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Hilary Davan Wetton

Hilary Davan Wetton is Artistic Director of the City of London Choir and Associate Conductor of the London Mozart Players. He is Conductor Emeritus of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra and the Guildford Choral Society. He was appointed Musical Director of the JSO in January 2020.

A student of Sir Adrian Boult at the RCM, he won the Ricordi conducting prize in 1967. Over a career spanning 50 years, he is particularly admired for his interpretations of twentieth-century British music, conducting many first performances for British composers as well as neglected works by Gardner, Parry, Holst, Dyson, Bridge, Sterndale Bennett and Samuel Wesley.

His extensive discography includes recordings for Hyperion with both the Holst Singers and the GCS, a series of acclaimed recordings for Collins Classics with the LPO, including Holst’s Planets, Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, and discs for Naxos and EM Records with the CLC. He was awarded the Diapason d’Or for Holst’s Choral Symphony (Hyperion, 1994). In Terra Pax: A Christmas Anthology (Naxos, 2009) reached number two in the Gramophone classical chart and enjoyed wide critical success. Beethoven’s Der Glorreiche Augenblick (Naxos, 2012) has also been much admired, receiving a five star review in BBC Music Magazine. Flowers of the Field (Naxos, 2014) with the City of London Choir, London Mozart Players, Roderick Williams and Jeremy Irons went quickly to number one in the Classical Chart.

He has close working relationships with the Military Wives Choirs: In 2016 he was conductor of their recording, Home for Christmas, which was No 2 in the Classic FM chart for five consecutive weeks. He has just released a new disc with them: Remember, a recording of specially commissioned music for the 1918-2018 anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Hilary has broadcast frequently for the BBC and Classic FM. His broadcasts with the Ulster Orchestra of rare British Symphonies were much admired, and he later recorded this repertoire with the MKCO for Unicorn Kanchana. For five years he was presenter/conductor for Classic FM’s Masterclass. He was also Jo Brand’s organ teacher for the BBC 1 series, Play It Again.

He has been awarded honorary degrees by the Open University (MA) and De Montfort University (D.Mus) and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Twitter: @HilaryConductor


Philip Ellis

Philip Ellis’ bibliography may be found here


Wolfgang Heinz
was born in Wiesbaden (Germany) and grew up in Munich. He first conducted the JSO in 2012.

After studying conducting and piano at the Cologne Conservatory, he began his career as conductor and pianist in 1991 with several German opera houses (Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Aalto Theater Essen, Hagen).

He was Music Director for the Musicals Sunset Boulevard (Andrew Lloyd Webber) and Miss Saigon between 1996 and 1999, before joining the State Opera Stuttgart in 2000,
conducting many of their productions including Tosca, Tannhäuser, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Hänsel und Gretel, from 2001 he was also Music Director of the ‘Young Opera Company’ Stuttgart.

Wolfgang Heinz is Assistant Music Director for Stuttgart Ballet.   He started conducting for the company in 2001.   His repertoire includes Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Onegin, La Sylphide, Gaité Parisienne (J. Offenbach/M. Bejárt), the Seventh Symphony by Beethoven (U. Scholz), La fille mal gardée, Giselle, and many more ballets with symphonic scores – The Rite of Spring, Boléro, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto and Brahms Piano Concerto No.2.  He was appointed Assistant Musical Director in 2006.

Wolfgang Heinz has worked extensively as a symphonic conductor worldwide, including concerts with Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa (Portugal), Opera Ankara (Turkey), Mexico City Opera Orchestra, Orchestre Colonne (at Opéra Paris), West Australian Symphony Orchestra (Perth), Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, New City Orchestra Tokyo, New Philharmonic Orchestra Tokyo, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de Teatro Real Madrid, Staatskapelle Dresden, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Staatsorchester Wiesbaden and Bayerisches Staatsorchester München.

He conducted Romeo and Juliet for the Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2008 at the London Coliseum plus two further productions in Birmingham.

Wolfgang Heinz also enjoys a busy career as a solo pianist, accompanist for vocal recitals and chamber musician.


