Guest conductor Christopher Adey will return to take charge of the Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Concert this year, with Jersey born and educated Chris George and Aaron Burrows set to delight as soloists on 16th December.
The programme for the Deutsche Bank-sponsored festive concert at Fort Regent includes Tchaikovsky’s ‘Symphony No.4’, Poulenc’s ‘Concerto for Two Pianos’, Mendelssohn’s ‘Ruy Blas’ and Giordano’s ‘O Pastorelle, Addio!’ from the opera Andrea Chenier.
The audience will also join in traditional carol singing, led by the Musical Originals, directed by Imogen Nicholls.
Pianist Chris George is a former student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has combined his professional career with his passion for developing talented young local musicians. With his wife, he has established the Jersey Academy of Music at Chateau Vermont as a centre of musical excellence. Previously he has performed with, among others, the West Forest Sinfonia, the Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra, the Guildhall Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Emfeb Symphony Orchestra.
Aaron, a former student of Chris’s and current student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, keeps his links locally with La Motte Street Youth Music Centre, planning and working on education initiatives. Recently, he has played orchestral piano, celeste and synthesiser with Guildhall orchestras at LSO St. Luke’s and last year was involved in an opera masterclass with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Dennis O’Neill. Fittingly for this concert, Aaron’s current teacher, Philip Jenkins, studied in Paris with Jacques Février, the pianist who, with Poulenc, introduced the ‘Concerto for 2 Pianos’ to Paris in 1932.
A specialist in orchestral training, Christopher Adey maintains a commitment to youth and student orchestras, working with county, national and international youth orchestras all over the world. His career has taken him to the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal College of Music, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the Oman Symphony Orchestra. His current position is Conductor of the Orchestra of Music Makers in Singapore.
Richard Thomas, President of the Jersey Symphony Orchestra, said:
“As always the members of the Orchestra have been working hard in preparation for the concert and look forward to providing for us a brilliant start to this year’s festivities. I am absolutely delighted to welcome Christopher Adey back to the Island and also to provide a platform for such talented local soloists as Chris George and Aaron Burrows. It also gives me great pleasure to thank our sponsors, Deutsche Bank, for their continued support of the JSO and its Christmas Concert.”
Andreas Tautscher, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank Channel Islands, added:
“This year’s Jersey Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert looks set to be a wonderful festive celebration and a superb reminder of the home-grown musical talent we have in this island. It is a pleasure to maintain our long-term support of the orchestra.”
The Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Concert takes place on Sunday 16th December at Fort Regent, starting at 8pm. Tickets cost from £12.50 and are available from the Fort Regent Booking Office on tel. 01534 449827 or online at www.gov.je/events. Further information is also available at www.jso.org.uk and via Twitter at @JerseySymphOrch.