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UYO Play-in Day, Saturday 23rd of February 2013

» 14 February 2013

We are looking forward to seeing you all on the 23rd February at UYO’s Play-In Day!  We hope you will enjoy meeting one another and appreciate the opportunity of rehearsing some exciting music - the last movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and the last movement of Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5!

Michael Thompson, world famous professional French horn player and conductor, will direct rehearsals from 10am – 4pm at the City of Belfast School of Music. Don’t forget to invite your parents and friends along for the informal performance, kicking off at 3:30pm.
Please remember to bring a packed lunch and something to drink.  Plan to arrive no latter the 9.45am to set up and allow time to tune/warm up

We anticipate that the day will be a huge success and you will gain a great amount of experience from taking part.

Biography Michael Thompson (Rehearsal Conductor)

Internationally acknowledged as one of the world's leading hornplayers, Michael Thompson is also regarded as a charismatic and inspirational teacher.  As a conductor, he is known as a fineorchestral trainer and has received acclaim for his work with youngmusicians.

After studies at the Royal Academy of Music,he was appointed principal horn with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestraat the age of eighteen.  Within three years he was offered the principalhorn positions of both the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras.  He joined the Philharmonia and remained in that post for ten yearsbefore leaving to concentrate on his solo and chamber music career.  His work as director/soloist or conductor has seen him perform in Japan,Australia, the U.S.A. Europe and Scandinavia, including his debut with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta in Copenhagen, the Ostgota Winds Symphonyin Sweden and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.  In the UK he has directed the London Sinfonietta, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Britten Pears Orchestra, Ulster Youth Orchestra and the Royal Academy's Sinfonia and Concertorchestras.  He has conducted a number of community orchestras and was Principal Conductor of the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestrafrom 2003 until 2008.

His concert schedule takes him worldwide and his discography includesthe major solo horn repertoire, period instrument recordingsand a number of critically acclaimed CDs with his wind quintetand horn quartet.  As a member of the London Sinfonietta, he is at theforefront of new music and has given many first performances, including the UK premieres of Ligeti's "Hamburg Concerto" and Richard Ayres' "Noncerto".  In addition to his classical work, he is veryactive as a studio musician, playing on sound tracks too numerous tolist but including The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and the Bondfilms.  His work for Sir Paul McCartney resulted in the composition of "Stately Horn" which the Michael Thompson horn quartet premiered in the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Michael Thompson is a Fellow and Aubrey Brain professor of hornat the Royal Academy of Music and gives regular master-classesand lectures throughout the world.   He plays on an instrument made by Paxman of London.

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