Brian Lloyd-Wilson has been appointed to direct NYSO's 3rd orchestra.
Conductor/violinist Brian Lloyd-Wilson loves bringing together fine musicians to communicate great music. To this end he formed The City of London Chamber Players and, with them, has toured in Europe, given concerts throughout the U.K. and appeared on live T.V. in 22 countries.
Brian Lloyd-Wilson is conductor of the Hampshire County Youth String Orchestra. He assists Peter Stark for his intensive conducting courses in Rockbourne, Hampshire, and helps to train staff conductors for the Hampshire Music Service. He has appeared as guest conductor with ensembles including London Camerata, Bristol Camerata, Harlow Chorus, Philharmonia Britanica, London Lawyers Orchestra, Otto Voci, and St Thomas-on-the-Bourne Chamber Choir. He particularly enjoys thriving teaching practices in Frogham, Hampshire and Farnham, Surrey based on Kodaly’s philosophy of music education and Colourstrings. He has also worked as consultant to the leading Beethoven scholar Jonathan Del Mar on his Barenreiter editions of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and two Romances. He has appeared as guest leader with many groups including the Gabrieli Consort and Players. His name can be seen on C.D.s of all the major English period instrument groups. He has toured the world from Japan to Mexico, Sweden to Turkey, appeared in most of the principal European festivals and broadcast widely for radio and T.V.
Brian Lloyd-Wilson’s passion for probing music’s secrets provoked a fascination for performing with instruments the ‘old masters’ would have recognized. This broadens the range of colours available for performance of their music. He matches the individual skills of some of the world’s outstanding performance specialists to projects undertaken, projects as diverse as the 17th century trio sonata through to premiers of new works. The City of London Chamber Players has enjoyed a special Spanish collaboration with the Orchestra Sinfonica de Valencia for whom they provided the string section. At home they have worked with many conductors and choirs such as the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, Royal Holloway College and Guildford Cathedral for its 50th Anniversary and have brought period instrument performances to audiences throughout Britain. Appearances have included the City of London Festival, the Southwark Festival, the Finchcocks Festival, Music at Oxford and the Three Choirs Festival.
Brian Lloyd-Wilson’s concerto engagements have included works by: Vivaldi, Locatelli, Pergolesi, Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Vaughan Williams, Prokofiev, Britten, Arnold and Part, in venues ranging from St. John’s Smith Square and the Sheldonian Theatre to the Palau de Valencia, Spain. Chamber engagements have included performances with: Dame Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Judith Nelson, Ian Partridge, Richard Burnett, Alan Hacker and the Bridge String Quartet. Recording engagements on period instruments have included C.D.s, T.V. and radio work with London Classical Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Brandenburg Consort, Parley of Instruments, Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Hanover Band, Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and The Music Party.
Formative years included the guiding influence of Wells Cathedral School, the Guildhall of Music and Drama and York University where he gained his Master’s degree. He is indebted to the late Hans Keller in the field of chamber music, Yfrah Neaman and Nannie Jamieson in violin and viola playing, Alan Hacker in performance practice, Geza Silvay in violin pedagogy, Peter Stark in conducting and, most importantly, to the daily stimulation of his colleagues.
'...Then followed something remarkable: the Eighth String Quartet of Dimitri Shostakovich arranged for full string orchestra. This dark, introspective work, composed at the height of the Cold War, contains some of Shostakovich’s most powerful music and is a complex, challenging piece. Yet, from the opening notes it was clear that something in this music made a deep impact upon the youngsters and, as the piece unfolded we witnessed concentrated music making on a really special level...the evening belonged to those young string players (Hampshire County Youth String Orchestra, average age 12/13) and their stunning response. Music education should always be this engrossing!' Duncan Eves of Winchester Chronicle