Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Conductor

-Posted on 13.12.2017

After a competitive application process, Junior Academy has appointed Thomas Blunt as its new Symphony Orchestra conductor as of January 2018. Blunt follows former conductor Howard Williams.

Of his appointment to the position, Blunt says:

‘I am looking forward to conducting the Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra immensely, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and nurture such talented players. It's also a great responsibility, as these are formative years for the students; I am planning exciting and challenging programmes that I hope will inspire them to play to the highest level.’

Thomas Blunt was himself a member of the Junior Academy as a cellist in his earlier years. He studied at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music in London, and was the first British participant of the prestigious Allianz International Conductors' Academy where he worked with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras. He began his career as Chorus Master at Glyndebourne and went on to become Assistant Conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, alongside Vladimir Jurowski. Blunt has conducted in venues across the UK and abroad alongside world-renowned orchestras and ensembles. Future plans include performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia for the Glyndebourne Tour, a return to Brazil to conduct concerts with the Cor and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, re-invitations to conduct for Longborough Festival Opera, and debuts with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and for Iford Arts.

We are looking forward to welcoming Thomas Blunt to the Academy in January.

Photo © Benjamin Ealovega 

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