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Giovane Ensemble - Schubert's Great C Major Symphony

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A brand new chamber orchestra (pronounced Joe-vah-nay - the Italian for 'youth'), founded and directed by Theo Bently Curtin, presents in its debut concert three of the most celebrated works of the Classical orchestral repertoire, performed by some of the finest young musicians studying at music colleges and universities in London.

The focus for this concert will be on the key of C major, a key which musicians and music lovers might regard as relatively uncomplicated; yet according to Sergei Prokofiev "there are still so many beautiful things to be said in C major". In this programme, Franz Joseph Haydn's virtuosic and ever-graceful Cello Concerto no. 1 (performed by Joe Pritchard) is flanked by the tumultuous Leonore Overture no. 3 by Beethoven and the epic grandeur of the 'Great' C Major Symphony by Schubert, both of which push the boundaries of harmony, form and emotional content far beyond the conventions of the time in which they were written.

Theo Bently Curtin grew up in Totnes, Devon and is currently in his first year studying cello with Josephine Knight at the Royal Academy of Music, where he also takes weekly private conducting lessons with Roland Melia, who was in turn a pupil of renowned conducting pedagogue Ilya Musin in St Petersburg. Theo also studied briefly with Frank Zielhorst, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's then Leverhulme Young Conductor in Association, and had the opportunity to conduct in a rehearsal with South West Youth Orchestra. In July 2018, Theo was fortunate to be able to conduct a short commissioned piece in commemoration of the outgoing principal of Wells Cathedral School, where he studied for sixth form. At Wells, Theo co-founded and managed the St Andrew Chamber Orchestra, the first fully student-led orchestra in the specialist music school's history. The success of this project inspired him to continue with the idea – with the Giovane Ensemble being the result. As a cellist, Theo studied with Richard May at Wells and was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) for three years from 2016-18. There, he played under many renowned conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner, Thomas Adès, Sir George Benjamin and Gustavo Dudamel in many of the UK's top venues, and in high-profile concerts such as the BBC Proms.

Joe Pritchard began playing the cello aged six, initially studying with Louise Padday and Ioan Davies while attending Wells Cathedral School. In 2013, he gained a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School where he studied for five years under the tutelage of Thomas Carroll. A keen orchestral player, Joe spent four years in the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain, as well as a further four years in the National Youth Orchestra, in his final year holding the position of principal cello. Whilst in the NYO, he regularly performed in major venues such as Birmingham Symphony Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Berlin Konzerthaus under esteemed conductors such as Edward Gardner, John Wilson, François Xavier-Roth, Thomas Adès and Sir Mark Elder. As a soloist, Joe was one of four winners of the 2016 Two Moors Festival Young Musician Competition and has since gone on to perform in the festival in 2017 and 2018. Also in 2016, Joe reached the Strings Category Final of BBC Young Musician and last year he took part in both the London Cello Masterclasses and the Gstaad Festival String Academy. He has received further masterclasses from the likes of Ivan Monighetti, Gary Hoffman, Leonid Gorokhov, Colin Carr and, on a baroque 5-string cello, with Anner Bylsma. Since September, Joe has been studying with Hannah Roberts at the Royal Academy of Music on a full scholarship. Aside from playing and listening to his favourite music, Joe enjoys reading, travelling, watching (albeit not playing!) his favourite sports such as Rugby and Cricket and hunting for cheap LPs! He plays a 2018 cello made by Tony and Louise Padday with a John Dodd bow kindly on loan to him from John Wells.





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