The Bristol Chamber Orchestra has had the privilege of performing with many guest soloists. If you are a soloist and would like to be considered for future concerts please do contact us. The orchestra has a history of showcasing both new talent and seasoned professionals.
Dennis Simons – Violin
Concerto ‘Rustica’ – Vivaldi (March 2018)
Concerto in D – Marcello (March 2018)
Concerto for 2 violins D minor – J.S.Bach (July 2016) with Bob Pinniger
Concerto in A minor for violin and string orchestra – J.S. Bach (July 2014)
Dennis was conductor of Bristol Chamber Orchestra between 2014 and 2018. He began conducting the orchestra after 20 years in North America where he was music director and conductor of the orchestras of Saskatoon (1993-97), Shreveport (1996-2003) and North Dakota’s Minot Symphony Orchestra (2002-2012). He has also conducted in the USA, Europe and Australia including guest appearances conducting the Toronto Symphony and the Victoria Symphony.
Prior to this he was founder leader of the Alberni String Quartet, co-leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and leader of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed as solo violinist in three continents and has given over 20 solo broadcasts for the BBC.
Sooyeon Lee – Cello (Royal Academy of Music)
Cello Concerto – Saint Saëns
Sooyeon began by learning the piano at the age of four, changing to the cello two years later. She received her education and training in Korea and Japan.
While completing her Bachelor of Music at Yonsei University under Sung-Won Yang, she attended master-classes given by Professor Jo Cole, who encouraged her to study with her at the Royal Academy of Music, London. There she achieved Distinction in her Master of Arts in Cello Performance and was awarded the Dip.RAM for outstanding performance in her Final Recital in 2016.
She has been winning prizes since her early teens in numerous prestigious competitions, mainly in the Far East. She was awarded a Leverhulme Trust postgraduate scholarship for 2015/16, and she was the winner of the May Mukle/Douglas Cameron Cello Sonata Prize in the UK.
Timothy Ellis (Royal Academy of Music)
Horn Concerto No.1 – Strauss
Timothy is a postgraduate horn player at the Royal Academy of Music, having previously been a first study pianist, also at the Academy, studying with Carole Presland.
He currently studies horn with Michael Thompson, Richard Watkins, Martin Owen, and Roger Montgomery, and has worked at the Academy with conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Oliver Knussen, Yan Pascal Tortelier, and Robin Ticciati. He won the Dennis Brain Horn Prize (2013), for his performance
Mathew Petrie – Bassoon
Concerto in E minor for Bassoon RV484 – Vivaldi
Matthew Petrie has been passionate about the bassoon from an early age. Having taken lessons on the instrument with Katherine Soulsby, he won the Classic FM Young Musician of the Year Award and later received a scholarship to become an Aldeburgh Young Musician. He went on to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) under the tutelage of Meyrick Alexander (Head of Woodwind & former principal bassoon of the Philharmonia Orchestra), Martin Bowen (BBC NOW), David Buckland (BBC NOW), Steve Marsden (WNO) and Chris Vale (WNO).
Matthew is currently principal contrabassoon and co-principal bassoon of the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London (www.london-orchestra.com) and guest principal bassoon with the Romanian Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Filharmonia Oltenia’.
Bo Lyu (Royal Academy of Music)
Piano Concerto in A minor – Schumann
Bo was born in 1995, began playing piano at the age of seven and won second prize in the Xinghaibei competition when he was nine. He graduated from the middle school affiliated to Shenyang Conservatory of Music under the leadership of Danwen Wei, the last pianist who studied with Horowitz. In China he gave three successful recitals, performed at several prestigious musical events, and more recently won first prize in the Atlas national piano competition.
Bo now studies piano with Joanna MacGregor and chamber music with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was awarded a full scholarship in his BMus programme in September 2014.
Julia Pusker (Royal Academy of Music)
Violin concerto in E Minor – Mendelssohn
Júlia Pusker was described recently in The Times as a violinist of “eye-popping virtuosity” at the gala evening celebrating the Royal Academy of Music’s 190th anniversary.
Born into a family of musicians in 1991 in Kesckemét, Hungary, she began learning the violin at the age of 5. In 2005 she entered the Preparatory Department of the Budapest Academy of Music, studying under Katalin Kokas and then with István Kertész, and in 2011 moved to London to continue her studies at the Royal Academy of Music with György Pauk.
She has won numerous prizes in major competitions, and performed as a soloist with several top orchestras in her native Hungary. In 2010 she was featured in a TV documentary called “Invisible Strings—the talented Pusker sisters”, which received wide international coverage.
Last year she made a CD recording of the chamber version of Bruckner’s 2nd symphony with Trevor Pinnock and the Royal Academy soloists ensemble. Her violin, a G.Gagliano (crafted in 1791), is loaned to her by the Royal Academy.
Exsultate Jubilate – Mozart
Stephanie Spragg, soprano, graduated from the University of Wolverhampton Faculty of Music with a Masters degree. She has sung with the Wolverhampton University Chamber Choir, the University Early Music Consort, the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus and as a member of the award-winning “a cappella” quartet “The Nightingales”. Before attending university she gave solo performances as a visiting Head Chorister at York Minster and the cathedrals of Winchester, Salisbury, Bristol and Norwich.
