EYO+ECO-Martin James Bartlett-Gee

Orchestral Concert at
St Barnabas Church
Pitshanger Lane, Ealing  W5 1QG
7.30pm on Friday 10th

Tchaikovsky               Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op.23

Mahler                        Symphony No.1 in D

Conductor:  Leon Gee

Soloist:        Martin James Bartlett (piano)


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Ealing Youth Orchestra is an independent youth orchestra performing a wide range of mainly 19th and 20th century full symphonic works and concertos. The orchestra has about 90 members aged between 13 and 19 who attend over 30 different local schools around west London. EYO was founded in 1959 by music teacher John Railton, MBE and has continued to flourish under the leadership of professional music directors, with generations of teenagers having passed through its ranks, many of them going on to musical careers themselves

The orchestra gives young players the experience of rehearsing and performing music to a very high standard in the company of professional conductors and soloists. In February 2015 the orchestra was honoured to play the Sibelius Violin Concerto with Tasmin Little at the Ealing Music and Film Festival and EYO also enjoys a mentoring relationship with the English Chamber Orchestra, with whom they have appeared in side-by-side performances of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Recent works have included symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Vaughan Williams, concertos by Rachmaninov, Bruch and Saint-Saëns, and orchestral showpieces such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

EYO gives five concerts a year in various west London locations, including prestigious venues such as The Royal Festival Hall. A highlight of the EYO's schedule is the annual European summer tour. Recent destinations have included Poland, Belgium, France, Spain and Germany. EYO is a self-funded charity and offers full bursaries to members for subscriptions and tour costs.   

This year, we have worked with the EYO to be inspirational in their programme and they are playing Tchaikovsky's ever-popular piano concerto with Martin James Bartlett, recent winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. The orchestra will then dazzle us with a performance of Mahler's first symphony. As part of the Festival's ongoing outreach programme, members of the English Chamber Orchestra will mentor the EYO players through their final rehearsals and perform alongside them at the concert.  The orchestra will be conducted by its inspirational Music Director, Leon Gee, who has an established reputation working with talented young musicians. 

In 2014, at the age of 17, Martin James Bartlett won the BBC Young Musician competition, following a performance of Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kirill Karabits. Martin studies with Vanessa Latarche at the Royal College of Music, where he holds a Foundation Scholarship. He began his studies with Emily Jeffrey at the RCM Junior Department and the Purcell School, and has previously played the bassoon and the recorder as well, achieving Grade 8 Distinction on all three instruments by the age of 12. Highlights last season included Martin’s BBC Proms debut performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Eric Whitacre. He performed Rachmaninov with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and opened the Cheltenham Festival with the BBC Concert Orchestra. In June, Martin was invited to perform at St Paul’s Cathedral as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday thanksgiving service, broadcast live on the BBC. 

Leon Gee studied conducting at the Birmingham Conservatoire under Jonathan Del Mar following his formative musical training as a violinist. Further studies ensued in the Czech Republic, at Dartington with Diego Masson, and with British Youth Opera under Peter Robinson.

Since 2006 Leon has been Music Director for the Ealing Youth Orchestra and the Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra. Leon is also Conductor of the National Scouts & Guides Symphony Orchestra, while further recent activities include work with the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust, Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra and the London College of Music Sinfonia.