Christopher Adey

After training primarily as a violinist, with Manoug Parikian at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Christopher Adey was a member of Sir John Barbirolli’s Halle Orchestra before joining the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

His conducting debut led immediately to his appointment as Associate Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 1973-76, since when he has pursued a freelance conducting career, appearing with orchestras throughout the UK and Europe, as well as in the USA, Canada, South Africa, India and the Middle and Far East.

A specialist in orchestral training since early in his career, Christopher Adey has always maintained a profound commitment to youth and student orchestras and has worked with county, national and international youth orchestras in many parts of the world.  Principal Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales from 1996-2002, he held the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra from 2000 to 2004.  In addition to other regular commitments, Christopher Adey is currently Conductor of the symphony orchestra of Wells Cathedral Music School and Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra of the Music Makers in Singapore.  A Principal Conductor and Professor of Conducting at the Royal College of Music from 1979 to 1992, he remains in constant demand at conservatoires throughout the UK and his book “Orchestral Performance:  A Guide for Conductors and Players”, published by Faber and Faber in 1998 (now available on POD), has become a standard work on the subject.

Christopher Adey is an elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, as well as an Honorary Vice-President of the Welsh Music Guild and, in recognition of his particular services to Czech music, a recipient of the Commemorative Medal of the Czechoslovakian Government.


Timothy Henty

Still in his early thirties, British conductor Timothy Henty is quickly developing a strong international reputation both in the theatre and on the concert platform.

Orchestras he has conducted include the Royal Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestras; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, RTÃ National Symphony Orchestra, RTÃ Concert Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Philharmonic Orchestra of Gois, Holland Symfonia, Malma Opera Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, where he made his debut at the age of 24.

His opera and operetta credits include leading Opera North’s acclaimed Ruddigore across the UK, having been invited to take over the production from John Wilson. Further engagements have included The Mikado at the Royal Festival Hall, Symphony Hall Birmingham and Bridgewater Hall Manchester, HMS Pinafore for Carl Rosa Opera, Hip-Hip! Horatio for Jubilee Opera, La Traviata (King’s Theatre) and A Man of Feeling (Grimeborn Festival at the Arcola). He is known throughout the UK for his work in the field of British light opera and conducted the critically acclaimed revivals of Florodora and Our Miss Gibbs (Finborough) as well as Trial by Jury; HMS Pinafore; The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.

In 2008, Timothy collaborated with director Anthony Baker to create a new performing version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s lost opera Thespis, which received wide critical praise and has now enjoyed three productions internationally to date.

Timothy has conducted radio broadcast performances with both RTÃ orchestras, and has recorded in the studio with the RLPO and with the Malma Opera Orchestra. An experienced producer in the studio, his credits include the MoreThan Freeman adverts as well as several other films and commercials. Timothy conducted the soundtracks to the films Little Ashes and The Goodbye Plane.

Timothy began his career as a conductor for dance and maintains a strong interest in this field. In 2006 he was made a Guest Conductor of the Royal Ballet and since then has regularly led performances for Dutch National Ballet; Scottish Ballet; Northern Ballet; Skanes Dansteater, Ballett Basel and extensively for Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures.

He is active as an arranger and editor and his works have been performed throughout the UK by several ensembles including the Philharmonia Orchestra and the RLPO. His television appearances include The One Show; The Andrew Marr Show (BBC) and Gilbert and Sullivan – A Motley Pair (SkyArts).

Born in England, Timothy won a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied conducting with Professor Neil Thomson and won the Tagore Gold Medal, the RCM’s highest award for its most outstanding student, presented to him by HRH The Prince of Wales.


Oliver Zeffman

Described by The Telegraph as ​“phenomenally promising”, the young British conductor Oliver Zeffman was the Classical Music nominee for The TimesBreakthrough Artist Award at the 2018 South Bank Sky Arts Awards, and in 2015 was the youngest of eight nominees for the Nestlé-Salzburg Young Conductor’s Award. Recent and upcoming debuts include with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, KMH Symfoniorkester, London Chamber Orchestra, Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra, Jersey Symphony Orchestra, West Green House Opera and Chelsea Opera Group, whom he leads this season in Anton Rubinstein’s The Demon.

