The Music of Star Wars

Fri 19 Mar 2021, 7.30PM
Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Stephen Bell Conductor
Tom Redmond Presenter
RSNO Chorus  

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Feel the full force of Scotland’s National Orchestra as we celebrate John Williams’ epic music from the blockbusting Star Wars saga. Filled with your favourite themes from The Phantom Menace to The Last Jedi, this concert packs more punch than an Imperial Blaster! If you think it sounds good in the cinema, wait ‘til you hear this iconic music played live by the RSNO. The Force is strong with this one!

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Stephen Bell

Stephen Bell Conductor

Described by International Record Review as ‘one of the most gifted younger British conductors’, Stephen Bell studied at the Royal College of Music under the renowned conductor Norman Del Mar. He now finds himself increasingly in demand, both at home and abroad, with a wide variety of international orchestras. He was appointed Artistic Director of the City of Oxford Orchestra in 2009 and he was delighted to take up the post of Associate Conductor of the Hallé Pops in 2013.

Stephen’s recent discography includes critically acclaimed CDs on the ASV, Naxos and Dutton labels, including two with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a disc devoted to the music of Gordon Jacob and three world premiere recordings with violist Roger Chase and the BBC Concert Orchestra. 2016 saw three brand new releases, including A Christmas Celebration with the Hallé on its own label and a collaboration with award-winning vocalist Clare Teal on MUD Records. He has extensive broadcasting experience, frequently appearing on Classic FM as well as on BBC radio and television.

His diverse repertoire, versatility and aptitude for communication with audiences of all genres and ages have led to exciting conducting projects with an eclectic range of artists. Past highlights include conducting the Queen’s Jubilee Concert at Chatsworth House, a tribute concert for Stanley Black at the Royal Festival Hall, a gala event for Prince Charles at Windsor Castle, the memorial concert for Alistair Cooke at Westminster Abbey, the award-winning Pitch Perfect for BBC TV’s Children in Need at Wembley with the BBC Singers, the televised Music Nation concert from the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow, and pop legends Texas with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Barrowland, Glasgow, for BBC Music Day 2017.

From 2005 to 2010, Stephen was invited to conduct the annual televised BBC Proms in the Park with the BBC Philharmonic, and since 2011, he has appeared every year on the live TV broadcasts of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s Last Night of the Proms celebrations. He made his Royal Albert Hall Proms debut with the hugely successful Doctor Who Prom in 2008, returning in 2012 for a Family Matinee Prom with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and again in 2014 for two televised CBeebies Proms with the BBC Philharmonic. The Folk Prom in the 2018 season marked his first Prom with the BBC Concert Orchestra, returning in the 2019 season.

As well as his commitment to the Hallé, the 2019–20 season includes further engagements with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Brighton Philharmonic, Orchestre national de Lyon, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Tom  Redmond

Tom Redmond Presenter

Tom Redmond is a broadcaster, presenter, horn player and animateur. He presents for BBC Radio 3 from concert halls and festivals across the UK including Aldeburgh, Edinburgh and the BBC Proms. As a horn player he has performed throughout Europe, Japan, Russia, South East Asia and the USA with orchestras including the City of Birmingham and London Symphony orchestras, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Philharmonia.

He was a member of the Hallé for 13 years before relinquishing his position in 2016 to allow him more time to work within music education and broadcasting.

Tom has introduced classical music to over 250,000 young people and their families in interactive concerts with the Hallé, City of Birmingham, Scottish Chamber, Royal Scottish National, Ulster and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestras, Welsh National Opera and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He is involved with the BBC’s Ten Pieces project, leading creative workshops with its celebrity ambassadors, and he was the orchestra consultant for the project’s e-book.

As an animateur he has led creative workshops in a variety of musical environments, from prisons to music hubs and state and public schools. He has recently devised and delivered a series of corporate training workshops to highlight the effects of inspirational leadership in the workplace, using the orchestra as an example of a high-performance team.

Tom is the horn tutor at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and has a close relationship with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and its INSPIRE program. He has recently been announced as the new Director of Music at Chetham’s School of Music, starting from September 2019.

 RSNO Chorus

RSNO Chorus  

The RSNO Chorus performs in around six different programmes in up to twenty concerts across Scotland with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra each year. The RSNO Chorus has also had great success in recording with the Orchestra. Its recordings, amongst others, of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, conducted by Neeme J?rvi, and Holst’s The Planets, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, have both attracted high critical acclaim.

In addition to its commitment to the Orchestra, the RSNO Chorus performs independently and has been invited to perform with orchestras in many parts of the world, establishing an international status and touring to Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Belfast, Australia, Trondheim and most recently, Amsterdam and Prague. In 2018 it performed Britten’s War Requiem with the RSNO at the BBC Proms.

The RSNO Chorus evolved from a choir formed in 1843 to sing the first full performance of Handel’s Messiah in Scotland. Today, it is one of the most successful choruses in the UK. In recent years, it has performed practically every work in the standard choral repertoire along with contemporary works by renowned composers, including John Adams, Magnus Lindberg, Howard Shore and James MacMillan.

The RSNO Chorus is directed by Gregory Batsleer, one of the UK’s most dynamic and in demand choral conductors and chorus masters. In 2015 Gregory received The Arts Foundation Fellowship in Choral Conducting.

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