Brian Wright - Music Director

Brian Wright studied as a Gulbenkian scholar in London and Munich, and with George Hurst, Jascha Horenstein and Rudolf Kempe. He won the Silver Medal in the Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition at La Scala, Milan, and second prize in the Rupert Foundation Competition with the London Symphony Orchestra. He was Assistant to André Previn and the LSO and Associate Conductor to the BBC, conducting concerts and broadcasts with all the BBC’s orchestras.

Brian won particular praise for performances of Berlioz and Liszt at the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as for UK premieres of Lutoslawski and Penderecki and world premieres including Robert Simpson’s 7th Symphony. He conducted the BBCSO in an acclaimed BBC2 production of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella – now on DVD – and the opening concert of BBC Radio 3’s “Beethoven Experience”.

Brian has conducted the LSO, BBCSO, RPO, Philharmonia and London Philharmonic at London’s Royal Festival, Royal Albert and Barbican Halls. He has conducted all of the British orchestrasis a regular guest conductor in Europe, and in Asia has toured in China with the RPO and conducted the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony Orchestras. Brian was most recently a guest conductor in Norway, Slovenia and Romania. He has recorded for the EMI, Decca, Teldec, Crystal and Regis Tro labels.

Brian enjoys a close association with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, regularly conducting in their London International Series. Concerts with the RPO in 2014 include Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and Dvorak’s New World Symphony.

Brian is renowned for his performances of the symphonic choral repertoire. He was Conductor of the BBC Symphony Chorus for ten years and is the longstanding Music Director of Goldsmiths Choral Union in London. He is also Music Director and Conductor of Maidstone Symphony Orchestra, one of the UK’s finest community orchestras.

Brian’s 2013/14 London season brings a programme of English music with the RPO at the Royal Festival Hall, Verdi’s Requiem with the Philharmonia at the RFH, two performances of Handel’s Messiah with the RPO at the RAH and Bach’s B minor Mass at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

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Stephen Jones - Accompanist and Assistant Conductor

Stephen Jones studied piano at London’s Trinity
College of Music with John Bingham and singing with John Huw Davies.

Over the years he has sung with the London Sinfonietta, St Paul’s Cathedral choir, Collegium Musicum of London, and the choir of St Peter’s Eaton Square, as well as being an Evangelist and oratorio soloist. He is Music Director of the City Chamber Choir and Aeolian Singers, and is widely experienced as an accompanist, chorus master and continuo player.



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Baden-Powell House
65-67 Queen's Gate, Kensington
London SW7 5JS