Sunday 26th March 2023 at 5pm
St Paul's Church, Moor Lane, Kersal Moor, Salford, M7 3WX
Conductor - Marco Giudici
Leader - Jon Henderson
Soloist - Amy Thompson
Weber -Der Freischütz Overture
Weber - Bassoon concerto
Weber - Andante and Rondo Ungherese for Bassoon and Orchestra
Dvorak - Symphony No.8
Tickets available at the door (card payment preferred): Adults £10, under 16s and Students £5
NB: The Orchestra reserves the right to change the programme and venue according to the availability of music, venue and players.
Amy Thompson is a Musicians' Company Lambert Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, generously supported by a Headley Trust Scholarship.
Amy is an enthusiastic chamber musician, having recorded multiple CDs of bassoon quartets and trios for Hyperion Records. She has given recitals at St. John's Smith Square, the Lansdowne Club, International Anthony Burgess Foundation (as a duo with bassist Leon Bosch), Surrey Hills International Music Festival, and for the British Double Reed Society. Amy also has an interest in contemporary music and, in 2017, performed the world premiere of a work for unaccompanied bassoon by Andrew Mulhern at the National Portrait Gallery. She has performed concertos by Weber, Vivaldi, and Bach with orchestra as well as earning 2nd Place in the 2021 RCM Concerto Competition and winning the RCM Bassoon Prize.
Amy's orchestral work includes performances with the Brandenburg Sinfonia, Southern Pro Musica, Orion Orchestra, the Outcry Ensemble, and St. Paul's Sinfonia. She was awarded the bassoon place with the Chipping Campden Festival Academy Orchestra for 2022/23, and has taken part in the ENO Evolve and BBC Symphony Orchestra Pathway schemes. In addition to this, Amy is an experienced teacher, having tutored for the Junior RCM's Mini-Bassoon Programme, the British Double Reed Society, Uppingham School, Wind Serenades, and for five years with the Musicians' Company.
Amy would like to thank the George Drexler Foundation, the Countess of Munster Trust, and Help Musicians UK for their support towards her studies.
After gaining his Diploma at the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Milan, Marco Giudici was principal clarinet of the Italian Youth Orchestra for two years. He then went
on to study in Germany with internationally renowned performers and tutors E. Brunner and H. Deinzer, obtaining his soloist Diploma with Distinction.
He has performed as a freelance player both in Italy and England, working with orchestras such as the OSNR (National Italian Radio Orchestra), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Lancashire Sinfonietta and the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.
At present he enjoys a rewarding teaching career. Some of his students have become members of youth orchestras such as the National youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Hallé Youth Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and were offered places to study at many music colleges.
In recent years Marco has studied conducting both at the London Conducting Academy and with Eduardo Portal. He regularly conducts school orchestras as well as the Ambleside and District Choral Society in the Lake District.