Studio Symphony Orchestra

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New Season launches 3rd October 2009

This year the Studio Symphony Orchestra is celebrating it's 63rd season.  We should be grateful if you could give our opening concert a mention.

Studio Symphony Orchestra
Autumn Concert
Saturday 3 October at 7:45 in St Bride's Church Hall, Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast (the Malone Road end)

Egmont Overture - Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.9 - Mozart
Symphony No.3 - Brahms

Piano:  Michael McHale
Leader:  Ottoline Maas
Conductor: David Openshaw

Tickets:  £10 / £8 conc. / £2 children from Matchett's Music, Wellington Place, Belfast or at the door.

Belfast-born pianist Michael McHale has established himself as one of the leading Irish pianists of his generation. Since graduating with a double first honours degree from Cambridge and with distinction from the Royal Academy of music in 2006, he has won numerous prizes and much acclaim. He was featured as a 'rising star' in International Piano magazine as a result of his performance of two Mozart concertos with the Hallé Orchestra at the Piano 2006 festival in Manchester. His biggest recent competitive success was at the Terence Judd/Hallé Award finals in 2009, as a result of which he will have a recording opportunity with EMI Classics or the Hallé label in addition to a number of high profile concert engagements.  Michael has performed and broadcast throughout the UK and Ireland, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Hungary and US.

Press Release for Havelock Nelson Concert - 25th March 2009

The Studio Symphony Orchestra dedicates its concert each spring to the memory of its founder, Dr. Havelock Nelson.  In line with his policy of promoting young local musicians, the soloist in the Saint-Saëns cello concerto is the young rising star David Sloan.  Saint-Saëns wrote his glorious cello concerto in 1872, when he was 37.  Tremendously demanding for a soloist, many composers (including Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff) considered it to be the finest of all cello concertos.

Biographical Notes

David Sloan is 18 years old and is currently studying Mathematics and Music at the University of Edinburgh.  He is principal cello of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and also the Chamber and String Orchestras at the University of Edinburgh and a member of the Ulster Youth Orchestra.  As part of the NYO, David has performed in most of the major concert halls in the UK, including the Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms.  He has performed live on BBC Radio Ulster’s Sounds Classical and recently gave a recital at the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival.

In 2006 he was awarded a Playing for Peace Scholarship to the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, New Hampshire, USA.  In April 2008 he won the Catherine Judge Memorial Award.  As part of winning this award, David recently performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with David Brophy and the DIT Symphony Orchestra in venues in Dublin and Belfast. In January he was invited to take part in a master class with Rafael Wallfisch at the BMS Spring weekend.

Also in the programme the Studio Symphony Orchestra will be performing Richard Strauss’ orchestral suite ‘Der Rosenkavalier’, and Vaughan-Williams’ Symphony No.2 (“London”).  Composed as an ‘impression of London’ in the early 1900s it paints a not altogether cosy picture – some fearsome passages are all too redolent of the manic traffic-clogged London of today!

The concert is being performed in a new venue for the SSO, the Church of God, Glenmachan Road.  Further details from our website: