I am delighted to have won the ESB Feis Ceoil Conducting Competition 2017 with the brilliant RTE Concert Orchestra, as well as winning the Séamus Crimmins bursary voted for by the orchestra’s members . The competition was held in Dublin at the RTE Radio Centre on Friday 7 April, and I’m looking forward to conducting the orchestra again in the Summer for a live broadcast on RTE Lyric FM.
At the beginning of 2016 I was interviewed for the BBC’s Classical Connections programme, talking about conducting and some musical experiences to date. You can hear the interview online here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08crxdg
After a very busy few months, and just before a Summer break, I travelled to the Czech Republic for a concert your with Jaren Hornmusikkforening as part of their 80th Birthday celebrations. Following rehearsals in Norway over several weeks, we headed to Letovice in the Czech Republic, and gave and outdoor concert in nearby Boskovice as well as a formal concert in Letovice. Thanks to the Letovice Music School and the city of Letovice for their hospitality.
It was a great pleasure to help celebrate composer Edward Gregson’s 70th birthday year with a concert in the presence of the composer. As well as conducting several of Gregson’s best known works, it was a pleasure to be able to interview Edward about his career as a composer, and about his future plans.
I am looking forward to once again conducting Jaren Hornmusikkforening for their Spring Concert. This concert is of particularly note for Jaren, as March marks the band’s 80th birthday. I will be making weekly trips to Olso throughout February and March to prepare for the concert on 10 April, which will include highlights from the band’s 2015 SIDDIS programme, as well as some more traditional brass band classics such as Eric Ball’s magnificent ‘Kensington Concerto’ and Derek Bourgeois’ ‘Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’.