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CBSO Kaleidoscope Ensemble

Veronika Klirova (Flute), Emmet Byrne (Oboe), Oliver Janes (Clarinet), Benjamin Hudson (Bassoon), Michael Kidd (Horn)


18th March 2017  Cosy Hall 7.30pm

Emmet Byrne was born and raised in Waterford, Ireland. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester with Hugh Mckenna, Melinda Maxwell and Tom Davey, followed by postgraduate studies at the Hochschule fur Musik Cologne, Germany with Prof. Christian Schneider. After his studies Emmet freelanced in Manchester and performed with many of the UK and Ireland's best orchestras, including most regularly with the Orchestra of Opera North and the BBC Philharmonic. He joined the City of Birmingham Symphony as Principal 2nd Oboe in May 2013. As well as regularly performing at Birmingham's Symphony Hall, highlights with the CBSO so far include tours to Asia and Europe and playing under distinguished conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Simon Rattle and the CBSO's new Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Emmet is also an oboe tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire. When not working, Emmet enjoys eating out, going to the theatre and traveling back to Ireland to see family and friends.

Benjamin Hudson currently freelances with many of the country's leading orchestras, prior to which he was Second Bassoon with the Hallé Orchestra and Principal Bassoon with the Northern Chamber Orchestra. He studied on the joint course at Manchester University and the Royal Northern College of Music studying with David Chatwin, and also at the Universität der Künste, Berlin with Eckart Hübner. He now continues his studies with Ole Kristian Dahl at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim. Ben plays as Guest Principal Bassoon with many UK Orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, CBSO, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In the field of chamber music, he was a founder member of Ensemble 360, making many recordings and broadcasts, and giving many recitals throughout the UK, and he also works with the contemporary groups Psappha and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.Some of Benjamin's first solo engagements came about after he became the woodwind winner and concerto finalist in the BBC Young Musicians 1996 Competition – subsequent performances include the Jolivet Concerto with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Strauss Duett Concertino with Joanna Patton and the Southern Sinfonia, and Mozart and Vivaldi Concerti with the Northern Chamber Orchestra. Solo recitals include those with the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme and a performance in a BBC Proms Composer Portrait.

Michael Kidd is second horn in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He began learning the Tenor Horn with David Golightly, before going to Chetham's School of Music where he switched to French Horn and was taught by Lizzie Davis. He went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Richard Watkins and Michael Thompson. Michael has performed with Chamber music groups including The Nash Ensemble, London Winds, and The Michael Thompson Horn Quartet. He is also an occasional contributor to the Spotify Playlist "Good Housekeeping". Outside of music Michael enjoys reading, cooking and DIY

Oliver Janes,  who was born and brought up in Manchester, took up the clarinet at the age of 15 in 2006. His grandfather, John Fuest, had played clarinet with the CBSO and RLPO and convinced Oliver to give the instrument a go. The rest is history!

After two years of lessons with his grandfather, Oliver went to Chethams School of Music to study with Rosa Campos-Fernandez. He followed this with four years at the Royal Academy of Music with Mark van de Wiel as the ABRSM Scholar. During his time in London, Oliver was a category finalist in the Royal Overseas League Competition. Appointed as Principal Clarinet of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in December 2014, Oliver has enjoyed a varied freelance career playing with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, John Wilson Orchestra, The Halle, Aurora Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Away from orchestras Oliver is a keen Chamber musician and contemporary music lover, playing and recording with ensembles such as Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the London Sinfonietta. Aside from playing the clarinet, Oliver enjoys watching sports, playing tennis and cricket and balancing all that physical activity with a love of ‘cooking and eating lots of good food!’

Veronika Klírová has been the Principal 2nd Flute of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra since September 2014. A native of the Czech Republic, Veronika studied at the Conservatoire in Pilsen, the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and later with Robert Winn in Cologne, Germany, where she graduated with highest marks and was awarded 3rd prize in the Society of Friends and Supporters of the HfMT Köln competition. Apart from the CBSO, Veronika has played with PKF - Prague Philharmonia, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra and Pilsen Philharmonic. Aside from her orchestral activities, Veronika enjoys playing chamber music in various ensembles and has a keen interest in modern music, appearing regularly with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Kindly sponsored by the Newport Music Coach

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