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I began conducting at university when I was about 19 years old. I started with the college orchestra when I was at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University and continued to conduct a student choir at the Department of Education during my year at Exeter University. In my teaching career I have made many opportunities to conduct choirs and orchestras and all manner of other vocal and instrumental groups. Since September 1984 I have been Conductor of Hitchin Symphony Orchestra (formerly known as Hitchin Concert Orchestra) and have regularly rehearsed the orchestra and conducted them in two symphonic concerts per year in May and November in local venues such as St Mary`s Church and the Town Hall in Hitchin and the Church of Saint George and Saint Andrew in Stevenage. I have also conducted opera in the Church of St Etheldreda in Hatfield, St Mary`s Church in Hitchin) and the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage and have conducted various choral and orchestral groups on tours in Austria, Denmark and Sweden. Whilst frequently conducting familiar pieces from the classical repertoire, I have always been a champion of twentieth - and now twenty-first - century English music. Music by composers such as Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Tippett, Walton, Britten, Malcolm Arnold, Malcolm Williamson (Yes, I know he was Australian, but he was also Master of the [English] Queen`s Musick!), John McCabe, Richard Rodney Bennett, Hugo Cole, Gordon Crosse, Michael Hurd, Douglas Coombes, Martin Vishnick, Jeremy Aknai, and myself have featured as frequently as possible in my programmes – though not as frequently as I would have liked.



Solo Voice with Orchestra
Berlioz: Nuits d'Ete (Solo Soprano: Sara Jonsson)
Naresh Sohal: Songs of the Five Rivers (Solo Soprano: Sally Silver)

Beethoven: Mass in C
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances
Coleridge-Taylor: Hiawatha
Gordon Crosse: Meet my Folks!
Douglas Coombes: Winter Bird (World première)
Elgar: The Light of Life (`Lux Christi`)
Elgar: Salut d'amour (text by John Francis Bishop)
Elgar: Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf
Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine
Handel: Messiah
Mozart: Ave Verum
Mozart: Requiem Mass
Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
Cole Porter: A Cole Porter Medley
Puccini: Nessun Dorma (from Turandot)
Paul Adrian Rooke: I am the Song (World premiere)
Tippett: Crown of the Year
Tippett: Music
Various: Sinatra

Britten: The Golden Vanity
Britten: Noye`s Fludde
Gilbert and Sullivan: HMS Pinafore
Gilbert and Sullivan: The Mikado
Gilbert and Sullivan: Trial by Jury
John McCabe: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Malcolm Williamson: The Stone Wall
Malcolm Williamson: The Glitter Gang

Beethoven: Coriolan
Beethoven: Egmont
Beethoven: Fidelio
Rutland Boughton: Overture to the cycle of Arthurian Music Dramas (World première)
Brahms: Tragic Overture
Elgar: Froissart
Elgar: Coronation March Op.65
Elgar: In the South (`Alassio`)
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage (Meerestille und Glückliche Fahrt)
Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas
Mendelssohn: The Hebrides (`Fingal`s Cave`)
Mozart: Cosí fan Tutte
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Mozart: The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro)
Paul Adrian Rooke: Jubilee Overture (World première)
Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers (L`Italiana in Algeri)
Rossini: Tancredi
Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style
Schubert: Die Zauberharfe
Schumann: Manfred
Wagner: Prelude to Act 3 of Lohengrin
Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nurmberg
Weber: Der Freischütz

Malcolm Arnold: Clarinet Concerto No.2 Op. 1555 (Soloist: Alison Eales)
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major (Soloist: Iwona Boesch)
Rutland Boughton: Oboe Concerto No. 1 in C (Soloist: Lani Spahr)
Rutland Boughton: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (Soloist: David Hilton)
Bruch: Concerto in E minor for Clarinet and Viola (Soloists: Alison Eales and Heather Birt)
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor (Soloist: Iwona Boesche)
Corelli: Concerto Op. 6 No. 8 Christmas Concerto
Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor (Soloist: Peter Bussereau)
Elgar: Violoncello Concerto in E minor (Soloist: Toby Turton)
Grieg: Pianoforte Concerto in A minor (Soloist: David Meacock)
John McCabe: Oboe Concerto (Soloist: Lani Spahr)
John McCabe: Pianoforte Concerto No. 1 (Soloist: John McCabe)
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor (Soloist: Peter Bussereau; James McGee)
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major (Soloist: Gillian Hughes)
Mozart: Oboe Concerto ( Soloist: Susan Rooke)
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2 in D major (Soloist: Jonathan Rooke)
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3 in Eb major (Soloist: Derek Hayes)
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 in Eb major (Soloist: John Lavelle)
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in Bb major (Soloist: Helen Tumelty)
Mozart: Pianoforte Concerto No. 17 in G major (Soloist: Christopher Nicolls)
Mozart: Pianoforte Concerto No. 21 in C major (Soloist: Alex Rowe)
Mozart: Pianoforte Concerto No. 23 in A major (Soloist: Alison Eales)
Rachmaninov: Pianoforte Concerto No. 2 in C minor (Soloist: Samantha Ward)
Schumann: Pianoforte Concerto in A minor (Soloist: David Meacock)
Schumann: Violoncello Concerto (Soloist: Toby Turton)
Arthur Somervell: Violin Concerto (Soloist: Shulah Oliver)
Stanford: Violin Concerto (Soloist: Shulah Oliver)
Paul Adrian Rooke: Flute Concerto in B (Soloist: Judith Hill)
Webern: Concerto for Nine Instruments

