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Next Performance - Friday 14th December 2018, 7:30pm 
St James's Piccadilly

Tchaikovsky - Sleeping Beauty Suite
John Williams - Suite from Star Wars
Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 1

Conductor - Chris Hopkins     Narrator - Alexei Winter

Musical Director - Chris Hopkins

Chris Hopkins is enjoying a busy season with symphony concerts and opera as well as concertos, solo and chamber recitals. Recent highlights include performances in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, Royal Festival Hall, and appearances on BBC 1, Radio 3 and Radio 4.

A permanent member of the music staff at ENO, his work as a pianist and conductor extends to Welsh National Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, Wide Open Opera, OTC Ireland, Garsington and Holland Park Opera, Landmark Productions, RAM Opera, Opera Danube, as well as Presteigne and Aldeburgh Festivals, Crash Ensemble, London Mozart Players, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Blaze Ensemble. Recently he has enjoyed working with and acting as assistant to conductors including David Parry, Mark Wigglesworth, Sir Richard Armstrong, Sir Charles Mackerras, Edward Gardner, Lothar Koenigs, and Andre de Ridder amongst others.

Chris continues into a seventh season as Musical Director of Orchestra of the City which continues the tradition of inviting performances from some of the country's most exciting soloists as well as supporting new music with several world premieres and wide ranging programmes. As pianist, recent solo appearances include concertos by Brahms, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and a complete Beethoven cycle. He was honoured to be made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2013.

Leader - Rebecca Saunders

Rebecca began learning the violin at the age of four and won a specialist music scholarship to Wells Cathedral School three years later.  She subsequently studied at the Junior Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was leader of the Junior Guildhall String Ensemble, winner of the Principal's Prize, and a finalist in the Lutine Prize competition.  She also performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the National Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Rebecca studied Economics at Cambridge University, where she led Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra and performed Wieniawski's Concerto No. 1 with Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra.  Following university, she worked in investment banking in London, whilst playing as a founder member and co-leader of the Orchestra of the City.

In 2006, Rebecca moved to New York to pursue an MBC at Columbia University and became Principal Second Violin in the Musica Bella Orchestra of New York, performing the Bruch Violin Concerto in 2007.  She has been the leader of Orchestra of the City since returning to London in 2008.  Rebecca is currently learning jazz violin with Chris Garrick and works for notonthehighstreet.com.

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