Blog of Howard Ionascu

Memorable collaborations

Howard Ionascu - Posted on 07.12.2016

At Junior Academy we're certainly rounding off 2016 with some memorable collaborations. 

Last weekend we were privileged to welcome John Adams to spend a day with Junior Academy students. The great American composer/conductor worked with our student composers – giving them great guidance and encouragement and also, without doubt, provoking thoughts which they'll be working through in their own time over the next weeks and months. John went on to work with our Symphony Orchestra on The Chairman Dances ahead of this weekend’s concert, and we were all thrilled to deepen our understanding of the work by getting personal insights direct from its creator. You can hear the results on Saturday at 3.45pm in the Duke's Hall – free, no need to book tickets.

Then, two nights ago at Cadogan Hall, Nigel Hess conducted the Junior Academy Chamber Orchestra in a number of his own works including Ladies in Lavender, performed beautifully by Lena Segal. The virtuosic Piers Adams directed from the recorder in the same concert, playing Vivaldi with such energy and drive. This event was our latest performance with The Children’s Trust,  the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, in what is fast becoming a valued annual tradition.

It's always inspiring to work with truly great international artists. I'd like to comment in particular on how superbly the students acquitted themselves, displaying a real thirst for learning from these top professionals whom they hold in such high esteem.