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The New Professionals

The New Professionals

Katie Bicknell flute
Helen Scarbrough oboe
Peter Cigleris clarinet
Helen Paskins clarinet
Fiona Troon bassoon
Evgeny Chebykin horn
Chris Deacon trumpet
Amy Wetmore trombone
Andrew Kershaw tuba

Matthew Turner percussion
Sarah Cresswell percussion

Danny Driver piano
Ruby Aspinall harp
Alexandra Wood violin I
Anna Cashell violin II
Nicholas Bootiman viola
Rosalind Acton cello
Kate Aldridge double bass

Founded in 1999, The New Professionals is a vibrant ensemble of London musicians at the start of their careers. The orchestra has continuously been acclaimed for innovative programming, dynamic musicianship and for juxtaposing rarely © Richard Bowditch performed 20th-century works alongside fresh interpretations of traditional repertoire.

The orchestra has been featured at the South Bank Centre – in two critically-acclaimed appearances on the FRESH series, and in a sold-out performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. In addition, they have been guests at the Proms at St Jude’s, City Music Society, Richmond Concert Society, Mayfair Concerts, City Music Society and at Hampstead Parish Church, and have collaborated with the Pegasus Opera Company, Saffron Waldon Choral Society, Royal College and Royal Academy of Music.

The orchestra’s debut CD, ‘Lou Harrison: For Strings’ – released by Mode Records in 2004 – sold out its first pressing in 2 months and was acclaimed by Ivan Hewett in The Times. The recording, funded in part by the Copland Fund, features previously unrecorded music by Lou Harrison with renowned Pipa soloist Wu Man, and was featured on the soundtrack of Martin Scorcese’s 2010 film, ‘Shutter Island’.

Along with the UK premieres of works by Pierre Jalbert and Gabriela Lena Frank, the NPO has given the World Premieres of Robert Fokkens’ Violin Concerto and of Richard Whalley’s ‘Intoxicating Orchids’, and their production of Milhaud’s little-known opera ‘Le Pauvre Matelot’ at the 2003 Battersea Opera Festival sold out its entire run and was acclaimed by Opera Now and The Times. The NPO has also featured both well-known and eclectic American works - some edited from unpublished manuscripts - including the UK Premiere of a set of orchestral dances by Henry Cowell.

The NPO’s education work has included workshops at the Royal Academy of Music, Dulwich College, Oundle School, and is the resident orchestra for the London Conducting Workshops.

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