(Great Hall Aberystwyth Arts Centre)
Orion Orchestra, Toby Purser (conductor)
Raphaela Papadakis (soprano) Tom Poster (piano)
Neville John Tragic Overture Aberfan
Finzi Eclogue for piano and orchestra
Mozart ‘Ch’io mi scordi di te’ for soprano, orchestra and piano obligato, K505
Mozart 3 Arias :
Despina - ‘In uomini, in soldati’ from Così fan tutte
Despina - ‘Una donna a quindici anni’ from Così fan tutte
Susanna- ‘Deh vieni non tardar’ from Le nozze di Figaro
Beethoven Symphony No 7
The Orion Orchestra exists to promote the best young musicians in the country, giving its members the experience of working under professional conditions at all of London’s leading concert venues, as well as a platform for especially talented young soloists. Since its formation in 2005 by artistic director Toby Purser, notable soloists have included Joanna MacGregor, Julian Lloyd Webber, Tasmin Little, and Dennis O’Neill, while exceptional younger instrumental soloists have included violinists Nicola Benedetti, Valeriy Sokolov, Jack Liebeck and Charlie Siem, pianists Tom Poster, Teo Georghiu and Panos Karan, percussionist Martin Grubinger, and cellist Guy Johnston.
Toby Purser is Artistic Director of the Orion Orchestra, and has worked with ensembles including the English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and the St Petersburg Festival Orchestra. In November 2014, he made his company debut at ENO conducting The Marriage of Figaro, and he is a a regular guest at Grange Park Opera, Opera Della Luna, Bampton Classical Opera, and Pimlico Opera. He was awarded the ENO Mackerras Fellowship in 2016.
Award winning London born soprano Raphaela Papadakis recently made her professional operatic début at Garsington Opera as Bathilde in Offenbach’s Vert-vert. Recent performances covering the Nymph in Michael Boyd’s new production of Orfeo for the Royal Opera House at the Camden Roundhouse, and the London première of Nicola LeFanu’s opera Tokaido Road, for which Raphaela created the role of the spurned geisha Kikuyo for the world première at the Cheltenham Festival.
Since his London concerto debut at the age of 13, Tom has appeared in a wide-ranging concerto repertoire of over 30 major works, including Brahms and Ligeti with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati; Rachmaninov with the BBC Philharmonic/Yan Pascal Tortelier and BBC Scottish Symphony/James Loughran; Beethoven, Grieg and Mozart with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Chopin with the European Union Chamber Orchestra; Ligeti with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Grieg with the Hallé at Bridgewater Hall and the China National Symphony in Beijing; John Ireland with the State Capella Philharmonic in St Petersburg; Schumann with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in Florida; Beethoven Triple with Southbank Sinfonia/Vladimir Ashkenazy; and Scott Bradley’s Cat Concerto with Aurora Orchestra/Nicholas Collon.