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Next Performance - Friday 17th February - St James's Piccadilly

Mozart - Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
Brahms - Violin Concerto

Beethoven - Symphony No. 7

Violin - Min-Jin Kym     Conductor - Chris Hopkins

Musical Director - Chris Hopkins

As well as his position as Musical Director of the Orchestra of the City since 2009, Chris has been invited to direct a range of ensembles including the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Blaze Ensemble, EMSO, and various others in venues such as St. John's Smith Square and the Royal Festival Hall, as well as touring throughout Spain, Czech Republic, the UK and appearing live on BBC radio and the BBC Proms.  In addition, Chris has worked as assistant to conductors including Sir Charles Mackerras, Jane Glover, Dominic Wheeler and Trevor Pinnock, and recently worked with the Pet Shop Boys' at Sadler's Wells working on new ballet The Most Incredible Thing.  This year he is working with Welsh National Opera in their 2011/12 season.

Chris began playing the piano at the age of four, winning a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music at the age of fourteen.  Having graduated from a Masters degree in British Music with distinction, he returned to complete his post-graduate education at the Academy where he won several prizes and awards including the Principal's Prize, the Brenda Webb, Elena Gerhardt, von Somere-Godfery, Leonard Hancock and Cameron Carpenter prizes for accompaniment amongst other as well as a DipRAM.  Following Leverhulme and Elton John scholarships, he was made a Junior Fellow of the Academy.

As a pianist, Chris has played for audiences around the world, performing solo and chamber music in New York, Japan, Europe, Singapore and London (including Wigmore Hall, St. James's Piccadilly, Barbican and Royal Festival Hall) working regularly with orchestra (as soloist in a range of concertos), chamber groups and a wide range of musicians including Guy Johnston, Daniel Hope, Hideko Udagawa and Charlie Siem.


Leader - Rebecca Saunders

Rebecca began learning the violin at the age of four and won a specialist music scholarship to Wells Cathedral School three years later.  She subsequently studied at the Junior Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was leader of the Junior Guildhall String Ensemble, winner of the Principal's Prize, and a finalist in the Lutine Prize competition.  She also performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the National Youth Chamber Orchestra.

Rebecca studied Economics at Cambridge University, where she led Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra and performed Wieniawski's Concerto No. 1 with Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra.  Following university, she worked in investment banking in London, whilst playing as a founder member and co-leader of the Orchestra of the City.

In 2006, Rebecca moved to New York to pursue an MBC at Columbia University and became Principal Second Violin in the Musica Bella Orchestra of New York, performing the Bruch Violin Concerto in 2007.  She has been the leader of Orchestra of the City since returning to London in 2008.  Rebecca is currently learning jazz violin with Chris Garrick and works for notonthehighstreet.com.

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