Spring Season – Concert 4

Programme:

George Frideric Handel: Water Music
Allegro, 6. Air, 11. Allegro, 12. Alla Hornpipe
Franz Joseph Haydn: Concerto for trumpet in E-flat major, Hob.Vll:1
Gustav Holst: The Planets

Conductor: Conrad van Alphen

Conrad was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1963. After his music studies he moved to The Netherlands at the age of 26, where he joined the double bass section of the Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hilversum, and the Beethoven Academie, Antwerp. He studied conducting with Eri Klas and Roberto Benzi. At the turn of the new millennium, Conrad founded Sinfonia Rotterdam, of which he remains chief conductor and artistic director. The orchestra presents concert series at de Doelen in Rotterdam, at the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague and at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Under Conrad’s leadership, it has become an internationally recognised ensemble, has made acclaimed recordings, and has toured Mexico, Brazil, Columbia Chile and Russia.

As a guest conductor Conrad works with some of the world’s most respected orchestras, such as the Montreal and Svetlanov Symphony Orchestras, the Brussels, Bogota and Moscow Philharmonics, the Bochumer Symphoniker as well as the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

Soloist: Matilda Lloyd – trumpet

In October 2017, aged 22, Matilda won the Eric Aubier International Trumpet Competition in Rouen, France. This followed a series of successes including winning both the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award and the BBC Young Musician of the Year Brass Final in 2014. Matilda gave her BBC Proms Solo debut in July 2016, performing at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Philharmonic and Alpesh Chauhan, and she also played live on BBC Radio 3’s In TuneProms Special and BBC 4’sWomen’s Hour. Matilda received a four-star review from BBC Music Magazine for her debut album Direct Message, released on the Orchid Classics Label in October 2018, which features 20thand 21st-century works for trumpet and piano with pianist John Reid.

Matilda is currently studying with Håkan Hardenberger on a Diploma course in Malmö, Sweden. In June 2019, she graduated with a DIPRAM Master’s Degree from the Royal Academy of Music, London, having graduated with a First Class degree in Music from Trinity College, Cambridge University in June 2017. Alongside her studies, Matilda has received tuition from world-class trumpet soloists in masterclasses with Reinhold Friedrich, Éric Aubier, Jeroen Berwaerts and Wim van Hasselt.

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