(Great Hall Aberystwyth Arts Centre)
Orion Orchestra, Toby Purser (conductor) Guy Johnston (cello)
Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture Respighi Adagio con variazioni for cello and orchestra
Hesketh Notte Oscura (2004) (UK Première).
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, for cello and orchestra
Marques Danzon No 2
Guy Johnston has become a fast-rising star on the international stage after making an extraordinary debut at the BBC Proms performing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. Johnston has enjoyed successes with the London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, CBSO, BBC Scottish Symphony, RSNO, Orchester der Hessischer Rundfunk, St. Petersburg Academic Symphony, Gavle Symphony, Lithuanian National Philharmonic and he has undertaken previous tours of Japan with Katsushika Philharmonic, Osaka Philharmonic Senri Philharmonic, Habiki Strings, plus numerous recital engagements in Tokyo, Hakone, Kumamoto, Otsu, Kawaguchi and Fukuoka. Conductors he works closely with include Tortelier, Gatti, Slatkin, Ticciati and Buribayev.
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 regular guest at Grange Park Opera, Opera Della Luna, Bampton Classical Opera, and Pimlico Opera. He was awarded the ENO Mackerras Fellowship in 2016.