Witches, wizards and muggles alike are sure to enjoy this spectacular concert showcasing the music from the magical world of Harry Potter. Experience the sounds of Hogwarts brought thrillingly to life by Scotland’s National Orchestra as they perform the phenomenal scores from this iconic series. You’ll be spellbound by the interval! So, grab your broom, apparate, or catch the Hogwarts Express and join us in the Concert Hall for an evening of unforgettable music that you’ll know and love.
SoloistsJerome Dowling - Presenter RSNO Youth Chorus Patrick Barrett - Director, RSNO Youth Chorus
Conductor Stephen Bell
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.
2022 sees him take up his exciting new post as Principal Guest Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
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 with them in the 2019 season.
As well as his on-going commitment to the Hallé, recent and upcoming seasons include engagements with orchestras such as 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.
Presenter Jerome Dowling
Jerome Dowling is an English actor based in London who was trained as an actor at the Manchester School of Theatre between 2013 and 2016. He also previously worked as a director and producer for Quantum Frolic Theatre and independents.
His recent works include Romeo and Juliet with Polunin Ink, directed by Johan Kobborg at the Royal Albert Hall, The Show Must Go On with Vienna English Theatre, directed by Glenn Tillin (touring across Austria), From Age to Age with Dramestics, and providing the voiceovers for ‘Soundtrack’ with the Bristol Pre Conservatoire.
Jerome has also been employed or was involved with highly rated companies including The Royal Opera House, HOME theatre (Manchester), TNT / ADG Europe, BT Sport, Studio Yes, Caravan Theatre and the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.
Aside from performance art, Jerome works for the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton and has participated in a number of their community art projects and installations, which included Modern Nature featuring the work of past filmmaker Derek Jarman. A keen traveller, Jerome has journeyed across the globe as a performance artist (Asia, Europe, and North America) and is now excited to be performing in Scotland for the first time.
RSNO Youth Chorus
Founded in 1978 by Jean Kidd, the RSNO Youth Chorus (formerly known as 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 has built up a considerable reputation singing under some of the world’s most distinguished conductors and appearing on radio and television.
RSNO Youth Choruses Director Patrick Barrett
Patrick Barrett is an Irish conductor based in London specialising in choral music and opera. He is currently Chorus Director of the RSNO’s Youth Choruses (formerly known as the RSNO Junior Choruses), Conductor of the University of Reading Chamber Choir, Orchestra and Chorus, and Conductor of Farnham Youth Choir’s Junior Choir. He also regularly works as an Assistant Conductor for the National Children’s Choir, a Musicianship Tutor with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain and conducts a number of other ensembles in London and the South East. Previous roles include Conductor of both the University of Brimingham’s Women’s Choir and Brockham Choral Society, Guest Chorus Master for the CBSO Children’s Chorus under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and preparing the Royal Opera House Youth Opera Company for mainstage performances of Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel.
Patrick studied Music Education at Trinity College Dublin and the National Conservatory of Ireland (DIT) including additional study at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Kodaly Institute in Hungary as part of the Erasmus programme. In 2013, he moved to Cardiff for an MMus in Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under Neil Ferris where he took part in masterclasses with Simon Halsey, Paul Brough, Peter Hanke, Karen Grylls, Alice Farnham and Voces8, and was Chorus Master on The Magic Flute for the RWCMD and Assistant Conductor of the Welsh National Opera Youth Opera Company, 2015.
An experienced music educator, Patrick was a Trainee Music Leader with Spitalfields Music from 2016-2017, working on a variety of projects with both the Spitalfields and Wigmore Hall Learning and Participation teams. He continues to work with Spitalfields – most recently on their Big Sing 2019 – and also delivers concerts and workshops for the BBC Proms, Garsington Opera, the National Youth Choir of Scotland, Sonoro Choir and the BBC Singers.