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New Junior Conducting Fellow makes Trinity Laban Debut

Wed 1 November 2017

Jonathan Mann, The Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellow 2017/18, conducts Sibelius’ 2nd Symphony with the TL Symphony Orchestra as part of the Side by Side concert series.

The Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellowship in Conducting offers a yearlong placement at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. It is designed to facilitate a successful leap from full-time conservatoire based study to excellence in the music profession. The fellowship allows an exceptional young conductor to cultivate their contacts and develop their professional skills, supported by a Trinity Laban mentor, whilst also contributing to the TL community through working with Trinity Laban students.

Trinity Laban is delighted to welcome the 2017/18 fellowship recipient, Welsh conductor Jonathan Mann, whose conducting has been described by the great Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink as having an ‘infectious joy’, and who won the George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra Prize at the Jeunesses Musicales International Conducting Competition 2015.

This year signals a return to Europe for Jonathan after three years living in Thailand, working as Artistic Director with the Music for Life Project in the slum community in Bangkok. Jonathan is also Artistic Director and founder of young professional orchestra the Cardiff Sinfonietta.

To kick off his fellowship, Jonathan is conducting Sibelius’ Symphony No.2 in D major as part of Trinity Laban’s orchestral Side by Side series, in which students perform alongside professional mentors. For this concert, the students in the Symphony Orchestra will be joined by Trinity Laban staff.

Jonathan comments –

‘I am honoured to have received the Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Fellowship. I know how much Sir Charles wanted to help young conductors, and this opportunity to learn and grow in such a supportive environment will prove invaluable for my development. During the projects I will be involved in this year, I aim to soak up as much knowledge as I can particularly from the visiting conductors, Trinity Laban professors, professional mentors and students who will be collaborating with me. I am looking forward to my first Side by Side project performing Sibelius Symphony no. 2 and anticipate it being an exciting experience for everyone!’

Trinity Laban Symphony Orchestra: Side by Side | Blackheath Halls | FRI 3 NOV 18.00h

For more information and to book, see here.


Image Credit: Matthew Thistlewood