Oliver has worked as an assistant to Valery Gergiev, preparing orchestras including the Rotterdam and Luxembourg Philharmonics; Daniel Harding, for whom he has prepared Mahler Symphony No.8 with both the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic; and to David Zinman, Manfred Honeck and Ed Gardner with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Last summer he spent a month assisting Gustavo Dudamel, Thomas Adès and a number of other conductors with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In 2010 Oliver founded the Melos Sinfonia, an orchestra of young professionals, where he continues as Artistic Director. Together, they have given the Russian premieres of a number of important 20th century works — including Maxwell-Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King, Walton’s Façade and Ligeti’s Aventures andNouvelles Aventures — and most recently, at the invitation of Valery Gergiev, toured a concert staging of George Benjamin’s Written on Skin to The Mariinsky Theatre. Over the last three years Oliver and the Melos Sinfonia have commissioned thirteen new works from some of the most exciting young composers of today.

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Oliver originally studied History and Russian at Durham University and also spent a year at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory under the direction of Alexander Polishchuk. He has taken part in masterclasses at the Tanglewood Music Centre and with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and London Sinfonietta.


Jurjen Hempel

Jurjen Hempel studied conducting with David Porcelijn and Kenneth Montgomery at the Utrecht Conservatory. Already during his studies he was invited to assist Edo de Waart, Hans Vonk and David Robertson. On invitation of Seiji Ozawa, he studied at the Tanglewood Conducting Class where he worked with Bernard Haitink and Lorin Maazel.

An important recognition of his already distinguished career at that time was when he was finalist and prize-winner at the first Sibelius Conductors Competition in May 1996 in Helsinki. Immediately invitations came from the various Finnish orchestras, followed by re-invitations in the past seasons.

In 1996-1997 Jurjen Hempel was appointed Assistant Conductor to Valery Gergiev with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In May 1997 he made his highly acclaimed debut with that orchestra in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. A few months earlier he made his debut with the The Hague Residentie Orchestra and received equal critical acclaim, as well as re-invitations with both orchestras.

His reputation as a conductor of contemporary music leads him to work on a regular base with ensembles as London Sinfonietta, the Asko Ensemble, the Nieuw Ensemble, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps in Geneva, the Schšnberg Ensemble, and Orkest de Volharding. He is also Chief Conductor with the Netherlands Youth Orchestra.

Also in the operatic field Hempel became more engaged. Important activities in this area were the performance of Richard Strauss’ SalomeŽ for the Gergiev Festival. As a result of this he was invited to conduct SalomeŽ as well at Gergiev’s Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg being the first Dutch conductor ever in the history of this famous theatre. After the performance he was immediately invited to conduct a residency of the Mariinsky Opera Company at the New Israeli Opera Tel Aviv in June 1998. In the spring of 2004 he has conducted the long awaited opera Shadowtime by Brian Ferneyhough at the Munich Biennale. Later to be seen in Paris, London and New York.

Engagements in the past seasons included concerts with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Orchestre Philharmonique de Lige, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Basel Symphony Orchestra, Bochum Sinfoniker and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest with BBC Symphony as well as BBC Scottish. With the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra Hempel maintains a special relationship of yearly re-invitations. In 2005 Hempel has been appointed Music Director of the Geneva based ensemble Contrechamps. He is the first to hold this position in the ensemble’s 25-year-old history. In august of 2005 he made his debut at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In 2006 he has conducted Don Giovanni with the Opera Zuid company. Stepping in for an ill colleague he made his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, resulting in a second appearance last season.

Jurjen Hempel has been Music Director of the Joensuu City Orchestra in Finland since 2013.

Jurjen Hempel has made CD-recordings for Decca/Argo, Composer’s Voice, Elektra Nonesuch and Point Music.

Conductors of the JSO