Wind Players

from the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Wind section of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
photo: johan persson

Currently players for the Richard Strauss Serenade will be as follows:

Flute 1 Margaret Campbell Clarinet 1 John Payne Horn 1 Huw Evans
Flute 2 Katharine Constable Clarinet 2 Marina Finnamore Horn 2 Jonathan Durrant
Oboe 1 David Thomas Bassoon 1 Andrea de Flammineis Horn 3 Roger Montgomery
Oboe 2 David Presly Bassoon 2 Martin Field Horn 4 Chris Davies
    Contra Bassoon Luke Whitehead    

Currently players for the Mozart Serenade will be as follows:

Oboe 1 Julia Girdwood Basset Horn 1 Marina Finnamore Horn 1 Roger Montgomery
Oboe 2 Margaret Tindale Basset Horn 2 Alan Andrews Horn 2 Chris Davies
Clarinet 1 Nick Rodwell Bassoon 1 Andrea de Flammineis Horn 3 Huw Evans
Clarinet 2 John Payne Bassoon 2 Luke Whitehead Horn 4 Richard Kennedy
    Contra Bassoon Martin Field    

Conductor: Robin O'Neill

Robin O'NeillIn the past few seasons Robin O’Neill has conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus (with whom he gave the orchestra’s first performance in London’s newly refurbished Royal Festival Hall), London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Bogota Philharmonic, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa Japan, Orchestra Cittaperta and the Orchestras of the Guildhall School of Music, Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, where he is professor of conducting.

Robin O’Neill has collaborated with musicians such as Mikhail Pletnev, Boris Berezovsky, Mitsuko Uchida, Christoph Eschenbach, Pascal Roge, Stephen Kovacevich, Alexander Madzar, Pinchas Zuckerman, Salvatore Accardo, Isabelle Faust, Gautier Capucon, Michael Collins, Alina Ibragimova, the Lars Jansson Jazz Trio and actors such as Jeremy Irons, Julian Glover, Paul McGann and Hugh Dancy. He has also performed by invitation for His Royal Highness Price Charles the Prince of Wales. Robin O’Neill regularly broadcasts on the BBC and has also had concerts broadcast on Swedish Radio, South African Radio and the Japan Broadcasting Corporation. He has made two CDs with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra on the Hyperion Label. He is also a Grammy Nominated recording artist. Robin O’Neill is music director of the music theatre ensemble “The Motion Group”. In 2005 together with theatre director Andrew Steggall he travelled to Baghdad, Iraq, and used their experiences to stage, with the support of Kevin Spacey, Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale at the Old Vic Theatre in London. This production used both Iraqi and European actors and musicians in what was by common consent one of the most shocking and thought provoking theatre events of 2006.

Robin O’Neill is the professor of conducting at the Umbria International Summer Music Academy in Assisi, Italy where he works alongside professors from the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony, French National Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Salzburg Camerata. Website.