Amadeus Orchestra Logo

Orchestra Leader

Madeleine Pickering

Amadeus Orchestra Leader Madeleine Pickering

Madeleine Pickering, 20, began her undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in 2015, where she studies violin with Maureen Smith and viola with Garfield Jackson, and holds the Winifred Agnes Disney Award. In March 2015, Madeleine performed Bartok’s Viola Concerto with the Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra, and in 2014 she won the John McAslan Violin Prize. She also won first prize in the Academy’s Theodore Holland Viola Prize in 2016. Recent solo performances include a recital at Charlton House as part of their lunchtime series and a public master class at the Academy, with renowned violinist Tasmin Little.

Madeleine was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and was co-leader in 2015, performing under conductors including John Wilson and Sir Mark Elder, in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall at the BBC Proms and the Konzerthaus, Berlin. In July 2015, she was made the youngest ever leader of the Amadeus Orchestra, and regularly performs with them throughout the UK. In March 2016, she led the Royal Academy Opera’s production of Rimsky Korsakov’s May Night, and in February this year, she will be leading the Academy Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Haydn and Mozart Symphonies,under conductor Trevor Pinnock.

Also a keen chamber musician, Madeleine is first violinist of the Florizel Quartet, which was formed in late 2015. After just a few months of collaboration the quartet has received praise for their ‘powerful, colourful and multidimensional playing’ in their ‘dramatic and intensely considered performance’.

Resident Composer

Alastair King

Alastair King works mainly as an orchestrator and conductor on Film and TV projects.  These include Downton Abbey, The Martian, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dad’s Army and Doctor Who.  He has also had success as a concert composer including performances by the BBC Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra.  A recent recording of his Concertinfouro for clarinet and strings was recorded by Matthew Hunt and The Chamber Orchestra Of London and is available on i-Tunes. The Amadeus Orchestra has commissioned and given first performances of his orchestral works Irpy and Straight On ’Til Morning and the chamber ensemble piece Dance Marathon $1000 Stake.

Resident Composer Alastair King

Principal Conductor
& Musical Director

Principle conductor & musical director Philip Mackenzie

Philip Mackenzie

Philip is currently Principal Conductor of the Amadeus Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Mozart Symphony Orchestra in London and Principal Guest Conductor of the Crimean State Symphony Orchestra. He has also often worked with Manchester Camerata and his recording with them “Great British Recorder Concertos” was described by Gramophone Magazine as “first class” and was “highly recommended” by the Penguin CD guide.

With Victoria Opera North West, Philip made the first complete recording of The Maid of Artois by Balfe.  It was extremely well received by Radio Three’s Saturday morning CD review, being voted as “audience favourite”.  In addition to his recording work, Philip has broadcast on television and radio in the UK and abroad, most recently conducting Mahler’s Second Symphony on BBC Radio 3 in a shared concert with Sir Simon Rattle.  He has commissioned many new works, most notably those composed by Alastair King, and in 2008 gave a world premiere of a reconstructed work by Alan Rawsthorne.

Recently Philip has given concerts with Steven Isserlis, Steven Varcoe, Raphael Wallfisch and Janis Kelly and has directed ‘speaking soloists’ such as Griff Rhys Jones, Stephanie Cole, Jilly Cooper, Edward Fox, Simon Callow, David Walliams, Richard E Grant and Jack Dee.

As a freelance conductor, Philip has worked with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Bombay Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of India, the Bath Philharmonia, the Pardubice Chamber Orchestra, the Manchester Concert Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and the Kwa Zulu Natal Symphony Orchestra.  In 2002 Philip took the Amadeus Orchestra to Bombay at the invitation of the British Council and has given over 35 concerts in China. In September of 2009, Philip appeared at the Grosvenor House Hotel alongside Leslie Garratt, Dancers from the Royal
Ballet and Kylie Minogue.  In December 2010 Philip appeared on BBC2 with presenter James May in a programme that encourages lapsed musicians to rekindle their enthusiasm for playing music. Recently, Philip conducted the Moscow TV and Radio State Orchestra and the chorus and soloists from the Kirov Opera in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem in Moscow and was soon invited back for a repeat performance.

As a composer, Philip has had performances of his music in Europe and Asia and has also worked for the BBC as an arranger. Philip is the recipient of an honorary doctorate for artistic services  given by the President of Ukraine  following his premiere performance in that country of Elgar’s First Symphony.

Philip’s recent recordings include:

• Great British Recorder Concertos with Manchester Camerata and John Turner, described by Gramophone Magazine as "first class"

• the first complete recording of The Maid of Artois by Balfe with Victoria Opera North West, recently voted audience favourite on Radio Three's Saturday morning CD review.

 • Over the Water, with Manchester Camerata

President & trustees

President

Odaline de la Martinez
President Odaline de la Martinez

One of the liveliest and most enterprising musical personalities on the British music scene, Cuban American Odaline de la Martinez pursues a busy international career performing a great variety of repertoire ranging from Mozart symphonies to the latest of contemporary music.

Trustees

Lady Valerie Solti
Paul Patterson
Edward Fox OBE
Nick Ayling OBE
Veronica Faulks
Bridget Hanbury
Ian Warren
Jonathan Peevers

Course Tutors

Odaline de la Martinez
Michael Gurevich

Cuban American composer and conductor Odaline de la Martinez pursues a demanding and successful career composing – particularly opera, conducting repertoire from Mozart symphonies to the latest contemporary music, and recording CDs often with LORELT (Lontano Records) which she founded in 1992.