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Malcolm Arnold: Symphony No.3
Malcolm Arnold: Toy Symphony
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C major
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in Eb major (Eroica)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in Bb major
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major (Pastoral)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major
Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor (Choral)
Bizet Symphony in C major
Rutland Boughton: Oliver Cromwell - A Character Symphony (Symphony No.1) (World première)
Rutland Boughton: Symphony No.2 ('Deirdre') - A Celtic Symphony
Rutland Boughton: Symphony No. 3 in B minor
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor
Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 in G major
Elgar-Payne: Symphony No. 3 in C minor
Haydn: Symphony No. 45 in F# minor (Farewell)
Haydn: Symphony No. 88 in G major
Haydn: Symphony No. 92 in G major (Oxford)
Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G major (Surprise)
Haydn: Symphony No. 97 in C major
Haydn: Symphony No.99 in Eb major
Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G major (Military)
Haydn: Symphony No. 101 in D major (Clock)
Haydn: Symphony No.102 in Bb major
Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in Eb major (Drum Roll)
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 in D major (London)
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major
John McCabe: Symphony No. 1 (Elegy)
John McCabe: Symphony No. 4 (Of Time and the River)
Mendelssohn: Symphony No.1 in C minor Op.11
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A minor (Scottish)
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major (Italian)
Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major
Leopold Mozart (prev. attrib. Haydn): Toy Symphony
Mozart: Symphony No.31 in D major (Prague)
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D major (Haffner)
Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C major (Linz)
Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major (Prague)
Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in Eb major
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C major (Jupiter)
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D (Classical)
Paul Adrian Rooke: Symphony No. 1 in D (World première)
Paul Adrian Rooke: Symphony No. 2 in C (World première)
Schubert: Symphony No.2 in Bb major
Schubert: Symphony No. 4 in C minor (Tragic)
Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in Bb major
Schubert: Symphony No. 6 in D major
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor (Unfinished)
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in Eb major (Rhenish)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 2
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D major
Sibelius: Symphony No. 3 in C major
Robert Simpsonj: Symphony No.2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor (Pathétique)
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 in D major

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Jeremy Aknai Chamber Symphony
Jeremy Aknai Three Characteristic Pieces
Malcolm Arnold Little Suite No. 1
Malcolm Arnold Serenade for Small Orchestra
Malcolm Arnold Variations on a Theme of Ruth Gipps
R.R. Bennett Party Piece (Soloist: James Pearson; Richard Whalley)
Bizet L`Arlésienne Suite No. 1
Rutland Boughton: Reunion Variations for Orchestra (Orchestral Version) (World premiere)
Chabrier: Marche Joyeuse
Eric Coates: Suite, The Three Elizabeths
Hugo Cole: Black Lion Dances
Debussy: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
Delius: A Song before Sunrise
Delius: Walk to the Paradise Garden (from A Village Romeo and Juliet)
Dohnányi: Variations on a Nursery Tune (Soloist: David Meacock)
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1
Elgar: Dream Children
Elgar: Falstaff Op.68 (Symphonic Study in C Minor)
Elgar: Mina
Elgar: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4
Elgar: Rosemary
Elgar: Soliloquy for Oboe and Orchestra (Soloist: Lani Spahr)
Elgar: Variations for Orchestra (Enigma)
Faure Suite: Masques et Bergamasques
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Soloist: David Meacock)
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 2
Grieg: Two Elegiac Melodies
Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (from Solomon)
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks
Handel: Water Music
John McCabe: Burlesque
John McCabe: Suite, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Mendelssohn: Incidental music to A Midsummer Night`s Dream
Purcell: Chacony in G minor
Schubert: Ballet music from Rosamunde
Sullivan: Suite: The Tempest Op.1
Tchaikovsky: Ballet Suite, Swan Lake
Verdi: Grand March from Aida
Martin Vishnick: Prelude and Dance (World première)
William Lloyd Webber Serenade for Strings
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
Walton: Coronation March, Crown Imperial

Brahms: Pianoforte Concerto No.2 in B Flat Major Op.83
Stanford: Symphony No.6 in E Flat Major 'In honour of the life-work of a great artist: George Frederick Watts' Op.28

For details of these forthcoming performances, please visit the web site of Hitchin Symphony Orchestra

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