Conductors

Timothy Carey

Born in London, Timothy Carey studied the cello with Casals-pupil, Christopher Bunting in addition to the piano from a young age. He went on to study conducting with Prof Ilya Musin at the St Petersburg Conservatoire. Since making his professional debut conducting the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra at the Mlada Praha Festival in 1999, Timothy Carey has worked with several orchestras throughout Europe and Asia. Timothy has become a regular guest with the CCO in recent times.

Warwick Cole

Warwick Cole read Music at Brasenose College, and subsequently studied for a PhD on Bach. Since graduating he has divided his time between various musical activities. He has contributed to a number of musicological journals on Bach and the Early Piano, as well as writing reviews for books and recordings. As a harpsichordist he has played with a number of the country's leading orchestras including the Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the CBSO. He founded and directs the period-instrument Corelli Orchestra based in Gloucestershire in addition to performing with a number of chamber ensembles. Originally a first-study cellist, he has returned to playing the instrument more in recent years both on baroque and modern cellos.

Peter Hunt

Peter Hunt has a long and distinguished career as a choral trainer and conductor. He has a background as a teacher and leader in the world of education, most recently as Deputy Head of Berkshire Maestros, the hub delivering musical opportunities for Berkshire's youngsters. It is through the Chipping Norton Choral Society that Peter has developed a warm relationship with the Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra. Now in his twentieth year as the choir's conductor he regularly invites CCO to play for their major choral works in Chipping Norton or the Banbury area.

Alissa Firsova

Born into a family of composers, Alissa Firsova is a British-Russian conductor, pianist and composer. Since graduating the Royal Academy of Music conducting masters programme in 2012, Alissa went on to conduct the English Chamber Orchestra in 2013 and the Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra in 2014. Most recently she conducted the premiere of her own double cello concerto with the Camerata RCO (Members of the Concertgebouw). Her debut solo piano CD was released in Aug 2015 on the Vivat label and in the same month her orchestral piece, Bergen's Bonfire was premiered at the Proms by Bergen Philharmonic/Andrew Litton.

Jonathan Mann

Jonathan Mann studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His conducting mentors are Colin Metters, George Hurst, Jac Van Steen and Bernard Haitink with whom he worked with at the Lucerne Easter Festival. He is the founder and Music Director of the Cardiff Sinfonietta, and has also formed a close relationship with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales since his debut in 2009.

Toby Purser

Toby Purser is Principal Guest Conductor of the Kammerphilhamonie Graz, and is Principal Conductor of the London International Orchestra and Orion Orchestra, which he founded. He was Assistant Conductor of L'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris for the year 2007. He gains the respect of musicians wherever he works for his passionate and insightful performances. Toby is committed to the imaginative programming of both classical western music and other musical traditions.

James Ross

James Ross is a BBC Conducting Competition finalist who studied in Hungary, France, Czech Republic and USA, including with Sir Charles Mackerras and Marin Alsop. Training as a violinist, he was a scholar at Harrow School and Christ Church, Oxford, writing his D.Phil. on French opera. He has performed 950 works in fifteen countries throughout Europe, North America and Asia.

Gavin Sutherland

Gavin Sutherland is much in demand as a conductor, composer, arranger and pianist. In June 2008 he was appointed Music Director of English National Ballet. He first worked with the Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra in 2003 and was Principal Conductor from January 2005 - February 2010. In May 2010 Gavin accepted an invitation to become the Orchestra's President.

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