Now living in Bristol, Stephanie gained her post-graduate Certificate of Education at Bristol University. She continues to study voice with Margaret Thomas and sings with the Bristol Choral Society both as chorus member and occasional soloist.
Stephanie has performed as soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G Minor for the Bristol Cathedral School Choral Society and Haydn’s Creation for the Yate Choral Society. She has also performed as guest soloist with Thornbury Choral Society, the Midlands-based Warley Male Voice Choir and in the Bristol Choral Society’s ‘Mini Messiah’ at the Colston Hall. She has recently embarked on developing links with the Bristol-based ‘Headway’ charity.
Guitar Concerto – Rodrigo
Jonathan Wiseman became Oxfordshire Young Soloist aged fourteen and since then studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London under the tutelage of Michael Lewin, Head of Guitar. In 2010 he was a participant in the RoyalAcademy’s Patrons Award his playing featuring in the BBC documentary, ‘How to be a Composer’. One year later Jonathan joined the elite rank of guitarists who have won the Julian Bream Prize, an award for artistic excellence that is adjudicated by the legendary Maestro himself. In 2012 the Academy conferred Jonathan with their highest performance award, an honour reserved for work of exceptional maturity, outstanding in both artistic and technical delivery; additionally, he was a Prize-winner at the International Ivor Mairants Guitar Competition.
Since graduating with Distinction, Jonathan is in increasing demand as a Concert Artist and Masterclass instructor. He is committed to broadening the perception of the instrument and has created an independent publishing and recording label. Jonathan is also keen to instigate new commissions for the Guitar, collaborating with Jason Noghani and Jonathan Cole at the Royal College of Music where he was recently invited to provide a lecture and workshop on ’Composing for the Guitar’. Jonathan plays guitars by Francisco Santiago Marin and Greg Smallman and sons.
“Molly on the Shore” – Grainger (June 2018)
Exsultate Jubilate – Mozart (June 2018)
Alison began studying singing whilst a student at Cambridge University and subsequently won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Yvonne Minton. Her repertoire as an oratorio soloist includes St Matthew Passion, A Child of Our Time, Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Duruflé’s Requiem and Elgar’s The Music Makers and The Dream of Gerontius. She has appeared as soloist at Malvern Festival, Edinburgh Festival, at the Paris Festival D’Automne, Salzburg Festival and with the Danish Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen. Her many roles in opera and operetta include Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Buttercup in HMS Pinafore and Katisha in The Mikado, for which she received critical acclaim in the national press. Since moving to the South West, she has given recitals in and around Bristol and appeared as soloist in Elgar’s Sea Pictures with Frome Symphony Orchestra and with the West Mendip Orchestra, Messiah with Bristol Millennium Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem in the Lord Mayor’s Chapel, Bristol, Bach’s Magnificat with Portishead Choral Society and with Bristol Cabot Choir, Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Messiah with Fairford Choral Society.
Emperor Piano Concerto – Beethoven (December 2012)
Piano Concerto – Grieg (November 2009)
Emma Tenison – Clarinet
Clarinet Concerto – Jim Parker
Jennifer Mears and Colin Bloch
Quiet City – Copland
Concerto for Oboe and Trumpet – Hertel
“Reminiscences” for Double Bass – Palmer (First Performance)
Songs of Summer – Lloyd-Jones (First Performance)
Megan Garrity – Harp
Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’ – Vaughan Williams
Thomas Russell Porter – Bassoon
Bassoon Concerto – C.M. Weber
Colin Bloch – Corno da Caccia / Trumpet / Piccolo Trumpet
Suite in D for Trumpet and Strings – Handel (November 2010)
Trumpet Sonata no. 1 in D – Purcell (November 2010)
Concerto for Two Trumpets and Strings No. 1 – Vivaldi
Trumpet Concerto in E Flat major – Haydn
Emily Heathcote – Clarinet
Clarinet Quintet in B flat major – C. M. von Weber
Clarinet Concerto in A major – W. A. Mozart
Jonathan Rees – Cello
Cello Concerto in D major – J. Haydn
Josephine Reece – Piano
Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor – W. A. Mozart
Rebecca Stevens – Oboe
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor – J.S. Bach
Oboe Concerto in D minor – T. Albinoni
Oboe Concerto in D minor – A. Marcello
Emil Huckle-Kleve – Violin
Double Violin Concerto in D minor – J.S. Bach
Violin Concerto no. 1 – Bruch
Violin Concerto no. 3 – Saint-Saëns
Kenyi Wang – Violin
Double Violin Concerto in D minor – J.S. Bach
Violin Concerto in D minor – F. Mendelssohn
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D Minor – J.S. Bach
Christopher Gunning – Horn
Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat major – W. A. Mozart
Claire Alsop – Organ
Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani in G minor – Poulenc
Rachel Skinner – Voice
Exsultate, Jubilate – Mozart
Ave Maria – Caccini
Christopher Northam – Piano
Piano Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet and Strings – Shostakovich
Imogen Triner – Oboe
Oboe Concerto in D Minor – Alessandro Marcello
James Godfrey – Marimba
Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra – Ney Rosauro
Julia Belyavin – Violin
Violin Concerto in E Major – J.S. Bach
Andrew Stephen & Colin Bloch – Trumpet
Concerto for Two Trumpets and Strings No. 1 – Vivaldi
Roger Huckle – Violin
The Four Seasons – Vivaldi