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Recent Soloists

December 2018

Luiz de Campos, Most Recent Soloist with St Bart's Orchestra

Luiz de Campos Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1996, Luiz de Campos moved to the United Kingdom at the age of five. He began studying the piano at the Elgar School of Music and, at the age of seven, became a chorister at the Worcester Cathedral Choir. Shortly afterwards, he started learning the oboe, with Helen Green, at King's School Worcester. He went on to receive a King's Music Scholarship, and became Head Chorister at Worcester Cathedral, in 2010. A year later, he returned to Sao Paulo, where he studied with the Principal Oboe of the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra (OSESP), Joel Gisiger, and represented his school five times at the Association for Music in International Schools Festival. In September 2015, Luiz began his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Celia Nicklin, Christopher Cowie and Sue Böhling. Since joining the Academy, he has performed with many orchestras, including the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra, Royal Academy Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Horton Chamber Orchestra, Central London Chamber Orchestra and the Kohn Foundation Chamber Orchestra, and has worked with renowned conductors, such as Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Jonathan Lo, George Jackson and Dominic Grier. Recent concert highlights include performing the music of film composer James Newton Howard in a concert he conducted at the Royal Albert Hall, and the works of Claude-Michel Schönberg in a Musical Theatre Gala presenting him with a RAM Honorary Membership at the recently-inaugurated Susie Sainsbury Theatre. He has also taken part in masterclasses with Jonathan Kelley, Kai Frömbgen, Christopher Redgate, Christian Wetzel, Jose Luis Garcia, and Domenico Orlando. In 2016, he received the 'Commended' award at the Royal Academy of Music's Leila Bull Oboe Prize, and later that year he became the Principal Oboe of the King's College London Symphony Orchestra, allowing him to also perform with the KCL Opera, KCL Chamber Orchestra and KCL Modern Music Society.

Spring/Summer 2018

In our two most recent concerts, we welcomed five soloists, four in our performance of Mozart's Impresario opera, and our own 1st oboe as soloist in Bellini's oboe concerto.

Camilla Rose Saba Davies sang the part of Madame Herz. Camilla divides her time between London and Tokyo, and is a coloratura soprano. She has performed with the CBSO, and won First Place in the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for young singers and First Prize in the Alida Vane International Competition in Latvia.

Louisa Stirland is also a soprano, and sang Mademoiselle Silberklang. She was Radio 2's Young Chorister of the Year and has gone on to sing frequently on Radio 2, 3 and 4 and BBC's Songs of Praise. At the John Kerr Award 2016, she won First Prize for best 17th Century Song, and has sung in many concerts with the BBC Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras, the BBC Singers and the Bach Choir.

Magnus Walker (Monsieur Vogelsang), a tenor who has sung at Gloucester Cathedral and was soloist in Elgar's The Kingdom at the Three Choir's Festival. He won First Prize for the most outstanding singer under eighteen at the Glasgow Music Festival in 2015, and recently performed Britten's War Requiem with the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Michael Rakatoarivony, a prize-winning baritone and conductor at the Royal Academy of Music, made his final appearance as our conductor and sang Buff while the orchestra went into autopilot for this brief cameo.

Nicholas Mitchell is our 1st oboe. At school, he won prizes for his playing, and at university he specialised in the early oboe and gave several premiere performances in this country on original instruments. He has been a member of the orchestra for four years, and also plays with the newly-formed wind ensemble Aeolus X.

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