OUR CONDUCTOR AND ACCOMPANIST
Our Musical Director -Lewis Gaston
Lewis Gaston works as a conductor and assistant in the UK and abroad. His work has been recognised in International Competitions, Masterclasses and he enjoys a schedule of work that combines performance, education and research. He has been Guest Conductor for the Brasov Philarmonic (Romania) and the Toscana Classica Orchestra (Italy). He has also conducted the Berlin Sinfonietta, Camerata di Fiorentina and the State Opera Rousse (Bulgaria). Lewis is Music Director of Opera Holloway, Guildford Opera, Genesis Chorale and acts as Guest Conductor to a number of London orchestras.
As a lecturer and conductor for Opera Prelude, Lewis has given the UK premiere of Mercadante's opera Don Chisciottealle nozzeRecent and upcoming projects include Verdi's Macbeth, Delibes' Lakmé, Saint-Saëns' Samson et Delila as well as Mozart's Così Fan Tutte. He is also be conducting the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra in a concert of British composers featuring Vaughan Williams' 2nd Symphony, Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, Walton's Spitfire Prelude and Fugue as well as a contemporary work
di Gamaccio, lectured on Gluck, Berlioz, Viardot and Lord Leighton as part of an event including the performance of Gluck's Orphée, and continues to work on series of lectures.
Our accompanist - Anthony Merryweather
Anthony Merryweather began his musical career at the age of six, when he won a Choral Scholarship to Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Seven years later, he gained a music scholarship to Shrewsbury School where, aside from every day lessons, music took up much of his time. By the age of 15, he was the accompanist for the Shrewsbury School Choral Society and the school's Big Band.
When he was in the Sixth Form, Anthony completed the composition of his first musical ‘Troy’, which was featured on ITV News. In 1994, Anthony graduated from University of East Anglia.
Recent and upcoming projects include Verdi's Macbeth, Delibes' Lakmé, Saint-Saëns' Samson et Delila as well as Mozart's Così Fan Tutte. He is also be conducting the Farnborough Symphony Orchestra in a concert of British composers featuring Vaughan Williams' 2nd Symphony, Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, Walton's Spitfire Prelude and Fugue as well as a contemporary work by award winning composer Elizabeth Winters. In 2018 he looks forward to conducting the Kingston Philharmonic in a programme of Sibelius, Dvorak and Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto.
Anthony works widely with choirs, both large and small. He worked with the children's choruses in the 2010/2011 performances of Hansel and Gretel and La Boheme at Glyndebourne. He is the accompanist for Surrey Youth Choir, and regularly accompanies students and adults for exams, festivals and concerts.
He has been Head of Music in four schools and is currently Director of Music at Tormead School, a leading independent girls school in Guildford.
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