The Leeds College of Music Chamber Orchestra and New Music Collective join forces for a performance of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Turntable and Orchestra, featuring soloist Mr Switch.
Gabriel Prokofiev (b. 1975) Concerto for Turntables and Orchestra
M. Ravel (1875-1937) Piano Concerto in G
D. Milhaud (1892-1974) La Création du Monde, Op. 81
Mr Switch disc jockey
Gemma Beeson piano
Damien Harron conductor
Chamber Orchestra & New Music Collective
Mr Switch aka Anthony Culverwell is one of the most talented and successful DJs to come out of the UK noted worldwide for his versatility, party rocking abilities and scratch skills.
Having made his name on the DJ battle circuit, Switch's efforts led him to win the title of DMC WORLD CHAMPION in 2014, the longest standing DJ competition in the world. This is his fourth world title, following his back‐to‐back wins in the 'Battle For World Supremacy', three years in a row.
Under his previous guise of DJ Switch, Anthony performed as soloist in Gabriel Prokofiev's Concerto For Turntables. Alongside the National Youth Orchestra in 2011, becoming the first DJ in History to perform on the BBC Proms, the largest classical music festival. His other previous credits include closing DJ sets at festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival; guest mixes for Radio 1, 1Xtra, Kiss FM and BBC Asian Network, and features on TV shows such as BBC Breakfast and Blue Peter.
Award-winning pianist Gemma Beeson has performed around the world as soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. Having taken up the piano at the age of four, much of Gemma’s formative musical experience was as a violinist, performing in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and leading Stockport Youth Orchestra for several years. Since graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Gemma has worked as an accompanist and coach in many of the UK’s leading music education institutions including Chetham’s School of Music and Wells Cathedral School. She is currently on the team of staff accompanists at the Royal Northern College of Music and Leeds College of Music, as well as on the piano teaching faculty at Chetham’s, and is an examiner for the ABRSM.
Gemma’s freelance playing work encompasses many genres of music. In addition to solo recitals and concerto appearances, she maintains several successful duo partnerships with prominent young professional singers and string players. Gemma appears regularly with the Hallé Orchestra, was a pianist-director in renowned multi-piano group Piano Circus for several years, has performed new commissions with contemporary chamber group Psappha, and has made several world premier recordings and live broadcasts with the BBC Singers and for the Hyperion, Naxos and Prima Facie record labels. Recent performance venues include the Wigmore, Cadogan and Bridgewater Halls.