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Neil Thomson Conductor
Patricia Ward Kelly Presenter

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Neil  Thomson

Neil Thomson Conductor

Neil Thomson was born in London in 1966, studied violin and viola at the Royal Academy of Music (1984-87) and conducting with Norman Del Mar at the Royal College of Music (1987-89).

He has performed with many distinguished soloists including Sir James Galway, Dame Moura Lympany, Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott, Philip Langridge, Sarah Chang, Antonio Meneses, Nelson Freire, Steven Isserlis, Julian Lloyd Webber, David Geringas, Natalie Clein, Ittai Shapira, Viviane Hagner, Gyorgy Pauk, Brett Dean, Jean-Philippe Collard, Stephen Hough, Alexander Gavrylyuk, Peter Jablonski, Jean-Louis Steuerman, Dame Evelyn Glennie and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.

He has conducted all the major UK orchestras. Recent débuts include concerts with the Tokyo Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra,Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and the Orchestra of Gothenburg Opera.

Recordings include a disc of American contemporary Violin Concerti with Ittai Shapira and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Gloria Coates Fifth Symphony, Stenhammar Symphony No.2 and two discs of orchestral music by Cesar Guerra-Peixe with the Goias Philarmonic Orchestra. He is currently engaged on a project to record all 14 symphonies of Claudio Santoro for Naxos with the Goias Philarmonic.

From 1992 until 2006 he served as Head of Conducting at the Royal College of Music. He was made an Honorary Member of the RCM in 1994 for his services to the institution and has established an enviable reputation as an orchestral trainer.

Since March 2014 he has served as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Goiás, Brazil.

Patricia  Ward Kelly

Patricia Ward Kelly Presenter

Patricia Ward Kelly is the wife and biographer of legendary dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly. She and her husband met at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. in 1985, when he was the host/narrator for a television special and she was a writer. Soon after, he invited her to California to write his memoir, a job for which she recorded his words nearly every day for over ten years. They married in 1990 and were together until his death in 1996. Currently, Mrs. Kelly serves as Trustee of The Gene Kelly Image Trust and Creative Director of The Gene Kelly Legacy, Inc., a corporation established to celebrate Gene Kelly’s artistry worldwide. She lives in Los Angeles where she curates the Gene Kelly Archives and is completing the book about her late husband. For more information about Gene Kelly and upcoming events, please go to the official Gene Kelly website genekelly.com