bernstein's Kaddish, Prokofiev’s Eugene Onegin and Walton's Façade and Henry V. He was soloist in Henry V at the 2002 Last Night of the Proms.

With the Nash Ensemble at the 2008 Proms he performed Night Mail and The Way to the Sea by Britten and Auden and last year at the Aldeburgh Festival added The King’s Stamp, God’s Chillun and Coal Face with the Aurora Chamber Orchestra. In 2008 he also made his New York recital debut in the first performance of Little Red Violin by Anne Dudley and Steven Isserlis at the 92nd Street Y.

Other world premieres include Concrete by Judith Weir, Howard Goodall’s Jason and the Argonauts and The Garden of Earthly Delights by Simon Bainbridge. In 2009 he narrated Stravinsky’s The Flood to close the CBSO’s Igorfest. In November 2010 he toured Australia with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performing Kreutzer vs. Kreutzer by Laura Wade. Last year he narrated Track to Track by Graham Fitkin and the UK premiere of Jonathan Harvey’s final piece Weltethos to open the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Sam has also appeared with The Nash Ensemble, The Raphael Ensemble, Ensemble 360° and The Lindsay, Dante and Endellion Quartets at the Wigmore Hall.

As an actor, work includes the title roles in Hamlet and Richard II for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Enron in the West End, the television series Eternal Law and the films Howards End, Van Helsing and three for director Roger Michell: Notting Hill, Persuasion and Hyde Park on Hudson. Earlier this year at the Vaudeville Theatre he played Astrov in Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. He is currently filming a second series of Mr Selfridge for ITV.

From 2005 to 2007 Sam was Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, where he revived The Romans in Britain. His production of Alan Plater’s Close the Coalhouse Door toured the UK in 2012.

Sam has also directed Così fan Tutte for English National Opera and The Magic Flute for the Palestine Mozart Festival, and played the voice of Pongo in Disney’s 101 Dalmations 2.

He is a council member of the actor’s union Equity, an associate artist of the RSC and chair of the National Campaign for the Arts.

Joseph Houston

Joseph Houston – Piano

Joseph Houston, who grew up in Henley-on-Thames, joins the HSO to perform one of the most popular piano concertos in the repertoire: a wild Cossack-ride through virtouso territory.

"A pianist of outstanding potential" (Yorkshire Post)



Colin Carr

Colin Carr – Cello

Colin Carr appears throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher. He has played with major orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Philadelphia, Montréal and the major orchestras of Australia and New Zealand.

He has worked with many eminent conductors including Rattle, Gergiev, Dutoit, Elder, Skrowasczewski and Marriner.

He has also been a regular guest at the BBC Proms, has twice toured Australia, and has recently played concertos in South Korea, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

Colin's GM recordings of the unaccompanied cello works of Kodály, Britten, Crumb, and Schuller, as well as his Bach Suites, are highly acclaimed. He has also recorded the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Variations and the complete cello and piano music of Mendelssohn with his duo partner Thomas Sauer. Colin has recorded the Elgar Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic for a BBC Music Magazine recording.

Colin entered the Yehudi Menuhin School at the age of eight where he studied with Maurice Gendron and later William Pleeth. He was made a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in 1998, having been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston for 16 years. In 1998, St. John's College, Oxford created the post of "Musician in Residence" for him, and in September 2002 he became a professor at Stony Brook University in New York.

As a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio, he has recorded and toured extensively for 20 years, being a frequent visitor to international chamber music festivals worldwide. Recitals take him to major cities each season, with regular performances in London, New York and Boston. Colin's cello was made by Matteo Gofriller in Venice in 1730.

Michael Collins

Michael Collins – Clarinet

Michael Collins' dazzling virtuosity and sensitive musicianship have made him one of today's most sought-after soloists. At 16 he won the woodwind prize in the first BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and at 22 made his American début at Carnegie Hall, New York.

Since then he has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras, including the Philadelphia, NHK Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, City of Birmingham Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, BBC Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestra. Since his first performance at the BBC Proms, Collins has returned to the festival more often than any other wind soloist, including several appearances at the renowned Last Night of the Proms.

As a chamber musician, he has a long standing relationship with Wigmore Hall and he is a recent recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award.

Indisputably one of the leading clarinettists of his generation, Collins has formed close alliances with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Carlo Maria Giulini, Neeme Järvi, Tadaaki Otaka, Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Leonard Slatkin and Mikhail Pletnev.

Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little – Violin

Tasmin has played with many of the world's greatest orchestras in a career that has taken her to every continent. In addition to her regular solo performances, she has play/directed orchestras such as Royal Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra, Norwegian Chamber, European Union Chamber Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia. In 2007/08 she joined the London Mozart Players as soloist and director in a tour of the UK which also featured her UK conducting debut.

Her discography reflects her wide-ranging repertoire and includes twenty-five recordings, ranging from Bruch and Brahms to Karlowicz and Arvo Pärt. Her recording of all the four Delius Violin Sonatas with Piers Lane won the prized Diapason d'Or. In March 2009 she released the disc 'Partners in Time' and in Autumn 2010 her long-awaited recording of the Elgar violin concerto was released on the Chandos label to unanimous critical acclaim. Tasmin won the much-coveted "Critic's Choice" award for the Elgar disc at the May 2011 Classic BRIT Awards Ceremony.

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