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Orchestra Leader

Madeleine Pickering

Amadeus Orchestra Leader Madeleine Pickering

Madeleine Pickering, 19, 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


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.


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

Course Tutors

Michael Gurevich
Michael Gurevich

Dutch violinist and violist Michael Gurevich enjoys a varied performing career. Michael is devoted to chamber music, not only as member of the London Haydn Quartet which he joined in 2008, but also as a guest with the Nash Ensemble and many other groups. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Louvre, Melbourne Recital Centre and at festivals including Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier. His recording of Schumann’s piano trios with the Rhodes Piano Trio is on Champs Hill Records and he has appeared on all the London Haydn Quartet recordings from the op 20 set.

Alongside this Michael is frequently invited as a guest leader or principal by various ensembles including Arcangelo, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The King’s Consort, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.As a teacher Michael was on the faculty at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester for nine years and has given chamber music masterclasses at the Juilliard School, Indiana University, Yale University, Oxford University, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Sydney Conservatorium, Australian National Academy of Music, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore and at the Domaine Forget in Canada.

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

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.

Peter Bassano
Peter Bassano

I have been Music Director of the Oxford University Sinfonietta, The Virtuosi of the Mannheim Court, The Gentlemen of the Chappell, The Equale Baroque Players, Wendover Choral Society, City of Cambridge Band and Oxford Touring Opera. I have appeared as guest conductor with the Brook Street Band, Cascais Chamber Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Mexican State Symphony Orchestra, Royal Omani Symphony, Royal Philharmonic as well as at many conservatoires, choirs and bands around the world.

I am descended from a family of six Venetian musician brothers brought to England by King Henry VIII in 1540 to improve musical life at the English Court. In every generation since Tudor times there have been Bassano musicians. It might be argued that we are the oldest active musical family in the world.

I studied trombone and singing at the Royal College of Music, where after many years as a member of London's Philharmonia Orchestra I was appointed a professor and became a staff conductor and Head of Brass Faculty in 1990, a post I held until August 2004.

Throughout my career I have worked as both conductor and performer, interspersed with periods of study with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Elgar Howarth, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Roger Norrington, Jorma Panula and Bramwell Tovey. I am Music Director of the Oxford University Sinfonietta, The Virtuosi of the Mannheim Court, The Gentlemen of the Chappell, The Equale Baroque Players, Wendover Choral Society, City of Cambridge Band and Oxford Touring Opera. I have appeared as guest conductor with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Omani Symphony, Royal Philharmonic as well as at many conservatoires, choirs and bands around the world.

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