LCoM Chamber Orchestra

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L. v. Beethoven (1770-1827) Egmont Overture, Op. 84
B. Britten (1913-1976) Serenade, Op. 31
J. Brahms (1833-1897) Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Stephen Anthony Brown, Tenor
David Tollington, French horn
Ben Crick, Conductor
Leeds College of Music Chamber Orchestra

British character tenor Stephen Anthony Brown studied at Trinity College, London and at the Royal College of Music Benjamin Britten International Opera School.

Recent engagements include his début at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre as the tenor soloist in Gabriel directed by Dominic Dromgoole, with The English Concert conducted by Trevor Pinnock; Spoletta Tosca with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall, Dublin under the baton of David Angus; the Gamekeeper/Huntsman Rusalka for Lyric Opera Dublin; cover Chulak/Pirate/Ghost/Firework 2 in The Fire-Workmaker’s Daughter for Opera North, Goro Madam Butterfly and Mr Erlanson A Little Night Music for Opera Project; a G&S gala concert with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall, Dublin; the world première of Between Worlds for English National Opera, and his Wexford Festival Opera début as Dick in Guglielmo Ratcliff, and Tiberge in Le Portrait de Manon.

With an extensive variety of repertoire, Stephen has performed many different roles spanning from Baroque to Contemporary Opera. Previous seasons’ highlights include, for Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera, Pedro Betrothal in a Monastery under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski, Peasant Leader Eugene Onegin, and the covers of Monsieur Triquet, Peter Quint, Lysander and Remendado; and Elder Hayes in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah for English Touring Opera. Elsewhere he has covered Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor for Scottish Opera; Tom Rakewell The Rake's Progress at London’s Blackheath Halls; Ferrando for the Netherlands Opera Studio; Eisenstein Die Fledermaus for Kentish Opera, and Filch in John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera for the Consort of Early Music. He has also performed a number of new and rarely heard compositions highlights have included David in Deirdre Gribbin’s Hey Persephone! for Almeida Opera conducted by David Parry; Adam in Mark Glentworth’s Ula at the Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival; the British première of Rothchild’s Violin by Fleischman/Shostakovitch for Second Movement; and Neck-Konig in the world première of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s ‘missing’ opera Thelma for Surrey Opera, which he also transcribed.

Stephen’s affinity for the works of Gilbert & Sullivan has seen him perform lead roles internationally, highlights include Frederic The Pirates of Penzance, Ralph Rackstraw HMS Pinafore and Nanki-Poo The Mikado on tour in the U.K., America and Australia for Carl Rosa Opera; Nanki Poo The Mikado for D’Oyly Carte Opera; Colonel Fairfax The Yeoman of the Guard, and Captain Fitzbattleaxe Utopia Limited for Otago Opera, New Zealand; and Marco The Gondoliers at the Buxton International Festival.

An experienced concert artist his highlights include Handel's Messiah in Romania, Rossini's Stabat Mater in Norway, Verdi's Messa da Requiem at the Barbican, Stradella's San Giovanni Battista in Jerusalem, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Spain, gala concerts for Raymond Gubbay at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Barbican, London and as the Evangelist in Bach's Matthäus Passion and Johannes Passion in Iceland and London with Peter Schreier.

David Tollington graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, winning the Clifford Hartley Memorial Prize, and has since enjoyed a varied and exciting freelance career. He has worked with many of the finest orchestras including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, BBC Philharmonic, Halle, RPO, Royal Northern Sinonia, BBC National Orchestras of both Wales and Scotland, the CBSO and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He is currently the principal horn of the Symphony Orchestra of India and his work has also taken him to Japan, China and much of Europe.

As a keen chamber musician David is a regular performer at the North York Moors Chamber Music Festival as well as appearing at the Ryedale Festival and the Edinburgh Festival. He has also performed as a soloist with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and played Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto with Sinfonia Viva.

As well as classical performances David continues to be involved in pop music and has worked, most noticeably, with Sting as well as appearing in several films and TV programs.

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, regularily 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 conducted Lesley Garrett’s 2017 national tour. 2018 will see performances throughout the UK as well as in Norway, Lithuania, Estonia and China.

He has collaborated with people as diverse as the poet Ian McMillan, presenter Fiona Bruce, actor Ben Faulks (CBBC’s Mr Bloom) and Giles Brandreth. This approach has resulted in several national awards for both excellence in performance and audience development.

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 an guest contributor on BBC radio 2 and 3 programmes and arranges music for many societies including the Royal School of Church Music.

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Please note that you will be charged a flat fee of £1 for all online ticket purchases.

You can also reserve tickets up to seven days before a performance by telephone, in person at the box office, by email or by post. Payment must be made within four working days to guarantee your booking, however we will endeavour to contact you prior to releasing your tickets.

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Call the Box Office: 0113 222 3434 between 10:00AM to 5:00PM (8:00PM on concert days) for instantly confirmed credit or debit card bookings.

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Tickets can be mailed to you in advance at a charge of 50p, or can be collected in person at the Box Office.

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Drop in to the Leeds College of Music Box Office, situated in the Conservatoire's main reception (3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD).

The Box Office is open: Monday to Friday 10:00AM to 5:00PM, and until 8:00PM on concert days.

The Box Office is closed: at weekends, unless a concert is due to take place and is therefore open from one hour before the concert begins.

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Make out a cheque payable to Leeds College of Music and send it to:

Box Office
Leeds College of Music
3 Quarry Hill

State your ticket requirements and enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you would like your tickets to be sent to you.

Provision for disabilities

Please inform the Box Office at the time of booking in advance of any special access requirements, or if you require any of the below facilities.

Wheelchair access
Both venues have full wheelchair access, as well as wheelchair accessible toilet facilities. 

Hearing loop
The Venue is fitted with an infrared audio system. Patrons can independently control the level of volume required from their seat by using a headset. 

Guide dogs
Guide dogs are admitted to both venues.


Concessions are available to students in full-time education, over 60s, disabled people and unemployed people, and are available online, by telephone, in person at the box office and by post. Concessionary rates may vary for external promotions.

Wheelchair users and one companion are entitled to discounted tickets on all performances.

Please note that Leeds College of Music students and staff can only claim discounts in person at the Box Office.

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No refund on pre-booked tickets will be made on the announcement of a special offer that advertises tickets at a lower price.

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Ticket exchanges can be made for a flat fee of £1. Tickets must be returned to the Box Office at least 24 hours before the performance. 

Late arrivals

We will do everything possible to assist you if you arrive late for a performance or after an interval but, so as not to disturb the enjoyment of fellow audience members, you may have to wait until a suitable break in the performance.

Occasionally it may not be possible to enter once a performance has started. 

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