EYO+Members of London Mozart Players+Khamis+Gee

Orchestral Concert at
St Barnabas Church
Pitshanger Lane, Ealing  W5 1QG
7.30pm on Friday 11th February



Sergei Rachmaninov:        Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor

Gustav Holst:                   The Planets Op.32


Conductor:    Leon Gee

Soloist:          Gamal Khamis (piano)

Choir:            Notting Hill and Ealing High School for Girls Senior Choir


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Ealing Youth Orchestra is an independent youth orchestra 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 has around 85 members aged 13-19 who attend over 30 different local schools around west London. 

In recent years the orchestra has been honoured to play with soloists of the calibre of Tasmin Little and former BBC Young Musician winners Martin James Bartlett, Rob Burton and Lauren Zhang. As part of our Festival's outreach programme, EYO players have also enjoyed mentoring by world-famous professional musicians, with whom they have appeared in side-by-side performances of works including Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast and Mahler’s Symphony no 1.

The Festival Trust are delighted that EYO will again be mentored and supported by members of the London Mozart Players, as part of our outreach support programme in conjunction with their Voyager Outreach Programme. Founded in 1949 by Harry Blech, the London Mozart Players is the UK’s longest established chamber orchestra. Known for its unmistakable British roots, the orchestra has developed an outstanding reputation for adventurous, ambitious programming from Baroque through to genre-crossing contemporary music. LMP has enjoyed a long history of association with many of the world’s finest artists including Sir James Galway, Dame Felicity Lott, Jane Glover, Howard Shelley, Nicola Benedetti, John Suchet and Simon Callow.

Gamal Khamis, a virtuoso pianist well known to Ealing audiences, brings a whole new perspective to Rachmaninov’s popular masterpiece. And the Ealing Youth Orchestra is fully engaged in this most symphonic of concertos.

In the second half of this concert the best young musicians and singers of Ealing embark on Holst’s wonderfully evocative and evergreen vision of the cosmos in music. All to be heard in the fabulous acoustic of St. Barnabas.

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.