Who We Are
Dorian Chamber Orchestra & Choir comprises a small group of musicians performing in intimate and beautiful concert venues. We bring together some of the finest young musicians in the South East of England, centred around the London conservatoires and the University of Cambridge. We aim to create exciting performances of both classic and lesser-known repertoire while also providing opportunities for young, like-minded musicians to perform a wide range of music to a very high standard.
The Musical Director
Samuel Huston is currently studying music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge where he holds two academic scholarships, an instrumental award and sings in the College Choir.
His conducting experience began whilst he was still at school and he has since worked with Dorian Chamber Orchestra & Choir alongside a variety of other ensembles. Earlier this year he worked on a concert of new music based on the poetry of the First World War with Oliver Rudland’s Phoenix Society, for which he is the conductor in residence. He is also part of a project commissioning a series of new operas to be performed in the coming year.
Alongside his work as a conductor, he is also an accomplished clarinettist and he grew up playing in the Ealing Youth Orchestra and National Youth Wind Orchestra. He is now a member of the University of Cambridge's prestigious Instrumental Award Scheme and has recently performed in the Fitzwilliam Museum and in West Road Concert Hall, amongst other venues. In August 2018 he worked with the East London Symphony Orchestra as the soloist in the premiere of Robin Haigh’s Lago for clarinet and string orchestra. He is currently studying with Angela Malsbury at the Royal Academy of Music alongside his Cambridge degree on the CAMRAM scheme.
Previous Soloists Include
Richard Lines-Davies studied at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester for two years before starting his studies at the Royal College of Music. He graduated in July with a 1st Class Degree with Honours and over his time there, he was taught by John Anderson and Gareth Hulse. He played with many National Orchestras whilst growing up, most notably the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, with which he has performed at the Royal Albert Hall in the BBC Proms, St. John's Smith Square and various concert halls around Switzerland.
Richard has had the privilege of working with some of the finest conductors including Bernard Haitink, Holly Mathieson, Maxim Vengerov, James Gourlay, Mark Heron, Peter Stark, and Martin André. Recent ensemble performances include The London Sinfonietta Academy (2018), 'Musica Mundi' Festival in Belgium (2017 - 18), 'Endelienta' Festival in Cornwall (2016 - 18). Recent concerto performances include the Strauss Oboe Concerto in March and the Mozart Oboe Concerto last December. Last year, he was awarded a place on the English National Opera's 'ENO Evolve' Scheme in which he sat side-by-side with the ENO's orchestra and gained experience from their members, including one-to-one tuition with the principal oboist, Ruth Bollister.
Lucy Walker began studying piano with David Murray at the age of 8 and is currently taught by Sarah Beth Briggs. She has achieved success in music festivals both locally and nationally since then, most notably reaching the regional finals of EPTA, held at Bluethner Studios London, and the final 30 of BBC Young Musician in 2014. She was awarded the LRSM diploma in the same year. In addition to performing as a soloist, Lucy enjoys playing chamber and orchestral music. In 2016 she was invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall with the NYOGB as their orchestral pianist and was thrilled to perform with them both as part of the BBC Proms, and on their award-winning 2016 Chandos recording of Holst's Planets. Career highlights so far include performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in 2017 with the Yarm Festival Orchestra and, most recently, she was delighted to reach the final round of the 2018 Cambridge University Concerto Competition. Lucy looks forward to performing Ravel's 2nd Piano Concerto with the 2020 Orchestra in Cambridge later this year.
Lucy also enjoys composing her own music and has had choral works premiered both at Sage Gateshead and in Cambridge, and commissioned by the Janacek choir, based in Prague.
Lucy currently studies music at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge, where she also holds academic and choral scholarships.
Stephen Bennett has just completed his postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where he learnt with professor Samuel Coles. Whilst there, he had the privilege to perform under conductors such as Edward Gardner, Pascal Rophé and Gareth Hancock.
He has played at many of Britain’s most prestigious venues, including the Royal Festival Hall, St John’s Smith Square and the Royal Albert Hall during a performance at the BBC Proms 2012. Stephen has also performed in masterclasses given by Emily Beynon, William Bennett, Paul Edmund-Davies, Susan Milan and Robert Winn.
Stephen previously studied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and whilst there played with many orchestras including Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, Trinity College Chamber Orchestra, and Cambridge University Wind Orchestra. Stephen was a member of the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain for seven years and was the principal flute in 2016 and 2017. He is also the principal flute, orchestral manager and founder of the cross-conservatoire Marylebone Symphonic Wind Orchestra.
Recent engagements include Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G with Dorian Chamber Orchestra & Choir, a performance of Stockhausen’s TRANS alongside the London Sinfonietta, and the ‘Endelienta’ Festival 2018.
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