Musical Director - Nic Fallowfield and Guest Conductor Roger Coull
Nic Fallowfield - Musical Director
Nic Fallowfield is a versatile musician, combining careers as conductor, violinist and teacher. He studied conducting with the renowned conductor and teacher George Hurst in the early 90's and has since conducted orchestras in Finland, Greece, Romania, Germany and Austria. Here, he is conductor of the Charnwood Orchestra and the Four Counties Youth Orchestra in Wales and in February this year conducted a concert given by Sinfonia ViVA of which he is co-leader. He has recently given highly successful conducting workshops to groups of peripatetic music teachers. He first conducted Beauchamp Sinfonietta in April 1993 and became its Musical Director soon afterwards.
Nic studied violin with the great Hungarian pedagogue Bela Katona at Trinity College of Music, where he won all the major violin prizes. He has been co-leader of Sinfonia ViVA since 1988, the year he left his position of co-principal 1st violin in the Northern Sinfonia. In that time he has also been co-leader of English String Orchestra and was leader of the Orchestra of the Swan in its early years. He has been guest leader of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and the Manchester Camerata and has performed concertos by Bach, Mozart, Schnittke and Malcolm Arnold. Playing has taken him throughout Europe, North and South America, and Japan and he features on countless recordings. Nic plays on a violin by W.E.Hill.
Nic is an experienced chamber music player and coach and is the lead violin in the acclaimed Tedesca String Quartet. He teaches violin at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he is also frequently called upon to conduct.
For more information on Nic's quartet please go to www.tedesca.co.uk
Roger Coull studied the violin at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Trevor Williams, and later Frederick Grinke, and whilst a student was awarded many scholarships and prizes. Chamber music has always been one of his great passions and it was there that he formed the Coull Quartet under the guidance of Sidney Griller.
The Coull Quartet was appointed quartet-in-residence at the University of Warwick in 1977, where its members are still actively involved in its music making, and soon established itself as one of Britain’s leading string quartets.
In addition Roger Coull often performs as a concerto soloist, and has given many recitals in a violin and piano duo partnership.
His experience as an orchestral trainer and conductor has led to many conducting invitations. He is a guest conductor of the Beauchamp Sinfonietta, and has for many years conducted the Tees Valley Youth Chamber Orchestra and directed a week’s string orchestra course at the Canford Summer School of Music. He is also a guest conductor of the Helix Ensemble and the Guernsey Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor of the Elizabeth College Summer Orchestral Course, again in Guernsey.
Roger Coull also has much experience as a teacher, and has given many masterclasses internationally. A regular guest at Britain’s music colleges as teacher, examiner, and adjudicator, he was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music for his services to professional music making.