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Matthew Hamilton Conductor
Jiri Rozen Conductor
Jamie MacDougall Presenter
RSNO Junior Chorus  

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Matthew Hamilton

Matthew Hamilton Conductor

Matthew Hamilton collaborates with leading choirs across a broad repertoire. Choral Director at the Hallé since 2015, he is also Associate Director of London Symphony Chorus, and Musical Director of New London Chamber Choir. Previous roles include the directorships of Reading Bach Choir, Keele Bach Choir, and Salford Choral Society.

Matthew read music at Oxford, before studying composition at the University of Manchester and choral conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. He participated in masterclasses with some of Europe’s finest professional choirs, including Berlin Radio Choir and Netherlands Chamber Choir, and in 2010 won the Bramstrup Conducting Award (Denmark).

Matthew has prepared choirs for conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Fabio Luisi, Daniel Harding, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Charles Dutoit, Juanjo Mena, Thierry Fischer, David Robertson, John Wilson and Mark Minkowski, and for festivals including the Brighton Festival and BBC Proms, where he has worked on music from Birtwistle to the Pet Shop Boys. As a guest conductor, he has worked with Choeur de Radio France, CBSO Chorus, BBC Symphony Chorus, ChorWerk Ruhr, and extensively with the BBC Singers, whom he has conducted in concert at the Barbican, live for Radio 3 and television, and in the recording studio. He has chorus mastered or conducted first performances of many works by composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Brett Dean, Simon Holt, Eriks Esenvalds, Nico Muhly and Gabriel Jackson.

Highlights of recent seasons include his conducting debut at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall with organist Wayne Marshall, appearances at the BBC Proms with the Hallé Choir, London Symphony Chorus, and BBC Singers, a concert tour in Germany with ChorWerk Ruhr, and an engagement with Choeur de Radio France in Paris. In the current season, he will work with CBSO Chorus and London Symphony Chorus, in addition to major choral projects with the Hallé. A recording by London Sinfonietta and BBC Singers of Harrison Birtwistle's Angel Fighter, for which Matthew was chorus master, was recently released.

Jiri Rozen

Jiri Rozen Conductor

Jirí Rožen is one of the most exciting and promising conductors of his generation. He has seen success in Salzburg and London as the Finalist of both the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition. Formerly, as Assistant Conductor at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jirí worked alongside Donald Runnicles and Thomas Dausgaard, and also assisted them at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival.

In 2018/19 season, Jirí continues to build on his growing international profile debuting with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, BBC Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra and returns to Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. Other engagements include his debut with Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra as well as appearances with the Orchestre de Pau Pays de Béarn, Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra and Brno Philharmonic.

Jirí also appears at two prestigious international festivals – Musical Autumn in Cluj in Romania, and Smetana Litomyšl in the Czech Republic, conducting the Transylvanian State Philharmonic and Czech Chamber Philharmonic orchestras, respectively. Recent and upcoming soloist collaborations feature internationally recognised names such as Vadim Gluzman, Kirill Gerstein, Mahan Esfahani, Lawrence Brownlee, Christian Schmitt and Sergei Nakariakov.

Highlights from the 2017/18 season included his subscription debut and two more projects with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as engagements with the Bruckner Orchester Linz, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (among others at Prague Spring Festival), Wiener Concert-Verein and the Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT) Symphony Orchestra in Zagreb in a summer open-air gala.

A passionate advocate of Czech music, in recent seasons Jirí has conducted his signature work Symphony No 4 by Miloslav Kabelác at Salzburg Festival with Camerata Salzburg (Austrian premiere) and at the Prague Spring Festival with PKF-Prague Philharmonia. Also, he premiered the new critical edition of Bohuslav Martinu's Spectre's Bride with the Brno Philharmonic and Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno. Many of his recent and upcoming programmes include Czech standard repertoire as well as music by Josef Suk, Leoš Janácek, Bohuslav Martinu, Miloslav Kabelác and Viktor Kalabis.

Also working in opera, during his time in Scotland Jirí has been engaged in conducting Stravinsky's Mavra, Walton's The Bear, Strauss's Die Fledermaus and Britten's Owen Wingrave. Elsewhere, his opera engagements have included Ravel's L’enfant et les sortilegès with the Hamburger Symphoniker and Sven Daigger's Eine Kluge Else at the Brücken-Festival für Neue Musik in Rostock.

Born in Prague in 1991, Jirí Rožen studied conducting at conservatoires and universities of Prague, Salzburg, Hamburg, Zürich and Glasgow, where he was Leverhulme Conducting Fellow. His mentors have included Garry Walker, Dennis Russell Davies, Ulrich Windfuhr and Johannes Schlaefli. Other important influences include Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, David Zinman and Peter Eötvös in masterclasses with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.

Jamie  MacDougall

Jamie MacDougall Presenter

Born in Glasgow, Jamie MacDougall, since 2001, has been Scotland’s Voice’ for classical music on BBC Radio Scotland presenting Grace Notes and Classics Unwrapped. His voice can be heard regularly presenting for BBC Radio 3 and for 16 years he’s anchored the BBC TV’s Proms in the Park from Glasgow as part of the Last Night of the Proms Festivities.

Away from broadcasting Jamie continues to enjoy a busy singing career that takes him around the world.

2017 he was Artist in Residence at the St Andrews Voices Festival and together with pianist Tim Dean launched Scotland’s first song recital group, Song Tellers.As a recitalist, Jamie has performed with pianists Malcolm Martineau, Susan Tomes, Graham Johnson, Roger Vignoles and Julius Drake, appearing at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Perth Festival, Australia, the Salzburg and Aldeburgh Festivals.

On the concert platform he has worked with some of the world's top baroque, chamber and symphony orchestras, including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the St Louis and Houston Symphony Orchestras and most recently the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia.

In 2014 he took his show ‘Inspirations’ to the Wintergarten in Berlin and subsequently to Mexico and America. Jamie's extensive discography of over 45 titles, covers baroque and classical, German, Scottish and English song as well as 20th century music. With the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt he released the 20 cd collection of Haydn Folksong arrangements.

His most recent recording with Trio van Beethoven of Beethoven Folk songs will be released in 2018.

In a co-production with Scottish Opera Jamie staged an adaptation of Jimmy Logan’s one man play, Lauder! that helped mark the 150th anniversary of the Theatre Royal in Glasgow. There are plans to take this ‘play with tunes’ on tour in 2019.

 RSNO Junior Chorus

RSNO Junior Chorus  

The RSNO Junior Chorus is one of the leading children and youth choirs in the UK, with over 400 members aged seven to eighteen. It was formed in 1978 by Jean Kidd and since 1994 has been directed by Christopher Bell. It has built up a considerable reputation singing under some of the world’s most distinguished conductors and appearing on radio and television. RSNO Junior Chorus members sing regularly with Scotland’s national orchestra in major concert halls and festivals throughout the country. The Junior Chorus has also sung at BBC concerts and regularly appears at the Edinburgh International Festival.