|Manchester Camerata to Accompany Finalists||
25 August 2008
Manchester Camerata will once again accompany the finalists in this year's competition.
Manchester Camerata has been presenting live music for thirty-five years and has established an enviable reputation as an orchestra which delivers high quality concerts in a refreshingly relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Based in England's North West, Manchester Camerata is Chamber Orchestra-in-Residence at Manchester's prestigious Bridgewater Hall and presents an annual series here and at the RNCM .
The Orchestra gives concerts throughout the Northwest region and beyond; Hull, Sheffield, Leeds, Kendal, Whitby, Keswick, Bradford and Stamford being some of the towns in which it will perform this season. Manchester Camerata also enjoys flourishing residencies in Crewe, Colne, Stafford and Ulverston.
A hugely experienced musician, Stephen Threlfall's career encompasses that as a professional cellist, conductor and, through his current role of Director of Music at Chethamís School of Music, one of the UKís leading musical educators.
As a conductor, Stephen has earned outstanding acclaim and respect for his performances, recordings and broadcasts over a wide and challenging range of orchestral and choral repertoire. He has conducted at many of the major venues and festivals in the UK, and with many outstanding soloists. He has also worked in close collaboration with Yan Pascal Tortelier, Vassily Sinaisky, Paul McCreesh, Jac Van Steen and Sir Mark Elder.
His professional engagements have taken him to the USA, throughout Europe, and especially Scandinavia, with regular visits to the Urals Philharmonic in Yekaterinburg and the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra. Other engagements have included conducting the BBC Philharmonic, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and the Northern Ballet, plus his own chamber ensemble the Philharmonic Chamber Strings. In August 2007, Stephen was invited to conduct the Finals of the inaugural Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition with Manchester Camerata, performing eight concertos drawn from the list of 18 possible works. He has immediately invited to conduct the second competition this August.
Stephen has a passion for working with young people and has enjoyed successful collaborations with many student and youth orchestras. He has worked regularly with both the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras at Trinity College in London, the Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Northern College of Music, plus a number of university and youth orchestras both at home and abroad. His repertoire is wide ranging and includes several world premieres.