LCoM Community Orchestra presents its third concert of the season. The orchestra are joined by professional cellist Douglas Badger for a performance of Dvořák’s much loved Cello Concerto.
Soloist: Douglas Badger
Beethoven, Coriolan Overture
Dvořák, Cello Concerto
Schubert, Symphony No.8 "Unfinished"
Community Orchestra Conductor:
Ben Crick has established a reputation as an innovative and original conductor who is comfortable working with diverse and challenging repertoire; he is a former BBC Music Fellow. In recent years he has conducted concertos with Tasmin Little, Raphael Walfisch, Peter Donohoe, Nicholas Daniel, Jennifer Pike and Benjamin Frith as well as conducting Handel’s Messiah with Dame Emma Kirkby performing the soprano solos.
His orchestral repertoire ranges from Bach to contemporary works with a special interest in music of the British 20th century. He is committed to new music, regularly conducting world premieres, and is also passionate about discovering unknown music from previous centuries. He is as comfortable in the opera house as on the concert platform having given performances of Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, Cosi Fan Tutti, Dido and Aeneas and Der Fliegende Holländer. Alongside freelance conducting engagements with numerous ensembles, he is the Artistic Director of several professional ensembles including Skipton Building Society Camerata. With this group, alongside over one hundred more conventional performances, he has staged operas in pubs, commissioned and performed new works in shopping centres and run a chamber music series which exclusively performs in alternative venues. He is the Musical Director of the English National Philharmonic Orchestra and in this role will conduct Lesley Garrett’s 2017 national tour.
With a commitment to higher education Ben is a visiting lecturer at several universities and is a staff conductor at Leeds College of Music. Outside his conducting career he has written for Classical Music Magazine, Opera Now and Early Music Today, been a guest contributor on BBC radio 2 and 3 programmes and arranges music for many societies including the Royal School of Church Music. www.bencrickconductor.co.uk
Doug was born in Edinburgh and began learning the cello aged 11. He later attended the Junior Department of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, before progressing to the University of York, where he attained a BA in Music. In 1998 he moved to Manchester to continue his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Jennifer Curtis, and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Performance in 2000. Remaining in Manchester, he is now enjoying an active professional career as a freelance cellist with ensembles and orchestras throughout the UK, including the BBC Philharmonic, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Welsh National Opera, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Opera North and Skipton Camerata, to name but a few. He is also frequently invited to perform solo and chamber music recitals and concertos with orchestras throughout the North-West.