Martinez studied at Tulane University (USA) and the Royal Academy of Music, where she founded her ensemble Lontano in 1976. Martinez was the first woman in history to conduct a BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. With Lontano she has travelled the world

She has received numerous awards including a Marshall Scholarship from the British Government and a Guggenheim Fellowship (USA). Her first opera Sister Aimee: An American Legend (1984) was premiered at Tulane University in 1984, followed by two other productions at the Royal College of Music (1987) and in Marin County College, California (1995). Her second opera Imoinda (from her Slavery Opera Trilogy) (2005-2008), was commissioned by the Caribbean Women Writers’ Alliance (CWWA) with funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund, England. The Crossing also from her Trilogy was commissioned by Tulane University and premiered in New Orleans in April 2013, while there as composer in residence. This work received its UK Premiere in November 2014 at the opening concert of The Fifth London Festival of American Music.

In 2015 Martinez was awarded an Opera America grant to make a video of Imoinda. Odaline de la Martinez is in demand throughout the world both as an orchestra and opera conductor and with her ensemble Lontano. She has
recorded numerous CDs for LORELT, her own record label, as well as Summit, BMI, and Albany Records in the United States, Chandos, Metier and Conifer Classics in the UK and Da Capo in Denmark. As a musician she has acquired a remarkable reputation for her versatile and eclectic vision, and supreme ability to work with others to make the vision a reality.


Edwin Roxburgh

The diverse activities of performing, conducting and teaching have been constant motivations to Edwin Roxburgh’s principal profession, composing.  As a student he won the Royal Philharmonic Prize (1960) and the Lili Boulanger Trust Award in 1962.  His professional work has been acknowledged in many awards such as the Cobbett Medal  for Services to Chamber Music (1980), a
British Composers’ Award for his Elegy for Ur (2006) and an Elgar Trust Award for a BBC SO commission (2010).  His fellowships range from the Collard Fellowship to his position at the Royal College of Music (where he taught) as Vaughan Williams Fellow in Composition.  Commissions have been constant throughout his life.  They disclose a wide variety of stylistic characteristics from his BBC
Prom commission, Montage to incidental music to The World About Us television series.  Recordings of his music are on NMC, Naxos, Warehouse, Oboe Classics and Metier labels. His music is published by United Music Publishers, Ricordi and
Maecenas.

Roxburgh’s work as an instrumentalist began with his appointment as principal oboist of Sadlers’ Wells Opera (now ENO). Subsequently he pursued a distinguished career as a virtuoso, establishing himself as a major interpreter of contemporary repertoire, giving the UK premieres of Berio’s Sequenza V11 and Holliger’s Cardiophonie.  Many of his compositions reflect his research in multiphonics and other extended techniques, which demonstrate his significant contribution to the development of the oboe in the second half of the twentieth century. Whilst a member of the Menuhin Festival Orchestra he was co-author with Goossens of the Menuhin Music Guide ‘The Oboe’. 

As a conductor he has premiered a vast number of works, originally with the Twentieth Century Ensemble of London, which he founded, and later with several of the principle orchestras of the UK.  This was reflected in his role as teacher at
the Royal College of Music until 2003, where he created a department of Twentieth Century Performance Study which included annual orchestral concerts of contemporary music which he conducted for BBC broadcasts.  His contention is that all musicians have a responsibility towards the music of their own time and should give as much attention to it as to music of all periods.  This is reflected in his choosing the Renaissance as his special subject when he was a Cambridge student.  In 2014 Boydell & Brewer published his book, Conducting for a New Era. In comparing it to other books on the subject Sir Andrew Davis says in his Introduction that it ’surpasses them all’.  

Currently he is a visiting tutor and researcher at the BCU Birmingham Conservatoire.

Andy Kershaw
Peter Bassano

Andrew’s formal music training was at the Royal
Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music. After Graduating he was appointed principal Tuba of the Opera House in Santiago, Chile, and then returned to the UK to build a freelance career.

Andy has played with many of the country's top
orchestras including The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Halle, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and London
Philharmonic Orchestra. He also regularly played for the West End production of Chicago. Andrew has a keen interest in historical performance and plays for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, appearing on the BBC documentary The Symphony, and with the Gabrieli Consort, including the BBC Proms. He also enjoys the lighter side of music performance having toured the UK and USA
with pop legend Elton John and even dressing up to perform at ‘Shakespeare's Globe’.

Andy performs numerous London solo recitals for the
family Concert series Bach to Baby, giving all ages the chance to hear the ‘virtuosic’ side to the Tuba.

Along with playing engagements Andy works with many Brass Bands conducting and tutoring sections, from Strata Brass (Yorkshire Championship section) to bands across the sections in the South East. Successes have included gaining Bedford Town Band promotion to the championship section and Waterbeach Brass promotion to the second section.

Andy teaches the Tuba and Euphonium students at Bedford School and has delivered master classes at Trinity College of music and The Royal Northern College of Music as well as regularly teaching and coaching at The Royal Academy of Music Junior Department.

Copyright Amadeus Orchestra 2018 Design & Build by AllAbout Sites