Roger Norrington grew up in a musical family in Oxford, and played the violin from a young age. He went on to be a choral scholar at Cambridge University. After working for several years in publishing he returned to musical studies at the Royal College of Music in London and the start of his professional career as a singer and conductor.
In 1978 Norrington founded the highly successful London Classical Players, to research original instrument performance from 1750 to 1900. The orchestra received enormous acclaim, particularly for its recorded cycle of the Beethoven symphonies with EMI (still available today).
Since 1998 he has been Chief Conductor of the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart. He has established a historically aware style of playing involving the demands of early instrument orchestras, but in a ‘modern’ context, producing fascinating results.
Sir Roger values his association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra very highly, and he is very much looking forward to conducting them at this year’s The Last Night of the Proms.
Dominic attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, then went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Mozarteum, Salzburg.
Dominic has been a concerto finalist at the Shell LSO competition, prize-winner at the Royal Overseas league competition and was the first double-bass player ever to be taken under the wing of the Young Concert Artists Trust. He has performed concertos with leading British orchestras and is also a successful performer of chamber music.
In 1998 Dominic was appointed the Principal Double Bass of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He also plays with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Netherlands, from time to time.
Simone Young has been the Music Director and General Manager of the State Opera Hamburg, and Music Director of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, since autumn 2005.
She was born in Sydney where she studied composition and piano, making a sensational debut at the Sydney Opera House in 1985. Simone Young was Music Director of Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne from 2001 until 2003, and before that she was with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
Simone Young conducts on all major international opera and concert stages, including the Royal Opera House London, the Opera Bastille in Paris, and the Metropolitan Opera New York.
Zoë Martlew studied at The Royal College and Academy of Music, Clare College, Cambridge and the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. She has performed and recorded around the world as a soloist and with many contemporary music ensembles. She has recorded and performed with many pop, rock and jazz bands and has worked extensively with live electronics. She also regularly writes and performs for theatre and dance productions and her one-woman cabaret revue show Z Unleashed has played to sell-out audiences in the UK.
She is much in demand for educational activities and has worked with inmates at HM Albany Prison, autistic and disabled children, recovering addicts and inner city London school children.
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