Class Notes Music
Philip Greene (Clarinet 1964)
Philip Greene has appeared with many of the major British orchestras on both clarinet and saxophone, including the
LSO, RLP, RSNO, BBC Scottish Orchestra and is a former principal clarinettist of The Reid Orchestra and The Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Based in Edinburgh, he pursued a thriving chamber music career with The Amphion Wind Quintet, Trio Concordia (soprano, clarinet & piano), The Scottish Saxophone Quartet and the Bernicia Ensemble, all of whom gave regular broadcasts for the BBC. With “Saxophone Classique” duo partner Sandra Brown he gave the first full-length saxophone recital for the BBC in Scotland.
Much in demand as a teacher, coach and adjudicator, he was for many years Head of Wind at the Edinburgh Academy. Now retired from teaching he pursues his interest in painting. During the last ten years he has had his works on view at many venues including a major exhibition at the FAL Gallery in Burnley.
Philip has two sons, both musicians. Mark pursues a career as freelance
Percussionist. Carl plays drums for the Rock Group “Fifty Caliber Smile”.
In June 2000 The Edinburgh Society of Musicians honoured him with a gift in recognition of his musical contributions to Edinburgh.
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Thomas Adès (Junior Guildhall Music 1982)
Thomas Adès received the Composer of the Year Award at the 2010 Classical Brits for his composition of The Tempest.
Jason Carr (Composition/Piano 1988)
Jason Carr recently received his second Tony Award
nomination for Best
Orchestrations for La Cage aux Folles (currently
playing at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway, having won the Tony for best revival of a Musical 2010). Playing on the opposite side of the same street (W.48th) is A Little Night Music, also orchestrated by Jason.
Jason received his first Tony nomination in 2008 for Sunday in the Park with George, and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Orchestrations that year.
This Christmas will see a revival of A Christmas Carol at West Yorkshire Playhouse, music and lyrics by Jason, book by Bryony Lavery, directed by Nikolai Foster.
Mark Armstrong (Jazz Trumpet 1995)
Mark Armstrong has succeeded Bill Ashton as musical director of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO). On his appointment Mark, who is also Professor of Jazz at the Royal College of Music said: “This is a great opportunity to get stuck in with the musical direction of the band and I hope we can build on our reputation and do even more for youth jazz.”
Morgan Hayes (Composition 1995)
20 June 2010 saw the premiere of E Vesuvio Monte, a new work by Morgan Hayes, performed by Exaudi and conducted by James Weeks. A setting of Pliny the Younger’s eyewitness account of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, the piece is scored for 8 a cappella voices and was commissioned by the Aldeburgh Festival.
Pablo González (Conducting 1999)
Pablo González is Music Director of Barcelona Symphony Orchestra from 2010/11. Already working with all the major orchestras in Spain, Pablo is also beginning to be noticed by the rest of Europe. Current engagements include concerts with the Orchestre du Capitol de Toulouse, London Symphony, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrucken Kaiserslautern and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestras.
Tessa Grobel (Junior Guildhall Music 1999)
I have recently set up a company called Music In Offices, targeting the corporate world and bringing the many benefits of music into the workplace.
On 16 March 2010 we held the Grand Final of the first Office Choir and Musician of the Year Competitions, in partnership with Classic FM, at Kings Place.
Agustín Castilla-Ávila (Guitar 2000)
I kept a little article from a Guildhall magazine where you were asking about composing for stage and screen…
The premiere of my second chamber opera, Don Quijote´s Dulcinea, takes place this summer, commissioned by the Passau Festival in Germany. My first chamber opera, Adán de Eva, was commissioned and played in Austria and Slovakia by El Cimarron Ensemble (www. elcimarronensemble.com
I also had a music theatre work, Strings: A play for a guitar player and a guitar composer in 2006-2007 at Bodiendsole Theater in Hallein, Austria. My second theatre music play Keys will be finished soon.
I wrote two choreographies: Goddog for the Mammut Glyphix Festival 2006 in Salzburg and Musas y Musicas for Lust am Risiko Festival and New Faces, New Dances Festival, both also in Salzburg.
I believe my future as an artist will be related to the stage. I developed strong theatre elements on my music. An example: “A piano piece for a guitar player” can be found on YouTube.
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